After nearly finishing the first phase of our renovation just last month, I felt like I needed a bit of a mental break before diving into something else huge. I know most people wouldn’t consider DIYing a closet renovation a “break.” But it really has been that for us. (BTW, this DeWalt Gyroscopic Screwdriver has been the MVP of the closet reno. Seriously, your life will be changed forever!) It’s probably been relaxing because there’s a lot less juggling going on. No one in our house on a day to day basis. It’s just us making a few aesthetic decisions for one room that is structurally sound. Ha! Also, the budget is small which also feels like a nice break…or felt.
Our DIY-no-major-decisions-bubble kind of popped last week when our contractor came to look at the back of our house (don’t worry, he stayed outside). The back of our house has been open to the elements through the winter while we rebuilt the dining room, added new doors to our bedroom and reconstructed the big arch window. We knew we were going to have to at least make some decision about materials to cover our HOUSE, even if we only did the back right now and the rest in the future. But the news wasn’t good.
Our house is majority stucco and there were some signs of mold underneath the stucco when they did some demo last year, but it’s worse than we thought. The plywood under the stucco is completely rotted and riddled with black mold–especially on all of the inside and outside corners–which our house has a lot of. We did some research about our stucco (which had a styrofoam underlayment–why?!) under it and apparently it was a common thing in the 90s and there have been numerous lawsuits filed and the product is no longer made because of that.
We contacted our home insurance to see if it would be covered–nope. And no home warranty either, even though we have owned this house for under a year. We knew with my fragile health, we couldn’t live in a house with a decaying, moldy exterior layer. We knew that we couldn’t just tackle the back and save the rest either. But I also knew that I wasn’t in a mental state to tackle the major decisions that come with designing an exterior–we’re not doing stucco again! Our contractor has already carefully started removing and replacing the rotted wood and wrapping the house so it’s ready for an exterior whenever we decide. I know the direction we want, but ordering, supervising, actually making those thousands of specific design decisions feels like climbing another Everest and I am trying to recognize my limits a little better right now.
We’ll share more about this next week (it’s not all bad news), but for now…
Other fun things this week!
• Calling all Oneders fans!! Tonight (4.17) the THAT THING YOU DO cast reunites for a live watch party supporting coronavirus relief on their YouTube channel at 7pm EST!! Considering Faye was named after Liv Tyler’s character in the movie, you’ll know where to find me.
• This cloud study print makes me weak in the knees.
• We clearly haven’t started our master bathroom renovation yet that was slated to start April 1. It’s on hold until the world can open up again. Which has actually been a good thing because it has allowed us to revisit our plans and tweak some things. This bathroom with the arch (the arch!!) is so gorgeous.
• I just got this top that I’ve been eyeing forever for $29 (down from $75) with code VERYRARE. My perfect colors, my ideal cut. <3
• A little inspiration for Faye’s room, am I right?!
• This is me 100%. Sorry Chris. (hahaha)
• I’ve been on a hunt for the perfect desk/vanity for the closet for the last 2 months and finally ordered this desk (and this hardware to swap in!) and I can’t wait to see it in person. It’s different than what I was originally imagining, but I think it’s going to be so beautiful.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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Last week, Chris and I had the incredible opportunity to travel to London for work. We were invited by Williams Sonoma and William Morris and Co to preview their newest collaboration and the inspiration behind it. It was my first time in London and although it was a quick trip, they brought us all over […]
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