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Snail Things.

Snail Things.

It’s been a slow month again at the Yellow Cape B&B. We hosted our first overnight house guests – my parents were FINALLY able to make the trip up from Pennsylvania, and they spent a week in what my dad calls his “Cabin in the […]

Random Ramblings.

Random Ramblings.

It’s been a long and snowy 10ish days at the Yellow Cape B&B. We’ve been focused on some random projects around the house to spruce things up a bit.   Jordan added some trim board around a window that had been missing trim. The insulation […]

I Got it from my Momma.

I Got it from my Momma.

I’m a little bit of a prattler. It started when I was old enough to talk; I’d give a full narration of my day – “First I got up, then I put on my polka dot dress” etc.

I’m going to fully blame this trait on genetics. You see, I’m the daughter of two writers. My momma has a background in communications and journalism. My daddy is a full time master of words, albeit in the pharmaceutical industry (what can I say, I came by that honestly too). So when it comes to words in our family, we have no shortage of them. Except maybe my brother. I think the rest of us talked too much for him. Whoops. Sorry, bud.

I digress.

My momma can’t help but narrate a little herself, so today, she’s my guest blogger. In case you don’t also call this lady mom (like most of my friends do), here’s a few things to know. She’s been retired for 30+ years (what can I say, I was too adorable to leave!), but she’s never stopped working. She’s taken care of our family in every capacity every single day of my life, and every day of the almost 35 years that she’s been married to my daddy. My momma has worn almost every hat, from classroom mom, to baseball coach, to chauffeur, to referee, to therapist, to speech-giver, to wedding planner, to world traveler and most importantly, she’s my friend. 

I mentioned how real the struggle has been for me with my parents in PA, and I’m counting the days until they grace my new-New York house with their presence, but for now, gracing my blog will have to suffice. Without further ado, here are Johanna’s thoughts.

 

Theresa,

Originally, I thought it was time for me to leave a reply on this blog. However,  my comments would overfill the designated box, so the fruit doesn’t fall fall from the tree, and the mother of the bride has become the mother of the blogger.

So, if you asked me for years ago what my hopes for Theresa were, I’m not sure they included a serious relationship with a New York resident (hence the need for the Home Away from Home Blog). As Theresa noted, we didn’t even clear the rehearsal dinner before the possibility of this little fixer-upper arose.

This bit of a fixer-upper became more of a reality during a tour in November. I’ve watched a lot of HGTV and try to channel my Property Brothers’ best moment, but I was nervous about the size of the project. We’ve been receiving a lot of FaceTime calls to keep up with the trials,tribulations, and joys of our own Chip and Joanna‘s work.

The bare studs were scary to say the least. You see, gutting the kitchen truly haven’t been contemplated except as a project a few years down their road. Thank God for Jordan‘s uncles and friends. While I can help plan a wedding….drilling and sheet rocking are not my forte. The pizza boxes stapled to the ceiling, I couldn’t even look 🙈

The cabinet hunt included looking online together, and the flooring install – well just thank you Ray. You made those choices so much easier. When those cabinets came in, I wish I was a fly on the wall to see how many people it took to install them. I heard it was three to hold, and one to run like a nut!

You can imagine the inter-state calls when the fridge wouldn’t fit through the doors and sat outside the snow. That was only surpassed by the counter install of two colors and the fact with the Spanish-speaking mom, the only one who can communicate with the crew, was in PA. AY DIOS MIO!

Thank God move in weekend was hectic but successful. I’m afraid my only contribution was a lowly pan of baked ziti. PS, Theresa just so you know husbands will never stop asking “where is???”

I love the lessons that my daughter has learned. Number one-YES!!! Everything in home repair is more complicated and expensive than you can plan for! Number two, I hate to be replaced by Kilz. Number three, we all have told you, you can do hard things. Number 4–and you appreciate it if you did the work for it.

Number 5, yes, patience has skipped over the Theresa the bride and Theresa the homeowner. No. 6–yes I am a consultant, drill sergeant, traffic cop, and organizing queen 😂

As far as the coffee station, we love that it’s called the Jordan model—and you could open a mug supercenter, without batting an eye. With one section designated just to Disney!

I love the finishing touches, especially Jordan working with the template and you catching the construction schmutz in a bowl. I am indeed a proud mama.

As far as island time, I’m glad you shopped around it seems very functional, is very cute, and fits in “perfectly!“

And now, my wish for that lovely house plant, I have hopes that you have not truly inherited my black thumb. I’ve always say that I’ve killed every plant but manage somehow to watch my children grow beautifully.

