Category dining room

The progress and surprises

Week three started yesterday, and the work continues in satisfying increments. The demo of the cabinets is complete, the tile has come up and the rough-ins for the electric and plumbing are nearly finished. Because I am impatient by nature, I am restless to get to the part where we put the finishes in, but […]

The Befores

It’s been three months and a couple days since closing day, and we’ve undertaken quite a few projects, but few of them feel near completion. We have HGTV dreams, but a DIY network budget, and a couple unglamorous projects- a burst pipe and a roof repair- have distracted our time and funds. The big project, […]

New shelves

The very last of the unpacking. It’s happened! You know what happens when two book lovers combine households? Too many cats. And yes, too many books. But really, is there such a thing? (cats, yes, books, never.) After all the boxes were unpacked, even the chaotic studio was tamed. But the piles of books remained. […]

The Terrarium

I love thrift stores. I love the hunt and the sense possibility and the deals. I love having objects that carry their own history, that have been in lives before they’ve come into mine. I have a circuit of three near my house that I like to stop in on a weekly basis and  a […]

Dispatches from the dining room

After a wholly pleasant and unusually extended Spring, Philly’s heat and humidity has made an appearance in full force. While we’ve put an air conditioning unit in the bedroom for sleeping at night, we’ve resisted turning it on before 10 or putting another one in another part of the house. Frugality and a curious-but-unsubstantiated belief […]

The radiator cover

At the end of March, the far wall of the dining room looked like this: And now, at the end of April, it looks like this: Still needs some curtains, but so far? Everything I was hoping it would be and more. The radiator cover makeover was an unexpected project, but my favorite change in […]

Nik’s 30th birthday

We pulled it off! Saturday morning, the dining room was still a work space with paint cans, drop cloths, and hardware all over the floor, but that night, the house was clean and we had 70 people who came by to show Nik love for her 30th and eat cake. There was a LOT of […]

Bright ideas

The other day, I stood in the light bulb aisle of Lowe’s meticulously scanning the boxes for the specialty bulb I was looking for. Next to me, a man and a women kept dropping and audibly breaking the bulbs. Not on purpose, but with neither chagrin nor remorse, multiple bulbs slipped from their hands as […]

So much to do and things that have been done

Would you be aghast if I told you I hadn’t finished painting the trim and ceiling yet? What if I told you that we’re throwing a party with… (checks RSVPs)… 55-70 people in… (checks calendar)… 9 days? Yikes. Nik’s 30th birthday is on Thursday, and we’re having a huge party on Saturday. And I’ve done […]

Painting windows: the lip balm trick

The trim is finally being painted! While the baseboards were already a bright (albeit scuffed) white, the window sills were a creamy off-white (and don’t let the fancy light before picture deceive you, the sills were covered with suspicious, smudgy paw prints). We’re painting everything Valspar’s Ultra White, and the subtle change is really making […]