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Carmella
The Wyoming mountains
I am Carmella Rayone, lover of good design, good writing, good food, and the four good men in my life
Interests: interior design, handmade, photography, education, family
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Although all the plans in the Shelter Collection were inspired by our house, Shelter No.4 is the closest to our floor plan - I say it's our house, only better :) Email me at assortmentblog@gmail.com to discuss the builder.
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In a friendly email, she asked, "Camera tricks aside, how do you keep your white walls white?" It's a fair question that deserves an answer, because, looking in, one may wonder whether these walls are ever smudged, nicked, or smeared... Continue reading
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I so enjoy perspectives in the comments from all places in life! I'm taking notes for when I'm an empty nester!
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No, not that kind of trade. I probably should have written "screen time" for board games. Game time here is only on Friday afternoons or Saturdays, 2 hours, each boy. Other evenings, the pull toward screens is to watch netflix, youtube, etc. This is more what the trade is aimed for. I totally get that screen time can be so hard to negotiate!
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I've never heard of Kubb! Thank you
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We've more had breakfast for dinner more than once recently, too!
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Such kind words. Thank you!
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It's an effective illusion when summer seems endless at the beginning of June. You believe it'll stretch on and on in long and languid days. Oh, but it goes by as quickly as a sunset! So the recent convergence with... Continue reading
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Yay! It's a good one!
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Nellie got to spend the day with a new friend - a Great Dane! Wow, does she look little next to him! They became good buddies & played lots of tag around the garden shed, or so I hear.
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We'd also used gas and charcoal for years. The Traegers are a smoker/grill combination, and definitely more of an investment. My husband had wanted one for years - several of his buddies have them and love them - one made smoked meat loaf on his and it was to DIE for! I was thrilled to find our grill on Craigs List last summer, just in time for his birthday! Every time he uses it, he tells me how much he loves it!
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Words about contentment inspired this series that celebrates ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. Join me in the comments and share what you've done with what you have! When you stay away for longer than you'd planned (hello, summer fun!), it often... Continue reading
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The plan I offer that's closest to our floor plan is Shelter No.4. The study plan for it is right over here: http://www.shopcarmellarayone.com/product/shelter-no-4-study-plan Our exact home couldn't be built in most states because of code restrictions. Lack of building code in rural WY gave us a bit more liberty.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2016 on Becoming Home: A Photo tour | 1 at Assortment
Hi Ann! I haven't drawn plans for our exact home for several reasons, the biggest one being that our home would not pass residential building code in most states. It's a rarity these days, but rural WY has no building codes (for better or worse), so we were able to fly under the radar with our home. In designing the homes in the Shelter Collection, my number one priority was to give clients the chance at building a home very close to ours, but within code (I wanted to offer something that was actually buildable!). Therefore, the slightly larger size to accommodate 2x6 exterior framing, a standard width & run stairway, etc. were necessary. If you like our home's layout, Shelter No.4 is the closest to our house' floor plan (only better!). The second floor could easily be configured exactly like ours, if that's what you're after :)
Yes! You do :)
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The perks of a custom kitchen :) Even though my kitchen is small, it's amazingly efficient!
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Great tip!
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Yes. They are only chairs :)
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Thankfully, no! The Thonet chairs are alive and well, and somehow, more respected by the younger crowd!
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The floors are Traffic Master vinyl planks in Catskill Pine. Generally, I'm a champion of using authentic materials - real wood, stone, etc. However, our situation presented certain constraints within which we had to work, and this was the best choice for the time, going into the decision with the knowledge that this wouldn't be our forever flooring. It's a good thing we went into it with that knowledge. They are what they are: a fake wood floor. So, they have scratches and gouges which do not carry the same endearing character that scratches and gouges on real wood do. If I were able to choose again, I would, in a heart beat, choose real wood every single time. I'd even do solid plank floors (or even ripped plywood, see below), sealed with soap aka the Danish do, or sealed with Woca oil - one of my favorite applications for wood floors. Upstairs, we ripped 3/8" plywood into 4" widths of varying length, and nailed them down, leaving intentional gaps. We then painted the floors with porch paint. LOVE them. They've worn & dented, too, but it's a more authentic look.
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I'm familiar with her story. Amazing woman.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2016 on Let Us Be Kind at Assortment
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Words about contentment inspired this series that celebrates ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. Join me in the comments and share what you've done with what you have! Yet another chair broke. Not surprising, with the way boys can't seem to just... Continue reading
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'Tis something, when the day draws to its close, To say, 'Though I have borne a burdened mind, Have tasted neither pleasure nor repose, Yet this remains: to all men, friends or foes, I have been kind.' - Dawson In... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Assortment
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Nellie loves her boys and will go anywhere they go!
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Nellie was beside herself with excitement! And as soon as we got back in the Jeep to head back home, she was zonked!
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