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François has a Green Card!

By on Oct 29, 2014 in Kitchen, Renovation | 0 comments

We’ve been sweating bullets since last Wednesday. While we were excited that our beloved François came home – he had to sit on our back porch for the last seven nights. (I’m kind of surprised that Jonathan didn’t camp out with him.) While it would have taken a pretty brazen (and strong) thief – we are happy he is home where he belongs. What a beauty. Appliance porn that will be making food porn. Tomorrow he gets all dressed up with subway tile.  (Jonathan thinks François needs to be a lady – so thankfully it’s a unisex name.) We’ve got some American traditions to teach (Thanksgiving and Christmas) so he (or she) will be jumping right into citizenship. Meanwhile, while we were sweating bullets – Addison didn’t have a care in the world on Bill and Ellie’s swing…  Ahh, the joys of being...

Our temporary apartment

By on Oct 28, 2014 in Misc | 0 comments

The Kitchen

By on Oct 26, 2014 in First Floor, Kitchen | 0 comments

I love Mario Batali – and he says it perfectly here: “The kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of  being a family.” I’d say that the kitchen was our single biggest motivator for this renovation. Here’s how this week went down. The refrigerator was delivered. This thing weighs 1000 lbs. Getting it in was no joke. Because our oven is so large and has some serious fumes to manage, we had to get a custom range hood with two motors. While it’s a powerhouse, it still looks lovely. The wet bar was installed. And has an assortment of features I’m very excited about! A valet for our coffee maker. And an ice maker. No more running out of ice!! The walnut island countertop came in yesterday. It is like a table in the middle of our kitchen. Watching our dream turn into reality is really...

François is here

By on Oct 25, 2014 in Kitchen | 3 comments

Our special treat arrived from France this week. We had to get four guys to handle it.  This oven was one really special treat that we gave ourselves. It’s six feet and over 600 pounds! It will be the star of our kitchen. I have named him François. Addison has named him Black Beauty. Either name – we are happy he is here and we are ready to break this puppy in! Come on Chez...

A fresh coat of paint and stain

By on Oct 25, 2014 in Addison's Bedroom, Back Porch, Bonus Room, First Floor, Foyer, Guest Bathroom, Guest Bathroom, Guest Bedroom, Kitchen, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Office - His, Powder Room | 0 comments

These two things go a LONG way. I was able to get a glimpse of the floors before they were covered up. We went a little darker and I’m really pleased with the color. The stain is Provencial. Ryan our awesome builder was able to source vintage heart pine and our “new” old floors look incredible! The Brazilian ipe we used on the back porch is amazing. This is not stained and is just sealed. What beautiful, natural colors this wood has. It’s also the hardest wood so we chose it for these properties for our back porch. They installed the ceiling fans – which will come in very handy on our Hotlanta days. And hung the screen doors (which we will seal and stain in a natural, wood color.) The rear deck was completed (and will be stained to match the screened doors.) The painters came this week and have been busy. Here’s the 3rd floor bonus room. We repainted...