Archive for April, 2014

Fab Freebie: Art Show

We’ve been so thankful to have a few fantastic artists loan or donate their work to help fill the many blank walls in our Homearama Showhouse to benefit Habitat For Humanity. And we wanted to pay some of that forward to a lucky reader (from anywhere in the world!) so they can fill up some walls in their own home.

First up is $250 to Help Ink, whose graphic posters, notecards, notebooks, and wood-mounted prints not only send a little inspirational boost your way, they also send $1 for every $5 spent on their site to a charity of your choosing.

We also have Richmond-based painter Lindsay Cowles, whose colorful abstract paintings will be in some future showhouse posts. She’s giving this week’s winner a choice between one of any 12 x 12″ canvas-stretched print (which she coats with a textured glaze to give it a painting-like feel) or two rolls of wallpaper from her bold collection of eco-friendly and removable wall coverings.

Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter (it might take a second to load, but it should eventually pop up below this paragraph). This giveaway is available to anyone anywhere!

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Listy VonListerstein

I’m not going to lie. These days this is pretty much all I want to do (add Burger, Clara, and John in there and I’m even more mooney-eyed and kissy-faced). But to everyone who requested an updated Listy post, I finally got ‘er done. We last shared our to-do list in November, so this check-in is well overdue – and I figured it could make us feel somewhat accomplished just to look at all the stuff we’ve crossed off since then. Picture me making Zoro-esque slicing sound effects with every slash (Teddy thought it was hilarious).

These posts were born when people asked how we organize all the stuff on our to-do list and I explained that we basically have one long run-on document that we update as we go. They said “share it!” and I said “done” and now we post it three or four times a year, just to see where we’re going and to take a second to soak up what we’ve accomplished. The bonus side effect is that looking at all of those not-crossed-off-yet bullets helps to get our brains going so we can plan the next few projects we want to tackle. Plus we get to snap some updated photos. Like a few spring-y outdoor shots like this.

- The Front Yard (20% Complete) -


To Do:

- The Portico (30% Complete) -

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- The Garage (3% Complete) -

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- The Foyer (80% Complete) -

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- The Stairs (90% Complete) -

- The Half Bathroom (35% Complete) -

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- The Dining Room (10% Complete) -


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- The Living Room (10% Complete) -

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- The Office (20% Complete) -

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- The Kitchen (35% Complete) -

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- The Sunroom-Turned-Veranda (80% Complete) -

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- The Master Bedroom (15% Complete) -

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- The Master Bedroom Sink Nook (50% Complete) -

- The Master Bathroom (30% Complete) -

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- The Master Closet (40% Complete) -

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-Upstairs Hallway (75% Complete) -

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- Clara’s Room (90% Complete) -

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- Nursery (90% Complete) -

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- The Guest Bedroom (12% Complete) -

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- The Hall Bathroom (8% Complete) -

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- Laundry Nook (20% Complete) -

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- Unfinished Storage Room (0% Complete) -

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- General Whole House Ideas (7% Complete) -

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- The Back Deck (50% Complete) -

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- The Backyard (15% Complete) -

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Whenever we share this list people wonder how we choose what to do next or know what order to tackle stuff in. We just do whatever sounds fun and whatever works with our current budget (barring anything that needs to be moved to the top of the list for safety or other extreme-urgency reasons). We jump around a lot, which seems to keep our momentum up, so instead of being so sick of doing small updates to the kitchen for ten weeks in a row we painted/stained the cabinets over the holidays and recently dove back in to update the counters with Ardex. As for what’s next on the list, we’re hoping to:

What does your to-do list look like these days? Is it super long and detailed? All in your head? Just a few “on deck tasks” to keep you from getting overwhelmed? For some weird reason I feel more in control when I write it all down (just to get it out of my head I think) and then John and I can zero in on a few “next projects” and push the rest into the backs of our minds.

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