Tuesday, April 29, 2014


East Shore, not unlike other neighborhoods, has its unique personility. I love the charm of the Charleston style "single-houses" on East Bay Blvd. When heading north to the beautiful homes on North Bay Blvd, there are even more homes reminiscent of another era. Yet, between these two sections are three streets of stucco homes, which at first glance can seem out of place.

Monday, April 28, 2014


What do you do when part of a cabinet needs tweaking, but there is a strange angle that creates an uneven balance? Answer: You check with the designer and builder, who come up with the perfect solution.

For some strange reason this dilemma reminded me of a problem that a downtown Seattle neighborhood found themselves in the midst of. My cabinet question has absolutely nothing to do with the situation in Seattle, nor is it the same magnitude. Yet both were problems that required creativity.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Over my head

Roofers actually started hammering shingles on the roof today. I wasn't expecting that yet, but it was a welcome surprise.

While standing in the kitchen area, trying to figure something out, the phone rang. We literally had to leave the house to hear the caller. It reminded me of having our current house shingled once after a hail storm. Talk about constant pounding.

Creepy advertisements

I never used to pay much attention to the advertisements that appeared next to my emails. They are simply there, taking up space I'd rather have for other things. But, oh well! 

For some reason I have decided it is most humorous to open my inbox the last few days and find advertisement on top of advertisement for toilets. Since we are researching plumbing fixtures right now, my email had decided I am a good person to share toilet information with. I should stop and compare the features between the toilets advertised on Facebook with those of the toilets on email.  Might be interesting........

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Portholes - a nautical element

The photographer (me) doesn't
seem to be able to take a
straight picture. UGH!
1485 was the year the porthole was "officially" invented or developed. Like many inventions, it was the solution to a problem.

Gun ports in forts, working and non-working portholes in ships, as well as round windows in buildings can all be referred to by the common term "Porthole." I have noticed several round windows/portholes in houses in our hometown, always thinking they added charm to the space.

Christmas Candles (part 2)

In case  you want to venture into the attic with me to turn the Christmas candles on in December, it might be interesting to know where you'll be heading after you climb the steps to the dormers. After reaching the first window, take an immediate right and this is your path to reach the other three windows. Don't stand up straight or you will bump your head.

When you reach each window, you can straighten up, place the candle, walk back and stoop over again until you get to the next window. Anyone interested in taking care of this annual "chore"?    

Christmas candles

I love the bright lights of Christmas, and have always admired candles in windows of homes. To have candles in attic dormers is so charming, in my opinion. When realizing we would have dormers, I immediately set out to plan for candles each December. The dormers will have outlets, a 'shelf' for the candle, and a switch in a downstairs closet to control all these candles. If we install a timer for the switch it will automatically turn the candles on and off each evening. All was well...............until the house was built and I saw the dormer location from inside the attic.

Relaxing view

Driving up to the house a couple days ago, something looked different. A fraction of a second later, I realized windows were being installed! I'm anxious to sit down and enjoy the view from the back of the house.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Facebook "Likes"

It is enjoyable to discover new ideas and inspiration. After years of not wanting/caring/using Facebook, a sales representative for a company my builder uses explained that I might enjoy some Facebook only "deals." So I signed up and now find myself looking a photos of my grandbaby more than anything. The rest is just a sideline. ;-)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shall we tweak?

The house seems to be moving fast and furious these days, with little time to stop and be creative with this blog. I imagine the last several posts have been completely boring, and I apologize. Today I am sharing a creative idea that keeps drawing me back.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The famous Boone Hall

On March 5 and 19, my posts included references to South Carolina's Boone Hall. It was only last year that my husband and I discovered this beautiful plantation.

A taxi had dropped us at our hotel in the historic section of Charleston, S.C. We walked and rode carriages the entire time there, except for the day we went to Boone Hall. Discovering it was easier and less expensive to take a taxi than to rent a car for the day, we headed out of the city.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Until I starting looking for a bathtub for my master bathroom, I never thought about the number of choices that are available.

Using a single manufacturer as an example:
Kohler makes alcove tubs, corner tubs, drop-in tubs, under-mount tubs and freestanding tubs.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


So much progress has been made in the last seven days.

  • Boards have been added to the outside of the exterior framework
  • Tyvek wrap is being added
  • Dormers have been started across the front of the roof
  • Columns have been put in place across the back of the house
  • Lots of decking in the attic.
    I realize some of this space will be used for the water heaters, air conditioners and heating units. But there is quite a bit of space for storage as well.
Now I have to make sure there is a path in the attic where I can access the dormers in order to display electric candles each Christmas. The project manager assures me they can build a walkway to the dormers. That space is taller than the rest of the attic space, so it will require a few stair steps to access. I'm anxious to find out how this walkway will be configured.

Meanwhile, we're working on plumbing items, cabinet design, and appliances. Progress is being made, but I am always thankful when I can completely finish a task and feel good about the choices we have made. Back to work........................

Sunday, April 6, 2014


ound this art masterpiece today. It was resting on a board, atop a pipe in the kitchen. Someone certainly has patience to have picked up all these random nails and spikes, carefully placing them around an apple. Fun find!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Toilet handles?

Someone knock me out and wake me up when this house is built. I hate making decisions regarding things I don't know anything about.

Is the quality of this stove better than that one? What about the faucet on that side of the store display?  Will it be better quality than the one I just looked at in the front of the store?

Why am I constantly second guessing myself?

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Hard hats might be essential if walking through our house right now since there are too many people working overhead. The frame carpenters are completing the frame for the roof, which means any number of items could crash down from above. I hope random people are staying clear as well.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What's in a name?

If you read Molly Glentzer's article in Sunday, March 30, Houston Chronicle Escape section, you possibly discovered this interesting piece of trivia:

"Customarily, a historic home keeps the name of the last generation that lived there until the next one has passed on." *