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Category: The Grand House

Our Guest Bath


Right now, we have one fully functional and tricked out bathroom in our house! It’s our guest bath, and it’s on the third floor. It’s big and spacious, and we knew we could live in the house comfortably and use it while taking our time renovating the master bath. We wanted to go for modern and funky in this room so we picked an oval sink, a double globe sconce in black and brass and…

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Save versus Splurge – Master Bedroom Edition!


I’m so excited to share the details of our master bedroom renovation because I ABSOLUTELY LOVE how it turned out! If you follow me on Instagram, you know my love of BUDGETING and how Mark and I do a save/splurge analysis of each home renovation task before we start. I hope you get inspired from our master bedroom overhaul! The accent wall (it’s called a board and batten design) is the feature piece. Mark built…

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Plants, plants, PLANTS!


Hello, friends! I’ve been meaning to write this blog for awhile because so many people ask us what kind of trees, bushes and grasses we planted at our new house! In addition to being a home renovation connoisseur, Mark is a landscape architect. He has such an eye for designing beautiful outdoor spaces! What he created at our new house is incredible, and I’m excited to share it with you! 🙂 First, we planted trees…

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The Countdown Is On!


Welp, we’re moving in 2 weeks. Maybe 3. Hopefully 2. Yes, there’s a pandemic going on, but we have renters coming into our lovely rowhouse and so we GOTTA GET OUT! 🙂 I’m actually incredibly excited! Like, over the moon, can’t wait for it to happen EXCITED! The big house we’re moving to (that’s what Henry calls it) is like half finished. The major stuff is done but the trim, the doors, all the finishes…

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A Look At Our Home While We’re All At Home!


Hello fellow #quarantiners! We got almost everything we needed from Home Depot and Lowe’s before the stay-in-place order was issued for Pittsburgh. We’ll be spending the next 2 weeks putting the finishing touches on some of the rooms in our renovation! You saw on Instagram and Facebook that Mark painted the accent wall in our master bedroom. We went with Knight’s Armour from PPG Paints. It’s their Diamond line collection. Mark did 2 coats. It…

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Our Green Wall…Love It or Hate It?!


Let me start by saying that I love all of you who read this blog. I also love the thousands of you who follow us on social media and vote/weigh in when I ask! That said, sometimes I disagree with your answers. HA! Mark and I wanted to build a green living wall ever since we bought our second house. We think it’s a bold design decision that adds a lot of cache to the…

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I’m A Sucker For A Tin Ceiling


Mark and I LOVE the character of old homes and knew we wanted to feature a tin ceiling in our home renovation! Mark built a recessed ceiling (it’s also called a tray ceiling) above our kitchen island for the tin tiles. We think this is a great way to add personality to the kitchen that’s on budget and also still classic! We chose silver tin tiles, and there will be 3 pendant lights hanging down…

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We Designed Our Kitchen! (And then changed it.)


Okay friends, we’re in the home stretch. Not really but saying it makes me feel better! We partnered with Cabinets To Go for our kitchen and really enjoyed the design process with our guy, Alex. He’s at the Murrysville store if you want to see him. We went with white shaker cabinets. I love a white kitchen and think it’s timeless! We’re going to add personality through the details like a tin ceiling, green pendant…

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The Guts of our House


I hope these are the last pictures I show you of the “guts” of our house. I always get to this point in our renovation where I’m dying to see WALLS! Henry and Momma are posing right there in Momma’s new home office. It’s part of our third floor that includes a guest bedroom and a full bath. This floor is actually ready for drywall and WE ARE SO JAZZED! Our second and first floors…

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It’s Ugly But It’s PROGRESS!


I know we all prefer to look at pretty pictures, but SO MUCH of the home renovation process is ugly. To us, the ugly pictures mean PROGRESS! We had a company come in this week and put spray foam insulation through the whole house. We felt it was the best decision in terms of energy saving costs for heating and cooling a home of this size. Now that the spray foam is in, we have…

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