7th House on the Left


posted by Greg  /  13 Comments

Last week, we put our Pre-Vacation Check List to good use, packed up the house and headed to our favorite vacation destination: Disney World! Yep, last week we put the “reno thinking caps” down and enjoyed a week full of Mickey ears, pixie dust, parades, awesome food, and fireworks. We’ll be back later with separate post about our trip (yes, including pictures!) but first, we’ve got to tell you guys about what was waiting in our mailbox when we came back into town late last night.

Let’s back up a bit… way back in June, we conducted our first reader survey. One of the questions was, “How did you first find us?”. Much to our surprise, a few of you mentioned you found us mentioned in R-Home Magazine! Ashley was certain it was a mistake and was literally speechless. And if you know Ashley, you realize how big of a deal that is. For those of you who aren’t in our neck of the woods, R-Home Magazine is an award-winning locally owned, sourced, and produced shelter magazine. It covers all things from home building/renovating, decorating ideas, shopping guides to entertaining ideas. Basically, it’s like Richmond’s very own BHG.

Once the fourth comment talking about the magazine mention rolled in, we hopped in the car and headed to the closest Barnes & Noble to pick up 15 a few copies. After all, this was our very first magazine mention, so we were kind of geeking out a bit. Okay, a lot.

7th house on the left feature

We got back in the car with our copy of the July/August issue and searched the issue cover to cover countless times. Nope. No mention. We went through it again and still no sign of 7th House on the Left. At this point, we were both certain that it was indeed a mistake — maybe they found us through another blog that was mentioned in the magazine…? To make the long story short, a little over a week ago, Ashley finally decided to call the magazine to ask if we really were mentioned thinking maybe it was just an old issue. Sure enough, it was the May/June issue! We missed it at Barnes & Noble by only two days.

When we got home from our vacation late last night, Ashley was going through the mail and all of the sudden started squealing like a kid who just saw Mickey Mouse for the first time. Buried in the mail, was an envelope with the May/June issue! The awesome people at R-Home even included a Post-It marking the page we were mentioned. There we were; very last page, bottom left corner under “Websites to Check Out”, right beside Not Martha and Decor8

7th House on the Left

Needless to say, we were really excited to finally see it! This is the first time we’ve been mentioned in print, so it’s a pretty big deal around here. We also feel extra special that R-Home was our first. We’ve always been big fans of the magazine, picking up copies whenever we saw it on the newsstand, and we just purchased a 2-year subscription, so we’re good to go for the next 26 issues, ha!

Now if Ashley would put down the magazine, we have a lot of unpacking to do.

Oh, like we mentioned last week… if you happen to notice any weird things going on (broken links, missing images, etc), we’re currently working on publishing some of the upgrades we mentioned in our State of the Blog Address a while back. Thanks for your patience!


posted by Ashley  /  4 Comments

I’ve never been good at math. Any kind of math class… let’s just say it wasn’t my cup of tea. However, when it came to my high school geometry class, that was a little more my style. I loved learning about the different shapes and how they work together, lines, angles, formulas… I was all there. Then came calculus. Enough said, right? Yeah, my not-so-good relationship with math class picked right up where we left off.

Recently I’ve been working on a few geometric-inspired prints for our Etsy store. The more I work on them, the more I’ve been noticing geometric designs in random, everyday things. Since we like to let you guys in on what’s going on in our heads, I thought it would be fun to put together a post with some of my favorite geometric-inspired spaces I’ve come across lately on Pinterest. Ahh, the power of Pinterest.

In this mid-century modern room geometric shapes clearly define the overall theme. Even though there are a lot of shapes going on, it doesn’t seem too busy. Image Pinned here.

The first thing that caught my eye in this comfy reading nook is the geometric mirror. Actually, this would be a pretty simple DIY project (just paint a few pre-cut pieces of molding and attach them to an existing mirror with adhesive). The shapes in the mirror mimic the shapes on the gray and white pillow. Image Pinned here.

I’m all about using wallpaper in small bathrooms. Even though you’d think it would make the room feel totally claustrophobic, wallpaper has the potential to make small spaces feel like a little jewel box of detail. This bathroom is a perfect example. Image Pinned here.

I love the combination of the weathered geometric artwork and the sleek teal ceramic lamp. The stack of books is a great way to bring home the pink, teal, white, and yellow color combination. Love it all! Image Pinned here.

This one is a little more on the light and airy side, but this is another great geometric wallpaper. The lines of the door windows really bring out the square shapes in the wallpaper design. Image Pinned here.

I love how the designers of this back yard used every inch of this long, narrow space to make a statement. The square “zones” of shrubbery mixed with the placement of the stone pavers make this backyard space a geometric shape-lover’s dream. Image Pinned here.

I used to fall in the rut of “oh my goodness, bedding has to match perfectly”. But lately, I’m all about mixing and matching, as long as the sheets are white. That’s still one of my must-haves. Anyway, this bedding is the perfect example of a mix match combo that works. First of all, you’ve got the fun combo of orange, green, and blue. Then, the geometric patterns add variation and texture to the already-unique color combination. Image Pinned here.

Greg and I are both big fans of this bedroom. We love how the vertical lines make the room seem so much taller. There are a lot of rectangles and squares  going on but it all seems to come together perfectly. Image Pinned here.

