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TYTE JEFF (A Very Cool Vid)

TYTE JEFF VID

Happy Friday friends! Today I’m sharing a more personal post, but thought it might be of interest to some of you – I know a few of you alls have good taste in music ;). The husband dropped a brand new music video today (with his band TYTE JEFF) in anticipation of his upcoming full length record titled
“Lutheran Teens”. First of all, I think the song as well as the whole album rules, and I am v proud of this guy for following through on doing the things that make him creatively happy. Second of all, this video is awesome! It was conceived and created by our long time friend Paul Danhauser, he’s spent the better part of a year working on it – big kudos to him. Thirdly it features a very brief cameo by yours truly. Anyway, if you’re feeling antsy at work or home today I highly recco you give it a watch!

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Decking Out the Bathroom


Yes, I’m still working on the bathroom. It was hard to get back into the swing of things after the holidays, but I’m getting there. Just yesterday the dark blue cement floor tiles arrived, and they are amazing! I’m letting them acclimate for a few days before I go ahead with the install, in the mean time I’ll be watching every youtube vid I can find until I feel totally confident that I’m not going to screw this up.

Computer time has been rare these days. Our hot water heater and boiler both crapped out on us this week and I spent the better part of two days chatting with plumbers and heating dudes. Everything is back up and running and we’re all thankful to be warm. I’ve also had the bonus of helping babysit my brand new baby niece over the last few Wednesdays. I’m not really a baby person, but I really like snuggling with this one.

I’ve been wanting to make a shopping list for the finishing touches, I need to see that carrot dangling so I can go ahead and finish this project already. It’s like I’m so close but so far — so many little things to do! Anyways, let’s talk about this list! Our plan is to one day add a glass door to the shower, but for now I’m just going to install a rod and a simple waffle curtain with liner, it will look cool and work in the meantime. I’ll hang a few simple towel hooks around the bathroom as opposed to towel bars — the navy turkish towels will hang on them. The small linen closet and wire basket will be stocked with the larger black towels. Inside the “linen closet” will be where we tuck away the laundry hamper. We’ll get a small industrial metal stool so the small people in my fam can reach for a toothbrush or look in the mirror. When the stool is not in use I’d like to set a potted fern on top of it because who doesn’t like plants in a bathroom? I like this dangling carrot idea, and I’m going to focus on this future shopping spree to stay motivated. I hope to have a bathroom update in the next day or two so stay tuned and wish me luck!

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I Found My Soul Mate, and it’s a Chair.

Dark and Modern Living Room in an Old House | Deuce Cities Henhouse
Guyses! All the way back in November I got a brand new chair and a brand new rug for under my dining room table. It was all a part of the living room / dining room refresh. I had painted the dining room a almost black color, and had taken the living room a shade darker and bit bluer – nothing major.

As part of the refresh I wanted to actually buy a permanent piece of furniture for the space. By permanent, I mean that a corner of the living room had been sitting vacant ever since the basement remodel last fall. At one point the space had been filled by a TV sitting atop a small dresser, but as soon as we were able to consume television in the basement that era ended. We’ve been sans-television in the living room ever since. Then a Bertoia arm chair had been filling the space, but was never meant to be a permanent solution – it’s natural home was in our bedroom.

To solve for this tricky corner, I initially had my eyes on a pair of rose colored chairs from Target and I even ordered a set ON THE INTERNET. But they had to be backordered, and in the ensuing purgatory I became impatient and decided to purchase an amazing blush velvet swivel chair from West Elm. Be. Still. My. Heart.

Talk about an intervention from a holier realm. I feel as though the big G himself put that Target chair on backorder just so that I could fall in love with this swiveling stunner instead. This chair. If I could marry a chair, this would be the chair. My love is eternal and unwavering.

It’s perfectly petit for my tiny living room, so comfortable, unbelievably soft (you kinda just want to pet it), and it has pleats, PLEATS! I would love to have another one. In fact, I begged Jeff. He said if I drafted a contract saying I would never purchase another chair EVER AGAIN I could have two of these. I am seriously considering his generous offer.

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Also, I got a rug. I had tried a rug that was supposed to be a light pink, but once I got it home it appeared to be almost lavender and I couldn’t deal. I was a little concerned that maybe a rug wasn’t the the thing the room needed, and I was a bit hesitant about sending tons of money on expensive rug returns. Then I found this simple soft rug (also from WE). It has small stripes of dark blue and teal nestled in between rows of white. It does a nice job referencing the blue in the living room while also reflecting the light from the bay window in the dining room. I didn’t want anything too graphic since the living room rug is already intrusively grabbing your attention with an intense gray (used to be white) and black chevron-y pattern.

The last step of this refresh would be to recover the dining chairs with a light neutral linen, but for now I’m kind of into the sheepskins I throw on top of the seats to cover the stains (shh, it’s a secret). The other chair in the living room (not pictured but you can see it here) was looking worse for wear and a dude friend suggested that maybe I try a magic eraser to eliminate dirt spots on the arm rest caused by greasy hands — I was hesitant, but it totally worked. God bless the magic eraser.

Dark and Modern Living Room in an Old House | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Dark and Modern Living Room in an Old House | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Dark and Modern Living Room in an Old House | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Dark and Modern Living Room in an Old House | Deuce Cities Henhouse
Can I just say that I’ve never loved these spaces together more than I do right now.

P.S. Don’t you love the way my kids stacked those cool metal orb objects like snowmen and I didn’t notice it ’till after I took all the pics. Oh well.

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Stuff that happened in 2016


Hey Guys, I hope you all had a safe and happy start to the New Year! It has felt v incredible to have time away from the computer and projects over the last few weeks. We all need to reset from time-to-time, and for us there is no better way then to take a good hunk of time over the holidays to do so.

