Home Improvement

No splinters for you!

My husband and dad did the un-fun task this summer of redoing our deck. After years of weather left the decking worn and splintery, we decided it was time — especially with a baby soon to be on the move. We didn’t want to have to worry about her soft skin on the rough wood.

Speaking of our little one, I was on baby duty, so I wasn’t much help on this project. OK, I wan’t any help. And I’ll admit, it was tough to just be a spectator! But I documented, and that’s something… right?

Here’s the deck (mostly) before:

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You can see some of the damage on the individual boards here. Thankfully the supports were in good shape so they only had to replace old boards and railings.

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New treads!

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New rails:

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For the decking, they took off some of the old boards before adding the new boards. It was easier and safer for them to work that way.

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The baby liked to watch.

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They discovered the most perfect egg during the renovation.

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Progress:

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Here is the final result:

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The best part? The Maryland flag and baby swing.

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It took them a week to do the project, and it turned out wonderfully.

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Architects of Air: Katena Luminarium

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Happy 50th birthday, Columbia! (And happy belated Father’s Day, dads!)

This past weekend was the annual Columbia Festival of the Arts and this year’s festival had a special treat as part of the city’s birthday celebration: the Katena Luminarium.

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Katena was designed by Architects of Air. It looked like a giant, enclosed moon bounce, but instead of jumping around inside, visitors walked through tunnels illuminated by red, green and blue lights. It was beautiful!

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I had heard of the Luminarium a few months ago and was excited to go. I wrote about another light installation a few years back at Longwood Gardens, and with that experience in my mind, I took the baby to walk through Katena to see how it compared.

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It was over an hour to get in, but it was well worth it. After all, it’s not all that often that a giant art installation opens up in my backyard!

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Light blue and pink nursery

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My blog posts over the past year have been very sporadic, partially due to grad school and partially because we were getting ready to have a baby!

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Our daughter, Hadley, was born at the end of December. She’s pretty stinkin’ cute and I am so in love with her. Here are a few photos of her nursery, which I was working on pretty much until she got here (OK, maybe a little bit after she was here, too!).

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I painted the nursery blue even before I found out we were having a girl, which won’t surprise anyone who knows me and my love of all things teal, mint, aqua and blue. We didn’t want a theme, so instead we filled it with treasures from our childhood and things that make us happy, like flamingos, golden retrievers, the movie Up, Maryland… and lots of books. I might be addicted to children’s books.

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Little by little, the furniture made its way into the room and then the decorations went up on the walls. I am so freakin’ indecisive, so it’s a good thing this baby took 41 weeks to arrive so I could have a little extra time to make some decisions about what to hang where.

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I absolutely love her room. We spend a heck of a lot of time in there, so I’m glad I took my time and made it a special place for her. One of my favorite things was this mobile that I made. It was A LOT of work, but I adore it. She’s just starting to notice it above her crib, so that’s exciting for me.

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Here are some of the cute and custom things in her room:

  1. Flamingo watercolor
  2. Wooden Name Sign
  3. Elephant Print
  4. Deer Print

The furniture is a mix from Amazon (crib and side table), Target (book shelf and circular shelf), Buy Buy Baby (glider) and a thrift store (dresser).

OK, now back to cuddling my sweet little girl!

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