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The December House List

The December House List

Virginia doesn’t have the most pronounced seasons on the East Coast, but they’re more pronounced than I had growing up in California wine country, and, well, when you compare it to what we experienced in Hawaii, it’s night and day. Living in an environment where the seasons mean more than seasonal decorating, but mean taking…

The November House List

The November House List

Living and owning homes on the East Coast has been a massive learning experience for me, at least in terms of weather. I grew up never having to worry about when to drain hoses and protect pipes from freezing, how to mark driveways and curbs so they wouldn’t be destroyed by snow plows, and a…

Things to Know About Your House + Your Health

Things to Know About Your House + Your Health

I’m as addicted to HGTV as any other home decor nut, but it still occasionally makes me want to punch my TV. You see it again and and again on every show. The couple comes into the house and ominous music plays. They dream of granite countertops and hardwood floors, but there’s nasty carpet everywhere, dark paint,…

What Are Your Autumn Projects?

What Are Your Autumn Projects?

This is our second autumn in the Big Brick House, and it’s feeling cozy and familiar and welcoming and we love it. I can only imagine what it will feel like after we’ve spent two more here, or maybe a half-dozen more. How we might learn the ebb and flow of the seasons and feel…

The Best Credit Cards for Home Improvement

The Best Credit Cards for Home Improvement

There are tons of great rewards cards out there right now that promise to help you inexpensively travel the best places and stay in the finest hotels. But points aren’t just a good idea for travelers. Points and cash back rewards can really help you with your home value and home improvement. We’ve all been…

Everything Has a Season :: Especially Real Estate

Everything Has a Season :: Especially Real Estate

Amazing as it may sound, this past weekend was the last official weekend in summer! Fall starts this Friday {despite Starbucks trotting out its PSLs early, kids already being in school forever, and stores having had fall and even holiday decor on display since way too early}. Which means it’s time for leaves, cool temperatures,…

What You Should Know About the Equifax Data Breach

What You Should Know About the Equifax Data Breach

Hey there, all you homeowners, home renters, home renovators, DIY crafters, home seekers a.k.a. travelers, and tchotchke shoppers out there. You know what you all have in common? Unless you paid cash for your home and pay cash for all your project doodads, you’re probably shopping with a credit card, have a mortgage, or had…

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