Not to get too into feeling sharing, but I’m pretty stoked for this new year, last year was a dud in a lot of ways for a lot of reasons, and in hind-sight (and for my mental health), I’m choosing to focus on the alright stuff that happened last year. I just can’t let myself feel like it was all horrible. In the new year I am trying to have hope, and make positive changes for 2017, it’s all we can do, right?!

I have tons I want to do in my house life, and I’m excited to hit the ground running. Looking back, there has been a lot that has happened here in our little slice of Minneapolis. As you should all know by this point, I love working on this house and this blog, and I will always find something that needs to be adjusted or fixed. Being a homeowner has been thoroughly enjoying, and I hope you guys are enjoying the ride too. Writing and sharing about my house and having you guys interact with the blog has been such a bonus, when I started I never expected that would actually happen. I am so appreciative that you cool people have taken the time out of your days to check in, leave a comment, and see what I’m up to – I really like what we’ve got going on over here. I know personally, that I take so much from other blogs, no matter if they’re posting multiple times a week, or once a month, I hope I can do the same for all of you. As it is, I am just one lady. I have no team or studio working behind me, I don’t have a handy-husband or partner to help with big projects (although he rules at paying for them), it’s just me. I do this stuff because I love it, and it makes me feel complete — sounds so lame, I know, but so true!. I love handy projects, taking photographs, editing on my ‘puter, writing posts, and updating and coding my site. I just have to squeeze it all in between kid carting and the day-to-day. I hope you guys are enjoying reading, as much as I am putting it out there. My goal for the next year is to push myself to have more time to work on house projects and write about them for the blog, it’s still my favorite thing to do and I’d really like it to get to a point where it could be some sort of a part-time-career after the kids are both in school full time. That’s just dream stuff though, who knows if it could really happen, just blogging for fun is good enough too :)

Okay, so here’s the major 2016 run-down. Above is a pic of the basement finally finished. The basement remodel began in June of 2015 and I finally got to call it finished at the beginning of 2016.


The porch got a refresh which we very much enjoyed all summer long.


After six long years of dealing with cracked and crumbling stairs and a sinking front walk, we got a new stoop. It’s changed everything.


I added landscape lighting to the backyard which was one of the most cost-effective makeovers we’ve ever done. I’m looking forward to doing the same to the front landscaping this coming spring.


And we couldn’t get a new step without replacing the old aluminum front porch door. I found the perfect replacement at a salvage shop and replaced the door this summer.


I sprinkled in a DIY here and there including a lot of stuff having to do with copper, hanging planters, and brass light fixtures.


I spent a good part of the summer in the garden. Do It Yourself Magazine came to photograph for a feature that will be coming out at the end of this month and I can’t wait to share it with you. A good chunk of the summer was spent getting the house ready for their week-long visit.


Lighting struck and I was able to finally put a cohesive look together in the entry way. I’m still waiting to find the perfect rug and I would like to sew a bench cushion, but for now it’s great.


I transformed the sunroom into an in-home-office this fall and I’m excited to get back to working in there once I finish up the basement bathroom.


Because I always must-be-tweaking, I changed the paint color in the dining room from medium gray to nearly black and took the living room color a shade bluer and darker.


Lastly and firstly, this basement bathroom is top on my list. Floor tiles arrive tomorrow and then it’s on. Can’t wait till I get to check this one off the list in 2017.

I’m gonna say it again, but it’s just cause it means so much to me: Thanks for Reading!

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Winter House

Minneapolis Home Decorated for Winter | Deuce Cities Henhouse
Guys. As it always seems to happen, it’s mid-December and the boys and I have come down with somer sort of nasty cold where all you can do all day is lay in bed, and no one is around to take out the garbage out for you or bring you Ludens. It was bound to happen, and if it had to happen, I’m glad that it’s happening this week and not over our Christmas break.

I’m a little late on sharing the wintery exterior of my house this year. I braved the freezing temps and went outside to snap some pics so you guys would all know that I’m still here, and not stop reading my blog. My hair froze, so you’re welcome. Don’t worry, I’m back in bed now.

Anywho, I think my delay in filling the boxes this year had a lot to do with the warm November (aka ‘Global Warming’, ever heard of it?), it just never felt right to deck out the boxes when it was still 50º outside. The kids and I didn’t get around to actually trimming out the window boxes until right before Thanksgiving – I like to usually have them in by mid-Novemenber.

I am boring, and everything about the boxes is basically the same formula I always use. I am v much stuck in my ways. I like green and white and that’s all I need to make me happy. For these boxes I used a combination of spruce tips, cedar boughs, oregonia, cotton stems, pinecones, birch branches, and a few white faux berries that I’ve slowly acquired over the years.

The one new addition this year was floral foam blocks. This is the same stuff you might find in fancy bouquets that you get from not the grocery store. In the past I would assemble the boxes before our first hard freeze and then as it got colder out the branches would freeze into place. This all made sense in theory, but as soon as a strong wind or a spring thaw came through, my window box filling would be all over the ground. Sad. I’m sure my neighbors would laugh when they would see me out in my slippers trying to put my window boxes back together. This year I spent $36 to buy floral foam to fill my boxes. A single case of this foam will last me at least two seasons, so I didn’t see it as a bad investment. The best thing is, it does what it’s supposed to do and keeps the branches right where I want them — not one stem of a branch is out of place. You can’t laugh at me now neighbors, at least not for my wearing my morning attire to frantically push sticks into dirt! If only I had known to wise up a few years ago. This years obvious (not to me) tip, use floral foam in your window boxes and save yourself embarrassment.

Send soup.

Minneapolis Home Decorated for Winter | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Minneapolis Home Decorated for Winter | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Minneapolis Home Decorated for Winter | Deuce Cities Henhouse

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