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I SEE AN ORANGE RAILING AND I WANT IT PAINTED BLAAA-ACK

Am I aging myself with a Rolling Stones reference? Is Keith Richards still alive? These are the things that take up space in my brain. After our walls went white, it became clear that our orangey railing-a prominent feature when you first enter our home-was just not working. At that point, our ceilings were still sporting The Northwoods’ Color of the Year, Aggressive Orange. The two played each other up like a tweed…

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MR. BROWN IS OUTTA TOWN

Our walls and ceiling are painted!!! Is it just me or do you hear angels singing? Going white accomplished every goal we set for our main living area: it’s SO MUCH brighter, the art pops right off of the walls and the new mood is oh-so timeless. The bad ’90s lodge vibe packed up its caboodle full of bedazzled scrunchies and hit the road. I really love painting. It’s so cathartic…

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BROWN TOWN

Our house in its before form was something we affectionately called “Brown Town”. Brown was everywhere in this house. Everywhere. The walls, the fireplace, the cabinetry, the countertops, the trim, the doors, the light fixtures-even the ceiling in the main living area-were brown. Something had to be done or we were doomed to live in a chocolate grave for-ev-errr. Where to start? The easy answer is with paint. Paint is relatively…

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LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE DOOR

An unfortunate serendipitous event occurred in September 2016. Ours was one of countless homes in the area pummeled by hail. The storm ravaged our newly-acquired nest, destroying our roof and three-quarters of our siding. It pitted our gutters, downspouts, fascia and doors. Most of the window screens and much of our landscaping was in tatters. When the storm was over, it appeared as though a tiger of Godzilla proportions had used every ounce…

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The Place We Call Home

We bought our first home in May 2010. She was a creamy yellow, builder-basic cape cod in Oconomowoc, WI. Over 5.5 years of living there, we completely transformed her from top to bottom. Heck, we even owned the neighbor’s house for a stint and renovated that at the same time we were fixing up our own home! We loved that sweet first home of ours and she was difficult to leave but…