Saturday, August 31, 2013

A complete Kitchen Redo on a Budget

The kitchen update was one of the most dramatic in the Goodwood full townhouse redo. See our other posts for more details on the complete redo.

The Plan

The master plan for the kitchen really helped us with envisioning the final look.  We tried to make it as realistic as possible, by keeping the drawing as close to scale as possible, and by using approximately the same colors that would eventually be installed.  Using this approach, we could see just how much clearance the coffered ceilings would have over the cabinets, what exact sizes the order-over-the-internet cabinets would have to be, and approximately how much granite we'd have to purchase.

One key addition to the drawings was lighting.  We actually drew in the cones of light that would be created by the pot lights.  This helped a lot with understanding if there would be enough light, and in ensuring the light was evenly spread.

Believe it or not, we used Powerpoint to do the drawings below.  We looked around for better drawing software that was low price (zero), and as flexible as Powerpoint, but we couldn't find anything.  To this day, we're still using Powerpoint for some of our planning.

Making the Budget Sing

In the kitchen, we tried to make the budget sing. Espresso maple shaker cabinets focused on ergonomics - the majority of the bottoms were full extension drawers. $1900 purchased online. St. Cecelia Granite from a local supplier including 60/40 stainless sink. $1950. Stainless appliances from Sears scratch & dent (usually they're not really) $2000. Can lights and above- and below-cabinet lights. $150. Floor Tile. $600 including install. Shelving in pantry & trim including coffer ceiling. $500. Faucet. $90 from Amazon. Total $ 7190. Not bad at all for a total kitchen redo.

Lighting is the Key

We found the highest impact item was the lighting. Above-cabinet lights are so worth it. The coffered ceilings also have a great effect in the space, defining the kitchen, while uniting it with the adjoining dining area. The granite was much easier to do than we thought it would be. Our local granite folks were really helpful. Going with a base level granite really made a huge difference in terms of price. 
Finally, the cabinets were such a great deal. They are real wood, no particle anything. Just watch out for the ready to assemble companies on the internet. They are not all made equal.

Pantry Update

We didn't change the arrangement of the pantry much, finding that the original design with floor to ceiling shelves along the back wall was optimal in the narrow space.  We upgraded the space by extending the porcelain spa tile floor into the pantry, where it was once linoleum.  We then replaced the white wire shelves with ready-made black shelves from home depot that we beefed up with espresso-stained 1 x 2 on the front and sides.  The shelves are supported by contrasting white-wire brackets. 

Before and Afters

Lessons Learned

Bringing a full kitchen in with significant upgrades in trim and finishes for just around $7200 was tough.  The key was to have a plan, where we sketched out to scale the cabinets, granite, coffers, everything.  Being able to see the kitchen before it was built helped us to make some really critical decisions about how to lay out the coffers, where to place electrical outlets, which cabinets to buy, and so on.

Happy renovating!

The Decatur Book Festival: Sunday, September 1, 2013

The largest independent book festival in the country. Mingle with 300 world-class authors at book signings, readings, and soirees. Congressman and Civil Rights icon John Lewis will deliver the keynote, Fri., Aug. 30, 8 p.m., Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory. A cool new event for this yeat is art|DBF, a program celebrating culture and the arts, presents an "After Dark" street party with pop-up performances by Staibdance, the Atlanta Opera, Wabi Sabi, 7 Stages, and Serenbe Playhouse, plus a video installation presented by FLUX Projects (Sat., Aug. 31, 7-9 p.m. Decatur Plaza, E. Ponce de Leon Avenue and Church Street). iPhone users can download the Decatur Book Festival mobile app for quick access to author reading times, events, and maps. Free The show starts at 12:00 PM

Friday, August 30, 2013

Dragon Con Parade at Peachtree Street: Saturday, August 31, 2013

Atlanta's own celebration of sci-fi, fantasy, and all things geek, Dragon Con descends on downtown each year. The can't miss event is the parade up Peachtree. It starts at 10 am Saturday. You gotta go! The show starts at 10:00 AM

