Detail Mania!

Lots of new stuff has happened in a short period of time, so I’ll just get straight to the photos.

the amazing gingerbread railing Tim made from yet another salvaged treasure from Dad's storage
the amazing gingerbread railing Tim made from more salvaged treasures
my house is starting to feel like a playhouse
my house is starting to feel like a playhouse
I hesistate to show this, because the walls look so terrible with only the first coat of paint. but I really want to show off Bruce's wonderful interpretation of Dad's design.
I hesistate to show this, because the walls look so terrible with only the first coat of paint. But I really want to show off Bruce's wonderful interpretation of Dad's design for my powder bathroom vanity. The top is made of Paulownia wood and the club foot is made of Maple. This will be the home for my skull tiles and rock sink.
the vanity in the master bath courtesy of Tim. He straightened out some huge walnut boards and made this beautiful floating vanity.
This is the vanity in the master bath courtesy of Tim. He straightened out some huge walnut boards and made this beautiful floating vanity.
The bane of Tim's existance -- my breakfast bar. It had high moisture content, it was warped, it was cracked... you name it, this piece of wood had it. But I love it and it's a memory from my friend, James Cooper.
The bane of Tim's existance -- my breakfast bar. It had high moisture content, it was warped, it was cracked... you name it, this piece of wood had it. But I love it and it's a memory from my friend, James Cooper. Tim made it work for me with lots of epoxy and sanding and smashing. All that's left is the finish, and I'll be able to appreciate it for years to come. Also, Joel Stickler started hanging my light fixtures. I've been collecting them for over a year, so it's really neat to see them finally going into place.
The counters went in today! The perimeter along the wall is grey Silestone. It's a quartz that has anti-microbial qualities.
The counters went in today! The perimeter along the wall is grey Silestone. It's a quartz that has anti-microbial qualities.
This is an awful picture of the island. I hope to get a better one soon. It's called Ice Blue Granite, and it has lots of sparkly, frosty specs in it.
This is an awful picture of the island. I must be so tired, I can't see straight enough to focus. Ha! I hope to get a better photo soon. It's called Ice Blue Granite, and it has lots of sparkly, frosty specs in it.
bubble light fixture on the landing
bubble light fixture on the landing
I have an outside light, too!
I have an outside light, too!

Anna's first experience with tile.

I decided I wanted to tile my entry hall to separate one half the house from the other. I thought it might help protect the cherry floors from weather and gravel and such too.  Julia McDonald at Rock and Tile in Charles Town spent many a long afternoon and zillions of emails helping me pick out just the right tile and giving me pointers on the best way to go about this. If you’re interested in tiling, and live in the Tri-State area, I’d advise a visit to Julia. But beware,  she’ll encourage you to live out all your wildest tile dreams…

Next on the list of my helpers is Jen Reineck. I couldn’t have done this project at all without her support and extreme expertise and experience with tiling. She spent 2 long (half) days with me mixing mortar and laying tile. But we got it all done — everything but the pieces that needed to be cut and the grouting. I’ll post another update when it’s completely finished. I’m just so excited, I felt the need to post what we’ve done so far.

All the lines are straight!
All the lines are straight!
When the baseboard goes in and it's grouted, it'll look perfect!
When it's grouted and cleaned up and the baseboard goes in, it'll look perfect!
Pfff. It's practically professional.
Pfff. It's *practically* professional.

When this entry is finished, I’ll only have 2 more tiling projects to go!

Albino crocodile backsplash in my bathroom.
Albino crocodile backsplash in my bathroom.
Spooky tiles imported directly from Van Tiki Island
Spooky tiles imported directly from Van Tiki Island for my temple of doom half-bath.

Tile is fun.

Overdue Update

A lot has happened since the last time I posted! It seems as if things happen so quickly now, that it’s getting harder and harder to keep up with the ol’ blog. That and the fact that I’ve just moved out of my apt, and I’m trying to keep up with my work, and I’m also doing house-related things in every spare minute of free time I have.

Anyway, here are a few updates on some little (big) details that have been coming together.

The kitchen cabinets are in:

Hazlenut flavored Maple
Hazlenut flavored Maple. Thanks to J&D Kitchens in Hagerstown!
Spice rack. Oh yeah.
Spice rack. Oh yeah.

And thanks to Kelly for spending hours with me, picking out the perfect lengths of cabinet pulls:

They won’t go in until the end, so they don’t get accidentally scratched. Thanks for lookin out, Tim!

Tim and Bruce got the mantle in place. It's a remenant from the J. Cooper Gallery. James used it for his checkout counter.
Tim and Bruce got the mantle in place. It's a remnant from the J. Cooper Gallery (now closed) in Shepherdstown. James used this piece of swamp maple for his checkout counter.
Another piece of this maple will be used for my breakfast bar.
Another piece of this maple will be used for my breakfast bar.
After many struggles, Bruce got my hearthstones set perfectly. Thanks for helping me decide, Julia!
After many struggles, Bruce got my PA Bluestone hearthstones set perfectly. Thanks for helping me decide, Julia!
Susie's been working on my window trim forever. This is the large Yellow Brick Bank window at the end of the house.
Susie's been working so hard on my window trim forever. This is the large Yellow Brick Bank window with the lower awning at the end of the house. They figured out a neat way to connect the two windows with the trim.
All the doors are hung, including the old doors from Sara Cree's house that Dad and I spent all winter stripping. The old doors add something special to the house.
All the doors are hung, including the old doors from the now dismantled Sara Cree's house in Shepherdstown. Dad and I spent all winter stripping these things. They really add something special to the house. I think that special thing might be "history".
another Sara Cree door and an old copper-washed hinge
another Sara Cree door and an old copper-washed hinge
My "attic" door. It's going in the hole above the kitchen.
My "attic" door. It's about 41/2-5 feet tall. Really neat. It's going in the hole above the kitchen.
Let's grab my new sweet handrail and head upstairs!
Let's grab my new sweet handrail and head upstairs! Oh, and maybe you've noticed that some of the walls are painted? Keith and Doug finished painting my great room and kitchen. The paint makes such a difference.
The post holding the main ridge beam... all sanded and filled.
Tis is the post holding the main ridge beam... all sanded and filled. So pretty.
My upstairs bath sink/vanity. Hopefully (fingers crossed) I'll have an Eva faucet to go with it!
My upstairs bath sink/vanity. I love this sink. It reminds me of an old wash basin. Hopefully (fingers crossed) I'll have an Eva faucet here in time to go with it!
Eva faucet (photo from Moen)

So that’s it for today’s updates. Stay tuned. Tomorrow(-ish) I’ll show you some tiling that my pal, Jen, and I did!