Friday, September 12, 2014

I N   T H E   H O O D

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

B I K E   L O V E

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came across this fantastic bike store/cafe just south of prospect park. really cute setup and displays inside, tasty iced tea, and the repair 'shcak' in the back yard looked pretty sweet...as repair shacks go.








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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

T O O   C U T E   T U E S D A Y

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

I N   T H E   H O O D

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chickens are out-numbered by both swans and tv trays


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Friday, September 5, 2014

I N S P I R E D

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always on the hunt for some window box inspiration...these are pretty sweet for end-of-summer...mine are a total disaster!






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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

T O O   C U T E   T U E S D A Y

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here's my fantastic nephew vincent...came to hang but helped me with some terrible garden chores! how great is he?


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

C E L E B R A T E !

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it's August 17th.... Black Cat Appreciation Day!





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Monday, August 4, 2014

P H I L I P

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we got word yesterday that our wonderful friend philip had passed away at the age of 52. he was the savior who helped us with our entire lower level/basement renovation...he's a huge part of the story of how our house became a home. we spent a lot of time together during that project (he slept on site during construction!), we learned so much about construction and about life in general in those months with phil. one of the most interesting people we'd ever met....truly. 
peace to you philip.




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Thursday, July 24, 2014

S H E L F   R E F I N I S H

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when the open shelves in the kitchen first went up (what...3 years ago?!!) there was no finish on them...or maybe there was a light matt finish on them...i can't even remember. anyway...it got old fast having to thoroughly dry every glass and dish that came out of the dishwasher before putting them up on the shelves (do dishwashers not dry dishes anymore?) so as not to damage the wood with water. after talking about it for over 2 years the shelves got sanded and coated so they'd be indestructable. yay!





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Monday, June 23, 2014

T O O   C U T E   T U E S D A Y

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I N   B L O O M   : J U N E

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

T O O   C U T E   T U E S D A Y

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the cats are loving the baby's playmat!


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Thursday, May 15, 2014

I T ' S   O U T !

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last year we were approached by Better Homes & Gardens to have our yard renovation featured in their quarterly publication Refresh Magazine...well it's finally out on newsstands today!
our yard was shot last May...i think i was 3 months pregnant then. look at us now...parents of a 6 month old little girl! 
It's a much bigger article than i had thought! 3 spreads worth! i'm just a little bummed out they didn't mention designsmitten anywhere...i was looking forward to lots of new web traffic...oh well. tell your friends! over all it was such a fun experience...it really got us motivated to make a bunch of updates and really tidy things up in preparation for the shoot (though things have been updated a bit more since!). we got to meet some really fantastic people who were here styling, prepping, shooting...a job well done by all.








here's a few behind the scenes shots from the shoot way back in may 2013




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Monday, May 12, 2014

1 0   Y E A R S :   K I T C H E N

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i wont go too much into how much this kitchen sucked and how awesome it is now, since this is probably the most posted/blogged about room in our house....you can read lots of info about it's transformation over the years right here and over here on design sponge. Believe me when i say that this before picture is actually quite nice compared to what it used to look like when we first moved in...when it was a hell hole.



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Sunday, May 11, 2014

T H E   W A I T I N G...

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....is the hardest part. i'm pretty sure tom petty wrote that song about waiting for his sod to take root...right?
the sod is in, it looks gorgeous, but all we get to do is sit back and watch the sprinkler play on it. for a few weeks at least. if there's one thing the new baby has taught me it's patience. 



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Friday, May 2, 2014

I T ' S   H E R E

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....here as in 'here in the car'. boy did i pack that little fiat trunk full of sod!


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Thursday, May 1, 2014

R E A D Y

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the ground is prepped, ready, and waiting for the sod.




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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

1 0   Y E A R S :   L I V I N G   R O O M

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i dont have any 'good' photos of the living room for the 'before'. really the only before shots i have are of when we saw our house when the agent brought us to see it...pre i-phone days. the owners were divorced and battled over selling and an example of how little they cared about selling it: there was a woman in the living room smoking a cigarette while holding a baby. anyway...i'm thinking other people who saw it couldn't envision how awesome it could be...they couldn't see past the filth (or through the cig smoke).


from the middle looking towards the back

from the middle looking towards the front


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

G E T T I N G   G R A S S Y

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now that we have a little one i cant help but think it would be nice to lay around and play in the yard with her....with all of the stone it makes for a not so comfy place for kiddies. our yard is always evolving and it's fairly 'easy' to replace some bluestones with some sod. we're keeping an organic shape just toward the middle of the yard, just pulling up the stone in that area, storing it, and amending the soil  for laying sod. finding sod around here is actually the hardest part. we're stuck with home depot sod since we only need a small amount...it's just hard to get it before it's all gone!

passed over scraps at the HD







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