Author Archives: Scott

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What Makes an IKEA Vanity Stand Out Above the Rest

vanity | bin pulls | faucet | brass toilet paper holder | floor tile As we’re making (slow, but) steady progress in the garden unit, it was an exciting day to finally get to the point where we were ready to install the vanity! While the reglazed tub, new fixtures, and re-installed toilet were starting to make the space feel like a bathroomKEEP READING >

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How We Plumbed Our Sink with an Extra Deep Countertop

When we decided that we’d be using extra-deep 24″ upper cabinets in the laundry room, we also realized that in order to maintain a functional countertop depth, we’d need to cheat the base cabinet forward by 8″ to maintain good working proportions. We went back and forth on how to accomplish this task, but eventually, weKEEP READING >

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Hooking Up Our (Sorta) Whole-House Audio System

A few months ago, I realized that while we absolutely love our in-wall surround sound system in our main living room space, it was less than ideal music placement if we were, say, cooking in the kitchen or entertaining in our quickly progressing backyard. Schlepping a bluetooth speaker of some sort to wherever we were situated wasn’tKEEP READING >

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Introducing for the First Time, Outdoor Cheer!

As our house continues to feel more and more like home each year – and not just a construction site where we happen to sleep! – I’ve gradually convinced Kim that decorating for the holidays makes sense. Don’t get me wrong, m’lady loves Christmas like nobody’s business – it’s just that the past twoKEEP READING >

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Rewire + Convert

The guest room got a simple lighting upgrade! It’s the Eden Pendant from CB2, which by the way, much like our headboard, has been in storage for a handful of years. Originally intended for somewhere in the condo, Kim scooped up the (then $50) light, with the intention of converting it to a hardwired ceiling pendant; well, it never happened.KEEP READING >

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Caring for a “Real” Yard (+ a Giveaway!)

This time last year, our poor yard was so covered in sawdust and our contractor’s bevvy of tools that we never really stopped to realize that our front lawn (more of a dirt patch at that point) was almost entirely shaded by 3 mature trees. Why does this matter now you ask? After a few brisk days, those three trees were tricked into thinkingKEEP READING >