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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...
Painting the Nursery- A Family Affair

Painting the Nursery- A Family Affair

We’ve been making progress in the nursery and I’m so excited to share with you! Above is the guest bedroom we decided to convert to the baby’s room.  It’s the bedroom furthest from the master bedroom.  The only changes we made to it when we moved in was replacing the ceiling fan with one that...
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....
Finishing Touches on the Guest Bathroom

Finishing Touches on the Guest Bathroom

  So David did a great job on the second coat of Farrow & Ball Hound Lemon in the guest bathroom upstairs! We found this super cute shower curtain and hand towel from Target to accompany the yellow:   I decided I wanted to pick up the green from those in something on the walls,...
Half-Bathroom Back Together

Half-Bathroom Back Together

Remember, once upon a time, when the half-bathroom was the only room done in the house and we were so thrilled?       Well, then it came time to replace the pipes and we had to tear out the walls and floor in the half-bath, meaning it was no longer done.   We were...
Inspirational Orchard

Inspirational Orchard

Last fall we went to what will surely become an annual tradition: apple picking at Carter Mountain Orchard!  We met up with our good friends there and had an awesome time. They have hundreds of acres of things growing for you to pick– not just apples.  You can pick pumpkins, peaches, pears, and other fruits...
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...
Nursery Inspiration

Nursery Inspiration

I’ve been dreaming about our little baby’s nursery for a few months now– talk about surreal!– and thought I’d share some of my favorite nursery ideas with y’all today! Originally, I really wanted a cream and white colored nursery: very serene, very neutral, and very… well, boring.  David said he didn’t like that because it...
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...
Lightning Better Not Strike Twice

Lightning Better Not Strike Twice

  On Thursday after work, I arrived home to a huge branch off a tree.  It was raining and I’d heard we were supposed to get 4 inches of rain in one afternoon, but I hadn’t heard anything about thunderstorms.  My first thought was the guy we’d hired to trim all of the trees did...
Inspirational Farmhouse

Inspirational Farmhouse

My friend Lizzie sent me a link to the most amazing farmhouse renovation: http://gardenandgun.com/article/homeplace-new-life-tennessee-farm It’s from the magazine Garden & Gun, which has become one of my favorites recently.  I love the opening sentence of this article: When Bob Doyle and Alex von Hoffmann signed the deed on a century farm in middle Tennessee, they faced...
Moving the Spigot

Moving the Spigot

  When we bought the house, there was no backyard fence (we had one installed before we moved in) and the “lawn” tumbled onto what became the side field.  The side field had a little outhouse– see the above photo– and a wonderful water spigot.  We decided to build the fence with the spigot on the...
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