Here’s another project that got a bit bigger than I was expecting. I have a lovely “Josephine” clematis that I want to plant between the backyard gate and the house as a replacement for grapevine that has been growing there. This is an unusual spot where a small deck is built over the top of [...]
When you think of the personal health impacts of home improvement, what comes to mind? Lead paint? Asbestos? Tool injury? Mold? Well, consider this from You: The Owners Manual (HarperResource, 2005) by Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Oprah’s pet doctor, Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.: Illness comes mainly from events that constantly stress you–even if they’re [...]
I understand the motivation behind rottenneighbor.com, the new site that mashes up google maps with user-provided complaints about their bad neighbors. What I don’t understand is why people actually think this is a good idea.
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The local PBS station showed a program last night as part of their current pledge drive featuring author and architect Sarah Susanka and her ideas about “The Not So Big House.” From reading other houseblogs and skimming the liner notes of her books on store shelves, I knew that she might be someone I’d enjoy [...]
Ah, summer vacation! A time to relax on the beach, sip cool drinks… and check out some great arts & crafts homes. And where would be better to partake of these summer delights than Grand Rapids, Michigan? Pasadena, you say? Hmmmm… well, yes. Touche, Dear Reader– but the west Michigan city of Grand Rapids is [...]
Everyone here is fine following the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. It took us until about 7:00 last night to learn what had happened, roughly an hour after the bridge fell into the river carrying rush-hour traffic with it. By now surely anyone reading this page has [...]
We found this cute little footed dish at an antique shop in Rochester. It was part of the china collection for the Hotel Radisson in downtown Minneapolis. Ms. Bungalow’s grandma worked at the Radisson for many years, and in a family without a lot of heirlooms, this is about as close as we will get [...]
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After the great time Truck and I had picking up mulch, I could hardly wait to hook up for another outing. This time, I thought we could pack up a few things from my place and go for a drive. I’ve been collecting debris from my nursery project for over a year just waiting for [...]