Dose of Reality

July 6, 2011  —  Written by Julia 

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We’re a couple of homebodies, working to uncover the home our home wants to be. And we’re so happy to have you here. 




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Befores, afters, mood boards, plans, failures, wins. We’ve done a lot of projects, and they’re all here. 

We have a long-standing relationship with DIY, and love rolling our sleeves up and making it happen. 

Even when you don’t want to rip down a wall, you can make that space in your home better. Right now.

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While I am here wrestling with a power drill that is seriously lacking power (I don’t think I am supposed to have to use a regular screwdriver once I hit a stud because my drill stops working), I am serving you up a special treat.  Real life in our casa.  Greta insists I chase her for at least 20 minutes a day.  And then when Chris comes home, there is a chase fest all over again.  She keeps me going, that girl.

And if anyone reading this has a favorite power drill that’s not Black & Decker (that’s what we have now), feel free to let us know how superior yours is, because we gotta get a new one–STAT–my arms can’t take much more of this.  Yes, I am giving you the chance to brag about how awesome you and your choice of power drill are–jump at this rare opportunity.  See you mañana with a curtain hanging update.

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  1. wilma says:

    this is old, but after multiple power tool failures, i went to de walt and never looked back–18V of wonderfulness. and yes, corded tools tend to have more power.

  2. Decor4poor says:

    My husband swears by ones that plug in. It stinks to use an extension cord, but they are powerful.

  3. Meagan Briggs says:

    Holy cow! You weren’t joking!! She is running non-stop! Brinley loves to have us chase her after bath when she is nakey. She loves being nakey! Power drill advice? ummm we don’t have one. haha!! But we need to get one.

  4. I read your blog frequently for inspiration, but today your little video really boosted my (grad-school-related) frustrated morning. Thank you!

    Lindsey @ A Pear to Remember

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