After Foxmaggeddon 2018 (when a fox took out five of our chickens over two separate days last year), we realized we can’t free range our chickens anymore. It was one thing when we were losing two or three over months to hawks, but now that the big time predators have discovered us, it’s time to build a safe pen for our chickens.
Mostly, Craigslist, and I say this as someone who loves (some may say is obsessed with) it, is a big fat waste of time. Occasionally, though, you search and there are so many good things. Since lately I’ve been finding some real gems, I’d thought I’d post these so that someone local can snap them up!
One of my favorite ways to waste time online is by realestalking – checking out homes for sale online that I will never, ever buy. Lucky for me, thanks to these five Instagram accounts I can now spend more time ogling awesome old houses instead of searching through reams of ’80s and ’90s junk on Redfin (side note: WHY were these decades so architecturally cruel???).
I just got back from a long weekend in Vermont, and once again stayed at a great inn, Edson Hill. Originally a 19th century farmhouse, it was converted into an inn then re-done in 2014. It is crazy cozy, homey and beautiful farmhouse with wonderful design (by Boston-based firm Gauthier-Stacy).
Guys, this is so much harder than I thought. One of my favorite things about fancy ranges is their gorgeous colors. But to choose the right range color, you also have to know it will work with your floor color, your backsplash, your cabinets… And given that the range will be the star of the show, part of me says just place my order already, and build the rest of the kitchen around it! But the other, more responsible part of me says choose carefully …
We’re going with an investment-grade range in our kitchen, which I know lots of people find wasteful, or indulgent. It’s probably both those things, honestly, but we all have different things we’re willing to splurge on. I drive a 12 year old car I bought off my in-laws, for example, but am willing to lay down cash when it comes to my kitchen range. Which is all to say – deciding to go with a pricey range is a big decision! Also, FYI, I’m not being paid or sponsored for this post (or ANY post – my poor little baby blog dreams of being paid for things, especially fancy French things), so my opinions are my own.
First, sorry for the two weeks without posting! I had some computer difficulties that are now (I hope) fixed. Second, I’ve been spending some time thinking about re-doing my kids’ bathroom when we re-do our kitchen. We have a very slow but steady leak coming from somewhere behind our bathroom wall (could be interior or exterior), so we have to tear out some bathroom walls to find it. If we have contractors in to do our kitchen this summer, it seems like a good idea to get it all done at once, given that the bathroom and accompanying leak sits above the kitchen. To that end, here’s some fun things I’m thinking of for a kid-friendly bathroom that fits in with our antique home …
Right now, I’m struggling to decide on colors for our kitchen. We need to choose wall color, backsplash, wood trim color, range hood color/material, upper cabinet color, lower cabinet color, floor material/color, island cabinet color, wall countertop material and island countertop material. This is … much more than I’ve had to decide on than in the other two kitchens I’ve renovated!