Originally posted 04.13.2015
Do people write love letters to houses? No? Well, they should.
Pancake and I have decided to list our 1923 farmhouse. Our first home. The fixer-upper we bought in as-is condition. The beater that happened to be in a great school district, in a great neighborhood, on a great street, with great neighbors. It was the best location we could afford, and the house had just enough old charm left in it to keep it out of a landfill.
We recently had a chance to participate in a blog post with Redfin. You can check it out here:
With 2021 here, I’d like to take a minute - I’m tempted to quote the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song here, but I figured the first line of the blog post wasn’t the best spot to lose anyone who isn’t up to speed on their 90’s pop culture trivia – nah forget it, I’m doing it – I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you all the design trends you might see this year. Still with me? OK, we can move on.
In it’s never ending quest to give us shows we didn’t know we needed, Netflix launched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo earlier this month. Was it a coincidence that a show geared toward keeping your home clean debuted in unison with your new year’s resolution to get your life in order? I’m gonna go ahead and say that the folks at Netflix planned that one pretty carefully.
Have you ever seen The Bachelor or The Bachelorette? If not, here's an overview: It's a dating show where the the entire season leads up to the star of the show, an attractive single person who just hasn't found love yet, proposing to another attractive single person who just hasn't found love yet. What's interesting about it, other than the drama created when a bunch of strangers are cut off from the world and offered free booze, is that we've seen a lot of marriage proposals. And almost all are pretty much what you'd expect them to be - "I've loved going on this adventure with you. I'm so happy when we're together. I love how smart and funny you are. I can't imagine my life without you. Will you marry me?"
Before popping the question, a list is given. The star of the show tells their soon-to-be fiancee all the reasons why they've fallen for them, and then asks the question we've been waiting 11 episodes to hear.
Wouldn't it be weird to just start with the proposal? "Hey thanks for coming, wanna get hitched?" In remodeling though, this is kind of the way most people do it.
Happy New Year!
The new year brings with it change. We all resolve to do things differently than we did last year - to grow. The busiest month at the gym is January, right? But why isn't April as busy, or July, or October? One reason is that change is hard. Another might be because the change isn't for you. Did you join the gym because you really, deep down, wanted to? Or is it because you feel like you probably should because that's what other people do?
In our last Welcome Home post we took a look at the lounge and I got sappy. This time, let's get straight to the goods. We're checking out the primary bathroom...
Nobody can actually live a minimalist life, right? The practicality of daily chores just gets in the way - especially around the sink. You need a convenient place for soap, and scrubbers, and paper towels. The clutter is inevitable, so you should just resign yourself to living with it, right?
Last week I showed you the lounge. This week, I'll show you how I made the pendant shade.
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a happy new year. We certainly did. After an absolute whirlwind of a month (18 months, actually), I am happy to say that we have moved in to the new house and are settled.