Well, actually two questions.If you checked out yesterday's post, you'll have read that the city came by and planted a new tree last week. They ground up the old stump and roots where the new tree is planted, but there are still quite a bit of thick roots remaining outside of...
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I decided to write about this week's Toolbox Tuesday item after receiving a friend's text message last Friday. He was installing a doggie door and wanted to know if I had a good recommendation for a jigsaw. Little did he know, I had spent much time researching this very tool after...
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In previous posts we've discussed the sad state our home was in when we purchased it, our slow journey to bring a level of respect back to the house's facade, and the downward spiral it has been in since last year after a series of unfortunate events. As part of our vow to...
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After a somewhat long journey, and a fairly lengthy multi-part blog series, we've finally reached the final step of our organic garden project. In yesterday's post, we covered the construction of the raised bed.  With the raised bed complete and full of soil, we had one final prep step to complete before...
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A couple weeks ago we posted about starting work on our backyard vegetable garden. The project has been progressing nicely and it's about time we fill you in on what we've accomplished. We've read through our copy of Square Foot Gardening, got some great advice from friends and blog readers, and now...
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Dear Clary Sage,It's not you. It's me. When I first spotted you amongst the rows of other painted fellows, I fell for you. I thought you were the one. On paper, you appeared to be the perfect shade of sage green, a soft dusty hue that would complement our oriental...
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I love to entertain, and one of my favorite hobbies is making cupcakes. In fact, I'm thrilled when someone asks me to bring dessert, specifically cupcakes, to a party. This past weekend was no exception. It was my friend Katie's birthday, and the host asked me if I wouldn't mind...
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There are always so many cool things to see and do in Old Town. I follow Alexandria, Virginia's official Twitter account, @AlexandriaVAGov, and noticed a Tweet announcing that Colombian tall ship Gloria, the official flagship of the Colombian Navy, would be docking at 2:00 pm today in Alexandria's harbor. The ship arrived...
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I'm not sure if I was just hungry when deciding what tool I wanted to write about for this week's Toolbox Tuesday post, or if I was actually thinking of one of my most useful tools. Either way, I was inspired to dedicate today's post to my Porter Cable "Pancake" Air...
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Last week Wendy wrote about one of her principal design philosophies when decorating a room: incorporating at least one unique or one-of-a-kind item in every room. One of the items she briefly touched on were the decorative corbels that we have hanging in our front hallway. I've always loved this decorative...
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In our ongoing efforts to spruce up our home's curb appeal, I decided it was about time to take care of that broken glass in our front light. Ever since last winter when a neighbor's kid broke it with a snowball, I've been looking at it with disgust every time...
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For many people, finding a personal style and implementing that look in their home is a paralyzing process. Where do you start? And how do you avoid the "catalog look," where everything in your space looks as if it was ordered from one retailer, reminiscent of Tyler Durden's pad in...
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Our last "Open Housing" post covered a wonderful restoration of an historic 18th century Old Town Home on "Captain's Row." It shines as an example of how a restoration/renovation can transform a once dilapidated home into an upscale, comfortable, and relaxing dwelling. Sure, they may be asking top dollar for the house, but if we purchased...
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In a previous post, we talked about the quick guest room makeover we completed in anticipation of a friend's visit. Being a small guest room, one of the focal points of the room is the bed and headboard combination. Afterall, as you can see from the image below, a bed without a headboard...
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Over the weekend Lisa LaPorta of HGTV design fame tweeted "Everyone asks me about when to paint and what color but no one ever asks about the brush." When I saw her tweet, I said to myself "That is completely true!" Nobody seems to understand just how important a good paintbrush or...
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