Textures from our Midcentury home

Our wood floors with shadows of the window grates Blue aluminum window grates and gray wood slatted fence Blue painted office wall with white abstract flower pattern Green painted bedroom wall with tree mural inspired by the tree in our breezeway Gold textured aluminum closet doors Brown and tan layered paper office walls Redwood walls…

Our Care-Free Home’s Facelift

After much ado, the updates to the yard and front exterior are complete! And after a great trip to Jamaica, our SLR camera was stolen! What do these two things have in common? Pictures… We had hoped to provide you with stellar in-progress and exterior reveal photos, but instead we must provide you with some in-progress photos we (fortunately) downloaded…

Our New Midcentury Modern-Inspired, Green-friendly Kitchen

It’s been a while since we posted, apologies! Work, life, wedding planning, a special event and a 30th birthday have all come to a head in the past month. Despite the delay, we’re more excited than ever to share our newly-remodeled kitchen with the world! The kitchen was inspired by a set of Mondrian cabinets…

Notes From My Awesome Dad to a Girl In Over Her Head

Whitney here, with a blog post entirely in honor of my dad, John. When it comes to remodeling, I’d describe myself as a prenovice. Despite my “adorable little tool box” (Rob’s words), I have no clue when it comes to tools, construction or home repairs. The condo I recently sold was a model unit, with…

Found – Gift House Stamps and Four Pennies

While demolishing parts of our nasty kitchen in preparation for our awesome new floors, countertop and cabinets, Rob stumbled upon a treasure trove… Twenty Gift House Stamps and four pennies. They’re adorable and oh so retro – but what the heck are those stamps with a “cash value of 1 mill?” In the 1960s, Gift…

Checking Out Rock Choices

Hedberg Landscape & Masonry Supplies totally rocks. Pun intended.  We stopped by their Plymouth location to check out landscape rock for the front of the house. We’re going to pull up the cheap plastic edging, move the garden border closer to the house, create a rain garden, and cover the edge of the house in rock. Add this…

Painting the Master Bedroom

The big project in the master bedroom has been the walls.  The original grass cloth wallpaper was in very rough shape…stained, ripped and generally showing at least 50 years of wear. Although it was an original feature of the home, we decided to remove the wallpaper and add some color to the room with paint. …

Prepping Aluminum Siding for Painting

The purple aluminum siding that covers most of the exterior of our home has been oxidized and faded beyond recognition. You would never know that one day more than 50 years ago, it was a beautiful, rich, deep purple! We plan to repaint the aluminum and honor the original color… just as soon as we…

Fixing Damaged Redwood Window Sills

Many walls and window frames in Our Care-free Home are old-growth redwood. This beautiful, durable lumber is no longer available to builders (unless it’s been reclaimed), as the old-growth redwood forests were logged to near-extinction and are now protected. The former owners damaged every single wood window frame (beyond repair in some places) by allowing water to collect…

Grass Cloth Removal – Check!

Original to Our Care-free Home were three walls covered in grass cloth. Perhaps they were stunning 50 years ago, but more recently they’re dated, dirty and torn. The two walls of grass cloth in the master bedroom were relatively easy (but time consuming) to remove, as they were attached to drywall. Some water, elbow grease and…