Archive for November, 2007

Richmond Gets Some TLC

As I type this we’re watching a historic Richmond home undergo a dramatic restoration. TLC is airing a special episode of their “Flip That House” series (the first of its kind) called “Flip It Back.” The hour-long special documents the historic renovation of a 19th-century folk victorian duplex in good ol’ Richmond, Virginia.

Flip It Back

When the flipper bought it in 1999 it was only $11,000… and a crack house that was littered with “needles, condoms and porn” according to this article. Don’t worry, the drug den is nowhere near our ‘hood, it’s closer downtown in an area called Union Hill that, according to this show, has the largest collection of folk victorians in the US. If that matters to any of you…

Anyway, historic renovation isn’t usually our cup of tea, but it’s actually really fascinating – and of course it’s fun seeing our hometown on TV. They chose to feature a Richmond restoration since the city is seeing a big trend in reclaiming and rebuilding hundred+ year old homes. In fact, Bon Air, our cute and quaint neighborhood also features many old victorian homes from the late 1800s.

I’m missing the final walk-through of the restoration so I gotta finish typing. But if you’re interested in catching a house flipping show with a historic twist – or just want to get a taste of Richmond – here’s a link to future show times.

Image courtesy of Church Hill People’s News



Make It Work

I recently found myself following the advice of the always fabulous Tim Gunn of Project Runway. After checking out Ebay, Ikea, and plenty of my other go-to decorating resources online, I found myself wondering if the perfect storage cabinet to complete our mini bathroom makeover really exists. The problem was that many of the storage and medicine cabinets out there are simply too giant for our tiny bathroom. The monstrous dimensions of the few options available in white (a color you’d think would be fairly common) would have monopolized our little bathroom.

And then I saw it amidst a pile of stuff in our third bedroom. Like a beacon of hope shining from among the pile of displaced items, an old mirrored shelf called to me like a Big Mac.

At only about 4 inches deep, and the perfect length and width to be hung centered above the toilet, it was the ultimate solution. And the mirrored “backsplash” reflects light and keeps everything feeling even more open. At first it seemed a little too long and narrow, but to “make it work” I realized that I could store things on top to “tall it up.” Bingo.

I present to you our old shelf turned storage space in our newly spruced up bathroom:

medicine cabinet

Right now it’s just holding a few pretty items, but once I get frosted glasses and opaque containers (as opposed to these clear drinking glasses that I had laying around) it will be even more functional. And best of all, it was practically free since we already had it laying around.

I didn’t fashion a dress out of gum drops, but I still think Tim Gunn would be proud.