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

Some Rearranging and A Lot of Toys

I know I keep talking about how we’ve moved Abe’s tent out of his room, owing to how it’s ginormous and Abe’s room isn’t. Today I will finally show you where it is now! Where Abe’s tent used to be: Kind of crowded. Actually, you can’t really tell from the picture how crowded, but it was right next to the … 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

Hallway Painted: The Winner Is….

Revere Pewter! (I didn’t really watch the Oscars, because I don’t make it to the movies so much anymore and also I don’t have cable. But I hear that that Leonardo DiCaprio won, and everyone was like “finally,” but I would like to submit for your consideration this statistical analysis of whether he really was the one who was next … Continue reading

The Small Hallway: Plans for a Quick Makeover, Fretting over Paint Color Edition

See my ambitious title up there? This is going to be a quick makeover. It’s a small hallway, after all. And then once we finish the hallway, we’ll be so close to the bathroom that we might as well just keep going into it, too! And then the whole downstairs will be….better than it was when we moved in! But … Continue reading

Another Edition of “If We Knew Then What We Know Now….”

I did one of these posts awhile back: reflecting on some of the projects we’ve done and house-related choices we’ve made and how we’ve come to feel about them in the long term. And then I got an e-mail a few weeks ago asking about the rug in the library and whether we regret going with such a light color, … Continue reading

House Goals for 2016

One more of these out with the old year in with the new kinds of posts and then I can start showing you what we’ve been doing over the break! Exciting! In 2014 we did a list of 14 goals. Last year we did…less than that. And I think that works best for us, so I’m sticking with just a … Continue reading