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In like a lion, out like a lamb.  It's my mantra lately to remind me spring is around the corner. Come on, mother nature, we are all ready for you!A little bleak end of winter pickup is some retail therapy.  Here are my favorite things for March.1. Simplicity Tunic - It's just a basic striped shirt but it's my new favorite staple.  I've worn it when in winter with a turtleneck underneath or alone for warmer temps.  I generally can't order anything from Modcloth because everything is very short waisted but this tunic is perfect.2. Ipanema Sandal - Ok I realize this kind of footwear is probably not on the top of your list right now but keep them in mind for summer. I ordered them on a whim before our Dubai trip and wore them all week long....
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LED Job-site Lighting As a remodeling contractor, when setting up a job site, the right lighting is essential to ensuring that we can safely see what we are working on, as well as safely traverse the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ...
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The weekend before our disaster at our new house Wendy and I spent very lovely Valentine's Day with friends at the very same house. It's amazing what a week can do to your general outlook.While it was a bitterly cold Valentine's Day, and we couldn't really enjoy being outside, we figured a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of work and crowds might be the best way to celebrate the day. Our plan was simple, celebrate with a delicious home cooked meal and some company from good friends.Beyond the bitter cold, there was also a pretty ridiculous wind storm. Sustained winds of 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 65....
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 It was this weekend, last year, that I began painting the mural in the dining room. I really thought I'd be done by now but given the number of long breaks I gave myself and the fact that I started the project when the yard was just becoming workable, I shouldn't be surprised.Yesterday, I inched closer with a lot of work on the west wall. It is one of the more difficult walls because the coloring is quite different from the other walls. In the image I am working from, this is where the light was hitting so much of it is well lit or washed out.   I really don't have much to go before I am finished and that is great since I am hoping the weather will turn soon so that I can do some work outside.  ...
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How to Hang a Large Picture: French Cleat Having a photographer for a wife lends itself to having many beautiful pictures of our family hanging on the walls. As a builder though it pains me every time I put additional holes in the drywall. I remember skim coating those very walls to get them... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ...
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Are you interested in learning more about purchasing, designing and building a home in the lakes region of New Hampshire? Join us and meet a few leading local professionals exploring the options for purchasing, designing, and building a home in today's lakes region. Click the link for more details. Squam River Landing Presentation...
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Are you interested in learning more about purchasing, designing and building a home in the lakes region of New Hampshire? Join us and meet a few leading local professionals exploring the options for purchasing, designing, and building a home in today's lakes region market. Click the link for details. Squam River Landing Presentation...
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Located near Millersburg, Ohio, this sweet cottage is a mere 450 square feet. But it looks so much bigger in the pictures…. maybe it’s because the homeowners follow, nay, embody the philosophy of “Live small to have it all!” A couple named Sue & Ron live in this tiny cottage. They hand-built it themselves over […]...
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OK, so this table wasn't exactly made at 173, but it was re-done!  Bear with me a minute.  For years the dining room was just missing something...I know, it's not Christmas, but you know, with all the pictures taken around here, there just isn't a clean shot of the dining room...this was the closest.  But it gives you an idea - there's no table!  It's been that way ever since the previous family was here...Huh.  Just dawned on me...that's a Christmas picture too.  Anyway, just hadn't put a table in there.  For the longest time we just weren't sure what kind of table belonged.  There are so many choices out there!Seriously though, I think it was always destined to be a pedestal table....
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We really want to paint and be done with this project!!! But alias there are still a few more tasks to do along the way… We cut in around the new plaster moldings to cover the holes from our guide board and give it a nice clean edge. There’s all the final drywall sanding! Oh what a fun step… The opening into the kitchen received its casing and corner blocks to match the door and window. All the trim was wood puttied and sanded, and the corners caulked. And every time we think we are done with the electric we come with new ideas! Here we are laying out a line of wall washers....
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