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The Beauty of SIMPLE

Raise your hand if you like simple, clean and bright! I see you…thanks for agreeing. 🙂

Mark and I definitely lean toward the minimalistic sense of design. We like clean lines and favor simple accents over lots of stuff and overly fussy design.

The master bedroom in our first renovation is the perfect example of simple, clean and bright.

Our exposed brick fireplace is a central feature of the bedroom. Mark used extra bricks from downstairs to make a cool hearth that’s a bump out on the floor in front of the fireplace.

We chose a light pine floor and sanded it just a little before putting a clear protectant on it. The protectant let the natural color come through without too much shine.

A sleek ceiling fan, dark chocolate wood blinds and just a few accessories finish off the space! I love this bedroom…the only thing it needs is a bigger closet!

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The Road Guy’s Room

Every night, we sit in Henry’s room and make forts and play with his favorite animals, Hal and Mr. Polar Bear!

 

We were playing the other night and I said to Mark, “I can’t believe this room was such an ugly space filled with tons of junk and now it’s one of our favorite rooms in the house!

Before he was born, Henry’s room started out as a catch-all space when we were renovating this house.

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It stayed like that for awhile and we just always kept the door closed and ignored it. HA!!

When we found out I was pregnant, we got to work making it into a baby’s room.

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Since we didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl, we went with a neutral, gray and brown palette.

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It was a simple space to do. Some new drywall, paint and a fresh carpet did the trick.

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I love how it turned out. Henry calls it the “Road Guy’s Room” and absolutely loves it!

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We Have This Thing For Exposed Brick

Maybe Mark was a mason in his former life because he (and I!) LOOOOVE exposed brick.

It’s was a main feature in our first home renovation.

The small rowhouse we gutted and totally redid had fireplaces EVERYWHERE!

Our second renovation will feature exposed brick but not as prominently, because we’re going for a different style with this house.

As Mark exposes the brick, some of it is in decent shape and some of it is not.

The brick in the kitchen had to be cleaned and repointed.

In our first house, we used a light coating of muriatic acid on the brick to get the plaster completely off.

We used a sprayer and then a coarse brush to get all the pieces off.

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We haven’t had to use acid in the second renovation.

We’re hoping the exposed brick in this house will add a modern twist to an otherwise classic Victorian house!

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Baby proofing to the MAX!

We love our cool little house, but we definitely designed it for adults with its exposed brick and hard wood floors, a concrete dining room table and floating stairs with sharp edges.

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I love our house even more with our 13-month-old in it even though we are constantly trying to make sure he doesn’t slip, fall or crack his head on a corner.

Now, we are baby proofing to the max and Henry is helping.

He helped his Daddy pick up and carry out these pipe insulators from Home Depot.

We put them on the edges of our stairs. Of course, Henry’s favorite thing is to take them off!

My little man…I love how he is a mini version of Mark with his love of all things Home Depot!

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Mark is Chip and Joanna Rolled Into One

We are big Fixer Upper fans just like the rest of America!

And people always ask us if Mark is like Chip and if I’m like Joanna.

The answer is no. Mark is Chip AND Jo, and I’m basically just his funny sidekick who follows him around and writes this blog!

Hate to be that annoying wife who gushes about her husband, but Mark really is the brains behind all our designs and the brawn behind our renovations.

He did a quick project at our current home last weekend.

Isn’t it amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do?!

Mark picked the colors and did all the scraping and then the painting.

I offer moral support and watch the baby…because someone’s gotta do that!

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Take A Wild Guess!

This is the easiest blog post I’ll ever write…

Take a wild guess at what I’m most thankful for this Thanksgiving?!

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Look at my boys. How did one girl get so lucky?

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I definitely don’t deserve them, but I’m thankful that God sent me Mark and Henry!

As a family, we are thankful for 4 wonderful grandparents, including Opa and Oma who came down from Toronto to see Henry.

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We are thankful for friends and family who stop by and love on him and bring him super cute gifts…like these Converse sneakers from Aunt Susie and Uncle Pete. Aren’t they adorable?!

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I’m SO THANKFUL that Henry is such a sweet baby and I’m feeling really good.

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It’s nice to be able to get out of the house…even if we only go to Target and our favorite coffee shops in Lawrenceville.

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I’m also thankful for the really easy labor I had…especially after watching my sister, Kelly, have a long and REALLY HARD labor with her daughter.

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As Kelly said to me that day in the hospital as she watched Hank be born easily and quickly…”I love you. But I really hate you right now.” 😉

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It’s GO time!!!

The time is FINALLY here…we are headed to the hospital tomorrow morning to be induced!

Little nugget head has been cooking for 42 weeks and now it’s time for his or her grand entrance!

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This weekend, I saw some girlfriends, had a great date night with Mark, went for long walks and tried to SLEEP!

Mark is SO READY to be a dad. Everyday for the past 3 weeks, he said to me “Let’s have a baby, today!” right as he left for work.

We know our baby is stubborn, and I think he or she is going to be a little stinker.

Hopefully when we induce, lil bubs will cooperate and just slide right out!!

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