When living in a home and neighborhood with a tremendous amount of history, it's hard to think about the lives that have passed through the doors and existed within the walls without also considering the idea that some of these entities may still be a part of the neighborhood fabric...
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Last Saturday marked one of my favorite nights of the year. The evening when we don costumes, drape our home in spooky decor, sip bourbon slushes, and celebrate Halloween with our friends. This year marked our eleventh annual costume party, and we relied on some tried and true entertaining staples...
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Each year Wendy and I put a ton of pressure on ourselves to come up with Halloween costumes that we, and guests of our party, think are equal parts amazing, hysterical, creative, and entertaining. We typically try our best to come up with a good couple's costume, and we always...
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Earlier this week I shared the Halloween favor I created for this year's annual Halloween bash -- chocolate dipped oreos packaged in festive Chinese takeout containers. I'm excited to see how they're received by our party guests this weekend at our shindig (and will have the full rundown on the...
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Last week we began outlining the somewhat long but very effective process we use to ensure our home's original plaster walls are both able to remain intact and assume a look more becoming of typical walls and ceilings. You know, smooth, without cracks, and not attempting to fall to the...
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With our annual Halloween party looming, I was racking my brain to come up with a fun and creative party favor that could top...or at least compete with last year's Halloween S'mores party favors.  I mulled it over, perused hundreds of photos on Pinterest, looked through my library of Halloween books...
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Plaster. This single, solitary word in the old house vernacular elicits a visceral reaction of sorts in many people. It's a characteristic trait of buildings from 60 years to much much older that embodies the true nature of love/hate relationships among DIYers, renovators, preservationists, rehabilitators, flippers, home inspectors, and pretty...
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Deferred maintenance is the pits. This is especially true when that deferred maintenance is needed on something you already hate and want to replace, but you've not gotten to that point in your project list. And deferred maintenance is the absolute worst when the fact you've deferred it, even on...
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Dust collection is easily one of the single biggest challenge when keeping an avid DIYer's shop or workspace at a level cleanliness that is at least somewhat respectable. If you've ever had a woodworking or sanding project in your makeshift shop or workspace, you know the possible disaster that seems...
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What would you say if I told you an authentic Medieval walled city still exists? One with roots as far back as the 10th century. One where ramparts of over a mile long still stand, poised to protect the village from an unexpected onslaught. One where a night watchman still...
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A few months ago we Instagrammed, Facebooked, and Tweeted as we ventured out to the annual Old Town Boutique District sidewalk sale. (If you missed it, be sure you're following us to get the inside scoop.) It's really a fun event that supports all of the great local establishments in...
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As I write this Alex is currently sputtering with rage, pacing anxiously, muttering obscenities, and generally having a nervous breakdown. Typically this is my role in our renovation adventures as well as our relationship, it's a rare occasion when the tables are turned and I get to witness his meltdown...
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If there's just one thing about Europe in general, and more specifically Germany, that stands out in our minds after years of travel to various destinations, it's the prevalence of palaces and castles that dot the countryside unlike you'll see almost anywhere else in the world. Whether we're talking about...
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As some of you know Wendy and I are love to travel. More specifically, we really enjoy traveling in Europe and seeing places we’ve never been but have always wanted to go. Well, over the last week and a half Wendy and I have been on another of our whirlwind...
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