Thursday, August 29, 2013

John Lewis Keynote at the Decatur Book Festival: Friday, August 30, 2013

Rep. John Lewis is giving the Keynote for the Decatur Book Festival this year, the largest independent book festival in the country. Check out the festival over the weekend, and make sure you make it to Lewis' introduction as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's March on Washington. It's on Fri., Aug. 30, 8 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory. The show starts at 8:00 PM

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

HWYD Atlanta: Quills at 7 Stages: Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Quills at 7 Stages: Thursday, August 29, 2013

In Doug Wright's Obie Award winning play, The Marquis de Sade has enraged all of France by smuggling tales "so pornographic that they cause men to murder and women to miscarry" from his cell at Charenton Asylum. The Abbe de Coulmier, a gentle humantarian, is ordered to restore control through more medieval means. But for a man with the Marquis' unique tastes, will punishment serve as a deterrent? How else can a tale in the Marquis' world end but in chaos and catastrophe? Raw, wickedly funny, often disturbing and sometimes even sentimental, this is a show that should not be missed; except by children and the easily offended. It is recommended for mature audiences only. The show starts at 8:00 PM

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Make a succulent dish garden: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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Make a succulent dish garden at Wylde Center: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Join Kurt Straudt of and learn how to make beautiful succulents arrangements! Save money and be able to make special gifts for friends and family. The cost of this class includes everything (soil, plants, decorative stones or moss) except the container. Reuse an old dish garden container or some great yard-sale find! Just about anything will do, however succulents are easier to care in containers that have a drain hole. Pre-registration required $35 The show starts at 7:00 PM

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Butler: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Butler is in theatres now, and it's getting mixed reviews. Oliver Gettel, of the LA Times writes: "The year's first serving of Oscar bait has arrived on a silver platter in the form of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," a star-studded historical drama starring Forest Whitaker as an African American butler working at the White House through multiple administrations, set against the arc of the civil rights movement. Thus far the film has earned positive, if somewhat ambivalent reviews, with critics praising the strong ensemble cast for helping to ground writer-director Daniels' melodramatic flair. In a measured review, The Times' Kenneth Turan writes, "'The Butler' is neither as good as it might have been nor as bad as survivors of 'The Paperboy' may have feared. An ambitious and overdue attempt to create a Hollywood-style epic around the experience of black Americans in general and the civil rights movement in particular, it undercuts itself by hitting its points squarely on the nose with a 9-pound hammer." Sounds like it's definitely worth a watch. Particularly if you're a Whitaker or Winfrey fan. The show starts at 9:30 PM

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Djembe Drum Class: Monday, August 26, 2013

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Djembe Drum Class at Leafmore Clubhouse: Monday, August 26, 2013

Did you know that Atlanta is home to some masters of west African drumming? These are folks who spent years and years in that part of the world, learning the craft. And, they've brought it back to Atlanta, and wanna teach it! How. Lucky. Are. We?! I've been to one of their performances. Primal and raw and soulful and energy and love. They remind you that you have a soul, and it wants to move. So, learn to play the drums today. The classes are kid friendly. So, grab your favorite son, daughter, niece, nephew, or just some kid you know, and head on over! It's held by DrumRise, and it's at 7:00 - 8:15 Monday night at Leafmore Clubhouse in Decatur. Note that you have to sign up at, and that you have to let them know you are doing a drop-in class and that you need them to bring you a drum. ($20 per person for drop in. $75 for 5 classes). The show starts at 7:00 PM

Saturday, August 24, 2013

HWYD Atlanta: Pastry, Live! at The Retreat at Perimeter Summit: Sunday, August 25, 2013

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Pastry, Live! at The Retreat at Perimeter Summit: Sunday, August 25, 2013

Pastry Live is back, baby! Three straight days of demonstrations, contests, awards, and glamor. It's the sweetest event around! Check out the schedule below. It's $50 for a three day pass.

