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Boston, MA
House-obsessed color expert.
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So, with the move and every spre moment of my life used up on unpacking, decorating, not to mention bleeding money, I have fallen behind on posts. I have a lot coming up for you, and I even have pictures on the real camera. But, the system where I can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
So, yesterday's photos may have led you to understand that we decided, kind of at the last minute, to have the movers lug the current sofa up the stairs to the den. Rather than buy a new couch for that room, which is more casual a space, we decided to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
And about 4 hours a night after work, we are in a bit better shape. The den is still heaped with crap, but the books are away and the sofa is pushed back, so, you know, you can actually walk in there now: The office is tidy, if spare: The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Don't do it. Really. Just don't. I knew better, really, but I had ordered blackout cellular shades twice before, for the kid's room, and I had done it online. And it had turned out fine. They worked, they fit, they were cheap and easy. So I did it again. And... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
So, the Phase 1 is over. Phase 2 (the master bath) is still cooking on the simmer burner, and you know me, I have a list of stuff to chip away at as we go along, you know, living here. This is that list: replace the interior storms in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Right now this space is a hallway with closets on either side, but I want the doors off those closets and that storage maximized! Like this maybe? (Apartment Therapy) We need drawers, we need hanging space, we need shelves. We need it all... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Yeah, it's epic, and a mess and a blur. And about a million thing are now added to my "to do" list as I wander around and notice things like the crappy placement of the toilet paper holder in the powder room or that the fan in there is hanging... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
When I found out that our over the range microwave was, indeed, vented, I had a little internal struggle about getting a proper range hood. They cost, folks. A lot. But why buy a new over the counter microwave when I hate that look in general. You see the stove... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
We are really speeding along now with progress. The floors are in and we have chosen stain: Provincial. Not too light, not too dark. Trying not to look 1985 or 2005. You know? And the stove and dishwasher have been installed. That was a bit of a 2-steps forward, 1-step... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
In some of the photos of the Bun's room, you might have noticed that there are lots of little access doors to the eaves. There are 4, in fact. One is in the closet. The other three I really wanted to disguise. There are so, so, so many angles in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Friday I used photos of the 3rd floor that were a bit out of date. But I snuck over this weekend and got photos of the new, painted and floored Bun's room! The difference is amazing: The living room, hall and stairs also look pretty great. And yes, I broke... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
To Google "curtains on palladium windows." It's some mean, mean stuff going on there, I tell you. But I have a palladium window thing going on in the bun's room and I really needed some ideas. Mostly my searching has led me to what I do not want, but there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Okay so last time I posted a status update I was floored by how differnt the space looked with paint. This update is not like that. My appliances were delivered this weekend and it was a bit hit or miss. Let's start with the pictures: The range. She is gorgeous.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
I told you here that I was ordering a bunch of knobs and pulls. Well, I actually wussed out on that and only ordered the plain old knobs from Restoration Harware. The idea of drilling new holes and patching old ones x 40 was kind of bringing me down... So,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Two exciting pieces of news: #1 - our microwave/hood does vent! Who knew? Ed did... #2 - as a result I put the kibosh on buying a new over the range microwave. I might be able to find a place in the kitchen for the micro to live, and then... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
I have learned a lot about heating and cooling, I tell you what. Mostly I learned all the reasons I could not get the 3rd floor of HH2 to be it's own zone. Forget having zones on all 3 floors. Hahahaha. That was the hvac guy laughing at me. Still,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
I have been somewhat obsessing over appliances. We need a new fridge. And the stove and microwave work but are fugly and old. Oh, and the washer/dryer situation? I know these are terribly and blurry iPhone photos. But, really, like that lot would look any better with the fancy camera?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
While I still love the Spaghetti lamp, I have sinking fears that it will not work in HH2's dining room. I have swelling hope, though, that it will one day hang in the front entry. That said, what will hang in the dining room? Those of you who perused my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
I just spent $284 on switchplates. There should be a support group for that. But, really, the plates and outlet covers at HH2 are all manner of brown and gross. Some I think were purposely bought in "almond" and others have discolored with time. With the brass can light trim... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Still, still with the iPhone photos. Good lord, if you knew the number of times I said to myself, "I'll just pull out the camera and leave it on the stair, then I will remember it! I'll do that right now!" And then I go back to brushing my teeth,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
A lot of times I do something around the house and people say, "that's so cool, where'd you get that idea." And I demur. It's fun to have them think I came up with it myself. Sadly, it's often not true. While I do, sometimes, come up with something unique,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
The real before pictures. Or I guess you could say the first of the "during" pictures. I am knee deep in work and stressed out by all that is going on. So, here, enjoy pictures of the chaos. (And, again, iPhone pictures, I cannot seem to remember to bring a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
Yes, I am fully aware that the hall closet is not, in many circles, considered a place to decorate. But I'm gonna do it anyway. HH1 had so much storage that we seriously had empty drawers and closets. Yes, I know, boo hoo. But HH2 is not suffering from the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
My kitchen grand plan (makes it sound so much more dramatic than it is, right?) included adding cabinets to the weird little nook. And I'm happy to say that I am making it happen. I took a peek inside the cabinets, Googled the tag and found that these suckers are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Holiday House Rules
The dining room. I mean, it's simple right? Plop the old dining room furniture in it and off to the races we go. Right? Well, no. This dining room is bigger, and we plan to actually use it day to day. The kitchen in this house may or may not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Holiday House Rules