A Roaring Good Time…

November 1st, 2012

Boo Y’all!

Hope everyone had a great Halloween.

This year was van’s first time actually getting out and walking the streets for candy and he LOVED it!

Momma and Daddy loved it too!

Both our mom’s were big into making our costumes when we were younger, so Mr.vB and I couldn’t resist doing the same for vannyB.

We took a brown polar fleece sweat-suit, some grosgrain ribbon, felt, scissors, iron on tape and a stapler and viola-

A Lion Costume.

2 people called him a Tiger and 1 person called him a Flower {gasp} but everyone else got the concept.

The little Boo! t-shirt was for him to wear to school until it was costume time!

Here he is so proud of his costume!

This is one of my favorite photos of the night.

Mr. vB and I are proud of our costume making ability…

Too bad we didn’t take that much effort with our own.

Oh well- there’s always next year!

When we got home that evening, this was all that was left of his Boo! shirt..

Too Funny!

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Blog Break

October 28th, 2012

So apparently I took a self imposed blog break.

Didn’t mean to, but time goes by so quickly these days.  Every night after we got the dude to bed I would think, I should blog about {insert project here}.  But then I would open my laptop and stare blankly at the screen.

Maybe I was overwhelmed at all the info I thought I needed to be sharing on house projects, or the reality that it is hard work being a full time mother, wife, employee, DIY’er and blogger.  And when trying to make it all happen simultaneously, sometimes something has to give.

But enough of that.. I’m back and ready to chat.  We’ve got a lot to catch up on…

Since we last talked some doors have been painted, our fence has been finished,  landscaping in the front yard  has commenced, a new mantle piece is on its way, there have been several trips to the pumpkin patch and plans for a new 2 car garage and kitchen have been drawn.  A pretty slow couple of months if you ask me! {ha-ha}

I’m going to recap it all the best I can..get ready!

Back in September I started testing out some high gloss paint colors on our front door.

Here is the boring before…

And during the testing process..

I think I freaked out the neighbors a bit because at least one asked if we were going to use the same color on our shutters.

I was going for a bright blue..obviously, but it just didn’t work.

So back to Lowes I went and this time came home with a more turquoise color..

Can you see the difference between the turquoise at the top and the blue at the bottom?  They kinda blend together in this photo.

I loved the new color so much I instantly went to the back door and  painted it without asking Mr. vB’s opinion. {why you might ask did I not paint the front door?  Well we will soon be getting a new front storm door and I didn’t want to waste my precious time painting something that was headed to the Restore.}

Viola..Totally the pop of color I was going for!

Unfortunately Mr. vB greatly, extremely, passionately dislikes the color.

My compromise was that we would paint the Front Door a more purpely-denim color and leave the back door this color.  Jury is still out.

On to the Fence!

Never thought I could be in love with a fence- but I am.

This is the gate on the right side of the house.

Rusty at Creative Custom Structures took such pride in making it absolutely perfect.  I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone in or around Richmond looking to build a fence.

Here is the view from the driveway into the backyard.

Mr. vB had to create a temporary fence to keep B&B contained until the garage addition is built.  Once it is complete, Rusty will come back and finish the 4th side of the fence that will butt-up to the back side  of the garage.  Again we totally confused the neighbors with a 3 sided fence.  Lots of head scratching going on in this neighborhood.

NEXT… Landscaping!

One might say that our yard has very mature landscaping.  Not in the sense of our curb appeal screaming mature adults live here, but more in the sense of “hello, I’ve gotten to the end of my life cycle, please do something.”

Ever noticed the 2 HUMUNGOUS English Box-woods in the border by the front door?  Couldn’t miss ‘em if you tried.

And the holly bushes that were packed in like sardines..

Due to budget constraints we could only tackle the front yard to start, but what an immediate difference!

We hired a high school buddy of mine that owns a Landscaping Design Company called Natural Progression Landscaping to do the dirty work.

Hasta-la-vista bushes.. Here’s what the front yard looks like now.

Our Curb Appeal screams.. Cool Hip People (with a crazy half blue, half green front door) live here now.

Mantle Time!

We have an awesome fireplace in our living room but it does not have a mantle.

I mentioned to Mr. vB one day  that I really wanted to investigate getting a refurbished mantle from the local salvage store.

And then I left to go to the grocery store.  When I returned this had been built.

We are still working on adding trim pieces and the actual mantle part, but it should be done in time to hang Christmas stockings!

The Pumpkin Patch

vannyB loves him some pumpkin patch.  We talk about it often and have been several times.

