Category Archives: Dilemma

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On Hiring and Working with Contractors

When we moved into this century-old house more than 4(!) years ago, we had a lot to learn – and quick. Never having lived in a home more than a few decades old, naturally, we’d never seen lathe before. We were amazed when old toys and trinkets fell out of the walls we demoed. We tested every newly exposed surface for lead. WeKEEP READING >

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Did You Have a Mobile?

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 Our brains feel so full at the moment, that every decision in the nursery has us – me? – second guessing. Do we need this? Do we need that? Ultimately, our hope is to get the basics in the room, learn more about who our baby is as a tiny human, and work from there. We value the advice we’ve received from friendsKEEP READING >

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Umbrella Hole DIY (Because There’s No Other Way To Say It)

Turn on your JavaScript to view content Our back patio is as steamy as it gets in the summer, and it’s sunny for the majority of the day (it’s hot-car-hot in the mornings especially!). At the same time, we’re surroundedKEEP READING >

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How We’re Matching Old Trim to New

One of the first things we tackled in The Scary Room was the removal of the existing trimwork, in an effort to properly repair the drywall before reinstalling. It was in sad shape (well, it still is), and from the beginning, I told Scott that I would spend days – weeks, if I had to! – nursing it back to health. It’s the onlyKEEP READING >

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When Trim + Wallpaper Don’t Play Nice

At the time that the wallpaper was hung in the laundry room, we were starting with an empty box. There was a washer and dryer, but we hadn’t yet decided on cabinets, and we definitely didn’t have baseboards. (Btw, baseboards! When will this to-do ever be off our list?) But now that the cabinets have been installed, it was time –KEEP READING >

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Saving Our Patio Chairs from a Rusty Future

The evening we returned home from completing the Lowe’s Spring Makeover, it was warm. We were thrilled. (Warm weather in April in Chicago? It can’t be!) We were happily exhausted from the weekend and travel, but Scott suggested that we push through and get our front porch ready for spring and summer (and fall, too). I was so giddyKEEP READING >