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Who and What We’re Following on Instagram

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We’ve always been attentive to the lovely details in our local lunch spot, or in the ephemery of sunlight on a building — but lately, more and more of us are framing these moments beautifully to share on Instagram. I love it! Isn’t it amazing how far we’ve come with cameras!? Can you even recall the deliberation required when we were limited to 24 snaps per roll on the incredible disposable camera you could pick up at a gas station? Imagine – no preview screen! We’ve come along way to now, where I can auto-backup all of my cellphone snaps so that when I pull up my Google+ account, there are all 29 of the weirdies I snapped while trying to perfectly capture the magic of my bright pink poncho.   Besides creating and sharing my own images, I am recently obsessed with meandering through the design community’s fun hashtag collections! The images I find at…

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I was really set on a pool blue for pocket door at Bennett kitchen but then I saw my coffee cup sitting on the counter

From our Phones

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We just text and email back and forth in photos to talk out ideas and products and rooms and what we’re doing with our day in the way of home decor. It looks something like this lately. Happy Thursday y’all. Follow Sarah on Instagram here, and Betsy on Instagram here.

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Grout Cottage: A relic

Grout Cottage: A relic

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During heavy construction, the crew found this August 1910 edition of the New York World. The World was published from 1860 to 1931. So the house was built in 1895, the paper is dated 1910, let’s do the math. This newspaper has lived in the NC dirt underneath a house for 103 years. How was it not reduced to dust a long time ago.

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Grout Cottage Status Update

Grout Cottage Status Update

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New outside stairwell will be completed today at Grout Cottage. Finally the dilapidated stairs, the little outhouse thing and shabby arbor are no more. Work was suspended for most of last week because of the holiday. But I’m happy to report that the upstairs apartment has been primed and is ready for the trim out.

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Turning 5

Turning 5

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My oldest daughter DC has turned five! This is DC and her Daddy celebrating the occasion at the Marbles Kids Museum. I guess you can tell who she looks like! (right Danielle?) We opted out of the big party this year and decided to go on a “date” with Mom & Dad, just us three and sister Laney (18 mos.) stayed at home. It was good in theory but I don’t think DC is quite getting the concept. There have been a lot of mumblings about parties and can my cousin come…Although we are having cake and gifts with grandparents tonight I’m not sure I’d go this route again with a five year old but personalities are different. The first kids birthday party we were invited to was for a two year old and they had a pony! Do you have big organized parties for kids 5 and under?

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Grout Cottage: A-frame complete

Grout Cottage: A-frame complete

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The Grout Cottage has some new lines on all four sides. All of the gable ends are now a-frame. This is the back exterior of the house now. I know it still looks rough. They all look rough for a while and I have to remind myself to remain patient. That horrible upstairs porch will be ripped off next week and I can’t wait.

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Grout Cottage: Layers

Grout Cottage: Layers

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After some delay, the crew is back at the Grout Cottage today. Scaffolding in full effect, they are working on changing the last gable end on the front of the house. Lots of people are stopping to look and people are slowing down as they drive by but the best is yet to come—the transformation and painting of the exterior. Turns out that the old girl had six layers of shingles on with a layer of metal over it and it still leaked. I’ve seen two or three maybe but never six. Renovation is all about peeling back the layers to uncover something beautiful.

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Grout Cottage: Dog ears

Grout Cottage: Dog ears

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High drama at Grout Cottage project this morning. Climbing high to remove those dog-eared gables or ridge line (not sure) and replace them with them with an A-frame. This will make a big change in the way that the exterior of the house looks.

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