Category Archives: House

multitudes. 8

I have been wanting for a while to post a belly shot and to quote Walt Whitman. So here we go. Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) -Walt Whitman Though I contain just one other person, I am feeling pretty large these days. “Multitudes” doesn’t […]

A room with a view. 8

It’s already clear that having a baby is a group effort, and nowhere is that more evident than in the nursery. My mom helped with the curtains and gave me her old rocking chair, my aunt helped Mike pick out the crib, a friend of ours donated a mobile, people keep giving us adorable baby […]

I can’t criticize what I don’t understand. If you want to call this art, you’ve got the benefit of all my doubts. 8

(Title quote from Northern Exposure.) A few years ago, Mike and I had a weekend in Asheville. We had planned on going to the Biltmore, but ended up just hanging out in the downtown area, shopping and visiting some art galleries. Now, when it comes to art, Mike and I will be the first to […]

I really like to build suspense. 9

I doubt anyone is still waiting for the big bathroom reveal. You will have to forgive me . . . it takes me a while to settle in and get pictures hung and figure out where our things are going to go. But we hung pictures this weekend, so I am going to show you […]

All shall love my bathroom and despair! 5

(With apologies to the Lady Galadriel.) I promised some new pictures. Are you ready? We are not quite ready to reveal our “standing in the shower” shot to match up with this one, but we are getting closer to that every day. Some highlights! Cabinet and countertop in the laundry room (will have a sink […]

Coming along. 5

It’s time for another update on the addition! I have been rebuked by several people for not updating often enough. Let me be honest with you: when your house is covered in dust and there are plastic sheets draped everywhere, it’s as much as you can do to get the laundry done. Everything else is […]

The state of the house. 6

Which does greatly affect the state of the union, let me tell you. Yesterday I swept and mopped and vacuumed in a futile effort to fight the mess. I did not dust. I am not dusting until this is all over with. And maybe then I will develop magical powers that allow me to dust […]

The bathroom actually no longer looks like this. 3

On Wednesday night, we moved into the hall bathroom. Because our bathroom was going to be gutted on Thursday. After we moved into the other bathroom, I forced Mike to take a few pictures so that you could see exactly what the tiny bathroom used to look like. Here is Mike in the tiny bathroom. […]

Stops my mind from wandering where it will go. 5

Our new addition is progressing nicely. I told you we were having one, but I didn’t tell you much more than that. Because I kept waiting to show you pictures. But I am still not quite ready to show you pictures. So let me tell you a bit about it and show you a few […]

Why couldn’t it be, “Follow the butterflies”? 3

It’s October, so of course it is much too early to turn on our heat. This is North Carolina, for crying out loud! We do not turn on our heat before November! And sometimes not even then! The problem is that this week has been freakishly cold for North Carolina in November. I had to […]

Here comes the sun(room). 6

I cannot emphasize this enough. When we moved into this house, not only was everything crazy, the sunroom was specifically crazy to the point of insanity. I don’t have any pictures. Because it was too painful to take pictures. But let me tell you about it. There was an ugly ugly exposed brick wall. There […]

Breakfast nook. 3

In a feature I like to call, “Ask and ye shall receive,” Geof made me a little search box over there on the right. You have to scroll down under my categories and things. This will probably be the most useful for those of you who like my book posts. (All three of you.) Once […]

By my Window have I for Scenery. 8

I know that it’s the 4th of July and people won’t really be around today, but I promised my mom I would get her some pictures of the final results of what she and I did yesterday. Exactly six months later (because they were finished yesterday), we have some window treatments going on in here. […]

There are pictures by four different cameras in this post. 10

I suppose you remember what Alisa’s bedroom looked like before and during the Great Wallpaper Removal? Well here is what it looked like the day she moved in: She is more unpacked now, but you can see the nice brown color and how the room no longer looks like it houses a little old lady. […]

I suppose this is House Tour Week. 14

It is interesting to feel that, after just six or seven months, we’ve put more of ourselves into this house than we did into our old house. This house needed more love, so we got to make decisions about things that were more than just, “What color do we want the walls?” And also, we […]

This is probably not a big deal to most of you. But I am not what you would call the crafty sort. 6

Once upon a time, I was given this cabinet. It is not really my style. We used it in our bathroom and then we used it in our guest bedroom. But it didn’t really match any of our stuff. It’s a nice size and it’s well-made, so of course I wanted to keep it, but […]

“Let there be many windows to your soul, that all the glory of the world may beautify it.” 12

Title quote by American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Internet, I need help. Because my house is crazy. Maybe you’ve heard. We bought some fabric today for me to make some window treatments for our kitchen. That’s right, I am going to bust out the trusty Singer and sew some hems. Or possibly I will bust […]

Poor crazy house. 10

Because of her housing woes, Alisa is moving in with us. She was sad to leave her brown room, so to cheer her up, we said she could paint the room she’ll be living in. We just had to get the wallpaper down first. Well, she took a lot of initiative there and got some […]

Things we have done to our house since moving in. 7

Just to prove how productive we have been. Since I didn’t take a lot of pictures before. And I’m waiting on things like rugs and blinds and pictures on the wall to take pictures now. You should go ahead and assume that most of the painting and dewallpapering was with assistance. Because it was. Our […]

I don’t like to post pictures of my house, so you’d better enjoy it while you can get it. 22

Once upon a time, Mike and Kari bought a house. Here is what the kitchen looked like. (That’s three layers of linoleum. And the scary carpet.) There were crazy light fixtures and half the room was carpeted and the cabinets had weird yellow slats on the doors and the fireplace was hideously ugly. And ugly […]