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Taking a Builder's Grade home from drab to fab...

When we first bought our house in Portland, Oregon, I kind of muddled my way through all of the post offer/pre close items on my checklist: negotiating on a price, setting up inspections, buying appliances, etc.  The other thing I did was spend a LOT of time online searching for inspiration to try and decorate [...]

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Well, the time has come!  It’s time to show off the new pad in California!  We are so excited to show you what it looks like all empty and ready for our mountains (literally) of furniture and belongings!  We feel so fortunate to have found a rental that not only has oodles of potential but [...]

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Well, I promised a posting with a few pictures of the house all empty.  I didn’t take pictures of all the rooms, but this is to just give you an idea.  And, for good measure, I’m including some  pics of when we first moved in just to give you an idea of how far some [...]

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I’m not gonna lie.  Leaving the house in Oregon was pretty difficult.  It was a very bittersweet goodbye not only to the house, but to Portland, Oregon in general, a city so quirky that even I fit in!  Add to that my overall exhaustion last week of getting the house prepped and ready to move [...]

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Welp, last week was a bust in terms of “vacation”.  I took the whole week off from work and I busted my butt from sun-up to sun-down for 7 whole days and, MAN, is my body ticked because of it.  I don’t remember hurting this badly since my freshman year of Band Camp at Ohio [...]

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…it’s that it’s important to be flexible.  Here’s a rundown of all the things we need to do in the next few weeks: Hire movers/moving company Hire Property Management firm to manage our old house as a rental – *sniff Sign lease, put down payment on new pad in San Jose, California Clean out the

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We’re officially leaving Oregon.  We have a plan!  It’s for real this time!  Let’s start with the overall gist – you can get more details if you keep reading. We’ve found a town home down in San Jose, California that we feel could be “home” for a few years We have a tentative mov

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No, we didn’t crash and burn between Portland and Silicon Valley.  It’s been a whirlwind few days of packing, unpacking, moving, blah, blah, blah.  We’re still in the discovery mode of, “Where is the nearest Grocery store?” and, “Ohmygod, I need an oil change – stat!”  Yea,

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Right now our house is looking a little like this… That is to say – it’s total chaos… It might be pretty obvious by now but in case it isn’t we’re only moving two rooms (the Room of Requirement and the Guest Bedroom).  We’ve split up our kitchen items and have purchased just a few

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We’re on an exterior mission to fix up the house’s curb appeal before we lease the house.  Here is step one! Ready….set….lookatourterriblefrontdoor!!!!!!! It’s pretty sad and pitiful, isn’t it?  We heard from several of our neighbors that this door had been “knocked in” by t

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Do you realize we’ve been in our house almost three years and we’ve only posted on the outside/landscaping like maybe a handful of times?!?  Wait, let me see if I can throw them all out there for you because it’s really not much: The Back yard: Our very first outdoor project – clearing out all [...]

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We’re moving to California!  Which means….we need to downsize – a LOT!  In fact, we’ve put a deposit down on a….wait for it…1 bedroom, 600 square foot apartment.  Yes, we are moving from a 4 bedroom, 1900 square foot house with a garage to a 1 bedroom, 600 square foot apartment with no

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The last time I did a video house tour, it was back before we renovated the bathroom and finished up the Room of Requirement – i.e. it was well over a year and a half ago!  And since we’re planning a pretty massive move down to California, I thought now would be a good time [...]

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…and just like that, we’re movin’ to California! WHAAAA???? Yea, I know, I know.  Explains the lack of posts lately, no?  It’s been one craaaaaaaaaazy spring!  After we wrapped up the office project back in March-ish, the blogging dropped off a cliff simply because I knew what nobody else did &#

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(I apologize if you got this updated in your stream 4-5 times.  I realized after posting it that I posted the wrong draft!  Oops!  Here’s the updated post) I could really hurt your brain by explaining the whole process of the office, but I have to admit – we didn’t take a whole lot of [...]

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Did you like my alliterative attempt there?  It’s an allusion to our old office which used to be a child’s bedroom before we moved in, complete with dirty walls, marker and paint smears on the walls and everything.  But then we made it over.  Do you remember this workspace from the days of yore?: God, [...]

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Look at these kickass stats from 2011!  Happy New Year and here’s to a few more goodies to come in 2012! Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 44,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would [...]

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I haven’t exactly commented yet on HGTV’s Design Star this year since this summer was just about as busy as busy gets.  Visitors from all over the country, a bathroom remodel that lingered and lingered and summer weather that didn’t really show up in Portland until….oh….last week….all ki

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You may have noticed that even though we’ve wrapped up the big bathroom renovation of 2011, we are by no means done with all of the housework for the year.  Does it ever stop – really?!?  Our master bedroom is kind of in a “transitional” period right now.  After all of the hoopla of the master [.

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I love to blog. I really wish I could dedicate more of my days to just sitting down and writing like a fiend. But then there’s work and laundry and dinner and dog walking and….ya know…life. But I do it because I love it and it’s my creative outlet and stress reliever – weird, but [...]

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Ok, so it actually arrived well over a month ago, but this blog certainly isn’t in real time!!  Let’s dish the goods, shall we??  But before we do that, let’s take a trek back in time to what it looked like before… …and here are a few WAY old pics (like right after we moved [...]

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I don’t usually do an entire post to one room’s sources, but I thought the bathroom renovation was kind of a special situation.  It was a HUGE renovation and I’m getting a TON of questions about where some of the items came from so I thought this would help everybody!  I’ll just do this one [...]

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Money is always a sensitive topic, but I feel it’s important to hash out the budget details on our recent bathroom renovation because there’s a TON of information on the internet about how to lay tile and install cabinetry, but never enough information about how much it actually costs!  Especially if you are

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**Warning** This post contains a LOT of pictures!  Please be patient while it loads! It’s done!!!!  If you’re new here, then take a look at this post, which did a pretty good job of rounding up all of the dirty details that we’ve been doing over the past 6 months!  There’s also a chapter run down

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Picture the scene – Dr. J is hanging some trim pieces, I’m between paint coats on a pair of mirrors that will eventually go in the bathroom and Maggie is doing what she normally does on a sunny Oregon day like today – roaming the house looking for the best sunbeam to crash in. All [...]

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Check this out… ….and this means….you guessed it!  The bathroom is almost 100% completed!  We’ve been heads down these past few weeks, plugging away at the final touches in the bathroom.  We just miiiiight get it all wrapped up this weekend and put to bed….OMG!  Can you believe it?!?!  6 m

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I am.  I truly am BAD at blogging.  I don’t blog every day.  I don’t “Pinterest” like it’s my job – ’cause I’ve got a regular 9 to 5 and it keeps me PLENTY busy.  I don’t have giveaways once/week.  I don’t really craft.  I read other peoples’ blogs but

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First there was The Godfather, then The Godfather, Part II and everybody said lightening couldn’t strike twice.  Then Star Wars, then Empire, then Jedi…that was THRICE (and, no, the prequels don’t count).  Then there is WordPress, where we can be “Freshly Pressed”, an honor that I was so luck

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We’ve been busting @$$ on our bathroom now for 3 months and I’ve been so busy with bathroom-ing, working and hosting out-of-towners (7 out of the previous 10 weeks - and people wonder why we have a dedicated guest room??) that I honestly have completely forgotten to update you on some of the other things we

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I finally…FINALLY took a shower in our almost completely remodeled bathroom!  You can drop all of the jokes about how I haven’t showered in months ’cause I’ve heard ‘em all!  Besides, we’ve been sharing tub time with all of our (frequent) house guests since March 5th in our guest bath!!

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