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  1. Cue the Coldplay: The Prologue | dateswithdrywall.com
    September 3, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    […] from the outside (and we’re not the only example – everyone seems to agree that renovating a house is a recipe for conflict). And then you’re fighting, and there are power tools. […]

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  2. Jenn C.
    February 23, 2014 @ 1:53 am

    I think this might be my favorite blog post I have ever read! You completely just described my marriage. My husband bought a “fixer-upper” before we got married which turned out to be a “completely-gut-her” and quite a roller coaster ride! Now it’s been 7 years since closing day and we are finally in the home stretch. We’ve always joked that if we can survive the remodel together our marriage will make it. There has been much arguing and shouting over paint colors (I may or may not have painted the living room 3 or more times) tile choices and layout, kitchen cabinets, cabinet hardware (to which I may have said “it’s MY kitchen”) and way too many more to list. It’s great knowing we aren’t the only ones and that there is another Craigslist-a-holic out there!

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  3. Becca
    June 23, 2014 @ 4:27 am

    I tend to get like that when driving in foreign countries, it’s a mixture of sheer terror and fury that my boyfriend has put me in this position. He refers to me as being a “crab on ketamine”.

    That said, having followed your blog for a while, I’ve decided to read it from the start. You’re brilliant, as is Paul. I’m especially envious of you prowess at growing zinnias. I wonder if they would flourish in New Zealand… We have a shiny new flat (we live in an extremely hilly city) backyard that I’m itching to make pretty.

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  4. Rita Olivia Lee
    August 25, 2015 @ 6:50 am

    New houses are appealing but they lack character and quirks. I have a small 2 bedroom farmhouse built in 1922 on our 2 acre land that I have transformed into my little art studio. At first, it was spooky, creaky, dirty. I can live with bad bones in a house but I cant stand dust and dirt, it grosses me out. So I cleaned it up and 4 years later, I have a whimsical, little studio with a bohemian fairy cottage theme. Its funky and colorful but my original dream was a to have an all white very moden studio with big windows and lots of light. My studio is the opposite style, with dark wood floors and huge oak trees around it, I had to go with a woodsy theme that I can do but it was not my first choice. I made lemonade out of lemons and its a pretty darned good life now. It is lonely to be working in there for hours makind DIY crafts but friends and relatives say it is like a candy store, esp since I make faux pastries, cakes and candy.

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