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New Year 2017

Posted in Uncategorized on Jan 02, 2017

Old houses are a funny thing. I find myself wondering what past holidays were like. Were they happy? Was there a real tree in the living room, or an artificial one? What were the traditions, the favorite things shared, were the gifts handmade, was there a big meal or a simple but traditional breakfast? Of course, people vary in what they think about homes with any history. Some say it’s silly, houses don’t have a soul or a past. Others say every life ever in it leaves a bit of themselves behind. As we remodeled Oakleaf, we found a lot of past marks, some of which we kept, some, like the LEGO ...
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Nice Day for a White Wedding

Posted in Chattanooga Wedding on Nov 17, 2016

Whew! Fall is THE time for weddings, and we had TWO photoshoots this weekend! It gave us a taste of what we can expect here at Oakleaf Cottage. It is so FUN watching the photographers work, and listen to the oohs and ahhs when people see the setting — not to mention how gorgeous the brides looked! It was very exciting and we loved every minute of it. The fall leaves have just been incredible, in spite of the drought. We are lucky to have any color at all, and also lucky that the smoke from all the wildfires near us mostly cleared for both shoots. For one, we heavily decorated the barn – so...
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Sneak Peek

Posted in Uncategorized on Nov 08, 2016

To say the last few weeks have been eventful would be an understatement. It’s been a whirlwind of paint, finishing, more paint, furniture installs, accessories and more paint. Did I say paint? Cookie, our three-legged dog (or tripod) opted to pose in front of the cottage for this photo. The roof is actually black — the skies are so blue this time of year that the roof is like water, reflecting the color back to us. The Cottage is nearly finished. We have some areas, namely the laundry and the downstairs bathroom that we still want to redo, but to see the final product has been exceedingly sat...
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Of Paint and Raspberries

Posted in Uncategorized on Jul 17, 2016

We continue to work on Oakleaf Cottage — this past week my family was here, and Dad worked hard helping us get all the rooms and all the new trim from JB Millworks painted. The place is a mess of painters tape, Dexter-esque plastic sheeting and brown paper covered windows. In short, I didn’t take interior photos this week. We did, however, pick a few raspberries from the cottage garden and munch on them as a pre-dinner, “it’s 8:30 PM what are we going to do about dinner” debate. The long days of summer have often seen us pushing through the daylight hours until suddenly, our bellies announce t...
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Meeting Oakleaf Cottage

Posted in Uncategorized on Jul 07, 2016

I’m still mentally trying to process how fast life changes. I’m sure Dave is, too. Since March, we have been on the hunt for a property. Dave has spent many days checking out listing after listing, driving distances and evaluating possibilities. We came close a few times to making offers, but each time, something would happen… and, I just wasn’t excited about the properties. We can make a lot of things work and go toward our dreams, but I always said to Dave “We would know the right place when we found it.” About 2 months ago, a house on 27 acres popped up on the market. As I skimmed the listi...
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