#139: Our Exterior Makeover Continues…

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Painting our brick house white was just the tip of our home’s exterior update iceberg, so this week we’re sharing more of our plans – including one that’s turning out to be much more complex than we expected. We’ve also got an exciting announcement about a color collaboration we’ve been working on and we’re sharing more of everyone’s favorite thing: design norms from around the world, including bomb shelters, frost lines, and… special windows that keep witches out of your house?! Plus we try a strange but awesome subscription box that makes us feel like we’re on Law & Order.


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What’s New

  • Spring has sprung, so here’s an updated shot of our house (which we painted white last fall), complete with the white flowering dogwood out front.
  • And below is a picture of the awning we’re planning to order from the UK. You can see how it has a gentle swoop that we had trouble getting someone to replicate locally – hence all of the legwork it took to get our hands on it.

  • And if you missed the full details about our masonry paint color collection with Romabio, check out that link for the big post we shared a few days ago on the blog. It has more info on why we love this paint (we paid for it and used it on our own house after lots of research and tons of recommendations from you guys last fall!) and it also covers how we picked the colors, and how you can get your hands on it.

  • You can also visit a special landing page on Romabio’s website with all of the colors in the collection, and some additional our tips for picking colors that go well with your existing roof and trim (and even some door color ideas).


  • If you missed our original discussion of “design norms” from around the world, check it out in Episode #133. It’s one of our favorite eps of all time! We also did a first round of updates in Episode #135 and the original shoes off discussion was in Episode #132.
  • As for the global design norms we shared in this episode, here’s one of the photos we received, which shows how two twin duvets can be made nicely on one larger bed (this is a hotel in Copenhagen sent by a listener named Adrianne).

  • And if you couldn’t picture the “Vermont Witch Window” we mentioned, here’s one that was shared as part of a Vermont Public Radio story. That’s also where you can read about the lore behind it.

  • Lastly, if you want to read more about Singapore’s bomb shelter rule – and see not only lots of pictures, but read interviews with residents who live with them, check out this Vice story.

We’re Digging

  • Below is a photo of some of what we’ve received so far in our two Hunt A Killer boxes. It’s not everything (and I’ve blurred some things to prevent potential spoilers) but it gives you an idea of how elaborate the story is and the range of evidence & clues you’re sent.

  • I couldn’t find the coupon code that got our first box delivered for free, but the code FRIEND30 will get you 30% off your first box.
  • But if you’re looking for something a bit more family-friendly, this is the SET game I was digging this week. I feel like I did a terrible job explaining how to make “sets” in the episode, so I displayed 3 examples of “sets” below:

  • The top one shows a trio where almost everything is the same (all green, all ovals, all filled in solidly) – just the number of icons differs (3, 2, and 1). Which means it’s a set!
  • The middle set has the same shape (squiggle) and number (1) but all different colors and shadings. Which also means it’s a set.
  • The bottom is where everything is different – no cards share the same number, color, shape, or shading. So yes – that’s a set too!
  • There’s also a SET Junior that says it’s for ages as young as 3 if you’re interested in something a little simpler – but we haven’t played that one yet.

If you’re looking for something we’ve dug in a past episode, but don’t remember which show notes to click into, here’s a master list of everything we’ve been digging from all of our past episodes. You can also see all the books we’ve recommended on our Book Club page.

And lastly, a big thank you to Social Print Studio for sponsoring this episode. You can take 15% off your next order using the code YHL15!

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