 Sunday, August 25
 Student Chocolate Challenge 9:00am - 10:00am
 Art of Cake 10:00am - 12:00pm
 Pastry Atlanta Noon - 2:00pm Sponsored by Pastry Live
 Seminar: Susan Notter 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Sponsored by Amoretti
 The Chocolatier of the Year 1:30pm - 3:30pm
 Awards Ceremony 4:30pm - 5:00pm

 Monday, August 26
 Signature Dessert Competition Session 1: First Plated Dessert Group 9:00am - Noon
 Seminar: Ewald Notter 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Sponsored by Pastry Live
 Seminar: Stéphane Tréand MOF 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Sponsored by Chicago School of Mold Making 
Signature Dessert Competition Session 2: Second Plated Dessert Group 1:00pm - 4:00pm
 Seminar: Vincent Pilon 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Sponsored by Chicago School of Mold Making

 Tuesday, August 27 (seminars and demos to be announced soon)
 National Showpiece Championship 8:00am - 3:00pm
 Seminar: Jérôme Landrieu 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Sponsored by Cacao Barry
 Seminar: Jean-Marie Auboine 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Sponsored by Swiss Chalet Fine Foods
 Judging 3:00pm - 4:00pm
 Awards Ceremony 4:30pm - 5:00pm

Making the Most of a Tiny Powder Room

Our Goodwood renovation project gave a 1985 Victorian meets Contemporary townhouse new life with a complete redo.  One of the most rewarding projects was the main level powder room, which sits just off the dining area.  Just 3 by 8 feet and with a sloped roof, it is a tiny space.

The powder room is tiny.  Just 3' by 8'.  The door was originally in the center of the room, and awkwardly opened onto the dining area.  The key to making it work was moving the door from the center of the room to the corner, and then adding a corner vessel sink to give enough room to get in and out.

The original architecture put the door to the space more or less in the center of one of the 7 foot walls, with a cultured marble pedestal sink to your left, and the toilet to the right as you entered the room.  Unfortunately, that made the door open directly on the dining area.  Awkward!  To fix the issue, we moved the door to the left, sliding it more fully into the stair case that sits just behind the dining area.  The new problem was that now the door opened right on the space for the pedestal.  The pedestal blocked you from entering the room.  Our solution, a corner sink.

We moved the door to the powder room over to the left, so that it would be completely in the stair well, and out of the dining area.  We extended the hand-scraped maple floor into the room to help with flow.  Adding a dark bronze towel ring to the cabinet was a final touch.  With the room being so small, it was really the only place we could put it!

Did you know that sourcing a corner sink is darn near impossible?  The ones you find are either tiny fixtures, sized for a yacht, or really ornate pieces of furniture, which are too big for the space and didn't fit with the contemporary style we were going for.  Moreover, they were really outside our budget.  So, we went completely custom and created a cabinet that attached to the wall.  We fronted the cabinet with a shaker-style panel, with a bead-board field.  We painted the cabinet the same antique white color as the house trim.  Don't forget, Kilz primer and two coats of semi-gloss.

The completely custom corner vanity is simply constructed from one-by materials.  The front panel is shaker, following the design of the espresso-stained kitchen cabinetry.  The granite was machined using a template we made from cardboard to fit the wall exactly.  The vessel sink and faucet were found on amazon, at really great prices.  The mirror and light were from home depot.

On top, we added a custom cut piece of granite that matched the St. Cecilia stone in the kitchen.  To get the granite just right, we created a template from cardboard, cutting to the exact dimension it needed to be.  We added holes to the template for a white porcelain vessel sink and for the faucet, both of which we purchased ahead of time on Amazon.

To finish the room, we extended the hand-scraped maple floors from the hallway into the powder room, added a new low water usage toilet, added crown molding - not so easy on a sloped ceiling - and added a circular cherry-framed mirror and bronze sconce light.  We trimmed the room out with the dark bronze hardware we used throughout the house.  

The high contrast dark bronze hardware on antique white trim runs throughout the house.

The end effect is a refined room that makes the most of the little space available.


Sink - included drain: $90
Faucet: - included water supplies $70
Cabinet - built with simple 1 x 2 and 1 x 4 materials and bead-board: $60
Granite: $75 - a triangle about 2.5 square feet at $24 per square foot.  We picked it up from the granite manufacturer and installed ourselves to keep cost down.
Toilet: $105 - includes water supply.
Floor: included in main area flooring costs.  Approx $100
Door hardware, light fixture, towel ring, etc: $90
Mirror: $45
Paint: $50

Total: $685

Happy Renovating!

