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Benjamin Moore Paint: Natura vs. Aura

I get a lot of hits from people searching the differences between two lines of Benjamin Moore paint, Natura and Aura. I talked about the differences a while back before Natura was released, but now I’ve had a chance to really compare them side-by-side when I painted the TV room closet. Both paint colors I…

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Playing Catch-Up, Again

I have a lot to catch up on today for Apartment Therapy’s January Cure. I didn’t really work on much on this week, and Pete went to work on the cottage today, so I’m on my own. This week’s chores were to: Get Papers and Files in Order, which has been a work in progress…

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Looks Good on the Surface

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! Of course I was super-busy with work leading up to Thanksgiving when I would have much rather had more time to prepare and just chill out. Along with some family issues it’s been a stressful month but things should start easing up in a few weeks. Needless to…

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A (Momentarily) Clean Kitchen

About a week ago I thoroughly cleaned the kitchen so I thought I better take some pictures to remind myself how nice it can look (and give me incentive to keep it that way!). I thought they turned out pretty well so I thought I’d share them with you. First up is the overall view…

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The Painted Kitchen: A Timeline

Before we moved into the bungalow almost three years ago, the kitchen looked like this: Shortly after we moved in, one of the first projects was to get rid of the half-assed screaming yellow paint job (yes, the PO painted only parts of the walls before running out of steam). Since we weren’t going to…

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The Kitchen Cure: Special Project

As part of Apartment Therapy’s Spring Kitchen Cure, we were to choose a special project to work on, something that would improve the kitchen aesthetically. This prompted me to put the kitchen wall repair on the fast track, something I’d been wanting to start on anyway. To refresh your memory, this is how the wall…

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Going to the Dogs

If our Master Bedroom is Tranquility Lodge, then our other room upstairs is a Weimaraner Dinner Party according to its paint color names (Benjamin Moore AF-155 and AF-300, respectively). I can just picture a bunch of Weimaraners lounging about, listening to jazz and sipping cognac. They’re much more sophisticated-looking than the Dogs Playing Poker, wouldn’t…

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Our Master Bedroom: Tranquility Lodge

When we’re not chasing bats, eating our veggies, working, visiting Pete’s dad in rehab or the myriad other things that seem to constantly pop up, we’re also trying to make headway on our attic remodel so that we can move in/up. Once the hardwood floors were finished, I was itching to start painting, my favorite…

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Natura vs. Aura

I recently noticed that Benjamin Moore is introducing a new line of Zero VOC paint called Natura, and I couldn’t be more excited to try it! It’s already out in a few areas, including California and Washington, and will be released nationwide this spring. If you don’t know what VOCs are, the U.S. Environmental Protection…

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Living Room Tour

As promised, here is a tour of our completed-for-now living room. There are some things I want to change, but as of now, they are waaaaay down on the list. Number One, the fireplace: Overpowering, isn’t it? Even next to our large, curved sectional sofa. It’s also not a bungalow fireplace. A bungalow fireplace is…

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