A Welcome Warm Addition to the Patio

Hello, hello.  Where have I been, you may be asking?  We've been pushing to get the house finished and as a result I've been single-parenting it while Jon has been working at his job and at the house non-stop.  Soon I'll do a post about the craziness Read More
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Patio Makeover Phase 1 (video)

Let's take a little glimpse back in time, shall we?  To a time when this part of the #staggreno was all brick, boring, dark, dysfunctional, and hadn't hosted a gathering in at least a decade.  This is the space formerly known as a patio no party had Read More
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Wander Lane Living Room Reveal

My goodness, the days are passing so quickly.  I can't seem to keep up with everything between the kids, renovation, and client work, I'm barely keeping my head above water. Today I'm thrilled to share with you the completed Wander Lane project living Read More
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House Update: Things are Moving Along (video)

We're really cookin' with gas at the #staggreno these days.  I wish I could take each and every one of you on a personal tour to show you how incredible everything looks.  Instead, I'll have to take you on a virtual tour instead. The transformation Read More
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How to Install a Door (video)

If you've ever contemplated how to install a door, it may seem easier to solve world peace.  It sounds intimidating for sure.  But it's actually pretty simple, if you follow a few tips. That's what today's video is all about-- showing you how to Read More
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Playroom Built-in Plans, Doors, and Lighting

As we've been getting closer to moulding and shelving installations, I've been narrowing down exactly where I want all of the special details like built-in shelves, moulding accents, etc.  I knew right away I wanted built-ins around the new huge window Read More
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Patio Dream Plans

I'm starting to really get designing each space in the house.  It's fun to see some of the things we've been planning and plotting taking shape.  One area that I'll tackle soon after we move in-- the patio just off the kitchen area. Even though Read More
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How to Paint Windows Black (video)

It wasn't even negotiable.  I knew the windows in the #staggreno had to be black. Pretty much the entire design for the house stemmed from that decision.  In a previous post, I shared the drama rama with getting black windows and gave you the different Read More
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How to Paint Brick

Originally, the #staggreno was almost entirely brick, with just a couple spots of really terrible painted wood siding. We always planned to keep the brick, and add some new siding materials with hardy board and board and batten.  I've already Read More
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How to Remove Wallpaper

The #staggreno had a lot of wallpaper... That's from the old entryway and it sported some kind of pillared structure slash floral motif.  Definitely had to go.  Luckily, we ripped that entire area out during demo.  We also tore down all of the walls Read More
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