Finding Vintage Accents for a Historic Bathroom Renovation: ORC Week Five
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Finding Vintage Accents for a Historic Bathroom Renovation: ORC Week Five

Every bathrooms a certain number of items that are required for function. In historic homes, it’s important to keep these items looking authentic whilst also feeling fresh in the space. Here’s how I mixed old and new bathroom accessories to create a modern homage to my retro bathroom …

Historic Bathroom Moulding + Trim: ORC Week Three
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Historic Bathroom Moulding + Trim: ORC Week Three

Um, Miss. Your bathroom is done. Yep. I hear that a lot these days. Technically, my bathroom is functioning and therefore, it could be done. But I’m extra and I wholeheartedly believe your home isn’t done until you’re done with it. And I’m not done with this bathroom. So let me show you how I spent $75 on MDF and lumber to elevate the entire look of the space in a few short days …

Historic Bathroom Renovation: Kickin’ It Old School for the ORC
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Historic Bathroom Renovation: Kickin’ It Old School for the ORC

I’m either an addict or a real glutton for punishment. You be the judge. Despite not completing the bedroom I attempted to renovate (build from scratch???) for last season’s One Room Challenge™, I’m back at it again this season! That’s right! My bedroom still isn’t done but I’m ready to finish at least one space in this house and I’ve decided the downstairs bathroom is it! Here’s where we’re at so far …

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Principal Bathroom Refresh: High Impact Changes On A Low Budget

Today, I’m showing you how we completed a renovation of our suburban home’s principal suite without spending a ton of money. By making calculated design updates and keeping the overall plan simple, we brought this 25-year-old house into the 21st Century. Here’s how we did it and what we spent –

Repairing Historic Moulding + Trim: An ORC Week 7 Update
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Repairing Historic Moulding + Trim: An ORC Week 7 Update

I’m back in the game with a big update to show you how far we’ve come the past two weeks! I’ll admit: We’re not as far along as I’d hoped we’d be at this point but we’re making steady progress towards the finish line! Here’s how I’ve spent my week (spoiler: a scraper, a sander, and a lot of elbow grease included) and here’s how my ORC Bedroom is looking as of today! …

Spray Foam Insulation: Sealing an Old House Against Weather
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Spray Foam Insulation: Sealing an Old House Against Weather

It appears we’ve reached the stage of this rebuild in which one big project will be completed every week. It’s Week Four of the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge™ and today, I’m showing you how we are sealing our historic home from the inside to prevent moisture and weather intrusion and provide a sturdy reinforcement to our old wood siding. Not all progress is pretty but this is my favorite new feature of our house so far! …

Planning a Modern Bedroom in a historic home: ORC Spring 2020 Week Three
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Planning a Modern Bedroom in a historic home: ORC Spring 2020 Week Three

We’ve got some photo updates for you! This week, I’m slowing down the tempo and showing you how I’ve planned this design for a room I didn’t exactly ever plan to have. I’m also diving deep into the ways we are making our modern addition look like it belongs in our 100 year old home. So let’s dive in …

How We Are Rebuilding After The Tornado: Spring 2020 ORC Week One
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How We Are Rebuilding After The Tornado: Spring 2020 ORC Week One

This blog post has been two months in the making and yet I’m still sitting here, at the very last minute, lost for words to write. Ordinarily, I can so easily describe the goings on in my everyday life. I have no problem coming up with things to say. But this time, I’m stuck. My therapist says I’m in shock and I know she’s right. I don’t think that’s the entire reason I can’t find the words this time. This time, I think I’m also really pensive. I’m scared to come off as too whiny or shallow or dismissive of other’s pain or not dismissive enough of my own family’s grief. I’m afraid to be honest about our house in print. I’m afraid that, if I tell the whole story, it will be perceived in the wrong tone and you – my friends and readers – will judge me. That’s a little of the grief and chaos in my brain talking but it’s also my truth.

But it’s been long enough and if I’m ever going to show you how to overcome a natural disaster, I have to start with the process we’ve endured. So here it is –