House-related Plans for 2017

For the past several years, I’ve always done a list of goals for house projects we wanted to finish over the course of the year. This year I’m going to do a similar list, but I’m calling them plans instead of goals. It’s a relatively minor distinction, but one that reflects where we are with our lives and our house … Continue reading

Looking Back at 2016 (and a Christmas Recap)

Round about this time of year, I usually do a whole bunch of different Christmas and New Year’s type posts: a Christmas recap, one looking at favorite projects from the past year, another about how we did on our goal list for the year, another about a new goal list for the year to come…. But we went out of … Continue reading

My Fujifilm X-T10 : A Very Non-technical Review

It’s been around ten months, I think, since I upgraded my camera from a Canon Rebel T3i to the mirrorless Fujifilm X-T10, so I thought it was about time I said what I think about it. I love it. Very much. I’d had my Rebel for about three years (and it was an upgrade from another Rebel before that). I … Continue reading

House Goals 2016: Mid-year Check-in

It’s that time of year when I look back at the list of goals we made in January and see whether we’re on track for success or dismal, humiliating failure! Fun! Disclaimers about this year’s list: this is a tricky year for both house stuff and blogging for a few reasons. Dave is (still!) working on his master’s degree, which … Continue reading

My Mom’s A-frame House Tour, Part 3: The Screen Porch

Long time readers will recall that I am very, very slowly rolling out a tour of my mom’s A-frame house. Nearly two years ago, I showed you most of the first floor, including the kitchen and living room. And then a little over a year ago, I posted the upstairs (bedrooms and bathroom). So now that’s it’s 2016, it’s time … Continue reading

See America Banner for Abe’s National Parks Room

Post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! When I was in college, I had a set of R. Crumb’s “Heroes of the Blues” trading cards: These were pretty cool, so I hung them up in the bedroom of my first apartment, marching around the walls up near the top like a wallpaper border. Apparently my decorating tastes haven’t … Continue reading

Campaign Chest Makeover with Wagner Home Decor Paint Sprayer

Thanks to Wagner Spraytech for sponsoring this post! This little campaign chest has been waiting for its moment in the spotlight for a long time. It made its first blog appearance way back in August…of 2014: I’ve always liked it, but I had the hardest time finding the right spot for it. And then we decided to move Abe’s play … Continue reading

A New Light and Getting Philosophical about the Hallway

So we went with the immediate gratification light from Lowes: Immediate gratification and saving $50 or so were two of our motivations. I also liked that this light fixture is different from any others I’ve seen. I really liked the gold one, but it’s super of the moment. And, finally, I started to think the gold one was a little … Continue reading