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Finally! My New (old) Front Door

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I’m pretty stoked about this new (old) front door situation, guys! Where do I begin? Our old front door was one of those gross aluminum storm windows that people of the 80’s liked to replace old beautiful wood storm and screen doors with. Our aluminum storm door was not only super ugly but it was also installed in a v. uncool crooked sort of a way, and there was nothing that could be done to fix it, except replace it. Replacing the front door has always been high on my to-do list, but never made much sense to pursue not knowing exactly how the front steps would play out.

Of course, now that the steps are in, the old storm door is gone and has been replaced with this old wood and glass beauty I picked up a few weeks back at the salvage shop. I had to sift through hundreds of doors looking for the right one. I had envisioned a 2 x 4 paned window, and couldn’t find it, no matter how hard I looked. I happily settled on this simple wood door with clean lines and good bones. There weren’t too many dings and scratches, and the size was nearly perfect for my crooked entry way.

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I’m sure that our front porch was originally open air and wasn’t intended to be screened in. There are three ornate romanesque columns that are now on the inner side of the screens – a hybrid of victorian and four square, which always kinda cracks me up. Anywho, I’m sure it the intention was to show those ornate babies off! I believe the porch has been screened in twice, I can see imprints of where framing would have been for screens and windows. Now the latest version called “storm windows everywhere”, has probably been around for 30 years or so. I’m happy the porch is screened in, and I’m not sure if we would use it the same way if it wasn’t – I can totally see doing it in a much prettier way when we run out of things to do and have tons of money.

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The framing of the porch door has always been off, and to fix it would mean tearing quite a bit of the front porch off. Just think, kinda square peg in a wonky hole. I wasn’t really up for all that, I just wanted a door that looked good, my motto — “fake it ’till ya make it”. I watched this recent vid from Ask This Old House on repeat for awhile, until I got the hang of what I was going to do. I chopped down some boards with the circular saw to fill in a 4 inch gap at the top of the door frame. Then, I used the compass to scribe in the top of the door frame where there was a very large and noticeable gap – this has been one of my favorite tools, it was a life saver when I replace the basement steps. The hand planer was essentsch, I used it to even out and discrepancies in the door, and before I knew it that door was looking like it belonged with this house.

Minneapolis Stoop | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Minneapolis Stoop | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Minneapolis Stoop | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Minneapolis Stoop | Deuce Cities Henhouse
I’d still love to top it off with some new house numbers, but for now I just stripped down the old black mail box to find a bunch of brassiness and replaced the doorbell. Can we all just agree it has come a long, long way. I’m seriously super insanely happy that it doesn’t look like the house that we moved into. I had no idea how we were going to fix that ugliness when we moved in, but it’s happened! I’m so happy about it.

Minneapolis Stoop | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Minneapolis Stoop | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Minneapolis Stoop | Deuce Cities Henhouse

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Growing New Fiddle Leaf Figs

Propagating New Fiddle Leaf FigsPropagating New Fiddle Leaf Figs
Bros, I just wanted to pop in and give a quick update on my three (god damn right) Fiddle Leaf Fig trees. They are all insanely large at this point. I’ve trimmed each of them back at least once, if not twice. Trimming back the trees gives my porch ceiling a little breathing room (ya know?), and if you trim your plant back right after a leafing out point, often times you’ll end up with multiple new branches.

Last summer I trimmed back my OG Ikea tree in a hope to encourage new branching (which it did). I took the cutting and plopped it in a jar full of water. It was the start of the fall, and I wasn’t expecting much growth (if any) because this is the beginning of the trees typical dormant period. I watered that pathetic little leaf for months and months, with no sign of anything. I had basically given into the fact that it would never ever root, ever. Then on the verge of calling it a day, like magic, I checked for growth to find an insane root ball! So awesome! It’s even grown a new leaf – how cute. I’ve now potted it, and am babying my new baby.

Feel free to share your Fiddle Leaf Fig experiences in the comments below. There seems to be a big learning curve regarding this finicky tree and we can all learn a bit from each other. Lots of comments and insight were left the last time I posted about the tree and the first, but I am curious of others experiences with tree trimming and propagation. I’ll start, should I prune this tree pictured below, or should I hold out hope that it will be all sorts of wonderfuld and bend towards the light? Lay it on me!

