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THE JOYS OF HOME OWNERSHIP: WEATHERING OUR FIRST MAJOR STORM

At 5 o’clock, yesterday afternoon, we lost power. The forecast called for a severe storm with heavy rain and strong winds, so we were mildly aware that losing electricity was an option. At first, it was almost romantic. We built ourselves a fire, and unintentionally unplugged as the storm raged outside. I even went so far as to cook a steak dinner, using a flashlight, which we ate over candlelit. But as the sun rose upon the house the next morning, the reality of the storm kicked in. Overnight, the trees had been trashed by intense winds. Our yard was littered with branches, power had not been restored, we had no running water, and our basement was flooded. I spent most of the day clean

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: WEEK 4, WALLPAPER INSTALL

This week finally felt like we made some progress! Our Farrow & Ball wallpaper arrived, and my dad and I started installing it today. My dad also installed the lights on the bookcase, which were turned out to be much tricker than we imagined. There is no way I'd be able to complete this challenge without both of my parent's help. My dad is one of the handiest people on earth, and my mom is a designer who has helped tremendously with the library design and direction. Hats off to all of you who are tackling the ORC by yourselves! On Saturday, our Roger & Chris Chesterfield is being delivered. I'm super excited to see how it looks and feels; it's always a gamble ordering a sofa online. Things

NINE THINGS I LEARNED WHILE REPLACING MY FRONT DOOR

When we purchased our home, one of the first things I wanted to change was the front door. I thought I'd share nine things I learned, and a few mistakes I made throughout the process! ONE: Changing our front door was one of the best decisions we made. It opened up our tight entryway and allows more light into the house. The house faces south, so now light streams through the foyer. Some of you may wonder about the lack of privacy that this door provides. Well, we live in the woods, and only animals will look in, so I'm not too concerned! I probably wouldn't have picked this door if we lived on a suburban street. before - pictures taken the day we closed! TWO: Educate yourself on the typ

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: WEEK 3

On to week three! I'm happy to report that I finally ordered the wallpaper so I may actually finish this challenge! Thank you, everyone, who voted on my Instagram stories! It was a down the middle split between the two papers I posted. I decided to go with the Farrow & Ball wallpaper I had initially selected. This week has been all about wallpaper prep. There are a few crucial steps to take before installing it: ONE: make sure your walls have no holes, cracks, or imperfections. Plaster and sand anything that could make your wallpaper look bumpy when applied. TWO: apply wallpaper sizing. Some sources say this is an optional step, but I think it makes life easier. Sizing gives the walls a

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: WEEK 2

And just like that, it's week two of the One Room Challenge! There's a ton to get done, but one item I can check off my list is the built-in bookcases. If you didn't catch last week's post, these custom bookcases are painted Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue. When we lived in NYC, our bookcase was painted a similar shade, and I loved it. In my mind, dark blue acts as a neutral while still adding a pop of color. The decision that I must make ASAP is the wallpaper. I'm leaning towards is this "netting" wallpaper. I like the graphic pattern, and I think it looks both traditional and modern. I also love this House of Hackney Paper, but if I went with it, there is no way I'd be able to finish the ch

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: WEEK 1

I'm so excited, and slightly terrified to be a guest participant in the Fall 2017 One Room Challenge! For those of you who don't know me, I'm Natasha Habermann. I'm an interior designer and creative, and I just moved from NYC to the country with my husband and two cats. The room I've decided to tackle is our "library." I surmise this room was intended to be the dining room, but when we renovated the kitchen, we closed up the doorway from the dining room to the kitchen. Our kitchen has a large dining area, so having another dining space did not make sense, nor was it the best use of our 1,700 sq/ft home. dining area in our kitchen BEFORE PHOTOS: As aforementioned, the first change was closi