Tall House Updates

Here are some of the latest Tall House Updates. First up: We had the Lacanche Range tuned. The term for a range (oven+stove) in French is piano, so getting it tuned makes sense. : ) We also had the chrome details replaced with brass details.

Next up, a report on the kitchen sink getting lowered so that it will hit below the countertop. Plus, you can see Oscar’s room all painted (it’s gorgeous!), Betty’s built-in cupboard painted, and wall prep in Flora June’s room.

This series has a report on the radiators, information about our smaller-than-usual dishwasher, and more prep in Flora June’s room.

Here’s a peek inside the dishwasher (except I forgot to show the very top rack that’s designed for silverware), a window update, and I talk about how we’re looking for a new plumbing team.

We’re making progress each day, which feels great. But until we get a new plumbing team, there’s a LOT being held up. I’m doing my best to be patient and moving the word forward wherever I can. It will all work out. Have you ever needed to replace a team mid-project?

P.S. — More Tall House updates.

P.P.S. — I’m having a week where I’m really hard on myself. Not sure why — I think I hit a pandemic wall. You too? But it doesn’t help to be hard on myself! It doesn’t make me more productive! It just makes me feel rotten. It’s 5:15 PM in France. I think I’m going to call it a day and go watch Pride and Prejudice — it’s like my comfort food movie. If you need one, I hope you get a break today, too.

10 thoughts on “Tall House Updates”

  1. Definition of the Day
    𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐜 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐞 — 𝑛𝑜𝑢𝑛 — a state of being in which you are employed and healthy during a pandemic but you’re also tired and depressed and feel like trash all the time.

    It definitely describes me on most days for the past (almost) year (!). I’m sorry you are having a rough week. But please know that your IG and blog posts never fail to make my weeks a little less rough. Merci beaucoup.

  2. Gabby, I TOTALLY get that “being hard on yourself” feeling. I know I’ve been. My therapist counters every time I head down that rabbit hole that I am SO fast to show abundant grace towards everyone else in my life, and yet-give myself none such mercy.

    May I suggest looking up Andrew Peterson’s “Be Kind to Yourself” on Spotify today? Whenever I get deeply into it, I listen to that one and try to give it a rest. :)

  3. Oh yes! It’s been rough. I wrote a haiku last night about losing patience with people I love…random, but helpful. Hang in and I love the color of Oscars room. Well done.

  4. Since you are a Pride and Prejudice fan, I recommend Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, a modern retelling of the story set in Ohio. Maybe it will be the book that gets you interested in reading fiction again!

  5. I feel similarly Gabby, although I’m not being hard on myself, I seem to be taking it out on my family 😢 so that makes me feel even worse.

    I do think it’s a pandemic wall. I keep telling myself though – we’ve got the vaccine, and it’s always darkest before the dawn x

  6. February is always so hard. I try to walk more it really help my mental health. Also i think you would make a great design advisor here in France!! Watching tour works inspire us with ours !

  7. Love your updates on the Tall House!
    Just a thought on the sink – and maybe it’s something you might still be able to change if you think this makes sense for you.
    You all seem to be pretty tall people, and it’s always more ergonomic to have the sink a bit higher up than the rest of the kitchen surface – it’s better for your backs and shoulders not having to bend down to the bottom of the sink (so much lower than the countertop).
    This kind of sink you picked is usually planned on a slightly lower cabinet than the rest of the kitchen cabinets, thus still a bit raised from the rest so you can work in a more upright position. It’s a big advantage to have this rather flexible European style kitchen design and I thought I’d let you know about the ideal sink position before everything else is put into place.

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