Hallway
Almost Done in the Hallway

Almost Done in the Hallway

I have some updates to the hallway to share!  It’s practically done except for the little finishing touches (hardware, paint, etc.) now! First of all, we installed lighting underneath the cupboards.  This way we can 1) fold laundry in the dark, and 2) have a sort of ‘night light’ effect if we need to light...
New Laundry in Upstairs Hallway

New Laundry in Upstairs Hallway

I have more renovation progress to share with y’all! First of all– the floors in the hallway were installed! They are actually the original floorboards that were in that space before but our contractor carefully took them out and sanded them down before re-installing them. Gorgeous, aren’t they?  I love that they are “original” to the...
Carving Out the Kids' Bathroom

Carving Out the Kids’ Bathroom

In addition to making walls in the master bathroom, the crew has made a lot of progress in a new bathroom we’re tucking in the back corner of the house across from Evie’s room. The idea behind the architectural drawings is that one day we’re going to build an addition coming off the right side...
Making New Rooms Upstairs

Making New Rooms Upstairs

More renovation progress to share!!   Here’s what the inside of the former doorway to the hallway looks like plastic-ed over. And as you can see from the pic below, we have new support beams for the new walls. Now HERE is where it gets super exciting: Above is a photograph taken from the master bathroom-to-be...
Renovation Progress

Renovation Progress

Thought I’d share some updates to the renovation! We had to put in all new floor beams to support the floor.  The old ones just weren’t 100%, and why put all this money into a house if it doesn’t have a solid floor? Another big step was cutting a hole in the wall where the...
Bye Bye Upstairs

Bye Bye Upstairs

  Good morning, and Happy Mother’s Day everyone!!!  Taking advantage of Daddy and Evie playing outside with the chicks to upload a few pictures of the progress in our big upstairs renovation.  These pictures are a bit old now (I can’t wait to share how much has been done!) but I just never seem to...

And So It Begins…

Well, it looks like our 5-year-down-the-road-plans were meant to be 5-month-down-the-road-plans.  Glad we got the architect to draw them up last fall because since then, we’ve had no less than 3 burst pipes in the bathroom upstairs that have leaked into the kitchen.  We keep replacing the old, disintegrating copper pipes with PEX parts but...
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...
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...
Pass That Dutch... Door

Pass That Dutch… Door

I kind of have a “thing” for Dutch doors. Traditional Entry by San Diego Interior Designers & Decorators Savvy Interiors Traditional Entry by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers Bradley E Heppner Architecture, LLC Traditional Entry by Santa Barbara General Contractors Giffin & Crane General Contractors, Inc. Traditional Hall by Millbrook Architects & Building Designers Crisp...
Floors Are Refinished!!

Floors Are Refinished!!

  David and I had the most amazing weekend in Nashville, Tennessee visiting his sister and brother-in-law for Memorial Day!  We left on Friday night and spent Saturday, Sunday, and most of Monday relaxing with them and seeing their beautiful city.  We got home really late last night and were absolutely thrilled that our contractor showed...
Only Boring People Have Dependable Ceilings

Only Boring People Have Dependable Ceilings

The ceiling in our upstairs hallway was never really what one would call “normal.” In fact, if I had to come up with a list of adjectives to describe said ceiling… I would come up with “old,” “disrepair,” “stained,” “discolored,” “cracked,” “peeling,” and flat out “damaged.” (In the above pic we had started removing the...
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