The Conservatory

Well that sounds fancy. Doesn’t it? I’m actually talking about our sunroom.

A few years ago, we had a gorgeous granite mosaic deck out back.

And then we had someone waterproof our basement and they said that the problem was that the deck was pulling away from the house. I have included a perfect drawing of what would have happened, had we not acted upon it that second.

Drawing Of Falling Deck

Ok, so maybe that was an exaggeration. Wouldn’t have happened that second. But eventually we would have a gap between the house and the deck. And yes, thank you. I am a pretty good artist. Wondering what professional program I am using? Photoshop? Bamboo tablet? Nope. It’s Paint. Gotta keep it real.

Anywho. Long story short, we got to put a sunroom on.

And here she is now:

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(From the outside)

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If you have a cat, you would know why he’s there. Ya just gotta work around them.

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The side table and lamp are from Ikea, I have zero idea where the chairs are from, the pillow on the left is from Pier 1 Imports and the pillow on the right is one I made (it will not be staying- it was just practice)

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The painting above is a Paul McGehee, and it is called “Old Georgetown on the Potomac”. Obviously we have some hometown pride!

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Ah, the ledge. It was not planned. It holds a vent, and we are just planning on leaving it and pretending it’s not their.

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So that’s just the little tour. Stay tuned for upcoming updates where we will paint, replace/ update the furniture, and add a carpet and accessories!

A New Modern Bathroom

The day is here, the time is now! My new bathroom is DONE!

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We’ve come a long way, baby:

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Sure, we have to add art, but look! Here are some detail shots.

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I am looking for a new hand towel as we speak. Anybody have any recommendations? We want a pop of color.
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(That’s my dad’s baby picture. Whadda cutie)

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As you can see, we have sort of a theme going on. Chrome, grey, and white.

Let’s Take This Outside…

This post is going to be details about the exterior of my house. Oh, and I don’t know the names of plants. Sorry.

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The reason I’m basically posting these pictures again is because I got a new camera! I used to have a Sony DSLR but was not impressed by the quality of the photos and it was not very easy to use. I ended up getting a Canon Rebel T3i and LOVE it. Would you look at these photos? Ok, enough about the camera.

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(Yes, my house number is there)

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Here is the stoop and portico/ landing. My mom and I love the show Rehab Addict, so we hang an American flag out there as a little shout out to Nicole. My mom got the sconces a few years ago, which are ok, but we just picked up some new (to us) sconces at a salvage yard that I’m stoked about!

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Here is a shutter close up. Pretty self explanatory, they are black.

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And below is a door close up. No, that is not a Christmas wreath, I just like it. I think it balances the door and adds more dimensions. The color is something by Behr, but we can’t seem to remember the name. It’s just your classic red door!

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And as you can see from this detail shot below, the concrete ain’t looking too hot.

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Power-washing is in its future. This is a close up of one of the lights. It’s by no means repelling, but half of our neighbors have the same ones and I have more of a shaker, clean lined style while this is rather ornate.

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Awkward siding shot.

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Ah, the lamp post. The top kept falling off, so here is our classy solution:

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Duct tape.

 

Heres’ the garage.

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I love the side yard. We live on a corner (between two courts- our street is bone shaped as I like to say) so this and and angle of this front of the house is what we see when we drive up, so it has to be pretty, right?
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The windows supports window boxes that are in great need of a little love. And while I dream of being really handy and making something like this or this, I will probably never get around to it.

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As you can see above, a little pathway leads into the backyard where you can immediately see our sunroom.

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Since there’s so much green, it’s kinda hard to photograph.

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You may be wondering: Why do they have a dining set in their shrubbery? That’s a good question. Anyone in the DC area interested in it?

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As you can see, the other side yard has grown a lot since I last photographed it:

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Ahhh, so much greener.

 

 

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Here is a little basement entrance that kept the deck above it so small. Urgh.

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And then here are the stairs that lead to the deck.

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Ta-da! All done! Any questions?

Does anyone have any go-to plants that they like for a backyard? I love hydrangeas, but my black thumb is no good for something like that. :( Single tear.