Have you ever needed to assemble two pieces of wood side to side to make one consistent plank? Have you ever wanted to join a facia piece of material to its base without the need for unsightly fasteners? Are you guilty of overusing pocket holes and screws everywhere? Is there...
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The holiday season is chock full of cocktail parties, ugly sweater soirees, casual open houses, family get togethers, and the more formal affairs. Between decorating, baking, gift shopping and meeting obligations in what always result in a jam packed December, hostess gifts can be one of those things that can...
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In our last post about the construction of our custom built in cherry office desk, we covered the basic construction and first steps of staining the lower cabinet portion of the piece. We were off to a great start, though constantly checking for level and plumb against the very out...
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You? My two front teeth? A hippopotamus? Custom built storm windows? Even though we all might have very different items on our wish list this holiday season, Alex and I wanted to do a roundup of a few items that have caught our eye. Whether they're on our own list for...
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Just a reminder that there are only just over two weeks remaining before the deadline to submit your entry in our first annual DIY Gingerbread House Challenge! We've had some good entries thus far but we're looking to you to flex your DIY muscles, take advantage of the extra time this weekend...
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Are you overloaded on holiday decor yet? It seems the blogosphere is blowing up with nothing but tablescapes, outdoor decorations, trees, and mantels. Is it weird of me to say that I really enjoy it? We are both having a lot of fun seeing everyone's ideas and implementations to make their...
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With a house as simple and unassuming as our 1880s row house, I really like to add something special each year to jazz up our exterior for the Christmas season. And in a historic town like Old Town Alexandria, inflatables and thousands of twinkle lights set to club Christmas rave...
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I'm so happy to report that we've finally come to a decision in the great house numbers debate of 2011. As you may recall, Alex and I have been on the fence when it comes to what we wanted to do with the transom window over our front door. And with...
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It's once again our favorite time of the year in Old Town Alexandria! This weekend marks the Campagna Center's Scottish Christmas Walk. We're headed out for the parade in a few minutes and will be taking lots of pictures of our favorite parts. Follow along with all of our favorite...
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Earlier today I gave you a little taste of my childhood Christmas tree traditions. Though fond memories, the events from my youth shaped my present day desire for convenience and simplicity when it comes to the annual selection of a tree. Thankfully, Wendy's desires tend to align with mine. Since Wendy...
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As a child I recall piling into our station wagon (the family truckster Ford Taurus) the day after Thanksgiving to drive an hour or more from our home to a Christmas tree farm in the middle of rural Ohio. With our bellies full of Thanksgiving leftovers acting as a fuel...
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When Wendy and I see an interesting open house listing on any given weekend, we often have certain expectations for the interior based on the location and the general appearance of the exterior. Though we can't help ourselves to judge the book house by its cover, we also realize that...
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