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Mail Sorter with Key Hooks

Mail Sorter with Key Hooks

When you come in the door, dumping your snowy or muddy boots, jacket, and whatever else you were wearing to ward against the cold weather outside, it’s natural that other areas become dumping grounds for junk. In our case, the little file cabinet by the front door became a piling spot for mail, takeaway menus,…

Simple Foraged Christmas Wreath

Simple Foraged Christmas Wreath

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Thanksgiving Menu at the Big Brick House

Thanksgiving Menu at the Big Brick House

I have always wanted to host for the holidays, and now we’ve finally got a big enough table to do it! It’s a good thing, because there are going to be a lot of hungry people at our house for Thanksgiving. Prepping for the big meal has gone a couple of different directions in my experience. Some…

Rustic + Cozy :: Guest Room 2

Rustic + Cozy :: Guest Room 2

While we still have a lot of improvements planned for the Big Brick House, we’ve been busily knocking out some of them in preparation for hosting our family Thanksgiving this year. It turns out that hosting was a great impetus to get us to finish off our second guest room, Scott’s office, and decorating the…

Currently Loving :: Bleached Wood Furniture

Currently Loving :: Bleached Wood Furniture

I’ve seen images of bleached wood furniture popping up all over the place lately, and I’m in love with the warmth and brightness of it! And it’s a really easy, really inexpensive way to treat wood and get yourself a beautiful and distinct look. Maybe it’s my Swedish heritage speaking – we seem to love…

Rocking Chair Rescue :: Updating Weathered Wood

Rocking Chair Rescue :: Updating Weathered Wood

Scott bought the weathered rocking chair sitting on our front porch back when he was an ROTC cadet at West Virginia, almost twenty years ago. A lot of great memories have soaked into that wood over time. Unfortunately, that’s about all that did. We weren’t taking care of the poor thing, and after years of…

Fall Table + Mantel at the Big Brick House

Fall Table + Mantel at the Big Brick House

It’s finally fall! We’re definitely ready for the Virginia humidity to give way to cooler weather, which looks like it’s going to happen over the next week. Although the cool weather and thunderstorms on our forecast, which we’re looking forward to, are a sober reminder of the devastation the hurricanes where these cold fronts began…

Welcome Sign with Frame

Welcome Sign with Frame

Don’t believe everything you see on HGTV – not all DIY projects are an episode of House Crashers. In three days, we’re going to totally transform your room! No, you can do that when you have a huge budget and a cast of dozens of professional contractors and helpful friends. But in real life, projects take time…

Work in Progress :: Entryway Bench

Work in Progress :: Entryway Bench

Aside from hiking or running outdoors, I think woodworking is the greatest therapy ever. It’s physically demanding, you’re surrounded by the beautiful scents of wood, and after a lot of sweat and hard work, and occasionally redoing a few steps here and there, you end up with something that is not only beautiful and functional,…

Sustainable Living :: Home Grown Ponics

Sustainable Living :: Home Grown Ponics

Ever since I took my systems engineering students on a tour of the hydroponics lab at EPCOT a few years ago, I have been absolutely fascinated by the idea of sustainable home hydroponics. And as hydroponics evolves, it’s becoming easier than ever to bring home! Hydroponics, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the term,…

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