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Boston, MA
House-obsessed color expert.
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I never knew how hard it was to buy a rug. Turns out I'm picky. Huh. In the past, we have bought all our rugs from a local purveyor. They have been Gabeh rugs of reputable sources and quality. We have been lucky. The red rug in the living room... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Holiday House Rules
The master bath. I weep. But I know it will get better. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Holiday House Rules
I was flipping through the blog the other day and I saw the pictures I posted when we bought the house. The one of Bun's bathroom caught my eye. It's not a room we did a lot to. At all. But it looks so much better, so I thought I'd... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Holiday House Rules
Ok, so I whined a bit here about choosing tile and countertop material. Decision fatigue is real. And it can be debilitating. Or you can just close your eyes and point and call it good. So, we ended up with: Ceasarstone Misty Carrera countertop and shower threshhold Matte white penny... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Holiday House Rules
Hey, yo, we're getting a tax rebate this year for going green! Woot! Right. Drop in the proverbial bucket, folks. Things have gotten spendy here at Holiday House 2 and I'm feeling the pinch, the pressure, the stress. When Tom Hanks laughs like an idiot when the bathtub falls in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Holiday House Rules
This is the source of my ongoing pain this week. Choosing a vanity top and shower threshold. I had specified Ceasarstone since I want something smooth, nice and impervious to all stains and such. And so I got samples. On the left you see Misty Carrera and London Gray. On... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Ok, so this morning we had the kick-off meeting for the bathroom reno. Construction starts 48 hours from now. Ha! And, also, the tree trimmers were here this morning. The back neighbor had scheduled it and warned me, but it was still a surprise to find a giant woodchipper running... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Waaay back when I told you that the first thing I was going to buy for HH2 were these coat hooks. And I did, I did buy them. And what's more, JWH totally, lovingly even, sanded them and waxed them to perfection. They do not, people, come out of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
I told you last week that I already started shopping. Hate me. Don't care. I also have a Christmas list of my own out there. And this wallpaper is on it. (Anthro) The powder room needs love, and this paper is that love. It will be so great. Other house-related... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Since it is the single most expensive thing we've done (yes, topping even the boiler and AC compressor), you'd think I'd be so thrilled that it's over. And I am, I really am. I like the new lighter, gray-er color. I like knowing the leaks are over. I like that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
You may well have noticed that from my breakthrough on bathroom layout: To the final layout: Something changed. That something was the window. I had always assumed I had to steer clear of it, so I was putting the toilet in front of it, or having people at the vanity... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
It's not an exciting topic, but for what it cost I should at least get a few posts out of it! The mess, the noise, the red bucket! And now we can sleep soundly when it rains and snows this winter. We are halfway done and we have: - replaced... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Fiyah. That's how my Introduction to Newswriting professor said it. Boston to the core. Journo to the core, too. Old-school. If he failed to arrive at the appointed hour for class, one of us would run to the pub to fetch him. I also learned from him, first hand, what... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Really, it is. It's less than 3 months away, so it's time to get a move on. I usually start shopping in July, but the move this year took my attention away from my typical obsessive compulsive habits and focused it on other, more expensive, obsessive compulsive habits. One can... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
I move into a house and I correct things. Things that any normal person would leave be. At least for the first year. Or a lifetime. Whichever suits. But no. I do things in such swirl of urgency that I run myself ragged. And I lose perspective on what is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
So, over here I showed you my "before" on the kitchen desk nook. The photos in that post were a hot mess of iPhone snaps and blurry ickiness. I owe you better. This is better. Not great, mind you, but one does what one can. I also noticed that they... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Little things - like little stairs to the attic/the Bun's room. They were cute. They were red. They were in horrible shape. So I busted out the wood filler: Lots of wood filler... Then we* picked a color. I'm not 100% in love with this color, but it's an improvement... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
So, this is the 3rd time we have countered a kitchen, and that means I should be over talking about it. But, no, I do go on... For the first, in our first condo, where we did a little kitchen spruce - getting rid of counters that were, literally, marble... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Channeling the late, great, Robin Williams*. The kitchen has undergone a huge improvement. We started here, with this little 1980's desk set up that we used to store tools and such throughout most of the move in process. And we stashed all the stuff that did not fit in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Ha. See what I did there? Anyway, one of the projects I am most delighted by in HH2 is our upgrade of the floor vents and air return. They looked like this: And now this: Wow, right? Totally a low cost, huge value improvement. But not without pain. These suckers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
The master bath. The before images. Brace yourselves: Standing outside the shower/at the door from the hall. Glass block, baby. The ceiling, for good measure. Standing at the sinks, looking toward the shower. And, yes, that's bubble wrap on the windows. Go ahead and judge me. The sink area and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
See, less exclaiming. Back to my old, more staid, headline format. Breathe in, breathe out. Easy peasy. The vanity. You saw my inspiration photo and my very own, first ever, mood board. I also got this from the designer to get jiggy with sconce and mirror options. I chose the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
(Anthro) I mean. The concept, the name, the original sales price. The sale price. No words, just laughter. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
All my posts seem to be very exclamation point heavy these days. Whatever, I'm posting, Be grateful for that. Perhaps my enthusiasm is even infectious. I just had to look up that word: infectious. I had "infective" in my head and knew that was not right. Perhaps this is old... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
After what I can only describe as a hellish moment in my current shower* I cannot tell you how excited I am to relax in a shower with newly installed and grouted walls of this lovely stuff: The shower floor will be this - mainly because JWH thinks it will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Holiday House Rules