A Home in College Hill
A Tudor revival renovation by newlyweds with a bit of experience, a few tools, lofty ambitions, and eyes bigger than their wallets.
How to prune your tomato plant into a fruit laden vine
- Published on Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Authors: CollegeHillRenovationLeft to its own devices, a vigorous indeterminate tomato plant can easily cover a 4- by 4-foot area with as many as 10 stems, each 3 to 5 feet long. By season’s end, it will be an unsightly, impenetrable, disease-wracked tangle. – Fine Home Gardening Yup, that sounds about right! We had four “tomato...
No Water = No Food
- Published on Thursday, 19 July 2012
Authors: CollegeHillRenovationThis is wordy….please at least read the bolded words. I tried to spice it up with a cute animal picture. I have been complaining about the drought recently and how I have been trying to keep my flower garden and lawn alive…..I should probably shut up. Why? Michigan’s agricultural business has been suf...
Front Porch Redesign: Flagstone Installation
- Published on Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Authors: CollegeHillRenovationMy blogging hiatus is over – I hope! This has been a very busy summer which gardening, guests, travel, and lots of house projects. I have so much content to share with you, but not a lot of time to put it down on paper. I will do my best to get back into the [...]...
Still Alive in All This Heat: Flowers and Veggies
- Published on Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Authors: CollegeHillRenovationThere is a high of 100°F today. It’s June in Michigan – this is very unusual. I can’t remember the last time it went to 100°F. If we even get temperatures in the 90′s it’s during August, the hottest month. In addition, we have been in a bit of a drought since May. Hardly any [...]...
Motawi Tile House Numbers – Tudor Rose
- Published on Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Authors: CollegeHillRenovationA few weeks ago we went to Motawi Tileworks for their bi-annual sale. Tile art is big in southeast Michigan where Pewabic Pottery is an institution. I had wanted to go down to the Motawi shop for a few years now, mostly because the shop is attached to the studio where all the tiles are [...]...
Rack of Lamb with Wilted Spinach and Garlic Scapes
- Published on Friday, 22 June 2012
Authors: CollegeHillRenovationI made this for dinner last week with one of my favorite marinades (rosemary, garlic, and soy sauce). This meal was made from local meat (Old Pine Farm) and veggies (Frog Holler Farm). Only the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, soy sauce and pepper were source from the grocery store. Let me know what you think! [...]...
Home Office: Pinterest Inspiration Take 2
- Published on Thursday, 21 June 2012
Authors: CollegeHillRenovationI mentioned last week that I ended up changing everything in my home office decoration plan except for the wall treatment. When projects take this long to finish, something is bound to be altered. I’m not done with the room yet, but I’ve made some serious progress. Here are the changes and updates after...
The nerve of that squirrel!
- Published on Friday, 15 June 2012
Authors: CollegeHillRenovationI was going to post about the progress on my home office today, but yesterday evening the sassy squirrel, which claims the backyard as its own, was basically yelling at myself and my pets because we were on “its turf”. It went on long enough that I decided to video it. That soft chirping/barking in [...]...
How to Hide Pesky Electrical Wires When Decorating
- Published on Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Authors: CollegeHillRenovationI’m really pleased with the sofa table and lamps I bought for a steal at a home decor store. Like most old houses the only sconces in the living room are on the fireplace, so at night the room gets really dark. There isn’t even a ceiling light. The sofa table and lamps have been a [...]...
Swordfish Steak with Green Sauce and Sautéed Asparagus
- Published on Wednesday, 06 June 2012
Authors: CollegeHillRenovationThe weather has been so nice in Michigan we have spent a lot of time cooking on the grill. Recently I saw a great swordfish steak at the grocery store and splurged. We don’t eat fish very often (for reasons I will go into on another post) and swordfish is by no means local – [...]...