Looking back on our ongoing home renovation adventures, it's hard to believe where we've been, where we are now, and where we're planning to go. No, I'm not talking about a literal movement of location, more of a maturation process that we have both gone through during this eye opening,...
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Ugh. The last few weeks have been so busy for us with our day jobs that house projects and our beloved blog have unfortunately taken a back seat. And by back seat I mean in the way back row of seats in a ginormous SUV, or perhaps a bus. Though...
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It's been a little while since our last vegetable garden progress report, but the broccoli and the gang wanted us to give you all a quick synopsis of their growing efforts. Though it's been hot and dry this summer, Wendy and I have been diligently watering the garden and herbs...
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Back in May I touched on unique ways to commemorate special occasions, specifically citing a house near ours that has a one-of-a-kind method of seasonal decorating: dressing up llamas. In May, the featured occasion was Mothers' Day, for which the llamas opted to don male and female outfits, complete with...
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For this week's Toolbox Tuesday post I want to cover a tool that took a previously intimidating job and turned it into something that anyone can handle. The tool in question, the Fletcher Terry Glass Cutter with carbide wheel, isn't terribly expensive, but does the job that any high end...
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Over the last week, as a dome of heat swallowed much of the country, I couldn't help but think that Nelly got it right with his song "Hot in Herre." In Alexandria, with the temperature topping out at 105°, and a heat index approaching 120°, you can imagine my joy...
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As temperatures in our nation's capital reach a balmy 100 degrees again today, the #DCusedtobeaswampsoitsmiserable feeling really starts to creep in. It's days like today that I totally wish we had an in-ground pool. Unfortunately, city living means small yards, and small yards mean no pools unless you can afford...
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Over the last few weeks we've been talking about some of the places to eat and snack around Old Town that, in our opinion, make Old Town totally awesome. We mentioned Pops for old fashioned ice cream, and quite honestly there are probably four or five other places where you...
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As we power on through the extremely time consuming and ridiculously intricate project that is The Front Vestibule, we occasionally run into situations where a little bit of time and patience go a long way towards making the project much better. Sometimes the need to work slower and more deliberately...
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Over the last hundred years, being able to enjoy music from the comforts of your home has been a pursuit that has driven many homeowners to great lengths. From phonographs to player pianos, record players to 8-tracks, single dial radios to hi-fi dolby surround stereos, and recently from casette tapes...
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As our vestibule renovation project drags on into its ninth month, I feel my mood souring a bit. What we once deemed a "quick project" has, in true Old Town Home fashion, morphed into an overhaul that has cost more, taken longer, and brought with it more frustration than originally...
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It's been a while since my last food truck inspired post, and what better way to bring it back than with a newly launched truck that brings one of my most favorite things to the streets of DC...Ice Cream. Washington, DC is sweltering this time of year. The height of summer...
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One of the tasks we've been faced with throughout our renovation involves the discovery and restoration of period authentic hardware. We're replacing hinges, rim locks, door knobs, and any number of iron or steel items that have removed from the house by previous owners and renters. Typically, our search for...
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We're just getting back into town from a weekend in Cleveland celebrating my parents' birthdays, and we're still recovering from last week's DIY Network visit to our house. (I'm not even joking -- preparing for that video shoot was ridiculously exhausting.) Therefore, today's post is going to be a bit...
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Earlier this summer Wendy and I took a trip up to Oxford, Ohio to visit our Alma mater and the campus that played a significant role in both of our lives. This was the first time we had been back to campus in about seven years, and the first time since I've truly...
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