Category Archives: My Projects

Weekend Projects: New Outlets and Water Filter

Bradley helped me tackle a couple of projects around the house this weekend.  The first was replacing some of the outlets in the living room and kitchen.  The old ones had loose grips on all of my cords so they would easily fall out in the middle of vacuuming or charging my phone.  We still need to replace a couple in the dining room and bedroom, but we’ll get to it later.

We also decided to install a water filter at our kitchen sink.  We had an extra hole left from installing the new faucet, so it was the perfect place for the small filter faucet.  I don’t care for the chrome faucet that came with the system, so we will be replacing it with a brushed nickel filter faucet soon.  Now we don’t have to constantly take the Pur tank out of the refrigerator to refill it.  It will make filling water bottles so much less of a hassle.

Dream Home Dreaming

I have been playing around with homestyler.com for a few months.  It lets you build floor plans and view them in 2D or 3D.  I have been tinkering with my ‘dream home’ plans off-and-on just for the fun of it.  Disclaimer: I have not been paying attention to the actual dimensions or logistics so it could be totally unrealistic, hence the ‘dream’ in ‘dream home’.

Ideally, I would live in a single-level bungalow, but with a full basement.  The garage would be attached, but would not face the front.  The master bedroom and one secondary bedroom would be on the first level, with a guest suite on the basement level.  Bradley would have an office on the main floor and I would have a large crafting area in the basement.  The main living space would be open, but have some definition to constrain the living room from the kitchen from the dining room.  We would have a separate foyer, with double 8-lite french front doors.  A patio would be sandwiched between the master bedroom and a sunroom for privacy.

For me, it would be more about finishes than size.  I would love to have large craftsman moldings and solid wood doors.  Interior transoms and hardwood floors throughout.  It would showcase true craftsmanship that is such a rarity in so many homes today.

So far, this is the best layout I have come up with:

Yesterday, Bradley was kind enough to drive me around some of the side streets near downtown Marietta to take in the older homes in the area.  I would love to live near a downtown area like Marietta (close to the interstate, lots of activities, established landscaping), but without the maintenance of an older home.  Here was my favorite inspiration of the night:

I love the roof lines, the tapered columns and the stone work at the base of the columns.  The double french front doors with transoms are almost perfect too.

Bathroom Clutter

I was tired of walking into our bathroom every day and being disappointed by all the clutter on the counter.  But I know myself, and I will never stick to a system of putting away every little item every single day.  So I compromised and bought this cute little box at Tuesday Morning.  It is the perfect size to catch all the ‘stuff’ I use all the time.  I like the taller sides too that keep things from tipping over easily.

Guest Room Storage

After moving my Expedit shelf into Bradley’s office, I have been on the prowl for some night stands with storage for the guest bedroom.  Bradley took me to pick up these on Friday:

They are taller than I need and as wide as I could possibly go in the room, but I think I can make them work (I might incorporate some bed risers).  I haven’t made my final decision about what, if anything, I will do to them.  They are not in pristine condition, but definitely fine to stay as is.  They are also not antiques, which makes changing them easier to swallow if I decide to.  By the stamp on the back, it seems as though they are originally from Bombay Outlet.  This might be a slow makeover, so don’t hold your breath for the ‘after’ shots of the guest bedroom!