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Coming Home to a New Rug

Still Love it! My Scandinavian(ish) bedroom || Deuce Cities Henhouse
Hey Guys. Sorry for the radio silence. I didn’t intend to be gone so long. The kids are on summer vacay, and now that everyone is kinda old, summertime has been really fun! The boys’ friend Elsa is staying with us during the weekdays — we’ve been spending mornings at the beach for swimming lessons, and evenings at the park for little league. I’m trying out that free range parenting thing, the kids are so grown up, its really been pretty wonderful to see them find pride in responsibility. The fam and I were on vacation last week, we rented a big cabin near Longville, MN with our best budz. The kids out numbered the parents 7 to 6, but we all survived. A few days before we left on vacation I unfortunately experienced a sudden lost of an old friend who had a big impact on the person I have become. It’s been hard to say goodbye, and as you can imagine, blogging just didn’t feel right in the midst of it all.

Anyway, the reason for this blog is to share a little about me, and this house, so lets get down to business. Our master bedroom has been rug-less for nearly a summer. We spent every last dime (and then some) on the basement remodel last year, and didn’t have the cash to splurge on things like rugs. Our basement was basically holding a card board sign begging for a spare rug, so our bedroom donated a black and white moroccan style rug to its cause. It was very selfless of our bedroom, I know.

Fast forward a year later and my feet were cold, and it was becoming obvious that we needed a new rug in the bedroom. I’d been on the hunt for awhile and then I spied this beauty at Rug Studio, and snatched it up. I love it in the space — it adds the right amount of blue without going overboard on color. I had considered doing a shag moroccan or something a bit more neutral, but simple and modern with a touch of color felt like a better fit. I can’t tell you how much I missed having a rug in our bedroom, there’s something about softness underfoot before and after you wake that just feels right.

I ordered the rug on a Sunday and it was delivered on the Friday night before we left for vacation. We quickly unrolled it and tucked it under the bed and credenza (aka secret tv hiding spot). Then I basically forgot about it until we got home. I always try and leave the house as clean as I can before we leave for a vacation, there’s nothing like coming home to a tidy space after spending time away. It’s not like Martha Stewart clean or anything, packing a family for vacay and a clean house are kind of like oxymoron’s. All I’m saying is that I’m very conscious of doing a quick tidy right before hopping in the car. So you can imagine that having a brand new rug to come home to on top of a tidy-ish space felt pretty damn incredible.

So there it is, a rug! It’s been a good excuse to take photos of an interior space in our home and get amped about blogging. I actually have a page full of potential posts that I’d like to share with you, it’s just a matter of following through. Also, summer is busy, but ours (mine) is extra busy this year because our home is going to be photographed in a few weeks (like a whole grip load of people are coming to my house for a week) to be featured in a big time magazine. I’m kind of freaking out about it, there’s so much to get done! Anyways, believe me when I say I have good intentions when it comes to blogging, sometimes things are just so crazy. I hope to birth another post or two out into the world later this week. See you guys around!

Still Love it! My Scandinavian(ish) bedroom || Deuce Cities Henhouse

Still Love it! My Scandinavian(ish) bedroom || Deuce Cities Henhouse

Still Love it! My Scandinavian(ish) bedroom || Deuce Cities Henhouse

Still Love it! My Scandinavian(ish) bedroom || Deuce Cities Henhouse

Still Love it! My Scandinavian(ish) bedroom || Deuce Cities Henhouse

Still Love it! My Scandinavian(ish) bedroom || Deuce Cities Henhouse

Still Love it! My Scandinavian(ish) bedroom || Deuce Cities Henhouse

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My May Garden

Ruby Tears Crab Apple


I know I’m a little late on the May Garden post, but I promise, I took these photos right at the end of the month. It actually works out really nicely that this post got pushed back because it lands on my favorite gardener’s birthday, my Ma (aka SugarMommaD)! She has instilled in me the love of gardening and nurturing schtuff, and she’s so fortunate to be able to celebrate her birthday during the most perfect and beautiful time of the gardening season. Love ya, mom!

The above and below pics are of our other Ruby Tears crabapple tree (aka Gus’ Tree), it flowered the second week of May, but I had to include it because it makes the backyard look super amazing.

