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We started to build a desk and it didn't go half bad.
For every 15 minutes spend on the internet, I think at least once, "I could build that myself." Then I remember the time and research and preparation that would go into building something myself and vow to simply start setting aside money for the reclaimed wood dining room table West Elm has been dangling in front of my face for months. But then came the home office, which really did require a custom job. I really did need to "build ...
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Fun weekend ahead.

As required by home owner DIY law, we will consume many pizzas and cold beers to get through it.

#lawrenceville   #pittsburgh   #rowhouse   #hardwood   #diy  
Demo work is by far the most fun work. Ripping up carpet and yanking out nails - that's the good stuff. For now, that's where we are at on this project. The tedious stuff that makes you want to rip your hair out is waiting for us this weekend, so it's ignorant bliss for today. I mentioned yesterday that we would tackle the back room of the house and turn it into a home office. Surprisingly, the hardwood is in decent shape compared to...
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It's now a tradition to attend the annual yard sale in my parent's neighborhood. The North Hills Estates - where, to be clear, there are no large estates - has a pretty decent event every year where I always find at least one treasure.  Pro tip: Yard sales are a great place to find picture frames. You can swap out the old inserts with your own. For $2 or $3, it's well worth the hunt. This year was the year of the Life magazine archi...
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I wanted to get breakfast with my mom over the weekend. She wanted to go to a place that sounded pretty risque. And for people not from Pittsburgh, The Strip District location probably makes you raise all of your eyebrows. Thank goodness she clarified. After a delicious breakfast at Marty's Market, we walked over to Hot Haute Hot - a pretty awesomely curated store that has furniture, jewelry, artwork, and lots more. Lucky for us, th...
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I'm brave enough to admit that I, too, read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It was on the best-seller list and only $7.99 on the Kindle store. $7.99 to change my life? Sign me up! Spoiler Alert: My life didn't change. But. I think there are some really great things to take away from this book. We hold on to so much - things and thoughts and memories - because parting with ...
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#highlife  
House updates have been a little lagging lately. With birthdays and exams and wedding plans and doing a little training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon, we've fallen behind on our task list. Fortunately, we signed a 30 year mortgage, so there's lots of time to catch up. The tagline for this blog is Powered by High Life and I think it's time we drink a few to re-up our powers. If you aren't familiar with Dan's love of the champag...
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Welcome to the world of Benjamin Moore's Soot - a color I am guaranteed to paint everything light touches. <div style="display:none;"><a href="http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/soot">soot</a></div> We got to work last week on reworking our spare room to turn it into a home office, but not before someone sold me paint without the pigment. A trip back to the paint store to soot up and then we could say goodbye to white ...
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Black Walls / White Floors

#rowhouse   #lawrenceville   #blackpaint   #whitefloors   #homeoffice  
I've been drawing a great deal of inspiration from Door Sixteen this week. Her white floors and black walls - be still my heart. So now I'm scouring her site and the rest of the internet for ideas on our Captive Nook, which is the fancy name they gave a weird room in the back of our house. The vision is to turn it into a home office space. Found on decoist.com Found on doorsixteen.com Found on theultralinx.com Found on homedi...
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God bless you, Lawrenceville.
After searching all of the internet for front door inspiration, I finally took to the mean streets of Lawrenceville to see what my neighbors were doing with their entry ways. It was no surprise to see all sorts of interesting looks - red, yellow, a surprising amount of purple, and some very solid stain jobs. These were taking mostly on 42nd Street and on Main Street between Penn and Butler while I walked down the hill to either eat a...
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Fueled by penicillin and sunshine, we are back in action!
Shockingly enough, we made it through winter and into the warm sun. Cold winter months with snow and ice and wind are not motivating elements, even for indoor work. My routine January - March is to come home from work, take a scalding hot shower, bundle up in pajamas and slippers, then watch Netflix in bed until I fall asleep. Never mind the million projects that need to happen - I've got my body temperature to think about. Now it's ...
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"Not as dirty as you would think."
If you recall, we tore down approximately 2 trillion pounds of plaster to expose a brick wall. That was in 2014. Three months into 2015, there were still bags of incredibly heavy plaster hanging out in our backyard just soaking up the snow and ice. We had to put an end to it and get that plaster out of our lives for good, so we (Dan) loaded it into the trunk and we drove over to the Reserve Park Landfill (4 starts on Google!) a few w...
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This weekend, thanks to a surprise snow storm, was dedicated to staying inside, drinking Manhattans, and drilling holes into the walls. The first step to any home improvement project is to make yourself a Manhattan. Dan calls his version an Old Man because it's a Manhattan with an orange peel in it. Bourbon in our bodies, I measured twice and Dan drilled once to get some coat hangers up on the walls. It is winter, after all. For ...
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  • Carnegie Mellon University
    Communications Specialist, Finance Division, 2012 - present
  • Holy Family Institute
    Events Coordinator, 2009 - 2013
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  • Carnegie Mellon University
    Public Management, 2013 - present
  • University of Kentucky
    English, 2008
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