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House Tour: Two and a Half Years In

Our cozy cottage has gone through a lot the past two and a half years yet not enough, in my opinion. There are rooms that we did right away and rooms we haven’t even touched yet. There are rooms that are likely to get redone either through little touch ups and minor changes or through major renovation. And then there are rooms (maybe only just one) that just need one minor fix. So here’s the first house tour that I’ve done on The 256 Project to show befores and afters of what we’ve done so far and show you rooms you’ve never seen before (and for good reason!). Scroll down for the house tour and swipe through for the before and after of each room (or just the before, in some instances).

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Friday Faves: Dumb Jokes, Paint Trends and House Tours

It’s Friday, it’s Friday, let’s all do the Friday dance! And I’m back with Friday Faves, starting off with one of my favorite things…

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How to Add Color at Home

Ever since starting The 256 Project, one thing that people comment on the most is how we use color in our house. Some people have said that they are impressed by it and wish they had gone bold in their own homes, or wish that they weren’t afraid of color so much so that they could bite the bullet on adding more of their favorite hues at home. Or some people leave our house screaming. But our house is not for them! Clearly, we are not afraid of color here at the cozy cottage. I’ve said before how I really like and admire many different styles of décor, including minimalism and a very white or neutral color palette. If that is what you like and gravitate to, then have fun and enjoy! But if you are interested in adding a little bit of color in some way to your home and aren’t quite sure where to start or how to do it, then I have a few tips for you. I originally wrote about this for Domino and am expanding on this concept below.

Peekaboo color.

 

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Friday Faves: Maximalism, NOLA and Vintage

Happy Friday from The 256 Project! I’m back with another week of Friday faves, covering a bit of maximalism, some shopping tips and one of my favorite cities.




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Bitch Session: Drilling into Concrete Sucks

This story ends with the problem being fixed but only after one marital dispute, a temper tantrum (mine) and a broken new drill. In short, drilling into concrete sucks. In long, sometimes having an old house sucks* because of all the little things that come with it that are just a pain in the ass. Fair warning, this might turn into just a shit ton of curse words and complaints.




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New Column: Friday Faves

The 256 Project has been focused on how we’ve been making our first house a home through plenty of projects and through translating my grandmother’s recipes, with the occasional client project thrown in. I’ve never shared with you much beyond my project world, but that changes today. I thought I’d start a new weekly column every Friday so I can share with you some of my favorite designers, stories, house tours, interviews and recipes of the week – basically anything that I really liked that falls into the shelter and food categories. I’m calling this new column “Friday Faves” and it starts now!

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Grandmother’s Recipe: Savory Shrimp Flan with Cardinal Sauce

I am back with another of my grandmother’s recipes, flan de comte aux crevettes, which kind of translates to a savory shrimp flan that she recommends be served with a side of Cardinal sauce. I say “kind of” because, well, you’ll see. It was a super easy recipe to make, once I got past the hump of not being able to understand it. One reason I had trouble with translating this recipe is because it doesn’t entirely make sense, so I asked my mom to translate it for me. And did it turn out any good? Well, YES!

My grandmother’s handwritten recipe.

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New Story on Domino: Adding Color to Your Home

I contributed another story to Domino magazine. No big deal, folks. I’m just really important. (I kid.) This story is on how to combat fear of color and incorporate it into your home. You can see the full story here. I will talk more about this soon on The 256 Project, expanding on what I touch upon in the Domino story and also show how I incorporate these tips into our own home. Yes, even the “keeping it neutral” tip!

If you want to see what else I’ve contributed to Domino, see here and here. And, if you fear missing out on new content, please subscribe to The 256 Project!

How We’re Keeping Our Outdoor Couch Clean

What was that, you say? Something about how dumb it was to get a white couch for the outdoors? Where it rains and where there’s dirt? And, most especially when you have a dog who immediately claimed it as hers even though it was meant for you to fall asleep on next to a raging-yet-calm fire? Admittedly, these are good questions and I can tell you mostly honestly that this couch has remained clean with just a teensy bit of work on my part. Wanna know how we’re keeping our outdoor couch clean? Okay!

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Garden Project: We Chose a Paint Color!

We chose a paint color! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you might want to refer to this post from two weeks ago in which I detailed the three main garden projects of the summer and asked for people to vote on a paint color for this ugly cement wall that is the side of our garage. The choice was between Crystal Rapids (the lighter, slightly bluer one on top) and Tropical Trail (the darker, slightly greener one on the bottom). Both are Behr paint from Home Depot. I also posted the paint choices to social media and people overwhelmingly went for Crystal Rapids. Well, I can now reveal to you what we went with…

Choosing between two colors for the cement exterior garage wall.

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