Obviously, I couldn’t round up my favorite geometric-inspired spaces without at least one nod to the popular chevron pattern. This massive rug is to die for, right?! There are many things I love about this lofty dining room… the geometric ceiling details, the clean dining table along with the fun  Jonathan Adler accents, the modern swivel chairs… Okay, I love it all. Greg pointed out that he likes the two huge globe lights and the symmetrically placed trees on either side of the window. I guess this room is a perfect mix of our tastes. Image Pinned here.

So, what about you? Do you dig geometric shapes in home decor?

We know, we’re long overdue for a kitchen “reinstall” update. Well, the kitchen is still “in limbo” so to speak. We’re sure some of you are wondering what in the world is taking us so long. Rest assured, we ask ourselves that same question pretty much everyday. I guess what it comes down to is with this being our first house, we’re just being super slow to make such a huge decision. We’re wanting to make sure it’s the right one and we’re going to be happy with is forty years down the road. Okay, maybe not forty, but you get what I mean.

From time to time, we have a slight glimmer of “maybe we should have kept the old cabinets…?”. But that thought goes right out the window when we think about making all of the “demo mess” now rather than before we moved in. On top of the dust and overall mess of ripping out the cabinets, there was also the flooring… remember, the kitchen used to be tile. We also closed in a window to make a new space for the fridge and ultimately make the layout much more convenient (more about the future layout here). Aaaaaand, if that wasn’t enough, when we ripped out the kitchen cabinets, we found at least two gallons of loose pieces of dog food under the “sealed” cabinets. Who knows how long that could have been there or what that could end up attracting. We wouldn’t have known it was there if we didn’t take out the cabinets. So, yeah. When we think about all that, all of the “maybe we should have” thoughts go bye-bye. No regrets here.

Living in our temporary kitchen has become second nature to us (read more about our current set up here). We’ve learned to use an electric skillet to cook just about anything (even boiled eggs!), storing dishes in moving boxes and super low “countertops” (aka folding tables) are the norm, and we don’t mind grilling out a lot. Come to think of it, we’d probably be grilling a lot even if we had a full kitchen. And the addition of the new refrigerator has been a major improvement on what we were working with the first few months. On top of all that, my parents live not far from here. So if I get an overwhelming urge to bake a cake, fortunately there’s a full functioning kitchen to my disposal 24/7 close by. Focusing on the positive.

As for where we are now in the process we like to call our “kitchen reinstall”, we’re in “extensive research” mode. As you know, we’ve talked about getting cabinets from Lowe’s and Ikea. We’ve gotten to know the ins and outs of both options – the pros and cons, the do’s and don’ts. We’re feeling highly educated in both cabinet options but we’re still not completely sold on either one. We know that probably sounds totally crazy and you’re like, “go ahead and make a decision already!”. We’re getting there. Slow and steady wins the race, right? We hope so.

Now that we’re educated in options one and two, we’re looking into a option number three: custom. Okay, no, not Bob the Builder – but maybe a guy named Bob. Who knows. A few months ago, I got an email from a reader, Megan – who, come to find out, was in my gym class in high school! – asking about our cabinet decision. She went on to say she was just wondering because her parents recently totally remodeled their kitchen (and added a mud room and sun room). They also had a consultation at Lowe’s (the same designer we had) but ultimately decided to go with a local cabinet guy who custom-built their entire kitchen for a fraction of the price they would have paid at Lowe’s and every aspect was customized to their wants and needs – shaker-style cabinets including lazy susans in the corner cabinets, an island, banquette area, microwave nook, etc. Basically, the whole kit and kaboodle.

Megan included a link to her blog with before and after photos of her parent’s kitchen reno overhaul and I must say, the difference is truly amazing!

Here’s the before…

reader reno kitchen

…and the after!

reader reno kitchen

I know, right?! And get this, both of the above photos were taken from the exact same spot! It doesn’t even look like the same house! The cabinets are great and the exact style of what we are looking to have in our kitchen – including the deep bottom drawers as opposed to regular cabinets and a few glass-front cabinets.

reader reno kitchen

Here’s the before and after of the old kitchen wall and their new entry to the mud room…

reader reno kitchen

I also love the thick molding around the windows and doors and who doesn’t love a good banquette area?!…

reader reno kitchen banquette

Needless to say, my response to Megan email included, “Would you mind giving me his contact information?”. We’ve already talked to the “cabinet guy” and we just need to get him our measurements/details in order to get a ballpark figure of how much it would cost. I’m excited to delve into the world of custom cabinets and learn more about the process and the ins and outs. And you never know, we just might make a decision. Ha!

Once we nail down the pros and cons of custom cabinets, we’ll be sure to fill you guys in on our thought process. That’s what this blog is all about, right?

So now time for you to dish the details… have you had experience with custom cabinets? What do you think the pros and cons are? Or how about any other avenues like Lowe’s Street or Ikea Boulevard? Tell us about it in the comments section. We’d love to hear your input…

Oh and by the way, if you happen to notice any weird things going on (broken links, missing images, etc), we’re currently working on publishing some of the upgrades we mentioned in our State of the Blog Address a while back. Thanks for your patience!

Bob the Builder image found here.