Category Archives: House

New Bathrooms

The day we got back from our honeymoon, the shower in our master bathroom started leaking. Chad & I may have said, “I do,” but his house said, “Noooooooope!” to me living there. Or at least to me using the master bath.

We started some demo in our bathroom plus the upstairs guest bath, and they looked like this for forever too long a while.


We disagreed on how much money to spend on the renovation. Chad wanted high end finishes to go with the rest of the house; I didn’t want to put a bunch of money into a place that’s not our “forever” home. Chad wanted to let things progress slowly, I wanted to get some small fixes done NOW and call it good. We stalled, consulted some trusted advisors (including a pair of architects), stalled some more, received an unexpected financial bonus, and ended up doing things Chad’s way. I was wrong on this one. And really, it’s a good thing I was.

18 months later, we have new custom vanities, new tile floors, a heated floor and new (huge) shower for the master, a new tub surround for upstairs, new fixtures and new art. And I LOVE it all.





Bathroom Bathroom 2 Bathroom 1May I never be too proud to say I was wrong, or to enjoy my new heated floors.

Just add laptop

In my new job with Gro Master, I’ll work from home when Chad and I aren’t on the road. Cue office organization + redecorating!  Hello, new Target rug & lamps!

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Definite perks of working from home include yoga pants, unlimited coffee and the ability to vacuum a room or throw in laundry between projects.  Also, yoga pants.

Anniversary gift

Chad and I decided not to get each other anniversary gifts, but he did hang a little gallery over our bed that I put together, and called it a gift. I was super excited to have arts, and I love how it turned out.

But let me tell you, Chad and I hang pictures very differently. I’m an eye-ball it and pound a few holes until it lands where you want it girl, but as it turns out, Chad’s method, which included a tape measure, level and graph paper, actually creates less holes in the wall. Who knew? He’s so smart.

I just love the vintage Nebraska map and tiny birds on a wire and sunset and colors and we are, indeed, so good together.

Little bits of happy

We had 15 people here for dinner last night for Chad’s company.  Chad grilled steak and I made twice baked potato casserole, green beans, salted caramel brownies.  It was delicious and the leftovers are yummy, too.  But my best purchase from Trader Joe’s for the night was a couple little bouquets of cheap flowers.  I just love how they add a little bright spot to the living room  Also, please notice my sparkling wood floors – love!


Our house needed to be painted.  Really badly.  The people that lived there before Chad bought it apparently only ever painted the front.  The back looked like this:

Yikes. Thankfully, our insurance company ponied up some money since we had minor hail damage last summer.  We got it painted and now it’s all pretty.  It’s amazing what a difference a little paint can make.

More art!

Chad was hanging our pictures on the dining room walls when I got home from work on Thursday. Such a nice surprise to have them up – and to not have to help! He’s so good to me.

Now to clean the glass…


And here they are up close. Thanks for the great shots, Janine!