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It’s our 6-month Anniversary!

By on May 17, 2015 in Back Porch, Design, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Master Closet - His, Misc, Renovation | 2 comments

We’re already at the six month mark. This was us 6 months ago. We were exhausted. But we were back home. Fast forward 6 months. It has been a whirlwind. And so much has happened. We finished another renovation. Opened two new businesses. I had back surgery. And we are still standing. We love our home. There is nothing we would change. We have enjoyed many days and nights on our back porch. (The swing bed is divine!) We have our own little vacation –  right in our own home. From waking up in the most comfortable bedroom, to bathing in a light-soaked bathroom, to getting ready in a great dressing room – all while listening to music pour through the house – it is fabulous. I’ll fill you in on what’s happened since we’ve moved in. From Thanksgiving to 1/1/15 we had SIX major parties. Thanksgiving, tour of homes, street Christmas party, Christmas,...

My blue world is really a happy place

By on Jun 14, 2014 in Design, First Floor, Music Room, Powder Room | 0 comments

Blue.  It is my favorite color.  I love so many hues from peacock, to aqua to baby blue to robin’s egg.  Give me shades of blues and greens and I’m one happy camper.  It’s probably not a coincidence that my sign is Cancer – a water sign. My other hero during this renovation (outside of Jonathan) is my friend, and designer, Scott Laslie. Scott and I have traveled in many of the same circles for years in Atlanta.  When we started this project, I reached out to him to help with our interiors. I now know why he has earned such a great reputation. In addition to having impeccable taste, he listens and delivers.  Scott has since moved to Chicago and without even seeing our home, he came back with an incredible design after a few phone conversations and fabric samples. I am so excited about the way this is going to turn out! (Please ignore my dirty porch staging area)...

The Plans – Rear

By on Mar 29, 2014 in Design, Exterior Elevations, Plans | 4 comments

Now that we have moved into the stage of adding vs. taking away – I have ventured back to look at our plans and feel like I can get excited again.  I really had no idea how hard the move was going to be.  I pretty much declared that I had a hall pass the months of Jan and Feb.  March has been back in full swing and even though we are living in a cave, we’re getting our groove and mojo back. This is what it’s going to look like. Off the kitchen is a screened in porch that is the entire width of the house.  This is a feature that I absolutely cannot wait for.  I imagine we will pretty much live out there for over half of the year.  There will be a dining table (for 10) and a swing bed so it will be a great place to dine, hang out, work and relax.  I can just imagine reading or napping on that bed.  Especially this time of year with the magnificent weather.  We might...

The back is not her best asset

By on Mar 2, 2014 in Back Porch, Deck and Patio, Design, Exterior Elevations, First Floor, Landscaping, Plans, Renovation | 0 comments

The rear of our home was just not attractive.  At some point, the original back and side porches were enclosed when it was converted to a duplex.  It was converted back to single family prior to our purchase, but there are still some of the odd additions from it’s duplex years. Before we chopped the backyard in late 2013 to prepare for the tree that had to come down on the side yard, we had a beautiful back yard. It nicely camouflaged the rear of the house. We didn’t really have green thumbs, but inherited a beautiful English style garden from the previous owners.  It bloomed for us every season.  We really had fun with it in our early years here, but you really had to love gardening to be out there regularly to properly keep it up.  The upkeep just became too much of a burden to us with the combination of having a child – and letting our landscaper go during the lean...

Cool or Gross?

By on Feb 12, 2014 in Design, First Floor, Powder Room | 4 comments

So, after I quenched my obsession with finding the perfect powder room sink, I was off to accessories.   Before I start on the soap holder, I need to give a little context.  I am an accessory FREAK! If you go in my closet – it’s all about the purses and shoes. If you opened my refrigerator (pre-Jonathan) it was filled with every condiment known to man.  If I’m the one doing the grocery shopping I will always manage to find some sort of new sauce, salad dressing or spice. It goes the same with my home.  I’ll admit that I have gone overboard at times (looking back at some of our old photos like these below). When I met Jonathan I had a 90’s aesthetic going on.  His style was more primitive/folky.   We blended it when we moved into our house and thought it was the BOMB.  Looking back it was more like a bomb had exploded at Goodwill! We were mortified when we found this particular photo...