Living Room Update | All White Everything

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Aside from a down and dirty paint job on a super spooky small bedroom, the third floor was the first room we tackled when renovating the house. Originally, we decided to save our efforts (and dollars) to put towards moving forward on the deli. As we realized that timeline was becoming more and more abstract, our imaginations took over and we slowly began undoing the previous home owner’s years of bad paint choices.

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Nearly the entire house was covered in linoleum, but this sickening green was reserved for the third floor. After successfully wearing Ed down, he agreed to convert the front room into an office. Focusing most of our efforts installing shelving and a floating walnut desk, we didn’t put a whole lot of thought into color and grabbed a neutral beige on the fly at Home Depot. We kept some of the “charm” of the original wall color by opting for one of the brightest hues we could find for the fireplace: Intense Teal.

We realized the dire shape of the walls on that first go round, but the inital paint job was such a drastic change that we were estatic with our results at the time. And for the next few years the room served as an office / studio, where we predominantly stared at our computer screens toward a single a wall.


Read about our first round of renovations on this room HERE

A combination of neurosis and practicality, our living room has shifted forms and geography over the last few years, eventually taking up residence in this space. As my gaze continued to settle on the troubling exterior wall, eventually we decided it was time for another refresh.

While I still dream of painting every room pink, age and Ed have me gravitating more towards shades of grey. The “neutral beige” had not grown on us, and in low light still echoes the original green we were trying to hide. The ceilings on this level of the house are about 2 feet lower than our first floor, so wanting to make the room feel more open, we opted to whitewash the room. We removed the bizarre hodgepodge of masonite they had used to “smooth” the exterior wall, and Ed secured the loose plaster and skimcoated the room.

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The cast iron coal fireplace had been hiding behind a plywood board all along! We matched the black and carried it out along the surround with Sherwin Williams Caviar. The rest of the room got a few coats of Sherwin William Snowbound, the walls in flat, the mantle and trim in semi gloss, and the floors in a high gloss floor paint. Unfortunately their store hours didn’t line up with our schedule, otherwise still #benjaminmooreforlife.

Tiling the hearth, we stuck to a basic carrera herringbone from Home Depot. More detail shots to come, but definitely more of a struggle than we anticipated as Ed has freshly completed his sister’s back splash.

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We’re still working on finalizing wall art and tweaking some of the accessories, but overall super pleased with space!

Blackberry Neufchatel Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust


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Cinnamon Swirl Mini Loaves


I went through a bit of a bread phase years ago.  It’s been something that I’ve missed since we moved into the new house and I went from having a fairly nice oven to cooking everything in a toaster oven. I was planning on doing a tiny Pate en Croute for a picnic, which ended…

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Mushroom Barley Soup with Ramps

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While we’re stuck in Steve’s Deli limbo, we’ve been trying to enjoy the freedom of living without a constant stream of nearly-expired sandwich fixings. Turns out that you can go wild at the grocery store without breaking the bank if you barricade yourself in the produce aisle and pretend that cheese doesn’t exist. After scooping up a…

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Springtime BBQ

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Sometimes it’s funny how things work out.  Not really here, though. We just started thinking that we should introduce a new outdoor space and instead decided to fix up an underutilized one. There’re two things you need to know about outdoor furniture. It’s expensive and, it’s generally pretty ugly. We drove around last Saturday trying…

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NYC Sandwich Tour pt. 2


A few more shots from our recent New York visit!  We had reservations for Sadelle’s that Thursday afternoon.  It’s too cute. Ignoring any concept of how much food a person can reasonably eat, we eagerly made our way through bagels, tuna melts, and blintzes, each better than the last. The folks next to us decided it…

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NYC Sandwich Tour


Maggie and I returned to her 2nd hometown of New York City last week to see Faust play at Market Hotel, a venue where she worked years ago.  Maggie also had a doctor’s appointment at Mt. Sinai.   We decided to stick to an all sandwich diet, partly for Steve’s research and partly cause we’re…

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Steamed Crispy Artichokes

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We grew up in a weird time for food. I, personally, come of age eating a hell of a lot of canned vegetables. Questionable textures, often drowned in butter and saccharine sweet. One thing my mother really did right, though, was artichokes. I have nothing but fond memories for spaghetti dinners that began with artichokes…

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Spicy Carrot Margaritas

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While we settle into a new routine in light of our Steve’s Deli hibernation, we’re enjoying some extra free time. The recent warm weather and our new found freedom left us itching for spring time cocktails, so we took advantage of our lingering whole-sale vendors and grabbed a 10 lb bag of carrots. We stumbled…

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RIP Steve’s Deli (for a little while)

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Last weekend was the final days in operation for the Pittsburgh Public Market. Extremely thankful for everyone that came out to support us and the rest of the vendors at the market, buy us out of sandwiches, and listen to Bjork inspired sauerkraut ballads. Keep your ear to the ground as we wade through piles…

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