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Running on Fumes

By on Nov 2, 2014 in Cellar, First Floor, Kitchen, Pantry, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

There have been many times I’ve said this very thing this year with so much going on. After visiting our project today, I can say I feel it. Walking into our home today smells like a can of turpentine. Between the new cellar concrete stain and the hardwood stain, 10 minutes will get you high as a kite. ( it doesn’t seem to phase our guys!) We wanted an old world look for the cellar.  So we opted with a dark acid wash satin on the walls and floor. The blank will is where we’ll install the riddling rack. This room is going to be amazing when it is complete!  It is a bit of a challenge to stain new pine to match the historic heart pine. Our builder has a stain mixologist that studied wood in college and stain. He came up with a six-step process to match our stain. We left our Halloween candy for the guys because they are working all weekend. The stain is coming together...

A hole in my heart

By on Nov 1, 2014 in Misc | 2 comments

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...

The Wall

By on Oct 25, 2014 in Landscaping | 0 comments

This is what I’ve been singing in my head over the last couple of days. We don’t need no education. We dont need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Teachers leave them kids alone Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone! All in all it’s just another brick in the wall. All in all you’re just another brick in the wall. And here’s why: Jose and his bobcat were here earlier in the week. He took out our pathetic wall and the roots from the old poplar tree that came down a few years ago. And the old hedge that was well passed its prime. The granite was delivered. And the masons went to town! These guys are both talented and fast! The top slabs came in for the cap. And voilà – here’s our new...