Home Tour April 2015

After about two and a half years of renovation our house is starting to look pretty nice, if I do say so myself. What started out as a cape cod with cracks around every door and window and walls that hadn't been painted since the 70s is now an abode that is comfortable, contemporary and perfect for us. Brad loves adding little touches that most people would never even think about doing, like an inset spice rack into our custom-built kitchen island, just to make use of every nook and cranny. We still have several projects left to do before Brad starts taking apart old projects and redoing them :)While the house was clean last weekend I was able to take some photos of our progress. To really appreciate how far we've come here is the link to our initial video home tour: http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5cf521a7527bbf0001a3b066/5d0b99f5dd780f0001cbf6f2/5d0b9a19dd780f0001cbf8ea/1561041433813/a?format=original>And here's a link to the photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87092290@N07/sets/72157631513010652/

Living Room

[suslider source="media: 732,731,730,729,728" link="image" height="400" title="yes" pages="no" mousewheel="no" autoplay="0"]We haven't done a whole lot to the living room except for "glid walling" (applying thin sheets of fiberglass with plaster to prevent cracks from forming) and painting. Brad installed five can lights along the front wall which really makes a huge difference at night. We've also made new baseboards for this room and Brad redid the molding around the front door.

Dining Room

slider source="media: 712,711,710,709" link="image" height="400" title="yes" pages="no" mousewheel="no" autoplay="0"]Glid walled and painted, new baseboards. Brad redid the archway from the living room into the dining room.


[suslider source="media: 717,716,715,714,713" link="image" height="400" pages="no" mousewheel="no" autoplay="0" speed="0"]This room has probably had the biggest transformation so far. We started by taking down all of the original metal cabinets, sanding, priming and painting them with Rustoleum. Brad polished up the boomerang handles and we reinstalled them on a newly painted/plastered back wall.Brad built the kitchen island from scratch using pieces of what he had in the basement. We wanted a place to house a dishwasher and another cabinet without wasting any space. The resulting island is beautiful, functional and the perfect size. There's even space for a few stools under the overhang of the counter!


slider source="media: 747,746,745" link="image" height="400" pages="no" mousewheel="no" autoplay="0" speed="0"]Plastered/painted. There's not a lot of closet space in here so we have huge shelves to hold all of our folded clothes (and Brad's rather large shoe collection).


[suslider source="media: 720, 719,718" link="image" height="400" pages="no" mousewheel="no" autoplay="0" speed="0"]Plastered/painted. The original tile actually isn't that bad compared to some of the colors you'd find in a house built during this time period. It's also in pretty good shape so we'll keep it for now.

Studio (2nd Floor)

slider source="media: 727,726,725,724,723,722,721" link="image" height="400" pages="no" mousewheel="no" autoplay="0" speed="0"]Repaired drywall, took down a wall, painted, painted again, installed beadboard around the stairwell, installed a custom light fixture, installed baseboards, added a ton of new outlets, laid down new vinyl flooring and built in the desk area. One of my favorite little touches in this area is the plate glass over the stairwell so I can lay out and cut fabric over it without sacrificing the light.

Guest Bedroom

[su_slider source="media: 735,734,733" link="image" height="400" pages="no" mousewheel="no" autoplay="0" speed="0"]Repaired drywall, installed a plywood flooring ceiling (using material from Brad's brother's house), painted, added new outlets, installed baseboards, laid new vinyl flooring and opened a space in the wall for built ins. That's all for now! If you have any questions about a specific project please let me know. (And I'll ask Brad, because he's obviously the brains behind this operation!)

It's Alive!

The garden, that is. Plants_9 Plants_8 (my peony hasn't quite bloomed yet, but the ants seem to really love it.) Plants_7 (cute little cherry tomato plant.) Plants_6 (spearmint in the sunshine.) Plants_5 Plants_4 (gorgeous purple irises from Gary Gaffney's garden.) Plants_3 Plants_2 (wildflowers from the seeds we scattered last year.) Plants_1 (they look pretty great in a simple white milk bottle vase.)

Painting the Studio

So remember those paint swatches from the last post? Here's the result! Well, the in-progress result. The color is called "Magnet Dapple" by Valspar. Weird name, I know. My only concern is that the dark blue color will make the space a little too cave-like. But we have four two-bulb flood lights that will go up in place of the 80s track lighting.The color is a little hard to capture, but it's kind of a darkish denim blue. I'm pretty excited to start getting all of my supplies and everything set up.[gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="364,363,362,361"]Some navy blue room inspiration (from Pinterest, of course) :Screen shot 2013-02-26 at 9.39.33 PM  Screen shot 2013-02-26 at 10.08.34 PM  Screen shot 2013-02-26 at 10.08.45 PM

Lavender, Succulents & Plant Fun

Brad and I are well into the process of planning for our September 20th wedding. √ Venue. √ Caterer. √ Cake. Flowers? I knew I didn't want to allocate a huge part of our budget to flowers and also that I want the flowers to look different, special, unique. Of course, everyone wants that for their wedding. One of Brad's many passions is indoor gardening, specifically cultivating jade plants. I'm not sure how he started this hobby, but we've collected about 40 or so varied house plants, most of them jades.
The point of all that is that I've decided (with the help of Pinterest) to start propagating our jades and use them as wedding favors. Here are a few inspiration photos:Screen shot 2013-02-25 at 9.08.52 PM  Screen shot 2013-02-25 at 9.09.06 PMSo, with that in mind, I'm starting to take some cuttings from our jades and getting them ready to root. I've been trimming them just before the second set of leaves. From what I've read, you're supposed to let the cuttings "scab over" for about three days before you put them in soil (to prevent water rot?) Along with the succulent favors, I will be incorporating them into my bouquet, centerpieces, etc. We've decided to order our flowers through a place called The Flowerman in Columbus. My mom will pick them up a day or two before the big day and we'll have a few people over to the house for a flower arranging frenzy.Another plant I want to incorporate is lavender. Ever since an awesome babysitter helped me stitch and embroider a lavender sachet for my grandma I've loved the sent and look of lavender. It makes me think of memories, summertime and learning how to sew. More inspiration:Screen shot 2013-02-25 at 9.35.56 PM  Screen shot 2013-02-25 at 9.36.30 PM  Screen shot 2013-02-25 at 9.36.43 PM  Screen shot 2013-02-25 at 9.37.04 PM  Screen shot 2013-02-25 at 9.44.09 PMAnd now on to some of my in progress photos:[gallery link="file" ids="348,347,346,345,344,343,342,341,338"]Those yellow flowers aren't a part of this project, I just like them. The big tray with the fiber cells is full of seeding soil and lavender seeds. They're supposed to start sprouting in about 2 to 3 weeks. I've never tried starting a plant from seeds. There are so many factors to it... I just hope something comes out of those little shiny seeds. Also, notice the paint chips. Brad and I were trying to decide on a paint color for the studio (something in the navy blue family). Photos of that coming soon!

A Tour of Our New House!

It's been a while. But trust me, there's good reason for that. Brad and I have been working on buying a house! Here's a tour.[su_youtube url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8x1Zi2axHY&"]Click here for photos!http://flic.kr/s/aHsjC5B34NAs you can see from the photos, there is a ton of work that we are doing and still needs to be done. It's kind of a dusty mess right now, but at least it's our dusty mess!

Quick House Update:

There are two other offers on the house so we went back last week and adjusted our offer to make it more short sale friendly. Just got a call and we've been outbid, but have been asked to put in our best and final. Wish us luck!