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Can I get a Capital “P” for Progress!

By on Sep 25, 2014 in Back Porch, Bonus Room, Dumb Waiter, First Floor, Guest Bathroom, Kitchen, Lounge, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Powder Room, Renovation, Second Floor, Third Floor, Upstairs Landing | 4 comments

Wow – the transformation of the last week has been amazing. Like “take my breath away” amazing. The haint blue ceilings I have swooned over for years are finally here – and ours. And we get them on two porches! Do we really get to live here? (This is what I keep asking myself…) The cabinets were delivered on Tuesday and the crew have been busy installing all week. To say that we are excited is the understatement of the year. Enough bitching about our current digs – the light is shining bright at the end of the tunnel. (That is a little smile coming from Jonathan’s face!) The old doors have been installed in the pantry and powder room. I really love the view of the new powder room tile through the transom window. It’s fun to have a modern surprise of 1/2″ penny tile covering the entire sink wall. And – next up for this powder...

The three T’s

By on Sep 10, 2014 in Dining Room, First Floor, Kitchen, Linen Closet, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Music Room, Pantry, Renovation, Second Floor, Upstairs Landing | 0 comments

Today is about trim, tile and trees. The carpenters were installing the trim. New door casings are going in. The kitchen beams are boxed in. And the transoms we decided to put in above the powder room and pantry are in. We put these in for extra light and so we could reuse our old doors. The old heart pine was laid on the stairwell going to the third floor, and the doors were trimmed out with our old door casings. I love how there is now a little bit of old in with the new. The tile team was also doing their thing. Here’s the laundry room floor. They had to cut the master bath subway tile on site. I love how this is coming together. And I still can’t believe that this is going to be our bathroom! And last but definitely not least, our neighbors had to take down one of the old oak trees. I talk about it here. I will miss this beautiful tree. By the end of the week we will...

The Memory of Trees

By on Sep 10, 2014 in Misc | 0 comments

We lost a good neighbor today. Our neighbors had to take down their 120 year old water oak. One of the things that comes along with living in a historic neighborhood are its great trees. Tom and Mary’s house is the oldest on the street – dating back to the late 1880s. So their trees are some of the oldest. And they are magnificent. Their scale was massive. Here’s a little video in March watching the wind in its branches one afternoon. It’s always so sad to see these beautiful old trees go. But as in life, we all have our day. And if not properly watched, they can become deadly. Back in July a 12″ limb went through a neighbor’s roof on a calm day. Thankfully nobody was hurt and the limb only damaged their front porch. That was the day that Tom and Mary knew they had to take down this massive tree. Neighbors came by to watch and say goodbye. Sadly many...

Project Playhouse – Part Deux

By on Sep 6, 2014 in Landscaping, Misc | 0 comments

When we cut back the yard Addison’s playhouse was right there smack dab in the middle of our yard. This project was a labor of love that Jonathan built by hand. We all doubted him and he proved us very wrong. It took him about a year doing this in his free time. It is awesome! When we had the garden, it sat in the back of the yard and was hidden behind all of the plants. But then we cleared the yard. And while it is beautiful and we love it – we didn’t want it in the middle of our new back yard. So we enlisted the help of our awesome neighbors and this is what they did. It took 5 hours and they moved it 22 feet. Check out this time lapse video. Everything (including Addison’s decorations) stayed perfectly intact. Pretty awesome if I do say so myself. Just one of the many many reasons we love where we live!  ...

Paint!

By on Sep 2, 2014 in Addison's Bedroom, Back Porch, First Floor, Front Porch, Guest Bathroom, Guest Bedroom, Office - Hers, Second Floor, Third Floor | 0 comments

The countdown has started.  60 (ish) days and counting. Let’s hope we stay on schedule. It’s surely exciting to be nearing the finish line. We have pretty much chosen the paint colors. We are staying the same for the exterior. Back in 2010 when we repainted we consulted with Robert at Historic House Colors to match this home he did above. And will duplicate it on the back of the home. Jonathan is putting his photoshop skills to use for Ryan and his team since we have about 8 colors going on. I have always loved a blue porch ceiling. And we will soon be sporting Hazel on both the front and back porch ceilings. In the past I have been a fan of lots of color on the walls. This time we are going with a beautifully understated neutral in all of the common areas and getting the color from the fabrics. Thanks Scott! The ceiling will be a nice, warm white. Copen Blue will be the...