Weekend Warriors.

So… as with any renovation we have had a little timing hiccup.  Due to some summer vacations taken by the inspectors in our town we’ve had to come to a halt on the finish work until they show up to give us the a-okay. SO FRUSTRATING. My guys were totally on schedule and ready for our Wednesday move in and now we have to stay in a hotel and my parent’s house. No, not the worst thing in the world, but I hate being uprooted. Perhaps this will be a good lesson in patience for me! Yup, that right there was some very uncharacteristic optimism, which stems from the fact that my daily hissy fits have caused Andrew to want to light me on FIRE. So I’m trying, people. I’m trying.

Yeah, we move in WEDNESDAY. Interesting.

We’ve been frantically trying to paint on our own, because in a renovation there are very few places you can save money by doing things yourself if you are not super handy like Andrew and I. Painting is really the only thing we could do ourselves and save $$$ on, but after this weekend of attempting to paint all the trim, ceilings and molding and doors (SO MANY) in our place we knew we were outnumbered and have called in professional reinforcements for early this week to help in the name of sanity. Andrew kicked me off the painting team twice this weekend for poor performance and attitude. The man is a machine, working 6am to 4pm and I was all “my hand hurts” and ” I hate your music” and “I think I just got a chunk of lead paint in my eye!!!” So I got sent away to pack instead.  So much for putting my bachelors degree is painting to use (perhaps I shall stick to canvases).

do. not. disturb.

Three positive things about the new house from this weekend (because I spent a lot of the time really upset about leaving the city and feeling like I’ve bit off more than I can chew, so I need to counter-balance with positive affirmations).

#1 My custom vanity designed and fabricated by my amazing dad as a gift for my 33rd birthday, arrived and it’s perfection! STORAGE! (P.S. Stay tuned this week for a post about how I plan to reduce my insane amount of products down to just favorite essentials in the name of a shared bathroom.) I got this hardware in chrome with clear glass for the vanity (and a carrara marble top) and you may notice my PVC bead board sitting atop it.  SUCH a good choice for bathrooms- looks like painted wood but acts like a friggin’ full room backsplash! And it’s two sided so you can chose between the narrower classic bead board or the wider spaced V-joint look.

#2 As I was painting doors in the house yesterday I kind of fell in love with the original glass doorknobs that are on every single door. I think they are really quite lovely! Against the new crisp white they look really special. One less thing to replace!

#4 We knew there was a lake nearby our house so we took a stroll only to find out that it’s a mere two blocks away and looks like this. With a walking path all the way around- perfect for jogs or walking the dogs. Considering that if you go two blocks the other direction from our house you’ll find shops, restaurants, the library, Starbucks and the T,  I think we pretty much chose a perfect location.

We also bought the cheapest house on the block, as illustrated by our across the street neighbors. Always good when you are renovating.

Wait, there’s a #4. Friday night we took Oliver and Baxter out to see the house for the first time. A lot weighed on this moment because 50% of the reason we bought a house was so my little loves could have a yard.  Thank goodness they literally leaped out of the car and chased each other around in glee. It felt good.

“Wait, this is all ours to pee on???”

(Don’t worry, I decimated that “Let It Snow” sign on the shed, or “the barn” as we call it.)

Of course, of the UTMOST importance to all men is the wiring for the TV. Holy sweet mother of God, Andrew paid the electrician extra to make sure it’s wired for HDTV and infrared remotes. So while the wall was open I decided to add sconces. Which of course are back-ordered until October, but I love them. BRASS is BACK baby.

(Note: That glass door with someday be french doors onto the sunroom. Patience, grasshopper.)

Hudson Valley’s Garden City Sconce.

We’ll either just paint the brick white, replace the hearth with limestone or granite and get a new screen or maybe replace the surround with herringbone marble tile….

Cross your fingers that this week goes to plan! :)

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  1. Nice neighborhood! You are really moving along. Thanks for the links for bead board, need to replace mine on our sun porch ceiling, this would work well. The bath vanity is beautiful, such a great birthday gift! Also, where are you going to house all the tv boxes?

  2. Erin,
    All of these frustrations will surely add up to making you an even better designer and wife!
    Patience is a virtue. Loving all the details and how you openly share your weekends and all the details.

