The Creation of a Basement Man Cave

Here is how last week went: Work all day, come home at 5:30, work on the basement, go to bed. In other words, we did very little last week besides work on our basement. It was well worth the time, but I must say that I truly missed our binge watching nights of the Good Wife. It’s definitely one of my favorite series yet. Watch it! Continue reading “The Creation of a Basement Man Cave”


Updating the Chair Rail to be More Modern

About a week ago, I got really sick of the beige color and char rail. Rather than removing the railing like we did in the family room, we decided to make the most of it and change it into the board and batten style.  Continue reading “Updating the Chair Rail to be More Modern”

Entryway Progress and 4th of July with the Nieces

It has been over a month since our contractor started deconstructing and reconstructing our entryway. After a few delays (uneven tile, late shipments, etc) we’ve finally made substantial progress. He still has to come back next week to finish the details, but so far we are SO happy with the changes. No more mauve tile calls for a few high fives! Continue reading “Entryway Progress and 4th of July with the Nieces”

House Happenings- New Bathroom Faucets and Entryway Planning

Here is a quick update of what we’ve been up to lately!

1. New faucets. Wow, who knew a small upgrade in the bathrooms could make me so happy. Turning on the water every morning puts a brighter smile on my face. I found the guest bath faucet on a clearance endcap at Home Depot (pfister for $70). Matt installed it in no time, so off I went to hunt for one for our master bathroom since it was a Matt approved project :). Continue reading “House Happenings- New Bathroom Faucets and Entryway Planning”

Taking Bids for Entryway Tile and Cabinet Painting

We are getting bids right now for 2 projects.  First, to update the entryway with new tile and new stair rail. I want to add a tile (travertine maybe?) that ties in the grey walls and the oak trim. I also want to get a more modern stair rail that incorporates white (for the soon to be built-ins and dream kitchen) while still maintaining some oak. I loved the boxy newels like the picture shown below.

And our second project is to update our built-ins in the family room and living room. For the family room, we want to get rid of the tube TV unit and make it flat against the wall like the left side. For the living room, there is zero need for a computer desk these days. So I want to reconstruct this whole unit and add glass shelves to make it feel a little more open.  We are asking to have both painted white with gloss enamel finish.

Below is what I have been showing the two contractors that are currently in a bidding war for this project 🙂

entrway before and inspiration