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Boston, MA
House-obsessed color expert.
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Or don't do, as the case may be. Last week I showed you pictures of the Bun's bathroom. The new vanity is a wonderful thing. I got it online; being time crunched I had very few options , but Jack at rocked it out for me. Really. Did you... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Holiday House Rules
More framing. It's actually starting to look like something. I have plumbing, I have electical. I can walk around in there, following the foot patterns I will use in real life. So it feels more real. And my shower looks HUGE! We did a lot of debating on if we... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Holiday House Rules
(I take a break from the master bath mess today to show you something that is less messy. Or at least the mess is happening off site...) I mentioned waaay back here that I needed to purchase something for storage in the dining room. Before moving in, we assumed we'd... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Holiday House Rules
How about this for a huge improvement! My kitchen counters are IN! Never let anyone accuse me of taking things "one at a time." Oh, no, we hit all projects hard at the same time. Any, yes, we are exhausted. Thanksgiving is our goal end point. And while we may... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Holiday House Rules
So...I decided that I should get more formal about updating you on the progress of the renovation. I showed you plans, I showed you demo, I whined a bit. But really, how's it going and where are we at? Well, the demo team was here for 2 days. And they... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Holiday House Rules
I mentioned yesterday that I got some new rugs from Dash & Albert. And I will forgive you for assuming that I ordered them online or visited a distributor. I actually went to the outlet! It was quite a thrill, really. I found myself in Pittsfield, MA one day, with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Yeah, so we had a little hiccup. The countertop people have gotten a little wacky. They were supposed to come last Thursday to demo the current counters and template the new (they claimed that because I was adding new area to the counters they had to demo to get an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Rugs. We have established that I prefer the open loop/cut pile of a Gabeh. I also prefer finished edges and a small fringe. I do adore a lot of the Moroccan-inspired shag rugs around with the diamonds and such, but I wonder it they are not so pervasive as to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
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 Oct 21, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
The master bath. I weep. But I know it will get better. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 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 Oct 17, 2014 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: "Q" Quartzite in Cashmere Carrera countertop and shower threshhold (polished)... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 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 Oct 15, 2014 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