When last Friday afternoon rolled around, I had a lump in my throat. Looking around, there wasn’t a lot of visual progress made in the house last week despite workers being on site every day. And being on month 7 of this (and 2 months over schedule), it’s not all rainbows of positivity. That being […]

Happy Friday! I think everyone in our home is finally feeling better (Chris had pneumonia, along with Greta, and Polly was on the verge–they got her on antibiotics before it got worse) so we’re going to try to squeeze in a lot of our pre-halloween fall bucket list activities this weekend! We’re taking our annual […]

Demolition of the sunroom

If you’re following along on Instagram, then you’re up to speed on our progress in the kitchen. If not, be sure to check out our stories and follow along – the short version is we have 1 week to turn our kitchen into a) something we can live with for a year or two (three? […]

The first task before starting any of our larger projects was finding a contractor. We talked to several, but timing and expertise were the biggest factor in who we ultimately wanted to work with. Last week, we had one (Austin Crystal, who many of you recommended!) into our home one morning (I wasn’t feeling the […]

Last week, we shared a quick 6 minute house tour, with no talking. Just smooth camera work gliding in and out of every room in our new home. But! So many of you asked to hear more about our initial plans for each space (just off the cuff kind of stuff) so Chris and I […]


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