Driveway, Phase 1-2

October 3, 2014

So, I am always yammering on about how the next big project will be our master bath, and OH, how I wish it could be, but this house has a way of bumping the jobs we WANT to do with jobs we NEED to do. The driveway had become a situation we could no longer ignore.

We had the original concrete driveway that was poured when the house was built in 1977, and I will list the problems that old slab had going for it.

-The expansion joints were originally filled with wood, that over time rots out, allowing water and critters to enter the scene.

-Two giant sections of that old concrete were cut out and repoured when the foundation was underpinned sometime in the late 90′s. Now, those pieces have settled, pulling away from the house, and again, allowing water to enter under the slab.

-The drain connecting to our gutter downspout, that was installed when the driveway was laid, well, it was the wrong kind…the one with HOLES so that water has been flowing under the slab for decades.

-Aaaaand lots of large trucks driving on it during previous renovations created baby new cracks, to keep the old craggy cracks company. I consider this to be an alternate renovator’s slang for crack baby. You heard it here.

ALL of this equals a nightmare hot mess of cracked concrete. Behold.

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The work was scheduled to start on Tuesday, and we discovered on the prior Saturday that a yellow jacket colony decided to set up a ground hive down in one of the cracks. I mean, REALLY?! Ugh.

Hive out, and it was showtime!

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We only replaced the top portion of the driveway and the turnaround. The rest of the driveway is pretty good for its age, so luckily for our budget, the rest can wait. The truck is where the new work stops and joins the old part of the driveway still in decent shape.

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As luck would have it, when the concrete truck drove up the driveway – it broke one of our perfectly decent slabs.

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They very kindly offered to fix it on the spot after the top was poured, BUT, it causes me angst because my inner OCD has a hard time with this…this….Frankendrive. ARGH! Don’t look.

It also created some hairline cracks (more crack babies) in a couple of the other slabs, so I’m sure we’ll have to replace the rest in a just few years…sigh.

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We need to re-pour our garage slab too, but it just wasn’t in the budget, (knowing this job would likely go over budget..and it did) aaaand we have some joint sistering to do in there before we tackle the floor, so it just had to wait. It would have been SOOOO much easier and cheaper per sf to do it all at once, but that’s life without a money tree.

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The next phase was a DIY – the CC poured 4 foot curb sections around the far edge so we don’t lose anyone down the hill. We are mildly considerate like that.

Having the curbs poured at the same time was going to add a lot of labor cost, but not concrete cost, so we thought we could handle that on our own. To this point, our driveway has freaked people out since it’s a pretty steep drop-off from the far edge. Example: Our substitute mail carrier won’t come up our driveway at all, and just leaves packages and everything at the bottom of the driveway.

That’s why we had the hideous row of cinder blocks along the edge, plus it kept balls from rolling down into the Nether. The spaces between the curbs allow for water runoff and leaf clearing.

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He drilled steel rebar into the new driveway to anchor the new curbs to the slab.

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After the curbs, phase 3 is the permeable paver installation- another DIY. We are going to lay down this stuff between the base of the 2 trees behind it. There used to be a concrete pad there as overflow parking for the driveway, but it was hard on the roots of the big ash tree. Hopefully this solution will be friendlier to the tree while giving us the extra parking we need.

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It is a roll out grid that is filled with either gravel or soil and grass/groundcover that allows water to pass through the cells, yet is strong enough to be driven on. Our plan is to seed grass since it is also at the base of the tire swing. Hopefully it will be a significant benefit for both the trees, and stormwater runoff.

Phase 4 will be to put a slatted fence behind the curbs to make those parking and turning around up there feel more secure, and a few years down the road, I guess we will add more sections of driveable grass to accommodate MORE DRIVERS in the household. GULP.

Stay tuned for the paver installation, We have 6 tons of gravel to create the base being delivered Tuesday, so it will be a lot of shoveling and trips up the driveway with the lawn tractor.

WHY you ask?  Because the brainiacs here didn’t think to have it delivered/dumped in place BEFORE the new slab was poured. No trucks on the new slab for 6 months minimum. I’m usually a good renovation planner in terms of sequence, and this was an embarrassing miss. I guess it’s a good work out though….

Flea Market Friday

August 22, 2014

I have not posted a flea market trip in forever…I still post the pics on my Instagram when I go, but this is a long overdue post with some pics included that never made it to IG. I have not been able to go all Summer and it was making me sad and restless. So the day I finally get to go is a swampy, sweaty, humidity-fest with a heat index of over 100. But we did it. My girl LJ and I hit it like champs and suffered though with only our lemonades to soothe us.

Here’s what we saw. The photos aren’t great today – must be my sweaty hands slipping on the phone!

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These crazy hanging side tables (with the red flower lamp to boot) had marble slabs that fit inside the brass frame-definitely craziest thing I saw today!

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Have a great weekend!! It’s gonna be a hot one here!

