Category Archives: new house


May 10, 2017

ebb + flow :: peonies

The Red Head and I are probably about a year off from finishing our kitchen and den but I am going to campaign for the next twelve months for a bold wallpaper to make an appearance, like my favorite above. I’ll keep you posted on the campaign every step of the way and follow along in real-time here!

Source :: Hygge & West

Great Barrington Green

March 13, 2017

ebb + flow :: great barrington green

I’ve mentioned it about 45 times but the dining room went green this weekend and I AM OBSESSED. The color is called Great Barrington Green and, in person, it looks like an old green chalkboard and a summer camp had a baby. Are you following me? It’s better than I ever imagined and I can’t wait to put the finishing touches on this space. After that all my energy is going into our basement renovation. All of the walls have been framed, mood boards have been created, finishes have been purchased and I am antsy to see it all come together. Keep you posted on that front. In the meantime, I’ll be staring into my Great Barrington Green walls. Totally normal…

Source :: my own (follow along here)


Love? Hate?

March 2, 2017

ebb + flow :: love or hate

I’ve really got the itch to add some statement wallpaper to our house but knowing that we only want to be here for a couple years and have our eyes set on resale value, I’m having a hard time justifying the cost and work. So, for now, I’ll just browse and pin and gawk.

Source :: Studio McGee

New Prints

March 1, 2017

ebb + flow :: new prints ebb + flow :: new prints

Unlike our old house, our new fixer-upper has some rather long walls (uninterrupted by windows and doors) that require big art statements to anchor them and not look so sad! So I’m doing my best to fill these spaces in a cost-effective way until I decide EXACTLY what I want. Enter black and white engineer prints from Staples. They have been a lifesaver (insider info, though, Staples is starting to phase these bad boys out so get them while you can!). I printed these prints from Paper & Stitch and can’t wait to give them a home in the dining room. I also printed a bunch more because I am a crazy person and got these frames on clearance. At least I’ll be a crazy person with fewer sad walls if all goes to plan!

Source :: Paper & Stitch

A Maze

February 10, 2017

ebb + flow :: electrical map

Now that the Red Head and I have a full weekend back in town we have quite the ambitious house to-do list ahead for the next two days. I’ll be painting and podcasting the day away tomorrow while the boys attempt to rough in some seriously outdated and seriously confusing electrical. If the map above is any indication of what we’re getting into I might stock up on wine after work today as well. Wish us luck and lots of patience!

Source :: @housetwerking

Scouring the Web

January 17, 2017

ebb + flow :: scouring the web

Among other things, buying a little fixer upper has greatly enhanced my internet scouring skills. Exhibit A above. I had my eye on these tables for our master bedroom, waited too long for them to go on sale and then they sold out across the country. Blargh. So the internet hunt began for a similar and cost-effective replacement and then the Google gods led me here in the middle of a holiday sale and, presto, our bedroom was feeling much for finished and my books had a place to rest at night. And they were, at the time, $20 cheaper than the Target model. Woop woop!

This week I’m putting my internet skills to work on some rug sourcing. Keep you posted on that one!

Source :: option one :: copycat

White + Bright

January 4, 2017

ebb + flow :: painting

Tonight’s agenda consists of a trip to Ace Hardware to get some more paint and painter’s tape and then an evening with podcasts and what I’m hoping is the final coat of the white paint on our dining room trim! Getting that stuff out of 1970 was a lot of work but it made the space so much brighter and current! Once the trim is done I’m going to add bead board below the chair rail (goodbye green!), install some art and call it good until we remodel our kitchen. Trying not to get too far ahead of ourselves with projects! Wish me luck and let me know if I have paint in my hair tomorrow, OK?

Source :: @housetwerking

Twerking All The Day

November 14, 2016

ebb + flow :: twerking all the day

This weekend the Red Head and I were in full-blown house project mode. We took out a bay window, replaced it with a patio door, painted half the chimney (wishing I had go-go-gadget arms) and raked the yard. Between the two of us we made five trips to two different hardware stores on Friday and Saturday alone. Our credit cards are hurting, our backs are sore, we’re very thankful for a handy father-in-law and know we still have a long way to go… unless exposed electrical, doors with no stairs, walls without sheet rock and piles of old insulation are in style? Wish us luck and patience for the weeks ahead, we’re going to need it!

Source :: @housetwerking

Open It Up

November 1, 2016

ebb + flow :: open the door

Over the weekend, I dragged the Red Head to Menards to take advantage of the final day of the 11% rebate and we bought an awesome patio door. Our first big house project is ahead and I can’t wait to share the progress. It’s going to get worse before it gets better but the thoughts of having a patio door come spring are carrying us through. I can almost feel the breeze now…

Source :: feathers