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Kelley

Built-in Desk: We’ll call it finished

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The live-edge built-in slab desk is not 100% finished, but I suspect this is how it will stay for a while, so it’s officially off the list of active projects. After sanding and sealing the slab, we moved it upstairs to put into its new home in the corner. To hold up the desk, we used legs and […]

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Kelley

Built-in Desk: Finishing the Slab

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Step one in our plan to fill a space of our living room with a built-in desk! We’ve wanted to use a live-edge slab in something for a long time, and when we moved out to Portland we found a great local place called Goby Walnut. Perusing their stock several times, we had tons of ideas and […]

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Kelley

Planning: Built-in desk?

Decor & Furnishings, DIY Projects, Home Improvement, Inspiration 1 Comment

As much as I wish my house was photo worthy at any moment, it’s generally not. Take this section of the living room, for example:   Truth be told, that might even be a “tidy” day in the desk corner.   Our living room & dining room are combined into one big L, and while […]

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Kelley

DIY Shelving

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We managed to eke out one project over the holidays, mostly out of necessity. The corner of the living room to the left of the fireplace (as you’re facing the fireplace) has been an unused waste of space due to our furniture placement (and the current configuration is about as good as we can do, all […]

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Kelley

The Nursery: Completed?

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Still doesn’t sound right to call it a nursery, so I’m going to stop doing that. But whatever it’s called, we’re finished – for now – with working on this room. Here’s where we started: Nothing wrong  – it was pretty much a blank slate. The only major change made in here was taking over […]

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Kelley

The Nursery: Wallpaper

Decor & Furnishings, Home Improvement 1 Comment

It feels weird to call Jack’s room a “nursery”, but I’m not really sure what else it would be? He’s only a year old, so right on that line between baby and toddler. But is there a special name for bedroom-of-a-toddler? When does a nursery become a kid’s room? Deep questions that keep me up at […]

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Kelley

The Office: Revealed?

Before & After, Decor & Furnishings, Home Improvement 6 Comments

Ok, it is actually revealed, so the question mark isn’t really necessary. Before we dive into the good stuff, allow me to frame the post with a “before” photo of our office (the only one I remembered to snap before we jumped right in): It was a very sad state of affairs. I am truly […]

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Kelley

The Office: Pulling it Together

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After painting the walls “Cape May Cobblestone”, attempting my first-ever wall stencil, and (finally) installing the quarter round needed to complete the baseboard…. we were so.friggin.close to having one room in our house complete! All we needed was to put our stuff back in there. Oh, and bring in a few new things. I previously […]

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Kelley

Hallway Frame Gallery

Decor & Furnishings, Home Improvement 2 Comments

So I previously showed off our much-improved-by-a-coat-of-paint hallway: (**Update: I did eventually replace that burned-out bulb…. and of course a week later another burned out) And also hinted that I went out to create a “gallery wall” of frames. I gathered up all of the random frames I had laying around the house, as well as anything […]

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Kelley

Feeling Moody: Office Edition

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In perusing various home improvement type blogs (or even wedding blogs, back when I was planning our wedding), I notice a lot of so-called “mood” boards, or inspiration boards. Some people do a really nice job of putting them together, so you can get on board (har! no pun intended) with their vision. But it’s […]

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