Royal Bread

That’s what John thought this gift represented when he unwrapped it on Christmas morning.

Crown Molding

But by around his third guess he’d cracked the code: crown molding. And his gift finally came to fruition this week when our crafty installer returned to hang beautiful 3 inch molding in our living/dining room and three bedrooms. The finished product is polished and purty. And best of all, John didn’t have to lift a finger. He works hard enough around here as it is, so I was glad to let him sit this one out.

Here are some detail shots:

Molding 1

Molding 2

And here’s the whole living / dining room in all of its crowning glory:


It looks just as dapper in the bedrooms, so stay tuned for some more pics. In the meantime you can find John not complaining about a sore back or a nail gun injury. Life is good.



Sunday in the Park

When this Sunday lived up to its name (and brought us beautiful weather in the mid 60s) we contemplated several parks that we could visit to take little Burger for a long walk. In the end, our love for Richmond’s old neighborhoods won out and we ended up hitting up Park Ave instead.

Richmond’s Park Avenue slices right through The Fan, one of the coolest and most historic parts of the city (and former home to our cousin Erin). There’s no shortage of homes to admire, so we’re glad we remembered the camera.

Here’s a sense of what the colorful streetscapes look like:




Did you see Burger and me in action in that last shot?

Sherry was especially enamored with a lot of door designs that we spotted. She’s planning to repaint our yellow door sometime soon and is “in the mood for red” at the moment. Here are a couple of entryways that were especially inspiring to her (there were also a lot with elaborate glasswork and cool house numbers- but we were doing our best not to get arrested while taking photos on people’s porches):


And if you’re interested in making Park Ave your home, we saw plenty of “For Sale” signs and even got a chance to pop into an Open House – a gorgeous home with 2000+ sq. ft, 10′ ceilings and lots of historic details for $399. It was definitely a nice place, but there’s no way we’re leaving our home sweet home anytime soon.