One of the most fun (and easy) things I did to the house last year was painting the front door. Here's how I exactly matched the mailbox.
Nothing shows the importance of insulation like an IR thermometer. It is best used when the temperature differential between inside and outside is greatest - mid summer or winter.
The components elements of an American house entry are fairly consistent, country or city, large or small. Ranch entries are even more consistent: Door, Lights, Mailbox, House numbers, Wall and Overhang. If you have your own door (and maybe even if you don't) you have most of these to play with. What to think about when … Continue reading The Six Major Elements of (Nearly) Every Entry
Visiting my friend Malea last weekend, I took a chance to peruse her amazing collection of children's books. I was reminded how very traditional the architecture shown in most children's books is ... and how much it doesn't have to be. These would make a great gift list if you were looking to hook any … Continue reading Mid-Century for the Kids in your life
Insulated blinds are one of my favorite micro updates. Additionally you win privacy, controls over your daylight and a stylish update to your aesthetics. Win. Win. Win.
I start every day with a few miles hiking at the amazing off-leash dog park just out of Madison. This week has been particularly lovely.
While the "unfinished" side of the basement isn't high on my to-do list of spaces to make glorious, I did take a break last week to give it a good scrub and a fresh coat of paint.
I recently realized that I've been living among wall colors I DON'T LOVE for way too many months and that it is time to make some of my planned color changes now while I can appreciate them rather than at the end of the project when I'm just about to pass it off to someone … Continue reading Testing Paint Colors in Natural Light
With winter coming (the weather just shifted from 70's to 40's this week), I was reminded of a punch list of get it done in good weather items. One was last weeks painting catch-all. Another is the possibly crazy goal of getting the mudroom framed in, scheduled for next week. This week I wanted to … Continue reading Basement Progress: Snugged in for winter with new basement Windows
I took advantage of the last few nice days of fall weather to do a few outstanding paint tasks. The last of the peeling green paint was hiding out in a small strip of wall between the garage and house roof lines. It was a little awkward to get to and I never really felt … Continue reading Exterior Progress: Miscellaneous Painting