I got nothing for the blog folks. Lot's going on for sure [scouting for living room furniture, job interview this week, Murph-dog crashing at the casa for a night, etc], but nothing really blog-worthy right now.
Stay tuned for now...I'll get back into things next week, I hope.
The one problem with being a photographer is that you very rarely get yourself in any photos. Since it had been 5 years since we had any professional shots taken of Kelly and I we decided to do something about it. Last month Kelly and I met up with the amazing Meridith Desmond of Meridith Desmond Photography to take some shots. Meridith is a North Jersey girl and was nice enough to make the trip down to South Jersey/Philly to work with us. We hit up a few locations near the house before heading into Philly and stopping at Rittenhouse Square and 30th Street Station. Here's a little sampling...
We had a blast going around with Meridith and couldn't be more happy with the results. I'm sure we'll hook up again in the future...
If you stop by our casa you'll probably see a few of these on our walls in the next few months!
A few weeks ago when my folks and sister and Matt were down [for a big housewarming/5th anniversary party, which I hardly took any photos at] we decided to check out Eastern State Penitentiary over in Philly.
Until taking the tour I had no idea that when this prison was built in 1829 that it was infact the largest and most expensive building in the entire country.
The goal here was isolation. Isolated so that they could be penitent for the crimes they had committed. Prisoners could spend years here and not see or speak with another inmate. Infact, they entered through the back of thier cell, into a small exercise yard, so they were never paraded down a long central hallway. That hallway was only used by the guards and didn't even have windows. This type of design presented huge heating and cooling issues to the designers that had never been encountered before and the solutions that the architect, John Haviland, came up with were ingenious. You'll see a few photos of scale models below that were on display during the tour.
Much of the prison is an "active ruin". They're trying to restore some of the wings, but others are just too far gone to repair. Makes for some great photos though...
And finally, Al Capone's cell. He spent a little time here after an arrest in downtown Philly and before being shipped off to a prison in the mid-west.
Yeah, it seemed to have better accomodations than the rest!
So there you have it...Eastern State Penitentiary. If you have some time it's worth checking out!
Okay...Final post in our little Before + After renovation series here. At some point in the past 10 years the 3rd floor of our casa was converted from a regular old attic to a really nice master suite. The only problem we had with it was the color. The previous owners had painted everything a medium brown color and it just wasn't working for us. We decided to brighten things up with a light blue for the walls and a true white on the ceilings.
The bathroom up here was also wallpapered. Walls and ceiling of course, so we had to fix that too. This bathroom was by far the worst for removing the paper. It came off in half-inch pieces and took forever!
Not really our style, ha?
So it was onto the patching and painting...
Yep, thats the Celtics/Lakers Finals on in the background...
Okay...now onto the "afters". We now think of this floor as our little retreat space. At some point in the next year or two we're going to completely renovate the bathroom and maybe even take a wall down to open up the space even more, but for now, this is how it'll be. As you can see, we put up a lot of photos and things from our wedding. Looks really good.
Kelly's make-up zone:
And finally...the "closet". I use that term loosely because it really is a dressing room. Heck, we even had to buy a piece of furniture for the damn room! I think this may be Kelly's favorite room in the entire house and every girl who has walked in here the past few months has started to drool. I think it has something to do with all those shoe holders.
As you leave to head back downstairs this is the photo you see, one of our favorites from our wedding.
Doing the bedroom and dressing room was actually the first project we undertook at the house, but since we didn't finish painting the bathroom until 2 weeks ago I didn't want to post the photos just yet. Wanted you guys to see the completely finished product! Much improved, don't you think?
And of course...much thanks to Patrick who was a huge help in getting this entire floor painted!
This bath was much less work than downstairs, though we did run into a snag when installing a new light fixture above the mirror. Had to move a plumbing vent stack pipe, but other than that this room was pretty much smooth sailing. We went with a color call "Spa", though we did end up tweaking it a bit. I think that, paired with the yellow shower curtain, looks really sharp.
I'm sure you all remember seeing photos of our "jungle themed" downstairs powder room, right?
Gives me chills just seeing those "before" shots. Yamma hamma.
So after about 3 weeks of hard work we've finally completed the room. It started out as a "small" project but quickly mushroomed into a sizeable amount of work. Nothing extremely complicated, just time consuming, especially considering we were doing it all in the evenings after work. And by "we" I mean Patrick and I. Certainly couldn't have done this all without him! In all we replaced the tile floor, re-did the wainscotting, and lowered it by about 10 inches, adjusted the plumbing feeds for the sink, installed crown molding, and switched out all the hardware [faucent, toilet flush, towel bar, toilet paper holder, etc]. I did get some help with the crown and traded some photo services with the tile guy to get that started [and to cut the 12x24 tiles down to 12x6]. Essentially we've got an entirely new bathroom in the end except for the toilet and sink, which are in great shape.