I wish you and Jordan all the joy in the world as you make the Yellow Cape B&B into a home, keep me on FaceTime speed dial, and enjoy your first year of married life.❤❤❤❤

 

Island Time.

Island Time.

I wish we could say that the kitchen is 100% finished (is anything every truly ‘finished’?!!?), but we recently purchased a kitchen island, which has definitely helped the kitchen feel more put together, so I wanted to share this new addition. When we bought the […]

Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

While we’ve had the cabinets up for a few weeks now, we had other competing priorities, so we never got around to adding the pulls. We decided to tackle this quick fix this weekend, so I am no longer in danger of breaking a nail […]

Coffee, please.

Coffee, please.

Apologies for the radio silence at the Yellow Cape B&B, but we’ve had a busy week and a half that involved a serious case of the man flu for my husband, surgery for my dad, and a trip home to PA to check up on the fam squad.

Mostly due to the man flu, we haven’t made a ton of progress on projects, because Jordan was feeling pretty under the weather, but I was able to throw together this cute coffee station around a cart that my brother gave us for Christmas. I love having a home (besides the counter) for Jordan’s most prized possession – his Ninja coffee bar – and my ever growing tea stash.

The island was a Wayfair purchase – I think someone got a kick out of it being called the “Jordan.” If you know me well, you know that I have a mug addiction, and that I always add a new mug to the collection when I travel, so we have quite a few. This cart is able to hold most of my collection, so that’s really saying something! The wheels are great too, because I can scoot this thing over if needed.

Please don’t mind that adorable hole in the wall where we pulled out a socket that didn’t have power. We’re going to cover that up as I work on turning this wall of our kitchen into a gallery wall.

I also added this awesome rack that I found on Amazon, though when I picked it up a few weeks back, it was only about $30 – score!  I loved adding just a few of my Rae Dunn mugs to the hooks (did I mention the mug obsession?!), and I was able to throw my aprons on there too. Win! The T&J are a long ago Target purchase (shocking!), but I’m really looking forward to adding a few cute and fun pictures and decor items to this wall to make the kitchen feel like mine.

 

 

Six Lessons I’ve Learned in Six Weeks.

Six Lessons I’ve Learned in Six Weeks.

This home purchase was not my first (also, this is the NINTH place I’ve called home!). Five years ago I bought what my momma calls ‘a step down unit’ aka a condo. It was the perfect segue into homeownership – I had a mortgage and […]

The One Where We Finally Live in the House.

The One Where We Finally Live in the House.

Please enjoy the only view of my countertops clean and empty that there ever will be. Please also note that I have chosen a very small section of my house to show you because the rest of it looks like a bomb went off. For […]

A gray area.

A gray area.

We ordered our counters and they templated last week, but they gave us a 7-10 day guesstimate for when the counters would be installed. When we received a call to have the counter fabricators come out the very next day, I was so excited that we’d have counters installed before we moved in. Insert LOL here.

This is the countertop that they tried to leave me with:

 

 

You can clearly see that there is a distinct color variation between the left side and the right side of the counters. We knew that there would be a seam in the countertops, and we went with their suggestion of putting it around the sink because that was the least amount of surface area that would have a visible seam.

We also knew that the counter we picked would have color variations because it is supposed to look like concrete, but we assumed that they would try to make sure that the seam was not noticeable, or at the very least that there would be a range of color variation that was acceptable between the two sides of the counter.

To be quite honest, I wasn’t having it. The installers did a great job with getting the counter in, but the obvious difference in the two shades of gray was frustrating. It’s not like the seam is hidden in the back or a corner – our sink is front and center and the first thing that you’re going to see when you walk in our kitchen. I asked the installers what our options were, and they essentially said that there was nothing they could do. Jordan and I ended up speaking with a manager at the counter fabrication company and our contact at Beckerle – the fabricators agreed to remove the countertops and work to find a closer match for the seam pieces.

We’re currently still waiting for the counters to be re-fabricated and re-installed. Unfortunately moving day has already come and gone, so we’re existing in our new home without a working kitchen. We aren’t able to tie in the plumbing or have a kitchen sink until the counters are in, so it’s a bit of an adventure… and now the stacks of boxes are calling my name!

A whole new world.

A whole new world.

SO MUCH PROGRESS, YOU GUYS! So last week, we had our floors installed, and that really changed the whole look of the house. Here’s a peek of them from the front door. I was literally so excited to walk in, and this is the first […]