Decor Sneak Peak

Dining table

So one of the things about renovating a whole house is that you eventually reach a plateau. You work your butt off for weeks and you finally get to a point where it’s livable and you start taking some much needed breaks. And then those breaks multiply until you’re maybe doing one productive thing a week instead of 20. It’s really easy when you get to that point to look around and Continue reading

First House – Week 3

Week 3 was about finishing touches and packing (which isn’t as fun to photograph). Adam got almost all the flooring done during week 3, with the exception of our master closet, a strip in the dining room, the entry way, and some tricky cuts around the fireplace.

flooring 1

This hallway took FOREVER because of all the tricky cuts around the doors.

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First House – Week 2

Those of you who follow me on Facebook will realize that I’m a bit behind on posting week 2, but one day when I have more than one subscriber and someone wants to dig through the archives of our first renovation, they won’t even notice the time lapse. I’m posting this a month after week 2 actually started, so it’s kind of fun to go back and see how far we’ve come since then, especially when it feels like there’s still so much to do!

Day 8:

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Saving for a house and renovation on less than $40,000/year

I got a question today about how we were able to afford the renovations that we’re doing in the new house, and because I love sharing knowledge, I thought I’d write up a post on how to save for a major project like a whole house-reno. While Adam and I are sharing the monthly costs of the house, I paid for all of the down-payment, closing costs, and renovations (with a couple exceptions down below!) while earning less than $40,000/year.


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First House – Week 1

Ok, so I know it’s been a while, and I said I’d post next with a tour of my apartment, but things have been a little busy around here and I think you’ll understand why! We bought a house last month! We did a lease-back with the previous owner, so we just got keys last Wednesday night and we’ve been working like busy beavers all week to get the renovation started.

Before - front exterior 2

Day 1

Unfortunately, our experience with the previous homeowner has been a bit of a
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Birthday Update

Oh my word it’s been too long since my last post! See, I have a dirty secret, and that’s that the perfectionist in me doesn’t like doing things unless I can do them perfectly. And I’ve been hating having to take all my blog pictures on my phone in my dark apartment. That being said, my birthday was on Monday and I got a nice new (to me) digital camera from my dad! I’m thinking about getting a reflector as well, once I learn how to use the camera.

I’ve been waiting for the camera before I do my next big post, which will be an apartment tour! Not as fun as a house tour, but the house search has been infuriatingly competitive and we might not be able to get anything until the fall when the market cools down a little. I’ve put a lot of love and time into decorating our apartment over the last year and half, so why not document it!

Now I just have to deep clean the entire apartment so it’s photo-worthy and get some pictures taken! Wish me luck!