Here’s to a Happy New Year!

Don’t worry the house didn’t burn down. New Year|New Posts.

2015 was a whirlwind. There are still so, so, so many projects around the Centennial Gent that need to be finished but it was wonderful to entertain friends and family in my new home over the holidays. I barely took any photos and sadly, the_franklin_frost was missing. Check out his Instagram to see what keeps him away from us. Maybe even leave him a few sappy comments :)

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With the rollercoaster weather we’ve had, staying focused on projects inside the house was challenging. The scary, second floor porch was the plan for my winter project (and hold me to it, it will be) but it is way more fun to spend time planning my spring garden. Isn’t the White House kitchen garden lovely? It is the inspiration for my side lot, raised bed, vegetable garden (but on a waaaay smaller scale.)

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Isn’t that a whole lot nicer that this?

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The porch does look a little better now…. The door behind that plastic got a face lift thanks to the Strip Shop on Colonial. There is significantly less faux wood paneling, no carpet, new windows and central hvac.

Hard to believe the images below were taken almost one year ago today. Geez Louise time flies.

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And yet, I’m still painting…. I can say there are currently no paint swatches on my walls.

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The master bedroom and closet were my most recent projects. Check out that freshly painted trim on the left and that nasty, busted window trim on the right. I’ve finished painting the bedroom and have even hung some curtains. Progress! I’ll post before and after photos soon.

My shadow stayed close during many projects and not surprisingly, wasn’t all that helpful. At least he didn’t step in the paint. I can’t say though that the cone didn’t get in the way a few times.

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I’ve used this fast track shelving system in all the closets. It isn’t the prettiest but since I’m still figuring out how things are going to fit, it is the most adaptive.

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Nope, nope, nope. I think this was around July/August. I really wanted to use a bold color but this was definitely not it. I ended up doing a complete 180 and going with grays instead. I chose a dark gray, Behr’s Iron Mountain for the hallway, a medium gray, Behr’s Pencil Sketch, for the dining room and then had the Pencil Sketch tinted down to 10% for the living room. (Insert 50 shades joke here.)

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2015 wasn’t all work and no play.

We celebrated Wince and Andrew in New York.

Venice's engagement party group shot

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I took a group of awesome ladies (Museum members) to New York for the Armory Show. One woman was almost 91 and totally hung with us the whole time even while it was snowing! Aspirational.

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Kristy, Jamie and I soul-cycled. I tried it for the hype and once was definitely enough. I’ll stick with my Y spin routine.

I visited Tseng Kwong Chi’s Mao suit at the Met’s Costume Institute’s China Through the Looking Glass exhibition. It later came to the Chrysler for Amy Brandt’s exhibition Tseng Kwong Chi:Performing for the Camera.

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My major blog crush, Daniel at Manhattan-Nest and I were working on a similar project timeline for a while this fall. His post about CrossFit for home reno-doers certainly rang true at the Gent.

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Nothing like flipping hundreds of pounds of concrete to get the heart rate up. My eyes were on the prize though. I had to get all my Lowes “dead section” plants in the ground before the first frost hit. Ha! That was a cruel joke since it was almost 80 degrees on Christmas. And although I did get the bed ready enough to keep the plants alive through the winter, the rest of the yard looks like a junk heap. One of the neighbor kids asked me if I was building Stonehenge.

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The dogs helped a bit.

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Coming spring 2016.

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It looks like another dumpster is in my future. What’s one more when you’ve already used three? The original plan was to try to relay the busted concrete pieces as a patio. Except now I’m not so certain I’ve got the patience for all that leveling.

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But maybe I do since I’ve got plenty of carbo loading options to keep me going :)

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To say the least, I ate fairly well in 2015.

In October, we had some rain, at the same time as a moon, at the same time as some tides, at the same time as some winds which led to a few days working on an island.

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Over the past year, we had more than 40 floral arrangements on view at the Museum. I tried to learn a few tricks from our amazing Flower Guild when it was possible. They are incredibly talented.

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Oh yeah, and I crashed my car. Totaled it.

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Then shortly after, saw this beaut while visiting Franklin in Athens. Sadly I had a round trip plane ticket so the Craigslist car hunt and the bike commute continues.

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I’m still obsessing over wallpaper samples for the kitchen and the half bath. Got a good one? Send it to me. I’ve got to pull the trigger soon.

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Meghan Doll Photography

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Whew! That’s a super quick and cursory review of 2015. I’m looking forward to all that 2016 will bring. And definitely looking forward to everything greening back up so that we can get back outside. 

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Stop by anytime! 

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Happy 2016!

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