  3. Congratulations on getting so much done, and relax, I think hissy fits are expected when in the middle of a move AND renovation. You are probably being too hard on yourself :)


  4. For a month-long period during our reno, we had no shower. The only toilet sat in the middle of our lower floor, which was down to studs, which you had to fill with a bucket before flushing. It was AWFUL (though I was in the best shape of my life because I went to the gym twice a day to shower). In the moment, you think, “what choices in my life led me to pay so much money for THIS horrible experience??” but somehow, now I feel like I’ve truly earned my awesome apartment. And now I am patting myself on the back even more because I used those same knobs for my vanity (which I’ll now consider EOS-approved). You’re one step ahead though with having the antique glass knobs in situ — I actually sought those out (in chrome) last year on ebay for our closets. You’ll love living with them. They sparkle.

  5. I love the part when you got kicked off the painting team for poor performance and attitude. This would happen to me.

    Good luck and keep breathing!

  6. This is so exciting watching what you do with this space. I can’t believe you were going to replace those doorknobs! Look around at any other treasures you might find!

  7. Deep cleansing breaths!!!! Use your yoga breathing!!! Stay calm. LOL As a teenager, my husband was also kicked off the painting team in his family. They would only let him paint the insides of the closets! Your expertise will definitely be put to better use elsewhere! Just remind yourself how amazing it will look when it’s over.

  8. Some like a man with a tie and suit, I prefer a man with a paintbrush and flip flops – he’s a keeper young lady.

  9. Keep focusing on the positivity in all this you Lucky Lady. There’s no crying in renovating your dream home…err or is that baseball? You’re very blessed to be able to do this with hired help. (And painting is not that difficult – it’s a pain in the arse but it’s not difficult, especially when you’re trying to be the slightest bit thrifty). There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.

  10. It’s so fun reading about someone else’s renovation! :-) We’re something like 6 months into ours (I’ve lost track of exactly how long it’s been since we bought the house…but there was snow on the ground then), so you are making GREAT progress. I can’t wait to see the finished product! My in-laws must live right near you (I recognized the lake). If you haven’t discovered it already, a terrific place to walk to for lunch, brunch or coffee is Bread & Chocolate in Newton Highlands. Good luck with the final stages!

  11. Erin! I feel like I know you b/c I’ve been one of your fans for a couple years now. But WTH, I did not realize how TALL Andrew is! I’m looking at your beautiful new house pictures, which I know is going to be absolutely stunning as soon as you do your magic and see Andrew, sans ladder edging the ceiling. He makes edging the ceiling look like a ten minute procedure, no wonder he’s not complaining! The glass door knobs are to die for! Anyway, just had to share my love. Hope the very best for your renovation plans and move in! And Happy early Birthday, I’m not sure exactly when your bday is, but I’m going on the hunch that you’re a virgo like myself.

  12. I love reading your posts on your renovation! Love the glass doorknobs! Keep trying to stay positive!

  13. Erin,
    All I can hope is that you and Andrew are blaring the song, “Home,” by Phillip Phillips. That should help get you through this time. It will all be worth it!

  14. Ive always had a new found respect for painters after my failed attempt to paint my kids BR. Hardest job ever – Ive got no upper body strength at all. House looks awesome!

  15. Those glass doorknobs are amazing. My granny had similar ones in her house and when she sold it I wanted to take them out, but the buyer put that they wanted them in the house offer. They have such character! Fun to see how everything is going. Good luck with the move in this week!

  16. You seriously need to stop complaining and making your self sound like such a huge brat. People buy old homes all the time and rarely have the ability to 100% renovate them and you talk about it like it’s such a burden.

    Consider yourself lucky – it’s a blessing!

  17. I empathize with the nerve wracking process of moving. Did it last year. My thoughts are with you… But I did have to comment on the fact that you have someone who can cut in your ceilings in their bare feet! That is amazing. The worst part of any room,imho, is climbing up and down to cut in the ceiling. Also I love brass. Nice brass, not the kind that my early 90’s house is chock full of (that is being replaced step by step) (I envy the lovely glass door knobs) But I think rich brass looks great with all the gray that’s so popular now. Warms it up a bit. I just put in brass curtain rods against gray walls with white curtains and the brass really makes the look.

  18. For obvious reasons we agree that the right hardware makes all the difference in the world. I love the tad bit vintage choice you made.

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