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  • Half bath: Demo Day and Tiling Progress
    on Dec 6, 2016 in Bathroom DIY my house new house
    I posted my plans for our main floor half bath more than three months ago, and then things went quiet. We had a busy Fall, and a hard time finding back-to-back weekends that we could devote to working on the bathroom.Thankfully, Demo Day is finally h...
  • Main Bath: Phase 1 UpdateIn my last post, I shared a few "before" photos of our home's main bath. We've already started on some inexpensive updates that will make the room more liveable while we save for a major reno, but mood boards help me visualize where I'm going and kee...
  • Main Bath: Before
    on Aug 29, 2016 in Bathroom before DIY my house new house
    Welcome to our main bath:It's pretty special :)Not surprisingly, we'd like to gut this space and start over. It's a decent-sized bathroom, but the layout is all wrong.  If we move things around, and steal some space from the guest room next door...
  • Get the Look: Half Bath
    on Aug 24, 2016 in Bathroom mood board my house new house
    1/2/3/4/5/6/7High on my list of new home requirements was a second bathroom. We ended up with 2.5 and I couldn't be happier. The bathroom above was designed by Natalie Myers, whose work I love and drool over on Instagram, and my plan was to straight...
  • A Week in Williamsburg
    on Aug 22, 2016 in my life travel vacation
    I'm a bit behind on my travel posts, but I wanted to make sure I captured our trip to Brooklyn earlier this year. Adam spent five weeks in Brooklyn over April and May, so Hannah and I flew down for a week in the middle to help break up his time away.
  • Half bath: Before
    on Aug 17, 2016 in Bathroom before my house new house
    ,A main floor powder room was on my wish list for the new house, and this is what I got - ha! So far the only thing I've done is upgrade the light switch to an occupancy sensor (life-changing if your child can't yet reach the light switch), but we've...
  • Hacking IKEA's HYLLIS Shelves
    on Aug 15, 2016 in DIY Ikea living room my house new house
    spotted hereWhen we bought this house, I was 100% convinced that we'd install shelves like the ones in Isaac Mizrahi's NYC apartment (pictured above). Our big plan was to open up the wall between our dining and living spaces, leaving a shallow sectio...
  • New dining chairs
    on Aug 8, 2016 in dining room my house new house
    Our new dining chairs finally arrived! The chairs are from Structube, and while they weren't in-store yet when I visited, I decided to take a chance and order them anyway, and I'm so glad I did. They're comfortable, they look great, and the price ($7...
  • Whales, Icebergs & Caribou: L'Anse aux Meadows and St. Anthony
    on Aug 7, 2016 in my life travel vacation
    When we decided to visit Gros Morne National Park, we knew we'd make the drive to L'Anse aux Meadows. After all, how could we come this far and not visit the only confirmed Viking settlement in North America? The drive was fairly uneventful...
  • Gros Morne: Arches Provincial Park & Broom Point
    on Aug 5, 2016 in my life travel vacation
    We started our first full day in Cow Head with a visit to Arches Provincial Park. The arches have been gradually carved out of the limestone by the surf and are even more spectacular in person.We had a great time exploring the rocks and throwing ston...
  • Gros Morne: Western Brook Pond & Shallow Bay Beach
    on Aug 4, 2016 in my life travel vacation
    We saw our first clouds on Monday, and we crossed our fingers that any rain would hold off until after our boat tour of Western Brook Pond. The 2-hour tour takes you around the Fjord lake for some pretty incredible views of massive, billion-year-old...
  • Gros Morne: Norris Point, Lobster Cove Head & Berry Hill
    on Aug 3, 2016 in my life travel vacation
    Sunday was another gorgeous day, and this time we headed north into the park. One of the best parts of our trip was the drive through the park itself: jaw-dropping views in every direction.We stopped at various look-off points along the way, but our...
  • Gros Morne: The Tablelands & Trout River Pond
    on Aug 3, 2016 in my life travel vacation
    The weather was absolutely gorgeous for our first full day in Gros Morne National Park, so we packed a picnic lunch and headed out to hike the Tablelands - home to some of the oldest rocks in the world.The rocks that make up the Tablelands were force...
  • Gros Morne National Park: The Tablelands & Trout River Pond
    on Aug 2, 2016 in my life travel vacation
    The weather was absolutely gorgeous for our first full day in Gros Morne National Park, so we packed a picnic lunch and headed out to hike the Tablelands - home to some of the oldest rocks in the world.The rocks that make up the Tablelands were force...
  • Our summer vacation in Gros Morne National Park
    on Aug 2, 2016 in my life travel vacation
    Planning a vacation with young children can be tricky, especially when it comes to finding activities that young kids (think: short attention span, unreliable impulse control) and their parents will both enjoy. Gros Morne National Park has been...
  • Living Room: Before
    on Jul 29, 2016 in before living room my house new house
    Here it is, our new living room:Yes, it needs a little work :)The flooring is actually in great shape (the former homeowners even had the carpets professionally cleaned before we moved in) so while we'd like to replace it with hardwood, we're not 100...
  • DIY closet "hideout"
    on Jul 27, 2016 in DIY Hannah's room my house new house
    Hannah's hideout is done, so I wanted to share it here. This little space is pretty tricky to photograph, but I think you'll get the idea :)The last time you saw this space, I'd removed the upper shelf and that was about it (it would probably look ni...
  • Closet "hideout" plansvia the way we playThe best feature of Hannah's room, by far, is this closet, which extends over the stairs (she termed it her "hideout"). While her room is mostly finished, we haven't touched this space yet, and it's going to be fun!the before: hey,...
  • Easy DIY lighting hackFrom the moment I started daydreaming about this house, I pictured a large dome pendant hanging over our dining room table. I'm pretty sure I've looked at every oversized dome pendant available online, but the versions I liked were all way more than...
  • Kitchen/Dining Progress
    on Jun 7, 2016 in dining room DIY my house new house
    In my last post, I shared my plans for our shared kitchen and dining space (you can see the befores here). I have my heart set on dark kitchen cabinets, but because this room isn't bathed in light all day, I wanted to first see how far a little...
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