Covered Porch with Navy Blue Ceiling: Updates!

Let us take advantage of this ridiculously brief interval between Halloween and Christmas to talk a little about my porch. Because I have a very frightening public service announcement to make: Thanksgiving is only two weeks away!  RIGHT?! I realized this on Sunday, and it really freaked me out. I don’t have the Halloween stuff put away yet. In fact, I … Continue reading

DIY Pieced Together Kids’ Superman Costume for Halloween

As I mentioned on Instagram, last minute Halloween costume posts are the only Halloween costume posts I do. I believe last year I didn’t post any costume pics until after Halloween, in fact….maybe the year before, too, so if you keep in mind about how everything’s relative and all, I’m doing very, very well this year! Go me! So Superman … Continue reading

DIY Dollar Store Rat Place Card Holders and a Halloween Tablescape (plus a bit more Halloween)

As I said when I showed you my friend Tracy’s fabulous Halloween house tour, I didn’t do a whole lot of Halloween decorating myself this year. We usually come up with a big theme and at least do a display in the dining room (like last year’s Decomposing Composers, or the Camp-o-Ween theme from 2015)….but this year inspiration eluded us … Continue reading

Tracy’s Spooktacular Halloween House Tour

Hey, this isn’t my house! I’ve been really negligent about Halloween decorating myself this year (although I may have a small post for you later), so this year I’m showing you the house of the best Halloween decorator I know, my friend Tracy (who gets a lot of help from her son/Milo and Gus’s good friend, Jack). I meant to do … Continue reading

A Tour of Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park

(this is part of a series of posts about touring historic buildings while on our cross country road trip last summer. You can read all about the non-architecture-related parts of the trip over on my travel blog) Architect Robert Reamer was 29 years old when he designed Old Faithful Inn for Yellowstone National Park. Workers toiled through the long winter of 1903-04 … Continue reading

How to Stain a Plywood Floor that’s Seen Better Days

Ah, the saga of the porch floor! I’m glad to say it’s finally over! But let’s start at the beginning, shall we? When we moved in, the porch floor was covered with stinky, gross carpet, in keeping with some previous owner’s tradition of putting carpet in all the most inappropriate locations (like the master bathroom). It appears that when I … Continue reading

Some Small Abe’s Room Changes and Ugly Stain

This post is supposed to be about staining the porch floor. Because, in fact, we DID stain the porch floor this week. Even though our progress was delayed by a hurricane and all (we live four hours or so from the ocean. We are not used to hurricanes. Dave was out of school for 3 days because so many of … Continue reading

Thrift Score! Vintage Kitchen Table and a Domino Effect

Post contains affiliate links (if you buy something after following my link, you pay the same but I get a small commission). Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about a thrift find! Probably largely because I haven’t had much time for thrifting at all lately, what with the trip and all (must … Continue reading

Porch and Deck Plans: the Fun Part is Here!

It’s blissfully cool here in Georgia right now; I am, in fact, wearing a jacket as I type this, and my air conditioner hasn’t cut on all day. It’s still August, and I’m sure there’ll be at least one more stretch of hot weather to endure before fall settles in for good, but it’s reminding me that it’s time to … Continue reading

DIY Deck Repair/Rebuild, Part 3: Some Details

This post is coming to you much later than intended, because I’ve kind of been dreading writing it. It’s one of those posts where I have to consult extensively with Dave, since I wasn’t really the primary decision maker or the primary getting stuff done-er on the project. And I hate talking to Dave. Just kidding. But it’s an extra … Continue reading