Spring the Flip – Week 8 & 9

Hi.  Thanks for stopping by to my blog.  I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures in flipping.  In case you missed it, here’s last week’s adventure.  And as always, please feel free to reach out to me for design services.

How in the world has it been 2 months already!  It feels like time is flying by and at the same time slow as molasses.

So in week 8, I gave myself a birthday present & went to Brimfield with a friend & her new bundle of joy for the first time.  My littlest one & I had a blast.  Being ALL boy he loved the antique pedal cars.  Sorry kid but mommy can’t afford those.  I don’t usually lean towards antiques per say but I do tend to enjoy more industrial pieces.  I felt like I was walking through a museum of eclectic interesting things.  We saw a boat my grandfather would love, a table that I need … well because (which I didn’t buy), drafting tables & stools and much, much more. I really enjoyed seeing how some retailers show their items off in unique ways or pairings.  I’m not sure I would buy an eye painting but put a bunch of them together and it’s rather intriguing … or creepy, you pick.



I unfortunately didn’t find all I was looking for (mirror and shelf brackets at a reasonable price I’m talking to you).  I felt pretty good restraining myself from spending too much & walked away with only a couple of items.  One of which included this cute item which will be used to stage Spring once she’s listed.



Ok now that I’ve bored you with antiquing, here’s the update on spring.

A LOT has happened.  you can see the full list below but here’s some picture snapshots.  My carpenter was hard at work on the exterior.  Stairs & deck framed & approved.  The flashing on the “doghouse” aka back door is now under the shingles instead of on top. The window sill by the new stairs which previously had a pile of dirt in front of it hiding the massive amount of rot on the outside has been replaced.  All rough inspections are complete.  Most appliances have been purchased from a place literally less then 2 minutes away from Spring.  I really wish I had known this place existed when I was doing my house.  I got a great deal on some slightly dented models.  I now have two locations with running water (huzzah).  And last but not least check out the cabinet by the front door.  Isn’t that awesome!  I felt that with this being a split entry, there really was no place to drop your shoes when you came in.  This is where the big Swedish furniture store came to the rescue.  It took me 10 minutes to assemble & my carpenter about 20 minutes to install.  It is supported by the studs & some extra framing in the wall supporting the stair.  I think the new owners are really going to appreciate having a place either display pretty things or a place to land their shoes right here.  Don’t you?


Last I leave you with this image from Spring’s front yard:


Accomplishments these weeks:

  • Framing approval
  • Rough electrical approval
  • Rough plumbing approval
  • Rough gas approval
  • Back deck complete
  • Flashing on doghouse fixed & re-shingled
  • Misc shingles fixed and/or replaced
  • Three foot section of termite damaged sill plate on interior replaced (it was literally mush)
  • Insulation installed in basement
  • Concrete in basement bathroom area poured (hooray no more hole)
  • Sump pump & sump pump piping installed back in its proper location thanks to my handy father-in-law
  • Water meter hooked up
  • Gas meter hooked up
  • Outdoor spigot & washer water supply installed (finally water!)
  • And I cleaned, cleaned & cleaned (took the trash that had been collecting out & swept all the dirt/mud caked floors)
  • Purchased washer, dryer, stove, & fridge (no dishwasher purchase yet & the microwave seems to work)
  • Purchased a drywall hoist & hand cart for moving aforementioned large items
  • Started stripping the supply vent covers
  • Misc stuff (I’m sure I missed something)


More exciting things to come next week.  See you then.

Design, Inspiration

public library

My daughter and I have been visiting the local library on a weekly basis recently. From the outside the building is rather plain and undescript. Just sort of ….eh.

However, when you walk in this is the view you get:

Open & light with exposed wood structure. It makes me want to just sit and stare up. How about you?


Powder room upgrades

With building a whole house from scratch, making every space feel like home is a long process. Recently, our neglected powder room has gotten several upgrades.

The anchor was a free gift at a networking event made by a local company. I unfortunately have lost they’re card so I can’t share they’re name.

The next item aquired was the lovely art done by my daughter that I received for Mother’s Day.

And the last item acquired was the mirror that I received for free from an office move. How have I survived this long without a mirror in the powder room. Well this room is mostly for guests and they don’t live here. So guests rejoice, you can now check to see if you have food in your teeth or your tie is on straight!

So with these three free gifts, this room is starting to feel more lived-in and less like the neglected child.


Finn Juhl Clock Replica

When I was a young child in school, we had a “regular” clock (aka not digital …) in our classroom.  (Do these even exist anymore?) Every day a different person was supposed to read the time on the clock to help us learn how to have a better understanding of time.  Well, I was incredibly poor at reading a regular clock.  (Still am.) So because of that my teacher required that for a long period of time (I can’t remember if it was a month or a week) that I would be the only one to read the clock all day long until I could easily read it.  Even with this mortifying experience, for some reason I seem drawn to using clocks as art or decoration in every room of my home. There’s something compelling about a piece of artwork that moves. Full disclosure: I once had 4 clocks within eyesight in one room of my old row house & I currently have a German hand crafted cukoo clock in my living room.

So in order to continue this trend someone needs to buy me this:



Buy here

Architectmade revives replicas of items designed by architects and sells them. This clock is a half scale replica of the design by the Swedish architect Finn Juhl. This happens to be the design that in the 1940’s made him well known. It’s made of gorgeous teak & aluminum and speaks to my inner minimalist side.

There’s no way I can afford the price tag on this beauty so I’ll just have to sit and dream of how nice it would look in my house.