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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,…

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…

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,…

Spa-Inspired Bathtub Shelves

Spa-Inspired Bathtub Shelves

During my first deployment, my team and I would gather for dinner and share whatever our biggest dream was for when we returned home. We were living in a pretty austere environment {100+ degree desert heat, sleeping either on fold out cots by our vehicles or on the front hoods of said vehicles, and eating…

What to Do With Enormous Blank Walls

What to Do With Enormous Blank Walls

Yesterday we shared with you all the progress we’ve made so far on the media room at the Big Brick House. First, Scott crafted the rustic live edge entertainment center for the TV, and between his folks and La-Z-Boy, we’ve got almost all the furniture we need. So we’re making progress! Now let’s talk about where we…

Creating Our Wilderness Lodge Retreat with La-Z-Boy

Creating Our Wilderness Lodge Retreat with La-Z-Boy

We spent our weekend doing more than exploring rustic landscapes – we actually worked on creating some in the Big Brick House. And today, we’ll show you a little bit of what we’ve been doing. It’s not a before and after yet, though. It’s more of a…progress report. The room we’ve been working on is…

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