Creating a Warm and Cozy Living Room

This living room had good bones: two 9 pane exterior doors, original wood floors, original windows, unpainted woodwork, tall ceilings and a fireplace. (We’ll ignore the fact that it wasn’t a functioning fireplace.) We had the floors professionally refinished by Tony at Cavalier Floors. He also repaired a hole where we had an electrician moveContinue reading “Creating a Warm and Cozy Living Room”

The Story of How I Almost Got Divorced (aka Adding an Addition Onto Your Old Home)

This blog post is a little different as it doesn’t involve a before and after reveal of a room, but I’ve gotten several questions about the process of doing an addition so I wanted to address it. I’m going to spill all the beans — including costs where I can — so that if you’reContinue reading “The Story of How I Almost Got Divorced (aka Adding an Addition Onto Your Old Home)”

How To: Build a Built-In Bench (on a budget and with no skills of any kind)

Or window seat….or banquette. This thing is my new favorite part of the house and it plays so many roles! Last week I revealed my dining room transformation (you can find it here). To solve the problem of this bump-out addition, I added peel and stick floor tile and built a U-shaped bench seat. IContinue reading “How To: Build a Built-In Bench (on a budget and with no skills of any kind)”

Dark and Dated Dining Room

Our house was built in 1922, but the original owners must have remodeled the dining room in the 1950’s. It looks like a bump-out addition was added, along with wood paneling and a built-in china cabinet. Our architect wanted to eliminate the built-in and have the stairs run straight down from the attic, but ya’llContinue reading “Dark and Dated Dining Room”

We Are on a Roll (a Toilet Paper Roll)…

Alright, I apologize for that title. I really do (but do you get it??). It’s 12:07 am on Monday and my brain is a bit fried. Last week we did a frantic, last-minute finish of our third bathroom and if I have to visit the tile store or make a decision again in the nextContinue reading “We Are on a Roll (a Toilet Paper Roll)…”

Recreating 1920’s Style in the Bathroom

When we purchased this home we knew it was a true fixer-upper PLUS too small for our needs. Because the lot is so ginormous, we knew from the beginning that we wanted to add an addition (and there was only ONE BATHROOM). Can a marriage survive sharing a bathroom?? Ours can’t. Truly. But while weContinue reading “Recreating 1920’s Style in the Bathroom”

Front Porch Makeover

How we transformed our 98 year old front porch with screens and paint.

Where it all began…

I saw this house up for sale while on a dog walk. It was on a beautiful street in my neighborhood — large, old trees, a variety of different homes (nothing cookie cutter here) and sat just off of Overbrook Ravine. Living inside the city means that most Clintonville lots are pretty small. The southContinue reading “Where it all began…”