Lastly, we have been brainstorming ideas for our new 2 car garage and kitchen renovation!!

I’m not going to give away too many details on these yet.  But hopefully the garage will break ground by the first of the year and then the kitchen in late 2013/early 2014.

Congrats- You are now fully up to date!

{And I am exhausted.}


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Paint, Fences, and Cool Dudes

August 31st, 2012

So what’d ya think of the new place?  Pretty cool even with its crazy colors right?

Well the painters are officially done and the place looks and feels great.  I still haven’t had a chance to take “after” photos of every room, but here are a few for you!

WOW- right? Remember it use to look like this…

And here is my other favorite transformation.

{close your eyes if you are not a fan of painting over wood paneling}




We used the same paint, BM- Tapestry Beige, throughout most of the house. {thanks anne w for the recommendation!} I love the light feel that the color has, and it will really allow me to play up bolder colors in artwork, fabrics, etc.

The second big project that we have begun to tackle is having a fence built.  My four legged babies haven’t had a lot, okay any, unsupervised outside time since we moved in a month ago.  There was the one time that I tied each one to a separate tree and came back 10 minutes later to find both in tangled messes.  Bad idea mom.

I did my due diligence and interviewed more fence guys that I would like to admit.  We ended up going with Rusty at Creative Custom Structures and I am SUPER STOKED!

Our fence is going to look very similar to this one that he built for another client.

Insane detail right?

We will probably just leave ours unstained, but will make the final decision once he is finished building it.

Rusty got started yesterday morning bright and early.  First task was to clear the 15 years of unmanicured weeds foliage.

By the end of the day he had it all cleared and laid out the string line to show where the fence would go.

Today he started the holes for the posts. And hopefully by quiting time we might have some in place!

This weekend we are sticking close to home and are attempting to finish unpacking those last few boxes.  I still find myself getting very overwhelmed with the thought of decorating every room, but I just tell myself to get a grip.  It doesn’t have to happen overnight.  As with all good projects, it takes time.

Top things on my list are:

1. A New Storm Door for the Front Door, 2. an Upholstered Headboard for our bed, 3. a New Rug for our Bedroom, 4. Floor to Ceiling Shelving for the Pantry and Guest Closet

Minor Things on my list are:

1. New Bedding for the Master Bed, 2. New Bedding for the New Guest Bed, 3. Open shelving unit for the dining room, 4. Artwork

Anyone still there?  I feel like I just dumped a whole lot of 411 on you.  Guess it makes up for the 3 weeks of not posting anything.  Everyone have a great long weekend!

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Welcome to Dovershire..

August 10th, 2012

Before I start showing you guys the fun stuff we have been up to over here, we have to start at the beginning.

Here is what our new bundle of joy looked like on Day 1.

vannyB says Welcome to Dovershire!!

The “foy-yea”

The Powder Room

The Living Room

The view from the Living Room back into the Foyer

The Dining Room

The view into the Kitchen from the Dining Room

The Kitchen

The view from the Kitchen back into the Foyer

The Family Room off of the Kitchen and Foyer {view from the kitchen door side}

View from the Foyer door towards the back of the house

Going up!

The doorway to the left of the top of the stairs leads to the Master Bedroom. To the right is the Guest Bath and other Bedrooms.

vannyB’s Bathroom

The Master Bedroom view from the hallway

View from my closet looking at Mr. vB’s closet

View towards the back of the house looking at my closet and en suite bathroom!

The Smallest Master Bath ever created….

Hallway to van’s room and the 2 guest rooms

van’s Nursery

The Hall Linen Closet

Guest Room #2 {will be van’s big boy room one day}

Guest Room #1

I think the only spaces I left out were the back hall that leads to the garage and the back yard area.  Otherwise, there you have it in all its 60′s paint color glory.

I’m imaging that if we waited a few more years our paint colors would be back in style.  But I’m not patient enough to find out.

So our First project has been to paint THE ENTIRE HOUSE.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Every wall in this house has been painted as well as the trim.

Here’s a sneak peek…

Mr. vB and I agree that it looks like a totally different house now.

Now just to finish unpacking and the real fun can begin!

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We’re Here… barely…

July 21st, 2012

I feel like I have been picked up by a tornado, spun around till I want to puke, and then spit out.

Is that typical when one moves?


We’ve been here for about a week now and the kitchen has been unpacked but not much else. My mission this weekend is to tackle the room of boxes.  Unfortunately it is going much slower than I expected.