Friday, August 23, 2013

HWYD Atlanta: The Gorilla Ball at Defoor Centre: Saturday, August 24, 2013

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The Gorilla Ball at Defoor Centre: Saturday, August 24, 2013

The 2013 Atlanta Press Club Gorilla Ball is all new and taboo! The August 24th event will star hilarious Laughing Skull comedians who will entertain Atlanta Press Club members and guests through good natured ignominy and lots of laughs. Leave your ego at the door. Don't forget to RSVP! The show starts at 6:00 PM

Thursday, August 22, 2013

HWYD Atlanta: Margaret Cho at Laughing Skull: Friday, August 23, 2013

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Margaret Cho at Laughing Skull: Friday, August 23, 2013

Watch out! Margaret Cho's in town. And she's bringing her raunchy self to the Laughing Skull this weekend. Try to catch one of her unforgettable performances as she riffs on sex, politics, race, from her unique perspective. Careful though. There's a real strong chance of the show being sold out. She's a popular gal. The show starts at 8:00 PM

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

HWYD Atlanta: Bruno Mars at : Thursday, August 22, 2013

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Bruno Mars at : Thursday, August 22, 2013

Bruno Mars is at Philips on Thursday night. Bringing his energetic style to Atlanta. Grab that special someone, and head on over. It'll be fun! The show starts at 7:30 PM

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Live Flamenco Show: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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Live Flamenco Show at Fanoo's Restaurant: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Live Flamenco guitar, singing & dance at Fanoo's! Enjoy some Persian, and live the dance. The show starts at 7:00 PM

Monday, August 19, 2013

Simply Delicious Kickoff: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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Simply Delicious Kickoff at Decatur Recreation Center: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Simply Delicious series will focus on local, fresh produce and our fabulous chefs Jennifer Weissman, Jerilynn Bedingfield, and Charli Vogt who are all active Atlanta foodies. The kickoff cookoff event and open house will be on August 20 at the Decatur Recreation Center. The open house will feature cooking demonstrations and tastings. Free The show starts at 7:00 PM

Sunday, August 18, 2013

HWYD Atlanta: Girl Most Likely: Monday, August 19, 2013

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Girl Most Likely: Monday, August 19, 2013

Imogene is a failed New York playwright awkwardly navigating the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year's News. After both her career and relationship hit the skids, she's forced to make the humiliating move back home to New Jersey with her eccentric mother and younger brother. Adding further insult to injury, there's a strange man sleeping in her old bedroom and an even stranger man sleeping in her mother's bed. Through it all, Imogene eventually realizes that as part of her rebuilding process she must finally come to love and accept both her family and her Jersey roots if she's ever going to be stable enough to get the hell away from them. The show starts at 4:30 PM

Saturday, August 17, 2013

HWYD Atlanta: Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre: Sunday, August 18, 2013

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Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre: Sunday, August 18, 2013

Hunted relentlessly by police inspector Javert for breaking parole, Jean Valjean must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young, orphaned Cosette. But with revolution in the air, Valjean has no choice but to sacrifice everything to protect those he loves. Directed by Justin Anderson. $30-$40. Note that shows are selling out fast, so get your tickets soon! The show starts at 2:30 PM

Friday, August 16, 2013

HWYD Atlanta: Rumpelstiltskin at Center for Puppetry Arts: Saturday, August 17, 2013

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Rumpelstiltskin at Center for Puppetry Arts: Saturday, August 17, 2013

Adapted by Bobby Box & Michael Haverty "My daughter can spin straw into gold!" brags Kate's father. Held captive by the greedy queen, Kate must now find a way to make good on her father's boast! A mysterious little man appears and offers his magical assistance.but at what price? Based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, this marionette musical will spin grins onto the faces of kids and adults alike. Puppetry Style: Marionette $9.25-$16.50 The show starts at 3:00 PM

Thursday, August 15, 2013

HWYD Atlanta: Friday Jazz at High Museum of Art: Friday, August 16, 2013

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Friday Jazz at High Museum of Art: Friday, August 16, 2013

