We've reached a critical juncture in our vanity transformation project, and I'm super excited about it.

Though we've been discussing our adventures in tiling, the delivery of our marble a few weeks back put us in a great position for moving our vanity project along.

As we've grown weary of our tiling efforts, the unfinished vanity, sitting just a few feet away, began calling to our DIY ADD, "take a break for just a minute and pay some attention to me. I just want to be functional. Is that so wrong?"

No, vanity, it's not wrong at all.

As we've discussed before, we've had our bathroom hardware since purchasing it during the Restoration Hardware bath event in the spring...of 2009. It's been patiently tucked away in the basement, just waiting for the day it would be called upon to perform its duty.

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We're very happy to announce the winner of the complimentary tickets to the Twig's 73rd annual Homes Tour. Congratulations to "mp," who will be traveling up from Richmond with her daughter (and hitting up IKEA too). We can't wait for a new visitor to the Old Town Homes Tour to fall in love with the area.

I want to take a moment today to share a little love story with you that relates directly to a giveaway we're kicking off with today's post.

As you know, Wendy and I are completely and absolutely head over heels in love with Old Town Alexandria. I really never knew it was possible to love a city in this way, and it may be totally cheesy, but we really, truly love our town.

However, every love story has a beginning. Whether it's a first knowing glance, an unexpected encounter, or that wonderful first date that sets you on a path for bliss, the catalyst that kicks it all off is a memory that lasts forever.

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We have been tiling machines of late.

Well, when I say "machines" what I'm really saying is that we're tiling machines that are old and slow, but apparently still work sometimes and eventually get the job done.

I guess if we're trying to draw a comparison, we're less like...

...and more like...

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If you've been reading along for a while, you probably know that baking cakes and cupcakes is a specialty of mine. In fact, I've been trying my hand at perfecting various buttercream recipes over the years, as well as experimenting with different fillings and flavors. I realized this week that I haven't shared any recipes lately, in part because life has been too busy to bake (oh the horror!), and when I have been baking I've been revisiting old favorites.

Turning back the clock over a year, last June I co-hosted a major baby shower event at our home. The event was designed to honor two of our best friends as well as their impending arrival. Part of the celebration was the creation of a raspberry filled vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting. If this doesn't make your mouth water, you might want to stop reading now.

The shower, cupcakes, and eventual birth were all a wonderful success, and then time continued to fly.

Here's the bundle of Joy at just a couple days old, modeling an outfit we gave him, when he visited our home for the first time. And as hard as it is to believe, little Liam turned one back on August 1st.

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Who knew it would be quite so hard to find custom fabricated marble?

Last week we filled you in on our search for that seemingly elusive bathroom tile that was just right. During his pretentious rambling, Alex also alluded to our ongoing search effort for marble and the difficulties we had been having identifying a source.

We were rather hung up on Step 2.

This whole adventure started several years ago when I saw a vintage five drawer and two door buffet at an antique store in nearby Del Ray, a neighborhood of Alexandria. Well, it really started a few seconds later when I said, "Alex, do you think you can make this into a vanity?"

His answer didn't matter all that much, I knew it was the look I wanted for the base, and at $400, it was the bargain I wanted too.

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