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We Bought A House!

In Adventures in New Buildsby Stephanie Aldridge2 Comments

John and I currently reside in Ashburn, Virginia in a beautiful condo that I have owned since before we were married.  One of the things we have on our list of things to do post marriage is to buy a new place to call our own.  When your husband is the handiest guy you know, and you are particular, finding …

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Simple Backyard Crash – 2 Day Overhaul

In Completed Jobsby Stephanie AldridgeLeave a Comment

Last week, Cypress Isle Homes had the opportunity to redo one of our clients backyards.  The client wanted something simple that her dogs and family could enjoy throughout the summer that didn’t break the budget. We were really pleased with the results, and so was the client! Looking to recreate this look yourself?  Here are some items used in this …

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Bathroom Makeover Inspiration

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Last night while I was browsing the internet I stumbled across the link for HGTV’s 20 Small Bathroom Makeovers.  It was exactly what I needed to inspire me, since I’ve been in an inspiration rut recently. One of the things I really enjoyed about this slide show, was that the layouts of the bathroom were similar to what you would …

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Types of Flooring: 101

In Tips and Tricksby Stephanie AldridgeLeave a Comment

This week’s Friday 101 is slightly delayed, showing up on a Saturday, but I think it’s well worth it because it comes to you in the form of a beautiful infographic that you can go ahead and download and save for yourself if you would like.  

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Top 5 Deals Under $20 For Home Improvement

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John and I are always on the lookout for deals, and I figured I would share our most used, favorite five buys under $20!  I’m not even using affiliate links for Amazon, so you know these are the real deal! Extreme Post It Notes These things are the best!  Water, ice, whatever you throw at it, they will stick!  No …

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Types of Tile: 101

In Tips and Tricksby John AldridgeLeave a Comment

Man Made Tiles Ceramic or Porcelain Ceramics are generally made by taking mixtures of clay, earthen elements, powders, and water and shaping them into desired forms. Once the ceramic has been shaped, it is fired in a high temperature oven known as a kiln. Often, ceramics are covered in decorative, waterproof, paint-like substances known as glazes. The prices range from …

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What You Need To Know About Working With Marble

In Tips and Tricksby Stephanie Aldridge1 Comment

Marble is a gorgeous and timeless tile choice that will give your house a classic look.  It comes in a variety of colors and grains, and can be used on counter tops, floors, black-splashes, or as an accent piece. Some quick facts that show why marble is one of the leading tile choices: Marble has a natural translucence that allows …

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DiY Laundry Room Make Over

In DiY Projectsby Stephanie AldridgeLeave a Comment

One of the things about living with John is there are always projects going on around the house.  They are always in a state of half-completed, and we move on to the next one.  Case in point, in early December, I came home and John had ripped out the wire shelves in our laundry room.  He quickly built me an …