Check out the live Jazz at the High on Friday. This week it's Mace Hibbard. "Hibbard is an artist who uses his technical mastery, compositional skills, and informed understanding of the jazz saxophone lineage to create musical offerings that are truly unique." Have a glass of wine and some hors d'ouevre. Stroll around the gallery and view the current exhibit of the Girl with a Peal Earring. And listen to some Jazz. A good evening for sure. Just pay for museum admission to get in. Free if you're a member of the high. Membership has its priviledges. The show starts at 6:00 PM

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

HWYD Atlanta - Dance in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden: Thursday, August 15, 2013

Dance in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden: Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wabi Sabi, Atlanta Ballet's dancer-driven troupe, to perform seven works throughout the intimate confines of the Atlanta Botanical Garden during its weekly cocktails event, Cocktails in the Garden. The show starts at 6:00 PM

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

HWYD Atlanta - Every Tongue Confess at Horizon Theatre: Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Every Tongue Confess at Horizon Theatre: Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The summer heat is rising and flames are flying high in this fantastical whodunit. Wrapped in combustible comedy and the sweat-soaked music of the Deep South, intergenerational stories of loss and redemption collide. Gardley blends ancient myth and magical realism with the local TV news to create a fiery theatrical furnace in which some will be saved, some will be purged, and the truth cannot escape. - Horizon Theatre. The show starts at 8:00 PM

Here's what you do on Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Salmon Croque Monsieur at Bistro Niko

Niko brings their sharp French focus to the classic croque monsieur. That decadent grilled cheese sandwich that is so much more than a grilled cheese. Niko takes it up a notch further by adding salmon to the mix. Have it with a pinot noir, and sit back and relax on their Peachtree view patio.


Every Tongue Confess at Horizon Theatre

Enjoy!! The show starts at 8:00 PM

Monday, August 12, 2013

HWYD Atlanta - Summer Cooking Series with Chef Curtis Ross at Avondale Lake House: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Summer Cooking Series with Chef Curtis Ross at Avondale Lake House: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Chef Curtis Ross has traveled throughout the world, providing personal chef and catering services to corporate clients, international dignitaries and such high-profile personalities as Will and Jada Smith. Join Chef Curtis for his Summer Cooking Series in Avondale Estates at the beautiful Lakehouse at Avondale as he shares his holistic approach to blending food and folklore. Learn easy cooking techniques to create amazingly delicious cuisine to support vibrant health and weight management for you and your family all in the beautiful setting of Avondale's historic Lakehouse. Register: 470-554-6890. $80/class; $240 (4 CLASSES), $440 8 CLASSES. The show starts at 6:30 PM

Here's what you do on Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Organic steel cut oatmeal at Empire State South

Wanna get health. Organic steel cut oatmeal will get you on the way. Of course, honey might not help. But it's organic, and just use a little. A perfect solution. Have it with a hot cup of Irish breakfast tea with milk and sugar. Now you're ready for the day.


I'm So Excited at Midtown Cinema

In writer/director Pedro Almodóvar's bawdy comedy I'm So Excited!, the filmmaker's most joyous and colorful film since Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, passengers are put in a precarious situation aboard a plane flying from Spain to Mexico City when a landing gear failure endangers their lives. As the pilots strive to find a solution, the flamboyant flight attendants and chief steward try to forget their own personal problems and devote themselves body and soul to the task of making the flight as enjoyable as possible for the hysterical passengers. But life in the clouds is as complicated as it is at ground level, and all the passengers have some kind of secret. When faced with their potential demise, everyone reacts with unfiltered honesty and riotous sexual abandon. (Fully subtitled) The show starts at 1:35 PM


Nap time...

Naps are good for you.


Farm Egg at Empire State South

It's a little bowl of heaven, with crunchy rice at the bottom and topped with a sunny-side up egg. Think of it a crucible for the chefs at Empire to experiment with their magic. Because what's in the middle changes by season. Sometimes beech mushrooms. Sometimes house-made bologna. Sometimes squash blossoms. Flavors blend. Everything locally sourced. Always good. Start out with the melons and peppercorn salumi. Pair with a pinot grigio. Then order a syrah, and the farm egg. A great meal.


