#2,454 The New Bathroom.

The master bathroom renovation has been a journey to say the least. Demo began on June 28 and the bathroom interior was complete yesterday, October 9, when the shower glass was installed, though that hasn’t stopped us from loving using it since the day the plumbing fixtures went in a couple weeks ago. We’ve wanted a separate tub and walk-in shower for so long, I guess since Ben destroyed his ankle way back in 2010 when he realized how tricky it is getting in a tub when you’re his size and injured. It’s going to be something we’re glad we did […]


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The master bathroom renovation has been a journey to say the least. Demo began on June 28 and the bathroom interior was complete yesterday, October 9, when the shower glass was installed, though that hasn’t stopped us from loving using it since the day the plumbing fixtures went in a couple weeks ago. We’ve wanted a separate tub and walk-in shower for so long, I guess since Ben destroyed his ankle way back in 2010 when he realized how tricky it is getting in a tub when you’re his size and injured. It’s going to be something we’re glad we did […]


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Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

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#2,343 Gutted + Date Night.

I’m shocked to see it, but in one day, our bathroom is gone. I mean, GONE. And even though I’ve been struggling with an endless headache today, we stole away for a little date night to a restaurant we’ve never tried before and had the best time. Leo’s Cuban Kitchen is now going to be in my top 10 rotation because of Cuban chicken soup, plantains, and a super ooey gooey Cubano: And ULTA. There may have been ULTA. And Old Navy. Maybe.


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I’m shocked to see it, but in one day, our bathroom is gone. I mean, GONE. And even though I’ve been struggling with an endless headache today, we stole away for a little date night to a restaurant we’ve never tried before and had the best time. Leo’s Cuban Kitchen is now going to be in my top 10 rotation because of Cuban chicken soup, plantains, and a super ooey gooey Cubano: And ULTA. There may have been ULTA. And Old Navy. Maybe.


Erin

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

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#2,341 The Big Bathroom Shuffle.

Wednesday morning is going to be demo day on our new bathroom addition, which means we’ve got to get ourselves ready for the next 6 weeks of living in a construction zone on top of rearranging our bedroom to accommodate the new doorway that will go into the en suite bath. Let’s look back and remember the bathroom the way she was: A perfectly good bathroom with the exception that Ben is enormous and struggles to get in and out of the very tall walled jacuzzi tub shower with that bum ankle he’s had since 2011, and the bathtub with […]


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Wednesday morning is going to be demo day on our new bathroom addition, which means we’ve got to get ourselves ready for the next 6 weeks of living in a construction zone on top of rearranging our bedroom to accommodate the new doorway that will go into the en suite bath. Let’s look back and remember the bathroom the way she was: A perfectly good bathroom with the exception that Ben is enormous and struggles to get in and out of the very tall walled jacuzzi tub shower with that bum ankle he’s had since 2011, and the bathtub with […]


Erin

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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#2,311 Bathroom Dreaming + Summer Sun.

I wasn’t kidding when I told you I decided I’m ready to renovate our master bath. In fact, yesterday our beloved architects from the show, Lake and Land Studio, came over to start making the blueprint. So today, I started making my plan for the 1925 craftsman appropriate finishes: marble tile, 1920s brass sconces, deep green paint, worn wood vanities. I can’t wait to show you as we go along, even though I may soon regret choosing to live in the middle of a renovation. And it was a beautiful day to spend splashing my feet in Jim and Mal’s […]


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I wasn’t kidding when I told you I decided I’m ready to renovate our master bath. In fact, yesterday our beloved architects from the show, Lake and Land Studio, came over to start making the blueprint. So today, I started making my plan for the 1925 craftsman appropriate finishes: marble tile, 1920s brass sconces, deep green paint, worn wood vanities. I can’t wait to show you as we go along, even though I may soon regret choosing to live in the middle of a renovation. And it was a beautiful day to spend splashing my feet in Jim and Mal’s […]


Erin

Friday, May 26th, 2017

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#2,262 Picket Posts.

Man oh man, the posts were set today for the picket fence in our front yard. Josh said they look a little “meaty,” but we’re thinking they’ll look proportionate with such big columns around the porch. I can’t believe we’re really doing it, finally! Anybody know when it’s safe to plant pretty annuals in the porch pots in Mississippi? I really feel like we’re safe from another freeze… Because I typed that, it will freeze this week. P.S. There is much freedom from anxiety in writing a list. I wrote a list tonight while working more on the business systems and I […]


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Man oh man, the posts were set today for the picket fence in our front yard. Josh said they look a little “meaty,” but we’re thinking they’ll look proportionate with such big columns around the porch. I can’t believe we’re really doing it, finally! Anybody know when it’s safe to plant pretty annuals in the porch pots in Mississippi? I really feel like we’re safe from another freeze… Because I typed that, it will freeze this week. P.S. There is much freedom from anxiety in writing a list. I wrote a list tonight while working more on the business systems and I […]


Erin

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

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#2,260 Productivity & Pickets.

