contact us

Whether you are a homeowner, an industry professional, fellow blogger or just curious to know more about the place home, we are excited to hear from you. 

Email us directly at, connect with us through social media or submit the form!


123 Street Avenue, City Town, 99999

(123) 555-6789


You can set your address, phone number, email and site description in the settings tab.
Link to read me page with more information.






Filtering by Tag: project room

new flooring today!

Emily Oster

Today is a little like Christmas morning - our mountain grass flooring is being installed! And with some much appreciated/needed help from good friends, I got the room painted too! 

Ripping up the carpet was literally the first thing we did in the house so seeing the project completed in both the office and no longer the "project room" feels like we are making some real progress. We will still have the stairs to work on - repair, paint and have the flooring guys install the already purchased runner - but we even managed to get started on that project this week as well! In fact, we have gotten so much accomplished in the past couple weeks I need to make a new list of what to tackle next!

To recap our flooring project, we started with carpet running up the stairs onto the landing and into the office and what was the master bedroom. This was just before Labor Day.

After the carpet was ripped up it looked like this....taken over Labor Day weekend.

We then hand scraped and sanded the landing as the boards were too thin to use a mechanical sander on. We added a rug, buffet piece and lamp and now the landing looks like this...

I did a good amount of searching and sourcing for our stair runner and I wrote this post. Then two months later, I wrote this post about how our plans had changed from painting the floor in the old master/stinky/project room to installing sea grass and how our original thought of doing a stripped runner wouldn't work for us.

In November, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered the below mountain grass for the office and project room and a gray wool sisal for the stair runner(both from Fibreworks).

The mountain grass was backordered until early December and with our own scheduling issues as well as our installer being super busy we made a plan for install in January. That, of course, brings us today and as I write this they have just arrived!

Lots of progress pics to come next week! Have a great weekend everyone!

ceiling fan + light

Emily Oster

Friday was a definite win for the house. We got our built in installed and got our heat working! The built in turned out great and I am super excited about it. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures to share as I almost immediately covered it in plastic so I could get to painting. We also finally found someone knowledgable and reliable (fingers crossed) to come and take a look at our radiant heat system. We learned that 1.) our circulation pump wasn't on and 2.) the temperature of the water was set super low (we have hot water radiant heating). This was really amazing news because 1.) our house is no longer 55 degrees 2.) it was any easy and inexpensive fix considering the potential costs we are up against and 3.) this means the heat loss caused by our original windows and doors is not as big as we were initially thinking. 

The momentum of positive house happening continued for the rest of the weekend as I was able to finish putting away our Christmas decorations, clean, purchase paint for our next two projects and start painting the project room. I didn't get as much painting done as I would have liked but I am going to make a big effort to get as much done as possible before the carpet is installed Friday. Get excited for room transformation pictures complete with new built in, carpet and paint!

In addition to all the above mentioned items, I also (I know I was very busy this weekend) sourced some fans for the project room. I am hoping to make this purchase ASAP as the existing fan will need to come down when we paint the ceiling and I do NOT want to put it back up. And unlike the office which still has no overhead light (see this post), I would like to have something to put back up.

In selecting a ceiling fan, I look for the following criteria: simplicity, modern design and either it has to be white or black. My fourth criteria which I am actually thinking about breaking is no light. Fans are generally not the prettiest of fixtures and a light 1.) draws attention to them 2.) the light cast is most times unpleasant and 3.) it fusses up the design. But Jeff would really like a light + fan in the room and considering we have no furniture to put in the room at this time and would have to just have lamps sitting on the floor... it sort of makes more sense. That being said, I am not sure how much I am going to like this fan + light business so if I am going to give it a try I don't want to spend a lot of money. Surprisingly, I was able to find the below options that seem to have some potential.