Summer Cooking Series with Chef Curtis Ross at Avondale Lake House

Enjoy!! The show starts at 6:30 PM


Charcuterie at Empire State South

Belly up to the well designed bar at Empire and order yourself a big glass of bordeaux and the charcuterie plate. Winner of Creative Loafing's charcuterie smack down (really? Charcuterie SmackDown?), it's a selection of sausage, terrine, pate, and lots of things pickled - tomatoes, peppers, and our favorite, mustard seeds. Have the plate for two and share some wine and have long conversation about your next vacation.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

HWYD Atlanta: Around the Barnyard with Cheese: Cow vs. Goat vs. Sheep at Cook's Warehouse: Midtown: Monday, August 12, 2013

Around the Barnyard with Cheese: Cow vs. Goat vs. Sheep at Cook's Warehouse: Midtown: Monday, August 12, 2013

Milk from any animal can be used to produce cheese, but here in the US we primarily use milk from cows, goats or sheep. How are these different cheeses produced and why do they look, feel, smell and taste different from each other? Do they differ in nutritional makeup? Jill Davis of Murray's Cheese will have the answers as she offers up an assortment of cheeses that will allow you to compare and contrast products made from cow's milk, goat's milk and sheep's milk. No matter which you prefer, you'll become armed with knowledge to help you select the right kind of cheese for your recipe or cheese platter. The show starts at 7:00 PM

Here's what you do on Monday, August 12, 2013


Eggceptional Eggs at The Flying Biscuit - Candler Park

Two words folks. Love cakes. The Egg-ceptional eggs at the Flying Biscuit has 'em. Black bean cakes that pack a subtle spice that wakes you up in the morning. They cover them with eggs over easy, some tomatillo salsa, and sour cream. Add a salad, and you're even approaching healthy. Add fresh OJ, and finish with a cup of English breakfast tea with milk and sugar. They make a good meal any time of day. Nice...


iPad and Mac Workshops at Apple Store: Lenox

Here's a test. How do you shut down an app that's running in the background on your iPhone? No idea? Didn't know that apps were running in the background? Yeah, me too. For quite some time! Wanna become a guru? Here's what you do. Take a free workshop at the Apple Store. They're an hour long. They focus on communications, creativity, business, learning the basics, and more. It's totally worth the hour. Make a reservation on-line at the apple store to get started. The store at Lenox is perfect. You can fit in some shopping too! The show starts at 10:00 AM


Time for an afternoon sleep...

Health matters.


Mac & Cheese at Prime

Ok. It's a side. But, it takes center stage in our book! The white cheddar mac and cheese at prime is the perfect snack when you're at Lenox. Whether you're waiting for your appointment at the Apple Store, or just pooped from shopping, get a glass of spicy red zin and a miniature skillet of mac & cheese and your afternoon is made. Get to prime early, and you might even catch the daily half-price steak special. Go ahead, add a filet to the order. That mac & cheese could use some company.


Around the Barnyard with Cheese: Cow vs. Goat vs. Sheep at Cook's Warehouse: Midtown

Enjoy!! The show starts at 7:00 PM

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Welcome to HWYD Philanthropy

Hey There!

We're Steve and Andrea.

You may be familiar with our sister blogs, Here's What You Do (Altanta), Here's What You Do, (Travel)Here's What You Do (Décor)Here's What You Do (Gourmet)Here's What You Do (Consumer)Here's What You Do (Learning) and Tablescape Times Three. Now, we are happy to announce Here's What You Do (Philanthropy).

We want to make it clear from the beginning that we will include charities as well as philanthropic efforts. 

What's the difference, you ask?

Decorating an Outdated Kitchen with Food

Greetings, HWYD Friends!

Food as decoration - we do it all the time! And not just on the plate! If you are having a dinner gathering in a space that just doesn't have the feel you are going for, think about what you have on hand in your pantry and on your shelves around the house that you can put together the feel you want.

Install a Hardwood Ceiling

Greetings, HWYD Friends!

It's probably not a great idea to lead with one of our favorite all-time projects. We should have saved it for later, but we just couldn't help ourselves.

We are in the process of renovating our town home in Atlanta, The Goodwood House. In fact, it has been a long remodeling endeavor. Think 1980's kitchen, popcorn vaulted ceilings, carpet everywhere...