• 30May

    When I first started packing, I was determined to do it right. I read a lot of websites about how to do it properly, and I made lists. Because I’ve been addicted to lists since childhood.

    When I started, I cleaned EVERYTHING. I was even using Qtips to get every last speck out of electrical gadgets. By the last few days before moving, I was down to madly throwing things into boxes and hoping for the best. I’m good at lists and doing the research, but somehow it just didn’t translate to the results I’d wanted. Read the rest of this entry »

  • 28May

    Since the wife (previous owners) was an interior designer, the rooms are all freshly painted and in very tasteful, pleasing colors. Not crazy bright colors, but very pleasant.

    I basically got over “bold colors” at the last house, when I painted the living room “Iced Tea.” I saw the iced tea color on one of the design shows. It looked bright and cheerful at first. But over time, it began to read orange. Live and learn.

    Here, all of the rooms are calm. The living room in particular is the EXACT shade of a sage-ish green I would have chosen myself. The master bedroom is a nice darker beige, or light brown. It has a tad of olive green in it, which I only see in the afternoon when the sun is bright. The other main rooms, the kitchen, dining and bath: a lovely shade of light blue.

    I’ll eventually get tired of the colors and paint, but perhaps in three years or something like that. I thought I would tire of the corn husk green I painted my old kitchen, but I never did. I still love that color, and eventually I’ll paint the kitchen corn husk green again. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • 25May

    JuliLawrence.com 3.0. Another redesign because I’m trying to redo all sites under my care to make them mobile friendly. I’m also adding some categories, because yes, I have NEW PROJECTS. I moved and have a new house! That stuff will be under the category UnMartha, because I’m the anti Martha Stewart. Domesticity just doesn’t come naturally to me. I’m also back to gardening, and guess what: it’s a blank slate, people!

    Why not Facebook? Because I don’t like cluttering up my friends’ pages with a lot of stuff. I prefer to post most things here, so viewing is voluntary. I’m all about choice, not force!

    I’ll be setting gardening and house things to appear on the front page. No time for that kind of detail. If you’re here for the organic gardening info (as most of my visitors are), then just click here to go straight to it. Ciao!

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  • 23May

    Okay, I’m trying to show restraint and be cool-headed here, but I don’t think I can.

    I’ve MOVED! And it’s my Barbie Dreamhouse!

    I’ve been here a week now and it feels like home. I can’t even begin to tell you how peaceful it is here. So quiet, with beautiful views from every window.

    We had been looking for a new house for a year, and it took that long to find the right one. I found a number of them that I liked, fell in love more than once, but there was always an issue. Wet basement, plans for highway construction nearby, low ground that was ripe for water problems, and so on. My uncle kept looking under the hood and would find something that made each house I liked a “no.” That was hard, especially when I found a house that was a gorgeous three-bedroom, surrounded by decks, nearly an acre of land. (In an area where property values are sadly declining rapidly. It’s still a beautiful area.) Read the rest of this entry »

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