Casual Friday

Earlier this week, Chris and I went to lunch and got to talking about our house. The conversation turned into some interesting/quirky facts about it that I’m sure we’ll share in a future post one day. But the funniest one, that we are reminded of almost daily, is when we hung wallpaper in the entry, we took out the doorbell. Faye was just a baby at the time, and we had a tiny sign over the bell outside to not ring it but knock softly instead. Doorbell rings. Dog barks. Baby wakes up. You know the drill. So we thought, you know, we don’t really need this bell anyway and removed it from the inside of our house and haven’t had a working bell since. Eventually–over a year ago, two?–the tiny sign on the doorbell outside fell off and up until yesterday, people would continue to push the button, figuring it still worked. Not…

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Making the Move to Energy Efficiency

The Energy Efficient Home - Water Heaters & Connectivity

This post is sponsored by Ruud Heating, Cooling & Water Heating. We’ve partnered with them to share our process of making our home more comfortable and energy efficient. If you’re looking at new HVAC equipment, we encourage you to find a Ruud-approved contractor and request that this outstanding equipment be installed in your home. We are officially in the first days of Spring. And while many parts of the country are falling prey to Spring’s teasing nature, right now, in our mountain town, we have no snow on the ground and the tulips are beginning to peak through the soil. And while I’m under no delusions we’ve seen the last of the snow, I feel relief knowing we’ve passed through the worst of what has been a long, cold, snowy winter. You may remember about a year ago, when our furnace troubles really kicked into gear, which led us to replacing our old unit with…

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How We Got Here: The Great Room

I love sharing before and after transformations of an area of our home under the hashtag #cljtransformations on Instagram (The new swipe feature has made the them even more fun), but rarely do here for some reason. This weekend, I pulled out my camera, referred to our before photos so I could match angles, and snapped a photo of this rarely seen angle looking from the kitchen into the living room and through the entry, all the way into the half bath. I took the same photo, standing in the same spot over three years ago, right when we moved in, but it looked vastly different: If you’ve been reading our blog for any amount of time, you know that our before and afters  progress photos don’t happen overnight, but rather, we consider each step a victory. Between these two photos, we: Tore up all the old tile and carpet and…

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How to Repair or Patch a Wall + Our Go-To Tools for the Job

Our stairwell has been through a lot over the years. From gallery walls and then no frames, to a new railing and the elimination of a DIY baby gate that was attached to the wall, the scars and gashes the drywall has seen in this corner of our house have been too many to count! Not to mention, our slight orange peel textured walls definitely throws a curve ball in the mix when it comes to patching. But, recently, we finally got around to patching where the old railing attached to the wall (a deep hole!) and where the baby gate attached (minor) and wanted to take you through our fool-proof method. First, you’re going to need a few tools in your arsenal to get the job done right. After 8 years of doing this, we swear by: 1. Fibatape. If you have huge holes or deep gashes, this self-sticking tape is…

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