DIY, Remodeling & Design

The House You Helped Remodel Part 5: Kitchen & Family Room [PICS]

April 8, 2017
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Hello friends! I finally cleaned the new kitchen long enough to actually take pictures of it. Quickly, before someone comes along flinging peanut butter, let’s talk about it! This is our third house to completely rehab so you’d think I’d have it down by now. Nope. I waded into new waters this time with marble […]


The house you helped remodel Part 4: Master Bath [PICS]

November 12, 2016
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  Hello! I have many thoughts today, but none about bathroom remodeling. However, the end of a long, exhausting, emotionally draining election coincided with a similar-feeling bathroom remodel. So it’s done and I have pictures! May as well see them. You may recall we are on our third top-to-bottom remodel house. Yes, we live through our […]


The house you helped remodel: Part 3 [PICS!]

June 12, 2016
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Friends, we’re a year in. It was just a wee over 12 months ago that we bought this Clampet mansion – marred with blue carpet and linoleum as it was – and started transforming it into our wonder palace. Note: hopefully you still consider it a “wonder palace” when you learn our two-year-old has gleefully potty […]


The house you helped remodel Part 2: The truth about my Mexican tiled stairs [PICS]

September 18, 2015
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Today! I have been waiting for TODAY for like, well a few weeks, but it seemed like a really long time. The grand event is my wooden banister arriving. Maybe you wait for births and for the magical first day of school when you get to ditch your kid for 8 hours, but I wait […]


The house you helped remodel Part I: My mauve & silver bedroom!

August 2, 2015
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We have a bedroom, people. This is quite a step up from sleeping in the stairs landing –  which was promotion from living on blue carpet, which was a catapult ride from living in the nightmare rental we narrowly escaped. So! Now that I’m in my final sleeping destination, let’s look at the pictures. Before: […]


Help me remodel this house #ToTheEdge [14 BEFORE PICS]

May 30, 2015
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We finally got keys yesterday! You may recall my family of five moved across the country to L.A. from Chicago about five months ago. It meant renting at first and I lamented, loudly, with tears like a toddler, having to pay someone else’s mortgage. I got over it. It turned out I really liked our […]


How craigslist graffiti artists are making my (new!) house a home

May 20, 2015
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Fun news! In a turn of events too odd and yet too banal to describe, we are getting out of our lease and into a house we’re buying. Bye, other people’s mortgages! Anyway, we happen to be buying said house from a set of tiny people with giant hearts. They built the place half a […]


The problem with the phrase “pyramid scheme”

February 26, 2015
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I was joking that I once signed myself up for a pyramid scheme. I was embarrassed I had fallen prey to one of the many direct sales businesses my friends were doing. I kept it all a secret for an entire year, only “selling” the products to myself for the discount. I remember an episode […]


I did not refinish this desk so my daughter could find a rich husband [PICS]

February 17, 2015
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Remember When I Did THIS Project?

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February 13, 2015

The curious sexism of moms and Legos I revealed the nursery I made for my younger two daughters at the new house and everyone was nice, so why all the hate o n Lego Mom? (PICS) Read more . . . Remodeling Before & After: My old house brochure v. my remodeled house [PICS!] The […]


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