If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

It's amazing how many times this one children's book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, can be applied to real life. Starting on one project, which leads to a whole new, unplanned-for, project, happens to all of us. Despite our meticulous planning for renovating the space...

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Putting Lipstick on a Pig

Putting Lipstick on a Pig

We're starting to feel the pressure now that March is nearly halfway over. When we started renovating the space two months ago, April seemed so far away. Now, it's right around the corner. When we're there tearing things apart, many people poke their heads in the open...

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Dust…everywhere!

Dust…everywhere!

Today, Presidents' Day, there was a marked shift in how renovation felt at the bookstore. The professional construction crew arrived. It was like the Cavalry coming in, and that felt pretty presidential — and LOUD — to me. (Be sure to turn your sound on.)...

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Back to Square One

Back to Square One

Usually, the phrase "back to square one" means something fell through, but, in our case, it means we're able to move FORWARD. After we signed the store lease about a month ago, we kicked into high gear in demolishing interior (non-load-bearing) walls that we didn't...

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Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

I haven't blogged in a while because there's not really anything exciting going on down at the store. My step-son, who's doing a lot of the grunt-work with the demolition, got sidelined this week with a bad cold, so nothing happened. Last weekend, we rented a...

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These blues are giving me the blues

These blues are giving me the blues

I do know that, in the world of interior design, you're supposed to find one piece of inspiration and build off of that. It's helped me as I have decorated our home over the years. We thought we found the entryway floor tile we wanted, but then, yesterday, our tile...

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A History Lesson for 1011 K Street

A History Lesson for 1011 K Street

I've been diving into looking for historical information on what will be our bookstore. One of the things that struck me most was that, from the outside, the space looks small. But, once you get inside, you see how long and narrow it is. And there are three floors:...

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Just Breathe

Just Breathe

My husband, Ross, and I have been chomping at the bit to announce the opening of our bookstore in downtown Sacramento for three months now. I guess that negotiating a retail lease takes longer than one might think. I am glad that I took liberties to do a...

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