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
So you saw how we made way for grass in the backyard (not quite ready for an “after” picture yet) but we never mentioned that we were also reseeding the front yard. Consider this your official notice. I’m experiencing yard déjà vu because it was just last fall that we did our major front yard makeover by removing the jungle that completely obscured our house and replaced it with much-less-obstructive grass. It made a huge difference, as you can see here. Now, we’ve been forced (somewhat unwillingly) into growing grass again because of a dying tree. That big, forked tree that you can see on the right side of our main blog photo was on
John and I completed a huge task this weekend- painting the living room (the largest room of the house) a neutral tan (Glidden’s Sand White) from a pale green. It looks much better with that big doorway leading into our kitchen and our new dining set, huh? Now we can cook, eat, entertain, and relax in one big open space as opposed to being in three separate rooms. Plus turning the living room into a living and dining area freed up the dining room which we turned into a third bedroom- a totally valuable addition to our home. And after all that rolling and edging, we were dying to do something entertaining and non-labor intensive.
This morning we excitedly met with our Certified Kitchen Designer to finalize the plans for our cabinets and countertops. We’re super psyched to post pics of all the materials we’ve chosen (KraftMaid cabinets, Stonemark Granite countertops, etc) so stay tuned for that fun stuff. In the meantime, we’re having a moment of indecisiveness about the backsplash. One easy option is to continue our granite a few inches up the wall to act as a backsplash and then keep the rest of the area under the top cabinets a semi-gloss paint. This option really appeals to us because we would be able to easily change the paint color should our kitchen need a fun update down