Our Home: Demo

People.  Our house!  I know we are overdue for posting our After pics...  You've seen the Befores, and you're just dying to see the results.  Before we do that, though, let's continue along our journey of renovations and see Step 2 of the process.  Demo.

We did most of the demo ourselves because it saves some money, and hey--ripping out disgusting old carpet is a great stress reliever.  Wear thick gloves. That is my best piece of advice.

It only took us a few hours total for the whole top floor.  Stairs were another couple hours and were a bit trickier.  Tack strips and nails took an additional few hours with a solid crowbar (but make sure to leave those if you'll be laying down new carpet). 

Ripping out the laminate flooring downstairs was a workout.  Lots of shoveling and crumbling--it didn't unlock and come apart as easily as we had hoped.  But we got rid of it, in all its cherry-red glory.

Tearing out the kitchen cabinets was a fun project for the guys.  Our friend Jake showed up at the front door with a sledge hammer and the biggest smile I've ever seen (see pic for proof). 

We also ripped 2 bathrooms down to the studs.  In our master bath, we lost everything except the tub, which was still in good condition.

Then The Pile was born.  And our motto increasingly became it has to get worse before it gets better...Right?

We used a company called JunkJunk Los Angeles to haul away our construction debris, and we highly recommend them (link above)!

Next up...rebuilding this mess!

 

Posted on September 23, 2014 and filed under home.

California Bowl

california bowl

Oh hello!  Aren't you pretty?  

A favorite quick and yummy breakfast in our casa is something we call a California Bowl.  I'm pretty sure you can enjoy it in any state, though.   We keep these few ingredients on hand, so it's an easy morning meal to throw together!

California Bowl

  • Frozen shredded hashbrowns (fry in oil in an iron skillet)
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Avocado
  • Bacon
  • Hot sauce or salsa
  • S + P

Also, notice that scrumptious marble countertop up there?   I need to get my tush in gear and take some house After photos, and post some Durings for you guys.  Such a tease, I know.  Coming soon!

Posted on July 24, 2014 and filed under yummy.

Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Question.  Is it embarrassing that I have 2 cookie ice cream sandwich photos in my most recent photo library images?  No?  Ok, cool.  

I'm not a huge sweet tooth, as you know.  But lately I'm having a thing about cookie ice cream sandwiches.  Cookies and ice cream?  Always yes.  My little bro and his girl were in town recently, which translates to I gained about 5 extra pounds of fun food--which included these 2 bad boys:

from Diddy Riese, fresh baked cookies, at only a whopping $1.75.  DR is a Westwood late-night must-eat with a notoriously long, but worth it, line.


from Manhattan Beach Creamery, the Cream'wich.  Right on the Strand in MB so perfect for a sweet treat if you're in the South Bay.

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My go-to combo is pretty boring (read: classic): chocolate chip cookies with either chocolate chip or cookie dough ice cream.   But it never disappoints. 

Maybe I'll try to make some at home, and then I could be more adventurous (strawberry shortcake?  red velvet?  rolled in sprinkles?).  They sound pretty simple to make..

  • Bake cookies, whatever kind you like
  • Let them fully cool - 30 minutes +
  • Add 1 scoop of ice cream (about 1/3 cup) to a cookie
  • Sandwich a 2nd cookie on top
  • Eat (or wrap in plastic wrap, bag and freeze)!

Or of course Martha has a fancy recipe HERE.  Or see Betty's take HERE.  

I guess I'll have to hit up Coolhaus soon, an ice cream sammy place just up the street in Culver City or now in food trucks.  Who's with me?!

Our Home: The Befores

Hiya everyone, and Happy [belated] New Year!

I have been holed up for the past bit, working on some fun TV spots (thanks, Superbowl), traveling for the holidays, and then working on the house in any other sliver of free time.  Let's just say, things continue to be busy around the Wilson house!  

Speaking of our house...I know a handful of you out there have been anxiously (and patiently, thank you) awaiting to see posts about our house.  Now that we are winding down on renovations, and I feel like the possibility of having a life is slowly seeping back into my future, I thought it was about time to at the very least, post some Before photos. 

BEFORE

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Our townhouse was a short sale, and that process can be grueling!  We were very fortunate to have had only a 4 month timeline, as opposed to the 8 - 12 months it sometimes takes.  I'll write more about the short sale process some other time... 

Built in the 1980s, the overall space wasn't bad, but the kitchen and baths were very dated.  Some other details had been more recently renovated (popcorn ceilings removed, can lights installed, etc.) which saved us a ton of time and money.  The conditions were definitely livable, but we knew if we ever wanted to do big renos it would easier to do them all at once, at the beginning, while we're not living there--if at all possible.  So, we went for it!

There were some questionable decor choices, like the plasticky-bright cherry red laminate floors in the main living space, that we couldn't wait to rip out.  I promise it looks cleaner and nicer in pictures--everything was pretty grungy in person...and so many shades of beige.  Yikes.

We love the open downstairs layout, it's prime for entertaining.  And we have a powder room/laundry room on the main floor--yippee!  

The kitchen reno is a whole saga unto itself.  Here it is in its untouched glory.  Luckily we inherited these appliances, so that was a nice bonus.

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Remember when I said the place was grungy?  Check out these grody stairs.  We hated that the carpet wrapped over the edge.  And there was some seriously funky dirt going on--carpet was the first thing to go!

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Upstairs are two really good size bedrooms and two baths.  Great bones, but eeesh--project time!  Here's the Master...

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master bath before.jpg

And the pukey-green guest room...

guest room before.jpg
guest bath before.jpg

Hello cute husband!

I can't wait to tell you more details about our reno process, and show you our progress in photos.  Let's just say, it's looking quite a bit better these days and we are thrilled!  Be back with more soon!

Posted on January 25, 2014 and filed under home, pretty, style.