Also, I’m having trouble with ‘Apple Scab’ on my other Spring Snow crab apple in our front yard, I guess this is common to happen after the tree flowers, and this year it was so prolific. I am treating it with a topical spray for now, and am having an arborist come to give me a consultation tomorrow — I am scared for it.

 

Veggie Gardens

 

Radish


The veggie garden has been good this year, for the most part I like the irrigation set up. It has sprung a leak once or twice, but it’s really easy to repair. I would prefer it not to spring any leaks, though. Our timer is also kind of junky, one of the timers gets stuck, leaving the water running forever. Eventually I will be investing in a digital timer so that we can set it to water when we go on vacations n’ stuff.

The actual veggies are doing great, peas, radishes, carrots, potatoes and greens are thriving. Unfortch, my green beans sprouts have been obliterated by slugs, (eew). I read on the internet, that if I put beer in a pie tin the slugs would want to go drown in it, and it totally worked. There have been no signs of them since. I took a risk and planted my cuc seeds a week or two early, and when we hit a cold snap I botched the germination process, so I am a bit behind the eight ball on that front. All and all, it’s been fun, and the kids like it too.

 

Bearded Iris


My grandma gifted me a bunch of bearded iris from her garden after we moved in years ago, the plants are insanely large, and I need to split and edit them this fall. This purple and white one is my favorite.

 

Sunny Side Garden


The peonies and iris are nearly done blooming, soon there will be boatloads of pink phlox, purple clematis and salvia, and yellow day lilies.

 

Caradonna Salvia

 

Peony

 

Lamium | Fern | Hosta


I love this grouping of plants.

 

Hosta | Maiden Hair

 

Ghost Fern

 

Lupine

 

Southern Comfort Heuchera


Heucheras rules! There are so many varieties, colors and sizes, and the flowers are so dainty and GD sweet.

 

Partial Shade Garden

 

Husker Red Penstemon

 

Window Boxes

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DIY Light Fixture : Brass Sconce

Instructions and Parts list for a DIY Brass wall sconce | Deuce Cities Henhouse
Dudez, ever since I made my first swing arm lamp last year I’ve been kind of obsessed with making my own lighting. I have now made three pieces for my home, and a few for some friends. Over the next couple-a-weeks, I wanted to share with you guys the light fixtures, including a parts list and some brief instructions. I have to say this because “DUR”, but electrify at your own risk, bros. If you don’t know lighting basics – STOP – don’t do this. Please, only use a licensed electrician. I’ve spent a lot of time getting myself familiar with the ins and outs of basic electrical, here are some resources that I referenced from the old innerwebz (I, II, III).

Anywho, let me show off this babe of a double brass sconces that I made for my living room. Psst, I made two of them to go on each side of the living room’s large entry way (!!!) My old sconce lights were dumb, they were the only ones at the store that I could find with an actual switch, which left me with no choice but to buy them and stick them on my walls. See, my house is not fancy and I can not just flip a wall switch to see things at night, I have to actually turn a switch on the sconce. The parts list below includes said switch, if you’re fancy and have a wall switch then you can skip purchasing those parts.

This baby cost me a whopping $45 bucks in supplies from grandbrass.com, pretty tryll wouldn’t you say? I’ll be sharing the other fixtures in the coming weeks, so stop by and see me every once in a while, k?

Instructions and Parts list for a DIY Brass wall sconce | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Please if you’re not familiar with electrical wiring contact an electrician

  • Disassemble the socket and attach the wires
  • Reassemble the socket with the wires feeding out the end
  • Slide 1 threaded nipple down the wire and attach to the top of the socket
  • Slide the brass socket cup down the wire
  • Slide 1 straight coupling down the wire — Thread one end of the coupling into the nipple now attached to the socket (sandwiching the cup)
  • Carefully slide the 90 degree elbow onto the wire
  • Thread the elbow onto the other end of the straight coupling

(repeat these steps for the the other arm)

  • Slide the wire from one elbow through the armback ‘T’ and thread the elbow onto the ‘T’
  • Repeat step 7 for the other elbow
  • Slide a nipple through all 4 wires, thread the nipple onto the ‘T’
  • Send the wires through the center hole on the canopy, slide on the grounding wire and attach to the nipple with a washer and hex nut
  • Connect the wires from the sconce to the wires in the wall box. Again, if you’re not sure how to do this, contact an electrician
  • Use the mounting bracket and acorn nuts to attach the fixture to the wall
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