The Bathroom Cabinets (1/3)

Brooke here.  I have all of these pictures and blog post ideas ready, and then I realize I should probably, you know, actually write them. Let’s start with the posts about the bathroom cabinets.  This is the first in a three-part series, with audible screaming. When we started planning the bathroom renovation, we priced out […]

The one with the plumbers and the yelling.

Brooke here.  Say what you want about Friends, but their episode titles are lovely and straightforward.  They let you know immediately which episode you were skipping. So.  This is a Hired Dudes post. There were two major snags in the bathroom remodel.  The first is the cabinets and OHBOYHOWDY are those going to be three […]

The Gut Job

Brooke here.  This is the second bathroom remodeling post. Did you know that one of the recommended ways to remove a cast iron bathtub is with a sledgehammer? This is mainly a Hired Dudes post, as we did none of the demolition ourselves.  We could have easily done all of this over a messy, angry […]

Probably time to start with the bathroom posts

Brooke here: The hallway bathroom has been remodeled.  It…  Oh boy.  Let’s start with how it originally looked when we first bought the house: Yeah, that’s a lot of yellow. It’s not a large bathroom, about 50 square feet, so the yellow was extra-concentrated.  The bathroom came with a built-in pantry closet (door on the […]

Best. Throwpillow. Ever.

Brooke here. I knew the recession was over when throwpillows started wussing out again… Actually, let’s back up and start this someplace else. Zu is the clinical definition of hot mess.  He’s been doing quite well since Old Dog passed; we put Zu in a kennel before Cutter John was euthanized, and Brown left for […]

No Accounting for Taste

Brooke here.  Guys, this post is all for you. For obvious and not-so-obvious reasons, Brown and I watch a lot of DIY Network.  Obvious, as we’ve bought a home that is the quintessential “Before” shot, and not-so-obvious, as we have widely different tastes in programming and this is the only compromise that allows us to […]

Not Dead! But weeding isn’t sexy.

Brooke here: It’s not.  Weeding isn’t sexy.  Sexy in the sensationalism way, I mean; who am I to judge if your fantasy world involves killing dandelions?  But it’s not fake-sexy, it’s really not fake-sexy, and neither is housecleaning or raking or leaf-blowing or any of the hundreds of maintenance tasks that you have to do […]

The Garden Stairs (2)

Brooke here.  In the previous post, I described the garden stairs with broad strokes of the brush.  Now let’s go over some of those fine fiddly bits which are so critical in those paintings of wide-eyed fluffy kittens. These images are all of the installation of the third frame, so at the time these pictures […]

Here There Be Kludges

Brooke here.  Got to get Brown to start writing these up… With the master bedroom under control and the enormous pile of bricks flying itself out of the backyard thanks to a Craigslist post for free antique pavers, I’m now working on my office.  I’m excited as it’s going to be a remarkable deep blue; […]

The House, Redux

Brooke here: The Jarrell house is a combination of things we want to preserve at all costs and things we want to destroy while giggling maniacally.  There are hundreds of lovely details unique to the house and we keep discovering them; two days ago, Brown found a fountain under the ivy.  These features . . […]