A Year Later

Surprise!  It’s a New Year’s miracle!  I’m writing a blog post!

It’s been a year now since I’ve been moved in to the main part of the house.  There have been lots of little ongoing projects, but since we’re not knocking down walls anymore, it’s seemed like a pretty mellow year.  Here’s an update on what’s been going on – PLUS – a bonus DIY on the floating mantel shelf. Continue reading

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Moved in!

(This post got lost in draft-land for a few weeks…sorry!!!)  Yep, I’ve been “living” here for a while, but it’s been somewhat of a sad existence.  Confined to one drafty room shared with a dog that was impossible to keep clean, cooking with nothing but a microwave and single burner camp stove, eating lots and LOTS of prepackaged food – hey, I even discovered how to make hamburger helper in the microwave – and the dreadful walk upstairs through filth to shower.  Come to think of it, it wasn’t that different from college.  But forget all that, because I made it!  As promised, Thanksgiving weekend was move-in weekend for me!  The storage unit is totally cleaned out and closed, most of my stuff is in the house, and the rest of my stuff is in the addition – where I used to reside.  Continue reading

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The (downstairs) floors are DONE!

Whoa, two posts in one day?  You better be feeling awfully special.  ‘Tis the month for giving thanks, so, you’re welcome.  As the title suggests, this is another “floors” post!  I’m going to keep this one to mostly pictures.             Continue reading

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My Iowa beach house…

If you know me, you know how indecisive I am.  This house has not improved my decision making skills even one little bit.  Sometimes I know exactly what I want, but more often than not, I have no idea.  And it takes me f o r e v e r to decide.  Example: I had an idea of what I wanted for a dining room light fixture.  I even found the perfect one.  But I refused to commit to it.  So my mom just ordered it for me and when it got here I liked it.  Putting that up is a post for another day.  This is a(nother) post about colors.  Continue reading

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I forgot how much I love to cook!

Okay, it’s been a while since I posted that my appliances were coming, and I realize I never updated anything after that.  So, here’s the first of a multi-update barrage.  Appliances.  My kitchen.  I love them both.  Continue reading

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Tile and Trim

Oh goodness… It’s really been a month since my last blog post? Jeez…sorry about that.  Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess, or at least when you’re insanely busy.  So many things have changed since the sanding of the floors.  First off, my countertops finally arrived and were installed.  They’re absolutely perfect and look very high-end for laminate.  If you don’t look too closely (there’s no getting around the dark lines on the edges or the seam in the corner) you could be initially convinced they’re granite!
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Installing Nest in a 100-Year-Old House with Radiator Heating: A Guide/Review

Hey! Someone else with a 100+ year old house with radiators using a Nest! I’m strongly considering them for my house. Being able to see/adjust the house temp before I leave work so it’s toasty when I get home? Yes please!

Ambrose Little

Nest Learning Thermostat on Amazon.com
Just thought I’d share my experience with a great product–the Nest Learning Thermostat. Given that I own an over 100-year-old house with radiator heating (and no central air), I was dubious about this working for me. After doing a fair amount of research, it came down to this one or the ecobee. The ecobee (main model) was more expensive and, frankly, just doesn’t look as good. Let’s face it; the Nest has been designed, by real designers, and it is obvious. Other thermostats on the market are clunky gear head boxes.

I have noticed that things that appear to be well designed often are. Not only that, if people go through the trouble to do great industrial design, they usually at least try to do great software design, and maybe even full on service design, and in this, the Nest does not disappoint. Everything from learning about the…

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