Living Room

My Pet Clock

by Josh on April 27, 2012 · 7 comments

in Journal,Living Room

Before I go on and on about the antique clock I bought recently, I’m going point out the elephant in my living room: an antique mechanical wall clock is truly, hopelessly obsolete. It requires regular winding and care. It keeps woefully inaccurate time compared to even the cheapest modern quartz watch. It is only usable [...]

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Snow Day Sights

by Josh on December 10, 2010 · 1 comment

in Fireplace,Journal

Snow has come to Minneapolis and more is on the way. The squirrels are making follow-the-leader tracks through the windowbox. The lawn chairs are much more cushiony. And the hearth offers a warm welcome back inside.

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Roll Your Own Bundle

by Josh on October 27, 2010 · 10 comments

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If you’ve ever dreamed of ditching your cable, dish, or phone company, the latest episode of The Handyguys Podcast offers a great primer on how to save money and keep great service by cutting the cable. Like my fellow DIY Blog Squad-ers, the Handyguys, I’ve also found that my best value in home media and [...]

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Like a kind of housewarming present, the previous owners left us a few pieces of furniture when we moved in six years ago.  The most notable of these is a custom entertainment center bookshelf that the previous owner built himself.  It isn’t the prettiest thing in the house but it is very functional and I [...]

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Welcome to Bungalow ’23, stop five on the Bungalow Blog Tour! When my wife, Ms. Bungalow, and I bought our house in October of 2004, we weren’t necessarily looking for a bungalow or an Arts &  Crafts home.  We just wanted a place near the south Minneapolis neighborhood where Ms. Bungalow grew up that would [...]

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From my history resarch, I know that there was a fire in my house a few years after it was built.  One fire is plenty for any house, so I have been making improvements recently to make sure fire safety here is up to snuff. Along with the new firelogs I have been trying, I [...]

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Every year when the weather turns cold I order a load of cord wood to burn in living room fireplace. But I have been slow to fill my firewood rack this year, so I decided to try some of the engineered logs widely available in hardware stores, grocery stores and home improvement centers.  I found [...]

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Another Fan of Peel Away

by Josh on March 15, 2009 · 2 comments

in Fireplace,Journal

Jenni at Thirteen Eleven just named Peel Away paint stripper as her new BFF.  I know where she’s coming from.  I also had a fantastic experience using Peel Away to remove paint from my brick fireplace. There are several formulations of Peel Away for different applications.  If you decide to give it a try–which I [...]

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These Halls Are Decked

by Josh on December 15, 2007 · 5 comments

in Fireplace,Ideas

Some friends of ours string garland around the trim in their bungalow and I decided to give it a try at our place this year. I think it turned out pretty well.

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Fall Project Roundup

by Josh on September 29, 2007 · 3 comments

in Fireplace,garden,Gardens,Ideas

Fall is a great time to work on house projects. The weather is more comfortable than in the peak of the summer and the imminent arrival of winter can help keep your motivation high. Whether you are planning to hibernate from home improvement this winter or you just want to cross a few things off [...]

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