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8 Tips for Painting Your Home

8 Tips for Painting Your Home

Hi all!  Our friends over at Modernize.com (if you haven’t been to their site, worth checking out!) helped me out by writing a very good post about painting.  This is by Jane Blanchard for Modernize!!  Thanks so much Jane. Slapping on a brand new color to the exterior or interior of the home is a...
Featured in IKEA Magazine!

Featured in IKEA Magazine!

Ahhhh check this out!  Last spring IKEA reached out to us after seeing our coffee nook on Pinterest and asked if they could use pictures from our house on their magazine!  So cool! http://www.ikeafamilylivemagazine.com/us/en/article/39212 Living in Charlottesville HOME TOUR | Lynne, an IT consultant MY HOME IS… a 3570-square-foot house. I LIVE WITH… my husband David (we also...
4 Things I've Discovered About My House Since Having A Newborn

4 Things I’ve Discovered About My House Since Having A Newborn

Today our little girl is officially four weeks old and I thought I’d share a bit of our experience as a family so far.   1.  A baby turns a house into a home.  First of all, since this blog is mostly about our house, I’ll tell you having Evie has completely changed the way I view our...
A Peephole to the Past In Our Dining Room

A Peephole to the Past In Our Dining Room

Remember how we had a hole in the wall from when our plumbing was all redone? After the hole being there so long, Lynne actually liked seeing the old lath and plaster from the 1850 construction of the wall and was reluctant about closing it up again.  Her mom told her she’d been to old houses...
Please Welcome Genevieve!!

Please Welcome Genevieve!!

On August 20, 2014 at 8:05 AM, our family gained a beautiful baby girl!  We named her Genevieve after Lynne’s paternal grandmother (and Lynne’s sister) and are calling her Evie (pronounced ee-vee). We wanted to share a few of the finer points of the events leading up to little Evie’s birth with you, but we do need to warn...
Heating and Air Conditioning: Check

Heating and Air Conditioning: Check

When we found out we were pregnant, I made two demands: by next winter, we would have dependable running water (aka replacing all the plumbing in the house) and heating for the main floor.  We had working baseboard heating in the family room and half-bathroom and that was it.  NOT a place to bring a...
Inspirational Family Renovation

Inspirational Family Renovation

For this Thursday’s post about something that inspires me, I’ll share what my friend Heidi and then my friend Claire shared with me (great minds think alike!): the story of a family featured in the Huffington Post who renovated their historic farmhouse in only 6 months!  Check out the article via the above link. The...
3 Years Worth of Inspiration

3 Years Worth of Inspiration

For this Thursday’s inspiration post, I’ll keep it short and sweet:   3 years ago yesterday marked the start of our lives together as “Mr. and Mrs.” and I can truly say these past 3 years have been the best of my life.  It hasn’t always been smooth sailing, especially as we learned about “if you want...
Ta Da! New Shutters

Ta Da! New Shutters

Hooray!!!  The freshly painted shutters (in Duron’s “Historic Charleston Green”) are up on the house and I think they look great!  In the above photo, you can see in the light how the shutters have a hint of green to them… otherwise, they look black.   Some of the wood shutters had deteriorated so badly...
Bare Naked House!

Bare Naked House!

I feel like I’m about to expose our house to you without any make-up on! Look, Ma, no shutters! If things look very overgrown, it’s because they are.  We are blessed with an abundance of poison ivy, poison oak, Virginia creeper, and honeysuckle among other things.  (Love the honeysuckle though!)   I haven’t written in...
Air Conditioning Upstairs

Air Conditioning Upstairs

We moved into our home later in the summer last year, and when the AC didn’t turn on upstairs (even though the inspectors said it worked), we had a choice to make: funnel who knows how much money into the AC or gut out the heat with some open windows and use the money elsewhere....
Not Always "Coming Up Roses"

Not Always “Coming Up Roses”

I decided to write this post to share with y’all that renovating a farmhouse is not always progressive, despite the many posts I’ve written about our progress.  Overall, I am very proud of the work we’ve accomplished in the past ten months, but it has NOT been easy.  Or, to put it another way, renovating a...
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