June 23, 2016

File this under crazy things that totally work. It is the hearty sweetness of a perfect buttercream with something cool and foodie like chocolate and avocado.

Not only can you try this, you want to try this. Top it off with a blackberry too.

Makes about 2 cups

1 cup avocado
1 cup butter, softened
1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon salt

Beat butter in an electric mixer for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add avocado and beat for 1 minute. Slowly incorporate powdered sugar. Mix in milk and salt until incorporated.

  • 1 cup avocado
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 and ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Beat butter in an electric mixer for 2 minutes at medium speed.
  2. Add avocado and beat for 1 minute.
  3. Slowly incorporate powdered sugar. Mix in milk and salt until incorporated.



June 21, 2016

We are beginning the second (or is it third?) and final leg of wood floors and then we will be done. Like, totally done. With all the wood floors, in the whole house.

Entering this session we have a lot of momentum and whereas completing the first room took almost a full month, we can now breeze through even larger rooms in as little as a week. Knowing what to expect and how to do those things changes the feel of the entire endeavor. I dare say its a little fun. Speaking of, I had way to much fun making a floorpan of my house.

Second Level with LabelsThe order of rooms to lay floors in the first level was pretty intuitive, but there were still several variables to be considered, like what direction the boards will run and where transitions will be needed (or avoided). Our goal for the second floor, as always, is no transitions! The clean unbroken look for floors rolling from room to room is just too pretty. Maybe everyone does not appreciate it as much as I do, but it definitely makes a house feel larger and more smooth.

With these in mind, we made our plan for how to navigate the second level. The clear best place to start was in the master bedroom. It is the largest room and on the front wall of the house, so the nicest place to set the anchor row. (That super straight line of boards you install first, with both glue and nail to keep the whole floor very straight.)

Wood Floor Order

Then, we would work downward toward the landing. Since our daughter’s room’s door faces a way that we could pause there with a flat edge of a board, we would move into the guest room next. With the direction of the guest room door, there would be “fingers,” so it would be tidier to complete it sooner and not have a partially ripped up carpet. Our daughter’s room could stay carpeted until we were ready for it.

After that, we would move into our daughter’s room, but then the tricky question of how to tackle our son’s room remained. With where we would be positioned, we would need to lay his entire room in the reverse direction, using a hand nailer instead of the floor nailer. That was not going to happen. It is slower and creates nail holes in the surface of the boards.

I thought that meant we would have to resign to have a transition for his room. Then we would just start at the top and work down to the doorway. A little bummed, but seeing no other way, we checked with our friend Jon the Professional to see if 1) he would use the same order in our floor plan and 2) if he saw any way to avoid the transition.

Excellent news! Jon told us there was indeed a method to avoid the transition that used something called a “spline.” The full directions on how to use that are here. Our game plan is made and we are ready to break ground in the third and last installment of our wood laying journey.

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Yes to all.


June 20, 2016

Red is by far the most prominent color in most persian or traditional rugs. Which do not get me wrong, so many times helps an otherwise cool or neutral room totally nail it. In fact, red probably will probably only appear in our house if it is in a vintage rug.

What we are aiming for in the living room is something muted to cool down the walls’ dark intensity. Because I need something promptly, I also need something affordable. This means mass produced (and therefore readily available) will be what we are looking for, as much as I would love the time to leisurely shop for expensive vintage rugs. Thankfully, there are some good options around.


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Our old red and black rug monstrosity (used only out of necessity) in our living room is grating on my soul. The rug really is not the worst thing ever, but the red with these blacks walls is all wrong and kind of killing me.

I think our living room pick will come from one of these. There is a favorite in my book, but we will see what David thinks.

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