7th House on the Left

Out of the “Office”

posted by Ashley  /  22 Comments

Greetings, everyone! I just wanted to pop in and let you all know we’re going to be “out of the office” this week. While I would love to say we’re going to be on a relaxing vacation somewhere awesome (thankfully, that will be going on in the Fall), the truth is we’re going to be busy with a big project going on over at our church. To make the long story short, our church (which is a relatively new church plant that’s been meeting in an elementary school) acquired a building and we’ve just had five short weeks to completely renovate the building (which needed a lot a ton of TLC) and “move in”. This being the last week, my week is going to be consumed with designing artwork for the classrooms, furniture shopping, last minute tweaks and so on.

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For me, having the blog “on hold” for a week is akin to nails on a chalkboard. Not only do I miss blogging, but there are always a few people who start with the, “Why aren’t you posting?”, “Is something wrong?”, “Are you quitting?”… and so on and so on. The fact of the matter is that with everything else going on this week, it wouldn’t be humanly possible to keep all of the plates spinning at once – while keeping our sanity.

But do not fret, dear friends. Next week, we’ll be back at it with not one but two organizing projects, a dining room update and the kickoff for a fun room makeover that’s a bit out of our zone of “normal”. So, stay tuned and thank you so much for hanging in there with us. Image from here.

Last week, my mom gave Ash a call to tell her there was a guy at her office who had an old steamer trunk that he was taking to the dump. When she saw it, she immediately thought of us and called to ask if we wanted it. Knowing I have a soft spot for vintage trunks, Ashley said, “Sure, why not?!” The next day, my mom brought over this guy…

A Bit of a Fixer-Upper // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Sure, it’s been through the wringer a few times, and it needs a lot of TLC, but it’s pretty awesome, right? There’s no indication as to how old it is, but as far as I know, it fits firmly into the “pretty dang old” category.

A Bit of a Fixer-Upper // 7thhouseontheleft.com

One of the leather straps is broken, but I’m hoping that will be a relatively easy fix. Other than that, a few nails are missing from the metal parts, and the lock no longer works. Fixing the lock might be out of the question, but I have a good idea of how I could probably fix and clean up the rest of this “fixer-upper.”

A Bit of a Fixer-Upper // 7thhouseontheleft.com

The inside is even dirtier than the outside – which is why it’s currently hanging out on the covered patio until we get it cleaned up. I have a feeling the original owner took a look inside and said, “I’m not messing with that.” Hence why it was in the back of his truck for disposal. One cool little detail is the pocket on the inside of the lid that I’m guessing would have been used to hold important papers and such.

Trunk Makeover Inspiration // 7thhouseontheleft.com

So, naturally, Ash is drumming up ideas on what to do with it. She’s thinking the best place for it might be in the guest bedroom, serving as a side table next to the chair (the one we’re hoping to replace sometime soon) in the corner. I think, if it turns out to look really cool, it should go in the living room, where we can show it off. Another option would be to put it in my office to balance out all of the modern aesthetics. It would be a great place for my record player and records. I guess we’ll see where it takes us. Inspiration photos from above found here, here and here.

While I have you guys here, I have a really quick favor to ask. We are very excited to be up for the JDR Industry Blogger Awards in the Remodeling category again this year! We were lucky enough to win in the same category last year and are honored to be nominated again. If you can spare 15 seconds of your time, Ashley and I would love your vote! It only takes two clicks (or taps if you’re on a mobile device), and there’s no registration or logging in required. Just click here and vote. Just like last year, if we win, a portion of the winnings will go directly towards Habitat for Humanity. We really appreciate your support!

Disclosure: My Frozen-loving wife was totally responsible for title of this post.


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It’s official. Schools are closed, the grocery stores are out of bread and milk and the hardware stores are bare of salt bags and snow shovels. Yep, RVA is having a snow day, people!

If you live in our neck of the woods, or anywhere near it, you’re well aware that Winter Storm Janus is headed our way today. Obviously a lot of the country has gotten tons of snow this winter already – which makes our measly 4 to 8 inches look like nothing – but here in RVA, all we’ve had thus far is a dusting that melted within an hour or so. Needless to say, today’s Winter Storm Warning makes my snow-loving heart extremely happy.

Let It Snow Spoon by Jessica N Designs // 7thhouseontheleft.com

I’ve always been a huge fan of snow days and getting snowed in. Growing up, my dad would put a yard stick out on the deck, right outside the living room window, so we could see how much snow had fallen. My mom would make a big pot of chili, clean the house, make sure all of the laundry was done in case the power went out, light some candles, put on a good old movie for us to watch, and open all the blinds so we could watch the snow. My mom is in California right now and totally missing out on all of this fun. She’s super jealous.

Snow Day Essentials // 7thhouseontheleft.com

comfy sweatshirt / cozy blankets / a classic movie / mom’s chili / a few candles.

Now that I have a house of my own, getting ready for snow days is very similar. Though Greg and I normally don’t do the yard stick thing – however, now that I’ve mentioned it, I’m tempted to go put one out on the patio. While I was taking some photos of our latest project (coming later this week), Greg ran to the grocery store for me this morning and picked up a few snow essentials like bread, milk, soup… and hot chocolate and marshmallows, of course. Greg’s working from home today, so while he’s in his office I’m tidying up the house, finishing a few loads of laundry and getting the chili ready for dinner (even though I follow my mom’s recipe, it never tastes as good as hers). Even if we end up getting less snow than what they’re predicting, it’s still a fun way to spend the day.

So, how about you guys? What do you do to prep for snow days? Are you expecting snow today, too?

Snatch up a Let It Snow spoon here and check out our favorite hot chocolate recipe from Barefoot Contessa here.