We recently took a spontaneous, last-minute trip to Chicago and we absolutely loved this city! The reason for this getaway? Hamilton!!! You see, my birthday is coming up soon-ish and I mentioned to Jordan that all I wanted for my birthday was to go see Hamilton, the Broadway musical! If you don’t know, tickets to […]

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  • Elizabeth Burns - How fun! I’m not much of a big city girl, but I adore Chicago. So glad you guys had a nice time and happy early birthday! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Thanks, Elizabeth! 🙂 And I agree with you – I’m not a huge city girl either and wouldn’t ever want to live in a big city, but living in a small town now has made me really love and appreciate visiting a big city! There’s nothing quite like all the excitement, hustle & bustle, shops, restaurants, fine arts, etc!ReplyCancel

We’re nearly done restoring our garage and got lots of new recessed lights wired and ready to go! To the dismay of our contractor and electrician who were ready to install the lights though, I became a tad obsessed with learning everything I could about lights so that we could make an educated, informed decision […]

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  • Sylvia - Robyn

    It looks like you enclosed your garage with plywood. All garages we see that are finished were sheet rock.

    Is the garage restored to original condition? If not what was your reasoning?
    With all the research you do I know there is a reason.

    It does really look nice.

    We had can lights, sheet rock and lots of nice electrical in our new garage that was put in for the office space as the model. When we bought the house the development co. tore all of it out including an air conditioner -would not let us have those things. And then threw all of it in the dumpster for us to see. It was frustrating, and heartbreaking to waste a $5,000 air conditioner, lights and electrical, sheet rock and studs. Now we have one Florence light and two two socket plugs and cinderblock wall. Just remember new houses have many problems too.

    I am sure your house is going to be beautiful.

    Love A SylReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Wow, I am so sorry to hear about your garage! That’s very frustrating that they wouldn’t let you keep it when they were just going to throw it in the dumpster anyways and spent additional labor costs to just waste it all! 🙁

      The plywood was original to the home, and we loved the character and look of it! It was also easy for them to just replace all the boards that got destroyed by the tree to match the existing walls/ceiling that was left. An added benefit is that it’s stronger than drywall and particularly useful in a garage where you may want to install shelves, hang tools, etc. 🙂

      Thank you for the encouragement, Sylvia! It’s a long process but we are excited, grateful, and hopeful!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Strawberry - It looks really great and bright! I didn’t realize so much could be involved when selecting a light, but it really does have a big impact on a space! Love your garage and the work you’ve done. My husband would say that the garage is the most important room in a house. If we just had a side bedroom and bathroom attached to a 3,000 sq ft garage, it would be his dream house LOLReplyCancel

    • Robyn Van Dyke - Haha! Yes, the garage was super important to Jordan as well! 🙂 Thanks, Kelly!! xoReplyCancel

  • Garage Makeover » The Van Dykes Blog - […] white + grey color scheme too to keep it as bright and airy as possible, and added several recessed lights. Being able to store the majority of our tools and things in those cabinets was a total game […]ReplyCancel

Last month, we took a trip out to Lake Tahoe to ski our hearts out and ended up only getting to ski a tiny bit due to some crazy weather conditions! Nevertheless, we enjoyed getting away for a few days and staying at the Resort at Squaw Creek. The view from the lobby was spectacular […]

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  • Kelly Strawberry - Testing. Testing. Will this comment go through? 🙂

    It looks so pretty…and cold! I always set high expectations for vacations and then end up disappointed.

    So nice to hear you made the most of the bad hand you were dealt. That spa day sounds amazing and the pictures look incredible!ReplyCancel