It’s hard to believe but it’s been a little over ONE YEAR since we closed on our home (!) and while we feel so blessed to call this place our home, it’s easy to sometimes find myself focusing on the things we haven’t yet started/finished in the midst of stressful renovations. (We made a lot […]

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Happy October, y’all! The weather has officially cooled off and it feels amazing outside. We trimmed our bushes for (hopefully) the last time this year and we’ve been enjoying our pumpkin spice coffee creamer in our coffee every morning! We’re itching to go to the mountains and/or go camping to savor our favorite season, so […]

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  • Stephanie Shaul - Oh my goodness, cockroaches are THE WORST. Senior year at UNC, I lived in an old house with a bunch of friends, and we were at war with cockroaches. I also literally woke up one night to a cockroach on my elbow. SO horrifying!!! I feel your pain. Hopefully they’ll go away with cooler weather on its way?! Either way, good luck! xoxoxReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thanks, Stephanie! It’s somewhat comforting to know I’m not alone, 🙂 but yes! Praying that they go away and neither of us ever experience something like this ever again!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin S - Roaches. My service is every other month. If I see one, I call them to come in between at no extra charge. It’s their job! Get them back out!!!

    Also, the issue right now is water. We so need rain. I had a GIANT one in my bathroom the other night at 4am. I sprayed and pounded the can on top of it. Giant. Of course I couldn’t get back to sleep. Duh. So so gross. But they are looking for water. It has nothing to do with your cleaning. My exterminator assured me of this years ago.

    That doesn’t make them any less gross at all. But I’d really call them to come out. Surely you get service included between treatments if you are seeing a lot.ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thanks, Kristin! I called them and they came back out today! Suddenly there are a bunch more dead cockroaches lying around our house but I’d much rather they be dead than alive if we have to have any!! And it’s encouraging to know that they are just looking for water – although in our BED I have no idea what they were searching for! It’s crazy that you still see one when you get service every other month! They are so resilient! 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Rog - Whether you’re in a new house or old, when it comes to cockroaches, it’s helpful to adjust one’s definition of success. We do everything we can to “rid” our homes of roaches, for sure! But success (not failure) is defined by: a rare sighting and on-the-spot destruction!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Haha, true. We probably need to adjust our expectations, but we certainly miss the old days in our 5th floor new construction condo that never had a single cockroach!

      p.s. Jordan says he’ll consider it a success when we no longer find cockroaches in our bed… 😉 ReplyCancel

We had some major unexpected setbacks this week in our master bathroom remodel, and while this photo may not look like much to y’all, we are SO excited to have a level floor + ceiling and be ready for tiling! Much to our dismay, we found out our ceiling was not level earlier this week. […]

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  • Elizabeth Burns - Ugggghhhhhhhhh. That is no fun. So sorry you guys have had so many hurdles lately. Maybe it will be a happy accident with the tile and you’ll like it better than the original pick!ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thanks, friend! Yes, I am hoping in the end we’ll have a better quality product and be happier with the new tile! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia - Oh my! What surprises we get. Are you like me tired of being patient?
    Don’t you wish it was almost over? But we just have to keep moving on and finish the race.

    From one remodeler to another.Definitely could not be Johanna Gaines.ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Haha, it is tough being patient sometimes but it’s exciting to see progress! This week has been a whirlwind but we’re rejoicing in the progress and looking forward to a spacious shower one day soon! All the progress in your home lately is beautiful!!ReplyCancel