Did have to let you guys know though that Mr.vB and I are already working on our first project.  {that didn’t take too long did it?!}

We are thinking about building some custom bookshelves beside the fireplace in the family room… Mr. vB taped it out so we could ponder it for abit…

I’ll be back soon with a tour of the new Casa… until then feel free to stop by and help me unpack a box or two!

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Packing- who me?

June 24th, 2012

I think, correction, I know that I am in some what of denial that we are moving in 3 weeks.

Denial in the sense that I have to pack.

Do packing fairies not exist?

This is what we’ve have been doing instead…

Way funner than packing if you ask me!

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And we are offically…

June 12th, 2012


We were able to release the contigency last night on the new house and are moving forward with the sale!  Hoorah!

Here’s a sneak peak at the new Cheateau vB…

So Exciting!!!

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June 10th, 2012

Thanks to everyone for all the kind comments about our {current} House.  We sure are gonna miss this place as it holds so many treasured memories.   Mr. vB and I had our first date in the dining room of this house.  Mr. vB also asked me to marry him in the living room of this house.  We came home as a married couple to this house. And we also came home as parents to this house. I keep telling myself that these memories will stay with us no matter where we live.  It’s time for the young couple that bought the house to make their own here.

Enough nostalgia- on to talking about our new place!

I’ve already started day dreaming about projects for the new house. Paint, Furniture, DEMO, etc!!  {totally not kidding on the demo- thought I would need a break from finishing up this place, but I’ pretty sure there will be some demo going on in the first month!}

I hit up one of my new favorite stores this week called Class and Trash.  It’s very true to its name.  Lots of cool old furniture and random things all mixed together.  I was short on time so had to peruse quick, but look what I found!

An old aluminum neon letter from a storefront.  It was missing the plastic cover, but I didn’t care.  How cute would this be in vannyB’s big boy room??

I took it to a local Neon shop yesterday called Uptown Neon.  Totally cool place.  The kind gentleman that owned the shop told me all about my letter and said that it was in great condition.  He even got the Neon to light up for me and it is a BRIGHT shade of red!  My plan in to spray paint the aluminium section of the letter a fun color and then have the guy attach a power source so I can plug the letter into the wall to light up!  The Coolest Night Light EVER is what I am imagining!!  I left the neon tubing with the guy so he could clean it up abit, and the plan is to go back in a week or so to have it all put back together!

Now the hard part- what should I paint the Letter??  I was thinking peacock blue or moss green but didn’t want it to look too patriotic or too christmasy..  Gotta think on this one.

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It’s Finished!

June 3rd, 2012

Hello.. anyone still there?

Poor B&T has not had much attention from me lately. Apologies to my loyal reader{s}.

But it has been for good reason!!

Mr. vB and I have been sweating it out every day after work and every weekend to get our house ready to go on the market and guess what… It’s finished!!

We only had to do a few hundred finishing touches to complete.

Here’s one of my many to-do lists.  {I just love the satisfaction of marking something off!}

And I may be partial, but dang this house looked good when we finished!!!

And you know what?  I realized that I’ve never given you guys a proper tour of our house.

Well today is your lucky day..

Welcome to Casa vB.

{photos courtesy of our MLS listing- Sorry this house doesn’t stay clean for long so I had to take advantage of photos of a clean/neat house- enjoy!}

The Living Room

The Dining Room

The Kitchen

The Pantry Room

The Basement

The Basement Bathroom

The Master Bedroom

The Nursery

The Guest Room

The Office

Main Bathroom- 2nd Floor

The Backyard

Well there you have it!

Feels good to have it finished.

But feels even better to tell you guys that Casa vB has a Pending Contract! Yup- that’s right. The house went on the market Thursday afternoon and by the next morning we were under contract!

We are looking to close in mid-July so I guess my next post needs to be about the NEW casa vB that WE have put a contract on!

Stay Tuned!

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The Goose is Loose

April 16th, 2012

This weekend vannyB and ventured into Carytown for a little shoe shopping.

Our destination was Franklin Goose.

I’ve become a big fan of Livie & Luca kids shoes and I found that “The Goose” carried a wide selection!

vanny was in love at first site {with the train table}

And I was in love with the selection!!

Just look at all those cute shoes!!

It was hard to decide but I finally narrowed it down to the Roan {blue} and the Boa {green}.

Here van is modeling the Boa Style..

and here the Roan style..

I thought both were super cute, but I liked the fact that his toes-eis were more protected in the Roan Style.

So while shoe shopping I might have also peeked through their awesome selection of organic clothing and wooden toys.  I showed restraint though and only left with the shoes.

But I’ll be back Goose.. I’ll be back!

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