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So, where were we? Right, I had just driven to Lowes and back to return and buy back the same seven 5 inch, IC rated, remodel cans, and Steve was drilling holes in the ceiling. We added five cans along the long side and two along the short side, in an L shape. Because of […]

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We are a family of readers. Now we are a family of middle-aged readers. Meaning, we need MORE LIGHT. The main room of the Schoolhouse has three distinct areas: the kitchen, the dining area, and the living area. When we first installed lighting, we followed code and installed ugly fluorescent features in the kitchen area […]

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Reader, if I were not already a fervent believer in the power of paint, the use of paint in French chateaus would have changed my mind. But in fact when it comes to the power of paint, I’m like the Cowardly Lion: I DO believe in paint; I DO believe in paint. So I didn’t […]

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There is nothing like touring French chateaus to make one crave land. LOTS and LOTS of land. Sigh. These are views of Villandry, one of the most famous chateaus in the Loire and THE most famous gardens. And they are amazing. But if you had lots of land, you’d have to have lots of gardeners. […]

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We just took a trip to France, my favorite country in the world to visit. Not that I’ve been to all of them, but still. One of the highlights was the Loire. We’d been there 20 years ago, on the first trip we ever took together, but we were young and broke and while we […]

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