This week we’re sharing how a recent weekend getaway to a small cottage turned into a reconnaissance mission for our own vacation rental project. Plus, finding ceiling lights that look good together but aren’t too matchy can be tough. We struggled with it ourselves until we learned to rely on one simple trick for keeping our home’s light fixtures in check – without robbing them of all interest and personality. We’re breaking that down this week, along with what pro decorators say guys should never have in their homes. We also herald a new painting tool that I’m obsessed with… and it turns out Sherry’s really bad at something that most people can do without even trying.
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- Here’s a quick link-y rundown of our Charlottesville weekend trip:
- Breakfasts at and
- Dinners at and
- Visit to (it’s right next to Brazos)
- You may have already seen the picture above of the Airbnb we stayed at , but here are a few other shots that we grabbed with our iPhone (the good camera stayed at home!).
- And here’s the “Love Butt” sculpture at that art park we mentioned. We’re nothing if not classy tourists.
- Here’s the podcast episode (#31) and the blog post where we talk about picking our “pinch” beach house color
- These are that Sherry can’t stop raving about (and stockpiling)
- And here’s our podcast episode (#33) about float tanks & about ’em
- Here’s our original podcast episode (#36) that references Sherry’s lack of bath-taking.
- And if you’re curious, we finally ordered another so both bathrooms can have one. #tinyvictory
- Here’s Elle Decor’s (read that like a southern lady for 5 extra points)
- And if you missed our original chat about the that had us doing a bit of eye-rolling, it’s in Episode #37
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- You can visit our Shop Our House page to see all the lights we have throughout our house (and find out where they’re from). Our most recent house tour videos might also come in handy to see how they look as you walk through the house.
- Here’s a look at the mistake we made in our pre-renovated kitchen. We chose three lights that looked good together on paper, hung ’em up, but slowly realized the two oversized ones were fighting for attention in there (there are a couple of good shots at the end of this post).
- Sherry started to make her lighting mood boards for these show notes and got a little carried away. So we’re going to drop them into a full blog post for you guys asap. Stay tuned! Here’s a preview of one that incorporates a glass globe fixture, like our caller mentioned (it’s a sconce and not a pendant, but you can see how it relates to the other items): / / /
- You can see in the snapshot above how the concave roller ( or ) hugs the curved furniture leg better than a traditional foam roller. And the lack of a plastic end nub (you can’t see it in the convex one, but it’s right under the foam and scrapes if you push too hard) also makes the convex one pretty great.
- Here’s our new favorite book, , for anyone who likes books like or . Bonus points for this one because it involves a renovation.
Psst- Looking for something we’ve dug in a past episode, but don’t remember which show notes to click into? Well, here’s a master list of everything we’ve been digging from all past episodes.
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