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Designing The Upstairs

Designing The Upstairs

Big changes will be happening in our neck of the woods!! Last fall we hired one of Charlottesville’s most renowned architects, Russell Skinner (from Abbott Skinner), to come take a look at our upstairs and help us come up with a long-term plan. The issues with the status quo upstairs were many.  We hadn’t touched the...
Complete Little Brick Outbuilding

Complete Little Brick Outbuilding

EXCITING UPDATE! The floor in the little brick outbuilding is done and we’ve moved everything into David’s new office! I don’t know who’s more excited… David, for having a place he can work from home, or me, for having a place to put David’s crocodile head and Claymore sword.  (After we got married, we had...
Tile Floor in Little Brick Outbuilding

Tile Floor in Little Brick Outbuilding

So when we left off, we had the heated subfloor installed in David’s office/ little brick outbuilding.  (Post here.) Since then, the tile has been laid!!! Check it out! I decided to do a tile from Home Depot reminiscent of bricks but a whole lot thinner (and cheaper, added bonus!) than bricks.  The main goal...
Lessons from Havana

Lessons from Havana

David and I just returned from an incredible week in Havana, Cuba, where we got to experience so many new things we didn’t even know were possible.  Throughout the trip I found myself marveling at the many oxymorons that constitute Cuba… it is a surreal place and probably impossible to fully understand.  And while I...
Let It Snow!

Let It Snow!

Hope everyone has been safe in the blizzard!  Our house got quite a good amount of snow over these past three days and we’re just now starting to shovel our way out… which may be a while! We took these pictures yesterday while it was still coming down.  I think total we probably got around...
New (Heated!) Floor in Little Brick Outbuilding

New (Heated!) Floor in Little Brick Outbuilding

As you walk up the front walkway to our house, the two-story front porch greets you, and if you walk along the porch, there’s a beautiful (albeit a bit overgrown) brick walkway that leads to the sweetest little brick outbuilding. I love the picture above Claire Pieron took back before we moved in.  Sadly, since...
Water Line to the Garden

Water Line to the Garden

Progress has been made on our quest to have a vegetable garden!  I’m so excited! We thought there was a water line going there, since there was a spigot next to the garden shed when we bought the house, but somewhere in the history of the the house that water spigot got disconnected to any...
Freshly Painted Garden Shed

Freshly Painted Garden Shed

The weather cooperated and last weekend David painted the garden shed!!!  It’s all done now, and I love how it ended up. The trim color is called “Tempered Sage” by valspar and we picked it out because, well, it was on the same paint chip as the main color we chose.  And the contractors were...
New Garden Shed Roof- Part 2

New Garden Shed Roof- Part 2

Lots of things have been happening in the past two months!  Where to begin… Okay, the garden shed.  Our goal last year was to get the garden shed in order so that we could put in a garden fence and then garden beds (and a chicken coop!) and then… garden!  (And have chickens!)  Those plans...
Redecorating the Family Room

Redecorating the Family Room

We’ve spruced things up in our family room and I thought I’d share what it looks like now:Probably the biggest change is we took our the old bookshelves and dog crates and added a nice green wingback chair given to us from my Aunt Jenny (thanks again, Aunt Jenny!).  Then we moved around the furniture so...
Landscaping the Front Garden Bed

Landscaping the Front Garden Bed

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and check out how the front of the house used to look when we bought it: And how it is now: It was a little bit overgrown, huh? Walking up to the front door you used to brush aside the bushes and every morning would run into...
Hallway Refresh

Hallway Refresh

We’ve made some much-needed changes to our hallway! The very first thing we did to it was replace the ceiling two winters ago because the old one was sagging and probably going to collapse soon.  Then we took down the wallpaper (gag me with a fork) and had the floors and steps refinished when they...
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