Winter at The 256 Project

Winter was mostly unwinter-like in the New York City area this year, which, for a winter hater, is perfectly fine by me. All winter long, I’ve been sharing our house plans (start here and work your way backwards) and the fact that we need a new roof (yikes). In addition to all of that, we’ve …

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We’re Getting a New Roof

So here’s what happened: literally, I had just finished saying to Daniel that I thought we wouldn’t end up spending a boatload of money on the house this year because all of our projects we have planned we can mostly do ourselves and then I walk upstairs to get some sewing supplies out of the …

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How We Plan to Upgrade Our Entryway This Year

Back in December, I listed out the top five projects I hoped we could achieve in 2017 and, over the past few weeks, I’ve gone into a bit more detail about the first four projects (see here, here and here). Now, for the fifth project, I’m going to share a bit more about upgrading the …

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Pantry Plans, a.k.a. Making the Basement Less Scary

What’s that expression? “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans” or “plans are meant to be broken” or “the best laid plans…” or any other expression having to do with plans that you see falling apart in every direction? That’s where we are right now with our 2017 house plans and …

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My Grandmother and Me for #ThrowbackThursday

One summer break during elementary school, my grandmother, my father’s mother, came from Haiti to stay with us. While she was there, my parents asked her to write down in a notebook all the recipes she could remember. Over the course of the summer, she wrote down in her beautiful script dozens of recipes, from marinades …

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Clienting: Kitchen Backsplash for #ProjectPauli

The 256 Project was recently contacted by a lovely lady named Pauli, who owns a condo in Chicago and is looking into putting up backsplash in her kitchen. Pauli asked, “What do you think about backsplashes??? I’d really like a grey, but I’m not sure if that’s out of style now. My cabinets are cherry, …

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Office Library Mid-Century Modern DIY for 2017

What is the point of having two separate areas of books in one small house, one set of bookshelves in the office (appropriate location) and the other set in the dining room (less appropriate place)? That is the question driving one of our top projects planned for 2017: creating one full wall unit of books …

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Budget Neutral Kitchen Backsplashes

I recently was contacted about helping someone with a kitchen backsplash project. She said she searched for “kitchen” on The 256 Project and only got hungry thanks to all of the Kreyol Kitchen photos. What she didn’t find, though, was anything related to actual kitchen renovation projects or ideas. Which brings me to this: my …

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Master Bedroom Closet Doors

Old houses are a big pain in the ass. They are beautiful and have so much unique character and detail – stuff I love – but when it comes to improving said old house, they are a pain in the ass. Especially for people like us who aren’t handy. The thing about old houses is …

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Liqueur des Iles

Question: What is made mostly of rum and is keeping me happy all holiday season long? Answer: Liqueur des îles. Bonus: It’s made partially of fruit, therefore it’s healthy and practically a salad, amirite, people?!   Over the past few months, I’ve made quite a few of my grandmother’s recipes and they’ve all been delicious …

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