January 19, 2018

Identifying and Preventing Ice Dams

Ice dams are a winter nuisance that worsen when exterior temperatures undergo large fluctuations, and that’s just what we’ve been experiencing. But weather isn’t the only cause — often there are inherent structural or system elements of a home that set the stage for a roof full of ice dams.

But…what’s an ice dam, you ask?

Ice dams are a ridge of ice that mostly form on the lowest portion of your roof that prevent melting snow and ice from properly draining.

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January 17, 2018

My Gas Fireplace: Easy, Convenient and 100% Hygge

On the list of all things hygge, almost at the top right below candles, is a crackling fire. Picture yourself on a chilly winter afternoon: bundled in cozy clothes, fuzzy slippers on your feet, a mug of hot tea in your hand camped out next to a roaring fire. Sounds like heaven right? Now imagine if all you had to do to achieve that roaring fire was turn a knob. Thats right, I’m talking about a gas fireplace.

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January 12, 2018

My Hygge Goals This Winter

Hygge: You’ve seen the term, the hashtag, and the retailer photographs of beautiful throws and accent pillows advertising the curation of cozy spaces. Hygge is all around this winter, but don’t get pulled into the commercialization of it. It’s way more than a living room filled with candles and cozy blankets.

For me, the concept means the creation of a meaningful, enjoyable life filled with connections and intention. I want my days to always feel cozy and special,

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January 10, 2018

Our Favorite Snow Shovels

It is January here in SOMA and winter is in full swing! The wind is blowing, the snow is falling and my thoughts have drifted to the exciting topic of snow removal. A New Englander at heart, I have done more than my fair share of shoveling. As kids, my brother and I used to roam around our neighborhood with shovels, digging out neighbors for a well earned $20. While no longer so enthusiastic about snow removal,

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January 09, 2018

Winter at Home

Snow days, hygge, messy mudrooms, and ice melt all mean winter, and we at onGrove couldn’t be happier that the season is upon us. There is something so yummy about winter if you give in and let the season inform your schedule and your level of activity. After all, there’s only so much to accomplish when coziness beckons.

So, for the next six weeks my dear pal and blog partner Sarah Gee and I will be chatting all things winter survival at home.

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August 14, 2017

Seven Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Renovation from The New York Times

Over the weekend The New York Times published the article Seven Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Renovation, and a few of the ideas have lingered as I contemplate our own new space.

While I know I’ll never do my own demolition, the article has me considering open shelving and butcher block. After all, open shelving would force me to minimize our belongings and I’m always a fan of pairing back.

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March 14, 2017

Five Ways to Minimize Renovation Fatigue

Whether you’re undertaking a minor renovation or an extensive one, the daily routine interruptions, dust, and snafus often associated with such construction can leave you drained and weary of turning your fixer-upper into the home of your dreams. However, fear not, fellow renovators…

Here are five ways to minimize renovation fatigue:

  1. Buy your finishes in advance, including plumbing fixtures, tile, sinks, toilets, countertops, and cabinets (if not inset) so the materials are onsite when they’re needed.

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December 20, 2016

Why Our Sump Pumps Recently Failed

Sump pumps sometimes fail, and there are a number of reasons why it happens: old units that simply give out, power outages, and one reason that recently took me by surprise…months of dry weather can actually leave parts of your sump pump’s mechanisms stuck and not properly functioning.

During the deluge that soaked our area for nearly 48 hours a few weeks ago many water management systems failed or were overloaded, ours included.

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December 06, 2016

Waterproofing: French Drains

Last week the waterproofing began downstairs in the basement of 120 Oakview. We made the decision to have French drains put in so that the basement will be dry and, more importantly, so that we can create a room for our kids and all of their stuff. The basement and its water issues have been a long time source of stress for me and just having made the decision to go ahead with the work made me instantly feel better.

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November 29, 2016

Creating Space: The Coveted Basement Playroom

When we first moved into 120 Oakview from our small 2 bedroom Brooklyn apartment it felt positively vast. Empty rooms! Wide open spaces! A basement! Fast forward four and a half years and that vast, wide open space feels… a little less so.

While the house still fits our needs for the most part, we could really use just one more room. I suspect it’s a common feeling. The current HQ of Sarah Gee Interiors is tucked into a corner of the playroom.

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