Childproofing · Living Room

Fireplace and childproofing

As a makeshift childproofing solution, I pinned the metal screen against the fireplace with two moving boxes. This didn’t seem like a good long-term solution. Being a practical person who was born and raised in California, I never cared much for fireplaces. My parents have one in their house and we never used it. Not once.… Continue reading Fireplace and childproofing

Kitchen

DIY kitchen shelves: part I

The kitchen has been one of the biggest challenges of our new place. Again, a lot of this is in original condition and given its details, I’m sure this kitchen was completely practical back in the 1940s. Look at that old school can opener on the right side of the counter (adorable!), the blue tile backsplash and chrome detailing (cute!),… Continue reading DIY kitchen shelves: part I

Childproofing · Heating and Cooling

Gravity heaters and childproofing

Childproofing our home is turning out to be a constant ongoing project of its own. The first week that we moved in, Miles discovered that he loved opening and closing the bedroom doors. Really cute, until he slammed his fingers in the door. I realized we never had this problem in our old apartment because… Continue reading Gravity heaters and childproofing

Heating and Cooling

Central A/C is here and just in time

I’m happy to report that our HVAC system has been successfully installed and is working great. Now that I’ve had a few weeks to try out Nest, I am also loving its energy usage feature. I’m able to scroll through and see how many hours of cooling we use each day, which is awesome for… Continue reading Central A/C is here and just in time