The Walken

July 18, 2014

I KNOW. It’s been so long I almost forgot how to access the dashboard here. So lame.

That said, let’s discuss celebrity, shall we? Specifically, celebrity art.

If anyone had ever asked me if I would have the image of a celebrity in my house, I would have answered “No.” without hesitation. My taste in art has always been a mix of vintage, abstract and family pics, but has never involved celebrity. I think subsconciously my theory was: I don’t know said celebrity, so why would I want them in my house? I hadn’t really thought about it much.

Well, ALL that changed last week when I saw Gina Julian’s fantastic Christopher Walken giclée portrait. He was meant to be mine.

She tells a little of the back story on why/how she made it here. I mentioned to her how much I loved her work, and asked if she would be willing to print another one I could buy, and it turns out she was planning to sell him…so I gleefully snapped him up-after I made her sign her it, of course!

He is perfect. It’s really unsurprising that he can hang in a room with a 70′s orgy sofa.

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CW is in a temporary frame since I have house guests coming in a few days and there was no way I could get him properly framed that fast. The CC put together some window sill molding (it comes already routed with a groove inside for stability-he is mounted on foamcore) so we could get it up right away. A down and dirty $20 solution until we can get it together for realz.

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She also just made a David Bowie portrait, with more to come!

Gina Julian's David BowieBecause she’s clever, she is making them available in sizes that fit Ikea square frames, as well as larger, smaller and custom sizes. I knew you guys would want to know how much, so here is her
pricing*:

30″x30″ = $145
22″x22″ = $80 (fits Ikea)
20″x20″ = $65 (fits Ikea)
12″x12″ = $30
*Prices do not include shipping

If you want a statement piece like this – you can find her here and here. She does custom work/sizes too.

A friend of a friend just posted this last week, and I had to share. I think we need a day dedicated to speaking with the Walken comma…don’t you?!

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Consignment Sale Friday!

April 7, 2014

Those following on Instagram know I’ve been clearing out the house and making all sorts of things available to you! I will be joining 83 others in contributing items to a HUGE consignment sale in Franklin. Hope you can make it out during your lunch hour, or find some other time to see what good stuff will be there! Here’s the blurb from the organizer:
“The 4TH ANNUAL FURNITURE, RUGS and HOME ACCESSORIES Consignment Sale is only 4 DAYS AWAY.  Friday, April 11th, 10 am-5 pm. 1600 River Landing Dr, Franklin. We have 84 consignors with some GREAT finds. Rugs, K, Q, Full and T beds, Dressers, Farm Tables, Lots of Outdoor Furniture, DR tables, TONS of Chairs, Antiques, American Girl Dolls & Accessories, Legos, Adult & Kid’s Bikes, Painted Furniture, Furniture TO Paint, Air Hockey Table, Leather & Upholstered Couches, Breakfronts, Lighting, Coffee Tables, Custom-made Bar… and much, much more! DON’T MISS THIS ONE!!!!!”

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HGTV Smart Home 2014

April 1, 2014

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I was giddy to be invited to tour the new HGTV Smart Home here in Nashville and it was a great day out! Looking through my photos, I wish I had been able to get more snaps, but there was always someone else in the room, and as much as we tried to get out of each other’s shots, I found myself focusing on details I was drawn to, rather than trying to get the whole room shot….BUT… HGTV took care of that on their site! To see the whole gallery of photos go HERE.

What makes it a Smart Home?  “HGTV’s Smart Home boasts the latest in home technology coupled with eco-friendly features and energy-efficient design. Located in the Duncanwood Reserve neighborhood, this English cottage-style residence consists of three bedrooms and four and a half baths and features technology to connect the home’s appliances and devices, giving the homeowner better control over energy use, security, interior climate and lighting.” More details on the technology can be found HERE.

It also has a huge TV in the dining room, which I found odd, but I guess that’s what all the cool kids are doing!?

The home is designed by P. Shea Design, built by Carbine and Associates and the interior design is by Linda Woodrum of TS Hudson Interiors. The HGTV House Planner for both Smart Homes and Dream Homes is Jack Thomasson.

I think all of us took this EXACT same shot…what a cute laundry/dog area! Otto would dig this.

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I like the drama the black tile gives to the upstairs bath.

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My favorite room was the upstairs den.  Throughout the house, there are touches of Sherwin Williams Indigo Batik, but this room went all in, and I LOVED it.

HGTV Smart Home 2014 ModfrugalThe color is washed out in my photo below, but it was much more like above, rich and bright.

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One of my favorite pieces of furniture was this shagreen chest being used as a bedside table.

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My favorite piece of art was James Richardson’s “Twin Giants” from York Art.

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I love getting to tour houses of ANY kind, from estate sales to open houses, so this was a much needed treat! Thanks for having me!

BTW, in case you didn’t know, you can enter to WIN this home beginning April 15! Details are HERE.

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