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Kristiina
Virginia
Stay at home mom trying to manage two toddlers while creating a respectable home :)
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I love cheap art. It's no secret around here! It works out since we don't really have a decorating/art budget. So my latest venture was to take a pack of cheap IKEA prints (I know, I know...do I ever shop anywhere else? No. The answer is no.) and kick them... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2010 at StarterHouse
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Well, it's been a while since I've posted...we've been out of town and had a few other things pop up. We've made a little progress with regard to the paint in the master bath...otherwise, I'm counting on Joe to knock some things off the 'honey-do' list during his vacation. (some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2010 at StarterHouse
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We've been tinkering around with different ways to use/keep a schedule around here...life seems a bit more manageable when we have a plan for the day. But, as I'm sure you can relate, life isn't written in permanent ink. We needed something that we could change at a moment's notice.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2010 at StarterHouse
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I am loving this new trash can that sits on our bathroom vanity. I'll give you three guesses as to where I bought it.....oh wait, you only need one guess? My sister says that the associates probably know my name at IKEA. It's not that bad, but they might recognize... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2010 at StarterHouse
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...I STILL didn't get the backsplash in the middle bathroom done perfectly! I had planned to use the mortar and grout that we used for the tile floors (we have quite a bit left), but I learned from that tiling experience that mixing a small amount is really challenging. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2010 at StarterHouse
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I had fun pillaging through the house to find some things to 'display' on the new master bedroom shelves. I toyed around with a few things, but landed on this:_ _ _ I had everything you see here (the little clock was originally purchased for the master bathroom shelves, so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2010 at StarterHouse
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Joe built three sets of shelves--one set for each bathroom and one for the master bedroom. I finished painting the bedroom shelves last night and he put them up for me...sweet! (It definitely helped that he got to use his awesome nail gun ;) _ _ So today I get... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2010 at StarterHouse
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It seems like stripes on walls are everywhere these days...or maybe it's just because I spend all my 'fun' time online reading design blogs. They are great for adding dimension/depth to a shallow space and for definition of a large area. A few of the blogs that I read regularly... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2010 at StarterHouse
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I mentioned that we bought a new rug for the living room a few weeks ago. I figured I would show you how it looks and show you some of the other little changes we made. I'll just tell you what we did along with showing you some a lot... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at StarterHouse
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A few things that are making me smile in my kitchen lately: __ My new measuring spoons from World Market... __ _ And the apron I got as part of my Mother's Day celebration...I guess Joe can take a hint ;) _ (sorry it's a little blurry!) Mother's Day was... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2010 at StarterHouse
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A few changes can make a big impact. We bought three new rugs and a new lamp and moved some things around and we can't believe the difference it has made! I just thought I'd quickly show some before and afters of the new rugs...more on the lamp and little... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at StarterHouse
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A few weeks ago I stumbled across a great idea in a post from one of the blogs I follow but I can't find the original post, so I can't link/credit it. Just know: this idea is totally stolen ;) I cannot seem to bring myself to put the dish... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at StarterHouse
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I saw a really cool idea on Oprah a few years ago that I thought could help us manage our paper and artwork a little better. She had Peter Walsh driving around the country on Oprah's Clean Up Your Messy House Tour...it was a great series--he basically knocked on random... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2010 at StarterHouse
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Hi, I'm back from my random non-posting hiatus. I have no good explanation, so let's just move on, shall we? :) Things have been coming along with the bathrooms-slowly, but surely. Joe was out of town for a few weekends and has been busy with work, so we've just accepted... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2010 at StarterHouse
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A while back I was perusing some things on etsy and landed in someone's store who was selling vintage local maps. I thought it would be kind of cool to frame one from downtown Washington, D.C., since that's where Joe and I met. I never got around to buying one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at StarterHouse
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__ I'm almost finished with my fabric project. Any guesses as to what it is? _ __ Kind of obvious? Yeah, I guess the shower curtain rod and rings gave it away ;) But I'm not going to show the full finished product until the bathroom (it's for the middle... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at StarterHouse
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I know, cheesy title......this will be quick. I saw a pretty cool gadget in a magazine I was reading over the weekend (I think it was "body + soul"....one of the many magazines I inherit from my mom) and wanted to share. Do you have to wait a long time... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2010 at StarterHouse
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Yesterday, I got the day off...a free pass to do whatever I wanted...ALL DAY!!! Oh man, it was heavenly. It was sunny and 70 degrees without a cloud in the sky. The kids were in someone else's good hands (better than mine, considering my mental state!). I dropped them off,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2010 at StarterHouse
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I can't believe Joe's already installing drawers...I can't believe how much storage we're going to have in the master bathroom. I can't believe he can (and WANTS) to do all of this woodworking/cabinet making. I'm so lucky :) (The nail gun/compressor waiting anxiously to get to work.) (His trusty assistant... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2010 at StarterHouse
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Two very late nights and several trips to Home Depot later (I try to tell Joe that it would be faster if he just went himself ;)...both of our new sinks/faucets are installed in the master bathroom: - We love them! We ended up with a Kraus Round White Ceramic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2010 at StarterHouse
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Anyone sick of hearing about our bathrooms? Me too...the sinks arrived today (they look great--yay!), so things are still progressing. Just thought I'd post about something else for a change ;) Let's talk about inexpensive art. Okay, CHEAP art. After Joe and I got together and we starting decorating our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at StarterHouse
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No one wants to get electrocuted while installing bathroom light fixtures...there has to be a better way to go ;) And even when the circuit is in the 'off' position, and Joe's tested the wires to make sure they're not 'hot', it still makes him nervous to wire new light... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2010 at StarterHouse
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We did a dry run in the master bathroom with the sinks and faucets so that we could figure out the placement of the mirrors and lights. It was clear pretty quickly that we hated the faucets. We realized that we'd purchased faucets that were supposed to come directly out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2010 at StarterHouse
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I think grouting is the easier step in the two-step tiling process. The basic gist is you wait 24 hours after tiling to let the mortar 'cure'. Then you mix the grout and use a "float" to force it into the grooves you left between each piece of tile. Next,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2010 at StarterHouse
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We had originally planned to do the tile floors in both bathrooms two weekends ago while Grandma 'B' was here, but Joe was practically sleep walking after all the manual labor (not to mention holding down his full-time job!), so we opted to take a day off. I'm so glad... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at StarterHouse