With the dramatic structural changes we had planned for the house, we knew some new paint colors would be in order for both the additional materials we were adding in and also for the old, dingy, off-white brick. Choosing exterior paint colors is kind Read More

Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

May 4, 2015

Apr 15, 2015

Hello friends!  The house is really moving along now.  It’s so exciting to see progress!  But before we could tackle anything, we had to put in the additions. As you may remember, the original kitchen was pretty bad. It was small, closed off, Read More

Kitchen Addition Time-lapse and Details (video)

We knew our new/old house had some issues.  We knew it had been neglected and vacant for nearly a decade.  We thought we were prepared for any and all grossness involved with the aforementioned issues.  However, nothing, I repeat nothing, could have Read More

Cleaning Out Old Insulation (video)

Apr 8, 2015

Feb 24, 2015

We’re down to the last “before” video for the new/old house (#staggreno on Instagram!).  Today I’m sharing the master bedroom and bathroom at the state it was when we took ownership of the house. This room was just bizarre on so many levels.  No Read More

Home Tour: Master Bedroom (video)

Hello everyone!  Hope you’re having a wonderful week.  I thought we were going to make it through the winter cough free, but Ruby has come down with the icky virus that’s going around and we’ve been out of commission since Saturday night.  Boo. Today Read More

Home Tour: Playroom and Study Area (video)

Jan 21, 2015

Jan 7, 2015

It only took one look at the kitchen to know it was going to need a complete makeover.  We really couldn’t save a single thing in there.  The layout was terrible, the cabinets were outdated, and the appliances were original to the house (I think it Read More

Home Tour: Kitchen

So, you have big plans.  You want to make your home spectacular but before you can do anything, you’ve got to figure out how to pay for it.  Darn money.  Always getting in the way. Well folks, there are several ways you can do it.  If you’re independently Read More

How to Finance a Renovation

Jan 6, 2015

Dec 24, 2014

Merry Christmas Eve!  My goodness, this holiday season seems to have snuck up on me and I can’t believe it’s already this time of year (and that I’m in my third trimester– holy moly!).  Time is marching on and we are pushing to move forward on demo Read More

Home Tour: Bathrooms

The gorgeous fireplace surround in this room was all Tom Cruise on me and had me at hello.  The moment spotted it when we were walking through the house, I knew I would do whatever I could to keep it in tact.  It’s solid stone, has intricate detailing, Read More

Living Room Design Plans

Dec 17, 2014

Dec 17, 2014

Sorry for the slight delay in today’s post.  I’m having internet issues this morning.  Why can’t technology just work effortlessly at all times? Today I’m giving you the first look inside our new/old home and giving you a tour of the living room.  It’s Read More

Home Tour: Living Room

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