A blog dedicated to chronicling the successes and failures of an Historic Old Town Alexandria couple as they completely renovate and appropriately restore an 1880s Victorian row house...almost entirely on their own.
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Yep, that's right. As has been tradition for the last few years, any "real" or forecasted snow storm in the DC metro region needs a catchy name. Snowpocalypse, Snowquester, and Snowmageddon were classics in recent years, so this time around we're blazing the trail and are coining this potential snow storm...
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We're keeping our fingers crossed that we have snow that rivals the 2010 storm shown below, though we know it's highly unlikely and we'll probably see 3"-6", tops... read more at Old Town Home Posted 1 day 8 hours ago.
If you saw any of our posts last week or some of our entries on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you already know that the Scottish Christmas Walk and associated events took place this past weekend. This gathering of Scottish heritage and Christmas celebration is the very reason we anxiously await the first weekend in December each year, and like previous years, we sure had a great time!
Rather than bore you with tremendous detail on each little part of the days, we just want to share some of our favorite photos from the weekend... read more at Old Town Home Posted 1 day 16 hours ago.
Today we're bringing you the final installment in our plaster repair/skim coating series. It's been a long time coming, but wrapping up any significant finish project like this is actually one of the more tedious aspects of the overall project. And like the many steps before it, this step involved less overall work, while somehow taking more time and requiring more overall attention to detail... read more at Old Town Home Posted 4 days 19 hours ago.
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You know what they say. "It's the most wonderful time, of the year." In Old Town this is very true as this coming weekend marks the highly anticipated Christmas events celebrated throughout the town by locals and visitors alike... read more at Old Town Home Posted 6 days 15 hours ago.
Amidst this past long holiday weekend's marathon of moderate gluttony spliced with periods of recovery, which most often resembled one or both of us wallowing like a beached whale, we were fortunate to experience a Thanksgiving with several wonderful friends and excellent food. Sprinkle in some unabashed consumerism, a ceremony to flick the switch on a tree covered in lights, and the unfortunate need to interrupt the preferred holiday and weekend's events with day job drudgery (being an adult stinks), and you've got yourself a recipe for much of our last several days... read more at Old Town Home Posted 1 week 1 day ago.
While many of Old Town's residents are tucked into their warm beds with dreams of turkeys, stuffing, and pies occupying their thoughts, we've set out for the 2013 rendition of the Old Town Boutique Black Friday deals! That's right, 30% off between 6:00am and 8:00am, with 20% until 10:00am, and 10% off until 6:00pm. As much as it's a great event to score some bargains at some of Old Town's best small businesses, it's also a chance to see some of our small business owner friends, check out their amazing holiday windows, and generally enjoy Old Town the day after Thanksgiving. We're setting out bright and early and will be updating this post throughout the day with our various finds. We hope you enjoy.
7:01 PM - Behold, the #alexandriava Market Square Christmas Tree!!!... read more at Old Town Home Posted 1 week 5 days ago.
Now that the holidays are upon us, many are looking for a little weekend getaway to a picturesque destination where you're able to enjoy some of the sights and sounds most frequently associated with the season. From Christmas trees to menorahs and carolers to kilted bagpipers, few places are as special as the extraordinary destination we have in mind.
Picture yourself strolling along historic brick sidewalks and cobblestone covered streets in a neighborhood where the likes of George Washington and Jim Morrison (yes, of The Doors) called home... read more at Old Town Home Posted 1 week 6 days ago.
With this week's gut busting Thanksgiving holiday looming, I'm thinking about a few ways I can make the festivities a little lighter on the waistline. If you're anything like me, a major part of the challenge is just coming up with the things you want to cook. On my to do list of delicious items to whip up is an appetizer for the day, and I've zeroed in on a winning dip that will be light, healthy, and won't ruin the crowd's appetite before it's time to enjoy the main event... read more at Old Town Home Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago.
While we've been spending a whole lot of time discussing the somewhat long and drawn out process of fixing and skim coating our bathroom walls and ceiling, we haven't just been focusing our attention on the upper half of the walls.
If you'll remember back to what feels like forever ago, the lower half of our bathroom walls will ultimately be the wide beadboard profile that we agonized over multiple times.
A while back we filled you in on the long and drawn out decision making process for selecting the beadboard profile, as well as the initial crushing blow of buyers remorse we experienced when the beadboard arrived... read more at Old Town Home Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago.
Are you ready!? We've got another absolutely thrilling post surrounding the tremendously suspenseful endeavor of plaster repair and a major skim coat undertaking. Woah, watch out, I hope that fall you just took out of your chair after I told you our post topic for the day didn't hurt too terribly. I know keeping your feet on the ground and rear end firmly planted in the chair is difficult when dealing with such a tremendously gripping subject matter.
In our long and enduring plaster journey—from cracked and failing to flat and smooth—that is represented in all of our many skim coating adventures, we reach a critical juncture where the walls begin to assume a "finished" look. Don't be deceived by the false notions of a completed project... read more at Old Town Home Posted 2 weeks 6 days ago.