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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

A Place for Everything

“I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year,” pledges Ebeneezer Scrooge. Quite possibly Mr. T&C embodies this remark as no one else.  He loves Christmastime, and the close of the season is always a little bittersweet.  Although Christmas as a holy season lasts twelve days, concluding with Epiphany on January 6, practically—and for reasons of fire safety—it’s time to put away the decorations, or as we say around here, “Time to get ready for Christmas this year.”  (I know, but it works.)  So, years ago, we bought some Rubbermaid containers and labeled them for Santa’s eight reindeer.  Each year, when it’s time to put up the decorations, we start with Dasher and finish with Blitzen.  I keep a list of what is in every bin on the computer, and before we begin decking the halls, I print it out.  When it’s time to put it all away, I jot notes on the list and then I’ll update that on the computer in the next day or two.  It looks something like this:

Prancer (dining room):
old ornaments for silver bowl
fake pine boughs for sideboard
glass beads
antlers and greenery for side table
When we pull these items out, we put anything they might be replacing (candlesticks, knife tray) into the “Prancer” bin for storage during the holidays.  I know it’s hardly rocket science, but it’s a tried and true method for us.  IMG_0656
The reindeer bins in the playroom, waiting to return to the “Christmas Closet.”
Bonus?  Well, we can all name Santa’s reindeer.


  1. Thats a great idea! I have bins all labeled with what they are and which rooms they are for too but I never thought to give them Christmas names!

  2. I absolutely love my red and green Rubbermaid containers. I have them labeled by rooms: Dining Room, Foyer, Kitchen, etc. I WISH I had made a list of whats in each bin, BUT I do take lots of pictures of each room, and that helps a lot!

    Great minds make Christmas less stressful!

  3. What an excellent system! And the reindeer names labelling is so cute!


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