There’s not much to tell you about today except that we have been rocking and rolling working on systems to keep our businesses going while we’re away filming for most of 2016, so we just left the studio after 12+ hours at the desk. There was one quick meeting with our friend Hunter who does landscaping to discuss our plans to build a cute and cottagey picket fence with flowers growing all around it in the front yard, sort of like this: (Photo by Roger Davies for Cottage Living magazine a million years ago) And I can’t stop listening to this […]


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There’s not much to tell you about today except that we have been rocking and rolling working on systems to keep our businesses going while we’re away filming for most of 2016, so we just left the studio after 12+ hours at the desk. There was one quick meeting with our friend Hunter who does landscaping to discuss our plans to build a cute and cottagey picket fence with flowers growing all around it in the front yard, sort of like this: (Photo by Roger Davies for Cottage Living magazine a million years ago) And I can’t stop listening to this […]


Erin

Monday, February 29th, 2016

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#1,773 The Great Shop Clean Up.

We’ve been spending every waking minute hustling around getting things done around the house and at Lucky Luxe for the last several days (and will be the upcoming weeks) getting it all ready for the filming, and the biggest of those tasks was marked off the list today—cleaning up the garage. Since it was finished back in June, Baker moved in like he owned the joint, bringing mayhem with him with every swash of his fat fluffy tail. He’s basically an enormous clumsy dust mop, and it was reaching the point where little mountains of dirt and dust were piling […]


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We’ve been spending every waking minute hustling around getting things done around the house and at Lucky Luxe for the last several days (and will be the upcoming weeks) getting it all ready for the filming, and the biggest of those tasks was marked off the list today—cleaning up the garage. Since it was finished back in June, Baker moved in like he owned the joint, bringing mayhem with him with every swash of his fat fluffy tail. He’s basically an enormous clumsy dust mop, and it was reaching the point where little mountains of dirt and dust were piling […]


Erin

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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#1,704 Gone.

We started building the new backyard garage on May 17. Today, after sweating about 10 gallons in the heat of the day, Ben and Byron tore down the very last of the rotten, feeble old shop that was its predecessor. I thought it would never be finished. Truly, I began to think of ways we could just leave it and make creative use of it (squirrel habitat?). Yes, we made a burn pile of some leaves and tiny wood scraps. No, that’s not legal in the city limits. Yes, we watched it closely. But if anyone asks, it was a […]


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We started building the new backyard garage on May 17. Today, after sweating about 10 gallons in the heat of the day, Ben and Byron tore down the very last of the rotten, feeble old shop that was its predecessor. I thought it would never be finished. Truly, I began to think of ways we could just leave it and make creative use of it (squirrel habitat?). Yes, we made a burn pile of some leaves and tiny wood scraps. No, that’s not legal in the city limits. Yes, we watched it closely. But if anyone asks, it was a […]


Erin

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

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#1,663 60s Saturday + Walker’s First Fourth/Fifth.

I spent the morning listening to this: While I painted these: And Ben listened to this out in the backyard: While he kept on insulating and putting in walls and shelves: And then it was time for the 5th of July party with my family at mama’s. I have nothing to show for it except for some adorable photos of Walker, looking old enough to go to college in a few weeks. He’s getting so big. I can’t believe it!


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I spent the morning listening to this: While I painted these: And Ben listened to this out in the backyard: While he kept on insulating and putting in walls and shelves: And then it was time for the 5th of July party with my family at mama’s. I have nothing to show for it except for some adorable photos of Walker, looking old enough to go to college in a few weeks. He’s getting so big. I can’t believe it!


Erin

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

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#1,662 The Great Cleanout + July 4.

We spent the entire day getting everything out of the old shop, grouping by type: car stuff, yard stuff, wood, tools, paint, seasonal, tarps, etc. It took every bit of the day to do this, and clean all the dust and nastiness off of it. Ben got one of the new shop walls insulated and walled up so we can put in shelves tomorrow, hopefully, and get everything organized and in its place. Which means we’re one big step closer to tearing the little one down. I can’t imagine our yard without it there and I’m so ready to see […]


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We spent the entire day getting everything out of the old shop, grouping by type: car stuff, yard stuff, wood, tools, paint, seasonal, tarps, etc. It took every bit of the day to do this, and clean all the dust and nastiness off of it. Ben got one of the new shop walls insulated and walled up so we can put in shelves tomorrow, hopefully, and get everything organized and in its place. Which means we’re one big step closer to tearing the little one down. I can’t imagine our yard without it there and I’m so ready to see […]


Erin

Friday, July 4th, 2014

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