Deuce Cities Henhouse

Updating Electrical Components

Hello pals, welcome back to the slowest makeover project in the world: our bedroom. It has been no blink-of-an-eye endeavor; it’s more like a slow-mo replay. Over winter break I had to turn off the power a lot. My kids hate me now, as I cause the interruption of their shows and vid games and whatnots. I thought everything was battery powered these days, but apparently I was wrong. Whateves: these fans, sockets, switches and sconces weren’t going to update themselves, so those kids just had to learn how to deal. First, something not super electrical but it has power going to it from a cord I plug into the wall, so it counts. I installed two new sconces over the side table on either side of the bed. Do you see? They are the Isaac sconces from School House Electric and they are perfect. Schoolhouse reached out and hooked me up with a bit of a discount after I soullessly begged them on the internet for a deal – they fit right into the budget so I nabbed them up along with a covered cloth cord to run all the new electrical together. Can’t thank those guys enough for making awesome things and giving pitiful bloggers a helping hand. Then, I did the thing that I’ve wanted to do for so long: I replaced the ceiling fans. It took me a lot of debate to pick a fan, mainly because there wasn’t one specific fan that I loved. I ended up going with these Futura Eco fans by Hampton Bay because the price was good and they look simple. Now that they're installed, I think they’re pretty great and I'm really happy with Get the Scoop [...]
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Attic Finds

Hey Guys, long time no see. I was just in Vegas for a long weekend with my lady friends. Have you ever been there before? It was my first time, basically it was what I expected it to be, a shit show, but way more expensive. Anyway, that's what I've been doing. Before I left last week I did some hunting up in my attic. My attic appears to have literally nothing in it. There are no awesome long lost secrets to find up there, just old rafters, 4 windows and emptiness. I still find myself going up there on occasion in hopes of finding some sort of long lost relic. Then, last week when I was up there snooping around I realized that what I thought to be a couple of boards leaning up against the wall were actually old beveled mirrors! I was so excited to find something old and original to the house, and best of all it was something that I could potentially make useful again! Then right next to the chimney, I kicked around what I thought was an old brick and realized it was lightweight and hollow, not a brick at all! It was totally a box. Oh my god, was this it, the key to the mystery of my house, some long lost time capsule? Alas, it was just a melamine box with some old keys, some pins and a pay stub. But the pay stub has some dudes name on it, so I'm thinking I might start up my ancestry.com subscription again to do some ancestral stalking of people who may or may not have ever lived in my house. Someday I seriously just need to cut to the chase and go down to the Hennepin History Museum to see if I can find Get the Scoop [...]
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Slowly Figuring it Out

Heya! Welcome to the post wherein I blabber about minute details of my bedroom for a very long period of time. Ready? Here goes. I dunno about you, but when I put together spaces in my home, everything is extremely thought out. I find that it really helps to have a detailed plan from the jump, and every element should be as functional to the space as possible while looking super fly. I start with the big decisions and than whittle my way down. Basically one decision leads to the next, to the next, and so, on until everything falls into place. I nag my husband and my girlfriends constantly about my options and ideas to reassure myself I am on the right track. There is a lot of self doubt involved in this process, it's how I roll. I hope you don't mind that I go back and forth in real time on the blog showing you guys my sometimes crazy detailed thought process. I still see this blog as a diary of some-sorts, so if things take a long time and I change my mind, then so be it. I'll blog about it. I hope you guys don't hate me for sharing all the mundane stuff too. Remember, a few weeks ago I was gung-ho on a wrap around fauxdenza? Well now (after much thought) I have come to the conclusion that I need to start with the big design choices before I start figuring out the secondary stuff. I get overly eager to just do things sometimes, which on occasion is a benefit, but in this situation I need to take it slow. I now realize that sticking cabinets on my walls is not always the best decision. The bed needs Get the Scoop [...]
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Bedroom Floor Plans

Whut Up? I bet you guys really want to know about the floor plan of my bedroom, right? Well for those of you who care, you might find it a little interesting as it has a bit of history and some tricky design obstacles. It dawned on me after reading some of your comments, that I never have really taken the time to explain our semi-unconventional bedroom. It's not really that crazy, it's just that it is in an old house, and obviously people used to do things a bit differently back then. What I'm trying to say is that it's not your typical modern bedroom. The room isn't nice and square, there is no dedicated wall to put the bed on, it's long and narrow and layout has always been tricky for us. Things make a lot more sense design wise after getting rid of the hidden tank and squaring off the corner, but it's still tricky. We have a sunroom off of our bedroom which is awesome but not typical. The entrance of it consists of one large door with a large glass window pane with two full sized double hung windows flanking it. The sunroom has windows on all three walls, and it is our only source of natural light in the bedroom. Depending on the time of day we get a lot of natural light but there are still some dark spots in our bedroom and it can become very cave like on dark cloudy days. The newly wallpapered wall adds a lot of life to the room and helps offset the darkness. The sunroom most likely used to be an open air porch or a sleeping porch. Now that I have learned more about these old houses I believe it was Get the Scoop [...]
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Wrap-around Fauxdenza?

Okay guys, so if you didn't know this about me, I love surprises but I totally suck at keeping secrets. I thought I was going to be some sort of awesome blogger and build suspense around this whole wallpaper thing, but who am I kidding. I'm too excited about it to keep it a secret. So if you couldn't tell by the image above, we decided to go with the Rifle Paper Copper Peonies wallpaper, yes it's totally not like my usual steeze, but man, I can't stop thinking about. Not gonna lie, I went back and forth, it was actually a really hard decision and took me and Waffledoppledingdangdo (aka Jeff, my husband) and I a lot of focused brain power to come to a decision. Eventually it started to seem more and more apparent that the rifle paper was the one, even though it's totally unlike us to go this route. We are excited to see it up on the walls. Can't thank you dudez enough for your feedback on wallpapers. It was all a lot of information to consider but def helped steer us (me) in the right direction. I'm still going to hold on to the Woods wallpaper though, maybe we'll use it in the basement renovation going down early next year. Okay, can I stop for just a second? I'm going to take a minute to mention that it is only the 2nd week of the school year and the whole fam is already coming down with really dumb colds. My brain is about a million miles away from my actual skull space, so sorry if sound totally looney in this post. I blame the cold medicine. Alright, so now that I got that PSA out the way, lets talk about Get the Scoop [...]
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