Tall House Updates

In this batch of updates you’ll find:

-More treasures we found in the house! I’m especially excited about the book/scrapbook(?) about WWI. I’m also trying to figure out what to do with all that old tile.

-The kids bathroom floor tile is installed. Holy cow it looks so good. It’s now ready for grout (and I share which grout color we picked). This is my first ever custom tile design and I LOVE it so much. The parents bathroom will have the same design, but a different colorway (green for the kids, blue for the parents).

-In the parents bathroom, we moved the doorway to create a suite, and the old doorway was filled in.

-The back door was painted and looks amazing. The color is Oval Room Blue by Farrow & Ball.

-The third (of three) bathtubs was delivered and the plumbing team set up the robinetterie (faucet) to check for size. Feels like progress!

-And lots more good stuff. I put one batch up above, and one batch here:

One thing that’s not in the stories: We can’t find the schrapnel pieces from the attic floor and I’m super bummed. We had them in a tray in the living room, but when we cleaned out the living room, they were no longer there. Ben Blair and I even went through all the trash bags from our clean out to make sure they didn’t get accidentally thrown away (though I’m confident I wouldn’t have done that). The only thing I can think of is that maybe I brought them home already and now I can’t remember where I put them? I sure hope they turn up. If not, I’m glad we have photos.

I hope you enjoy the updates. And let me know if you have ideas on how we should some of the treasures we’ve found.

10 thoughts on “Tall House Updates”

  1. That book is amazing! I would first check with the local historical society to see if it is valuable as a historical artifact, before doing anything else with it. I don’t know if you’d want to donate it, but it could be very useful to them if you can part with it. And then again, maybe not, but at least you’d know.

  2. Love this so much! The toddler bed! That could be very cool to store winter blankets and throws! The tile looks phenomenal. I hope you find your shrapnel. I look forward to what the book is and what you do with it.

  3. That’s so exciting about the book! My great-grandfather died on July 1, 1916, at the Battle of the Somme, so World War I was a big deal in my family. Regarding the crib/ toddler bed— I’d use something like that for storage of things that are nifty enough to sit out, like blankets or quilts, to store and display them.

  4. Arghh so jealous. The oldest thing I have ever found in my house is a bottle of sweet chilli sauce from 2002 that got lost down the back of a cabinet. I am so obsessed with old STUFF. When I was a kid I had a hole in the plaster at the back of my closet and I would write and date notes, then stick them into the wall with big dreams of someone finding them in 100 years. In the city that I live in in Australia an ‘old’ home is considered 1950s!

  5. Love everything…the exterior paint colors bowl me over. Love them. Love the radiators too. Radiant heat is the best.

  6. I love this home process. We are in home limbo this year. We have a darling rental near U of U to be close to work and school.We rented out our own home and we are not sure what we will do next year…. buy, sell, keep renting, or renovate one of these adorable homes in this neighborhood?

  7. Maybe the tile pieces could be useful as stepping stones in a garden or as coasters (with little felt feet). Thanks for sharing such lovely updates!

  8. This is unrelated but something I saw today and wanted to share — a woman I follow on Instagram recently bought a house in Toronto that is around 140-150 years old, and the previous owners gave her a book with details on all of the people who have lived there over the years. I thought that was so sweet, and such a cool thing to have! That could be a fun project once the renovations are over, especially since you’ve already done some of the historical legwork.

    Also thank you so, so much for bringing us along on this journey. I look forward to your IG stories everyday and have loved watching the progress you have made over these months. I know you’ve said that sometimes it’s hard for you to see the progress, but we see it and appreciate you allowing us to be a part of it. I can’t wait to see the finished products! xx

  9. I would love to hear grout details. Is it regular cement grout or epoxy? If the former, do you plan to get it sealed? Or perhaps you will seal the whole floor?

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