No, it’s not an actual addition. Or a baby- don’t get any ideas! It’s a new rug that we snagged this weekend at Pier 1 (for $40 off, no less). Our fabulous new 5’x8′ looks nice and comfortable in our living room, and helps define the living area from the dining area (since they now share one big space). It’s a tightly woven jute that’s actually soft to the touch (a lot of the textured rugs we like are just too crunchy to actually live on). And at only $79, marked down for $119, it was one of the most affordable rugs of its size. Plus the color is pretty similar to the new wood
Eons ago we promised you updated photos of the new grass-tastic backyard after the Craigslist success story. Well, the grass has FINALLY decided to grow, so instead of sitting around and waiting we can post these pics for you. Here’s the before- which was perfect for our backyard wedding, but waaaay too much work to maintain: So we put an ad for free bushes and gravel on Criagslist, and this is what we were left with: Now that the grass has finally filled in, we have a wide-open (and super easy to maintain) yard that’s perfect for Burger’s bug hunting expeditions: It’s not exactly “lush” but it’s getting there, and by next spring it’ll be
On Saturday I found myself in our crawl space on a mission to get our heating system ready to earn its keep. We had our annual system cleaning on Friday and learned two things from the service guy: (1) We’re almost out of oil and (2) we needed to cap off a floor vent that we covered up with the new hardwood flooring installation. The vent had been right next to our old brick doorway, but it was intentionally covered when that opening was widened (who wants to trip over a floor vent in the middle of a doorway?). And don’t worry, we checked with an expert first to make sure it wouldn’t screw up
Every once in a great while some amazing product comes along and shoots me with cupid’s arrow. Swiffer duster pads (they grab every dust particle instead of pushing ’em around). The Diva jeans by Old Navy (I swear they’re better than Sevens- I own three pairs). Life cereal (is there crack in there?). And now there’s a new product to shower with affection: Method Holiday Aroma Soy Candles. Love, love, love the streamlined curves. Worship, worship, worship the yummy peppermint vanilla and cinnamon bark scents. Adore, adore, adore the fact that they’re made from eco-friendly (and health-friendly) soy. So don’t walk, run to the nearest Target and snatch up as many as you can. At
In case you missed the orange button that screams (begs?) “VOTE FOR ME!” on our sidebar, then you wouldn’t know that we’re entered in RemodelingMySpace.com’s “Remodel, Blog and Win” contest. Their esteemed panel of experts will award the $5,000 Grand Prize to the bloggers demonstrating the most home improvement AND blogging prowess. But another esteemed group of experts – you the people – will award the $1,000 People’s Choice Award by casting your vote by November 30th. (I’ll take care of that brown on my nose once I’ve finished buttering up you beautiful, beautiful people.) If your love of voting for things (or earning compliments) isn’t enough, your vote will also make you eligible for
With our kitchen designer back in town we took some more measurements and worked out all the kinks in our design – and FINALLY ordered the cabinets and countertop this weekend. That kicks off the slow process of fabricating and installing everything, which is estimated to take 12-ish weeks. Fortunately, we know the Home Depot is generous with their guesstimations, so we’re crossing our fingers for something a little sooner. Either way it buys us plenty of time to fill everyone in on the details. When it came time to start the design process, Sherry and I holed up in Barnes & Noble one night sifting through home magazines and books, searching for the perfect
I’m still not used to the weather here in Richmond. Growing up in Jersey and living in New York for 6 years taught me that come September, mother nature means business. Up North, it routinely dropped from the high 90s in August to the low 50s in September, and I hardly ever got to beak out my shiny new fall jacket before I needed my big down winter one. Well Richmond is a completely different ballgame. Averaging 0.00 inches of snow accumulation every winter, it’s a much more mild climate and snow shovels are optional. And we have four full seasons here! I’m still adjusting to the 74 degree fall weather (Thursday’s forecast) in November.
The weekend kicked off with what seemed to be our biggest plumbing project ever. Mainly because it required turning off water to the entire house (which involved me sticking my hand down a muddy, bug-filled hole in the front yard with a tiny wrench as my only weapon.) We were fixing a small leak the floor guys created when they re-installed our bathroom pedestal sink. It couldn’t be fixed by simply turning off the water under the sink because that shut-off valve was the very source of our problem. And the last thing we wanted was a leak onto our new floor. Luckily, we had been able to temporarily tame the leak by turning off