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Posted by on Nov 3, 2011 | 1 comment

For Sale by Owner: An Entertainer’s Delight

For Sale by Owner: An Entertainer’s Delight

Mike and Mindy and their adorable little girl have an amazing Del Ray rowhouse for sale steps away from Mt. Vernon Avenue. It’s a house full of unique add-ons thanks to a well-known Del Ray carpenter who lived there before them. Walking up to their eye-catching yellow house, you immediately picture yourself lounging on the front porch having lemonade and watching all the happenings of Del Ray.  I even pictured myself reading a book while my boys played safely in the great fenced-in front yard. I’m a sucker for great lighting and Mike and Mindy must share that love.  They have done a fantastic job updating the light fixtures with unique pieces such as the one that serves as their entryway light.  It complements the great celadon color they used for their light-filled front door. The main floor of the cozy rowhouse has been completely redone. The hardwood floors gleam when the sun from the large windows hit it.  Walking into a house and being able to view all rooms from the front...

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Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 | 3 comments

Halloween Party DIY Style

Halloween Party DIY Style

On Saturday we hosted our son’s second annual Halloween Party.  Very important to note: no girls were allowed, unless his long time best friend, Nadja could come.  This year, my husband and I remembered only the good times had by all last year, and decided to up the ante a bit and go all out with the decorations. Since I’m now soley focused on what I can DIY instead of buy, I decided to take on the project of decorating the inside of our house with DIY projects.  There are a TON of ideas that I sifted through to come up with our theme.  Spiders, bats and rats, oh my!!!!!  Can you tell we were decorating for a three year old? Below are some snapshots of our DIY projects.  All pretty easy to make, though some took longer than others. This is a snapshot of the house walking into the front door I think these pumpkins and monsters were the hit of the party. So easy to make: Mason jars,...

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Posted by on Jul 22, 2011 | 1 comment

The Instant Mudroom

The Instant Mudroom

As I look forward to the weekend, my mind always jumps to “I wonder what kind of quick project I could do this weekend?”  (Husband is now rolling his eyes.)  But really, it’s amazing what a little change can do for your home.  To get all of you into DIY weekend mode, here’s an easy project that took about an hour. I have issues with”stuff” all over my house and porch. I love the look of the Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel “mudrooms” but they are too big and frankly too pricey to be in a porch. So, I decided to make my own out of a bookshelf that I found on Craigslist for $15. I put contact paper (but would recommend wallpaper) on the backs of each shelf and used 3M hooks for jackets, hats, umbrellas, etc. Then I bought a standard cooking tray from Walmart and used it for boots and soccer cleats. Voila! You have an instant mudroom. Don’t forget to add fun colored baskets for extra...

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Posted by on Jul 8, 2011 | 8 comments

Kitchen Renovation: Best Decision I Ever Made!

Kitchen Renovation: Best Decision I Ever Made!

Soon I think you’ll start to see a theme with my posts.  We have literally been spending the past 4 years slooooowly renovating our whole house.  When we moved in it was bare bones, no one had lived there for quite a while and there weren’t any working appliances.  Though I would have like the kitchen to be our first project, we were young, had just bought our first house and were pregnant.  We decided instead to finish our basement and turn it into a rec room and do some other repairs around the house.  My husband promised me we would renovate the kitchen the next summer. Well, two years passed and FINALLY we found a contractor who told us he could tear down the wall between our kitchen and dining room and remove the ducts for a budget well below what ALL the other contractors had given us quotes for.  So we left for a week and a half that summer while they tore apart our kitchen and...

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Posted by on Jul 7, 2011 | 3 comments

A Toddler, an Infant and One Tiny Bedroom

A Toddler, an Infant and One Tiny Bedroom

When my husband and I bought our two bedroom row house in the Del Ray area we were pregnant with our first son. We assumed we would stay in the house for three years max and then move to a bigger house when we decided to have a second baby.  Well, we fell in love with the neighborhood and our house and then we got pregnant with boy #2.  When we made the final decision to stay for a while longer, we realized we were really going to have to use our creative juices to make our house work for our growing family, most importantly, how to make the small second bedroom work for two boys. Here was my list of things a shared bedroom needed: 1) Closet space for two sizes of clothes 2) Furniture that didn’t take a lot of space but also offered ample storage 3) Space for the boys to play cars or trains on the floor 4) Room for our favorite reading chair 5) Crib, toddler bed and changing table...

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