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The color was picked (Part 1) and off we went onto prepping the barn. Screwing in some loose boards, adding a board to the bottom for extra protection and spackling up holes. We also took down the barn door hardware which will receive a new spray paint job before it’s going back up again.


Then, one sunny morning, we covered up the windows and doors! My goodness, that was a job! It took the both of us over 2 hours, cutting paper and taping it up.


PS: Above you can see Adrian’s new wood shed, made out of recycled wood ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since we’re skipping building the garage this year, we still need a space to store the lawn mower, the snow blower as well as some extra fire wood. Oh, and gardening tools like all the shovels and rakes and stuff.


By noon we were finally done with the prep work and Adrian started painting! He had purchased a neat little spray gun, which made the job OH SO EASY!! For the tippity top he used our neighbors 40ft ladder (thank you Dave!!) and I won’t exaggerate when I say I was praying the whole time that nothing would happen up there… I’m terribly afraid of heights and seeing my love on any wobbly ladder, just working away, sends goose bumps all over my back.


It seems to be a curse, but getting the EXACT right paint color seems to be impossible. Remember how we picked the beautiful, smoky dark Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams? Yeah well… The color we ended up getting was just a little off. You know, just enough where it bugs you, but not enough to make a fuss over it. The above left image shows the top color being Peppercorn, and sprayed onto it is whatever shade we ended up using for the barn.


The backside of the barn after the first coat, and below, what it used to look like ๐Ÿ™‚


Adrian ended up spraying two coats in under 3 hours! That’s quite the accomplishment. We were so glad we had invested into that spray gun, which will make painting the rest of the house so much easier and faster too.

Now the last bit is painting the window frames as well as framing the barn door with new boards. We had originally planned on keeping the window casings dark, but ended up deciding that they need to stand out after all. So, back to the paint brush ๐Ÿ˜‰


Guys, this is so very exciting! We have picked a color and are about to get cracking on painting the barn! Eeeeks all around!

But let’s back up a little bit to last Summer. Remember when I introduced you all to our idea of going nice and dark, to make the white part of the house pop? I basically came up with that idea while playing in PhotoShop. I was trying to figure out the color of the doors and well, the barn.

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The idea was to paint that same Fall, but the weather didn’t cooperate (surprise surprise) so the project was pushed to 2017. And NOW we’re ready to rock!

First things first – paint samples! Now if you think it’s difficult to pick a color for a room, picking a color for an entire part of the house is even more tricky.

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Up went the samples and we picked two to test out (the upper middle and upper right color)

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Here’s the thing. Grey is an especially difficult color to pick, because it can have just about any color tint. From green to yellow to blue to purple and everything in between. It’s not easy. After painting the first two samples we knew that the darker color was too green and the lighter grey just felt too ‘elephanty’ if that makes any sense.

So back to the drawing board and two more samples later, we got us a winner!

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Adrian had painted on the second batch of samples and called me out. I saw it on his face that we had found our color. The grin, people, the grin ๐Ÿ˜‰

We ended up picking the upper right color called Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams. It’s the perfect dark slate grey with a warm undertone. Funny thing is, months ago, when I played around in PhotoShop, looking at paint samples in our old house, Peppercorn was what I secretly thought might be THE color. I wish we have more of those “HA! I knew it!” moments LOL

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While we’re talking about painting the house and stuff, I thought I’d show you a little section of the house that Adrian scraped and primed while I was in California shooting weddings. What a difference it makes! Once that barn is painted, we’ll dedicate our lives to the crackling clapboard of the old main house. Lots of work ahead!

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We (and really, I mean Adrian) also cleaned up the front of our house. He did such a good job on digging up the existing boarder bricks, adding a rain splash and planting me some pretty Pinky Winky Hydrangeas ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s still more planting to be done, but for now it looks so much more cleaned up than it ever did.


My goodness, over a month since the last blog post! So much has been happening, especially in the veggie garden. Remember when I took you on a little garden tour, back in June? Boy oh boy, things have grown since then! Let’s take a peek at the garden 1 1/2 months later.

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Things are growing and overgrowing! The raised garden beds Adrian made are holding up super well and are starting to get their pretty grey color.

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I’ve planted Brussel’s Sprouts as an experiment and they are loving the North Eastern weather. Dill also grows plentifully and so do cucumbers and zucchinis… To the point where they seem to come out of our ears LOL

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But my full and complete pride are my 35 tomato plants! Yep, thirty five. In California they grew really well and produced quite a bit, but I had no clue how well they would do in our zone 5 climate. Let me tell you, they LOVE it! Humidity and all. They also are producing even better than my Cali plants. It seems that every single blossom turns into a gorgeous green fruit. It’s quite amazing!

It’s really difficult to wait for these pretties to turn from green to red (and orange and black/green/purple/red), but my pots are prepped and the Mason Jars are cleaned – we’re ready for a tomato sauce conserving marathon!

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Where the abundance of Spring lettuce used to grow, I have sown a few rows of carrots. They love the shade of the tomatoes and are almost ready to be plucked out of their dirt beds.

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Herbs are growing too. They are the only thing I didn’t plant by seed, but bought as little plants.

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The back row – where the Raspberries were supposed to grow, but didn’t – we have some beautiful squash sprawling across the lawn. I planted them first and foremost as Fall decor, but who knows, maybe some of them might get gobbled right up ๐Ÿ™‚



Happy Birthday America (+ Leya)!!!


It’s the perfect time to say THANK YOU for visiting the blog and following our little journey ๐Ÿ˜€ We wish you all a happy day with fun BBQ parties, quality time with your loved ones and parade goings ๐Ÿ˜€ Here at HOM we’re also celebrating four years of Leya – yup, this pup is a TRUE patriot and made her entrance into this world on the 4th of July!


And now get back to the celebrations and have a great (and safe) day!!




It’s been weeks since we started and we finally finished our AirBnB guest suite this past Saturday! So much went into this place and we couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out!

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We originally had gotten our heads stuck on a more rustic room decor. Something with a bit of farmsy in mind, since we’ve been calling this space ‘the Barn Room’ right from the get go. Well, the rustic just didn’t feel right. Then it hit us. Why not take our usual inspiration of Scandinavian minimalism and create a super cozy, bright and airy room instead?

Please don’t judge, because DUH! why wouldn’t we think of that earlier..? LOL

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I’m still feeling like adding a few decor pieces here and there, but for now we’re ready to rock this baby on AirBnB! In case you want to stay with us and enjoy our beautiful New England village, you can book your stay right here ๐Ÿ™‚

We just cannot wait to start hosting our guests and share with them this picturesque & quaint town we get to call our new home!