BITM Monthly Update | Vol. 2

September 13, 2017

Not gonna lie, we’re kind of really happy that fall is coming.  Between the crisp, cool weather and football crazyness that happens in Columbus this time of year, it’s fun.  Here’s a peak at what’s going on this month in our world!

PROJECT UPDATES

We finished two of the client projects we mentioned in our last month’s update: The Wonder Jam studio conference room and a fun Anthro-inspired kitchen remodel.  Our clients are really excited about how they turned out, which means we are too!  We’re working on before/after posts for each & can’t wait to share.  Here’s a peak at the finished Wonder Jam conference room, which the owners have named The Magic Room (yes, we added their diamond logo into the ceiling!)

Photo by Allie Lehman (Co-Founder, The Wonder Jam)

… and here’s the kitchen remodel that we wrapped up, complete with a concrete waterfall island, custom shelves from Re:Work, handmade tiles, and lots more gorgeous details.

Also, drywall is up and we’re beginning to tile the bathrooms at the Blonde Vic!  We’re starting with the showers in the two guest bathrooms on the 2nd floor (the master is on the 3rd).

Here’s a few tile options we’re considering.  They’re going to be pretty!

FOUR YEARS AGO…

We normally don’t get personal on the blog, but this month is an important one for me.  Four years ago this September, I went through a major health scare that changed my life.  I was misdiagnosed with stage III melanoma.  It was a false positive diagnosis, so I was told I had cancer, lived as if I had it for four months, and then found out through a second (and third) opinion that it was a mistake.  It was a painful experience mentally, emotionally and physically, but I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it hadn’t happened.  It helped me reframe my view on life and redefine what success means.  It taught me to focus on what really matters, that I shouldn’t try to control the future, and that someone up there is always looking out for me.

It also taught me how important second and third opinions are.  When I received my diagnosis, I thought there was no way it couldn’t be cancer – how could someone mess that up?  Isn’t it black and white?  Just like any other field, mistakes happen in the medical industry.  Doctors often differ in opinions and how they feel you should be treated.  You’re in charge of your life and you owe it to yourself to do your research.  I was fortunate enough to get my second opinion before I started treatment (Interferon), and I don’t know where I’d be if I hadn’t done that.

PS, the best books I read throughout that four month scare were Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips and Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor.  They were super helpful and informative, especially for someone newly diagnosed.

WE’RE GOING TO INDY!

We were invited by Delta Faucet to take a trip to Indy and tour their facilities later this month (and… stay at a nice hotel and eat good food and meet cool people).  We can’t wait!  We’ve been using Delta products since we first began renovating and remodeling, so it’s going to be fun to find out more about how they’re made.  We’ll post about it on Insta while we’re there so you can follow along!

Q&A WITH OUR FALL INTERN

Meet Kendall, our fall intern!  Kendall is Senior studying New Media and Communication Technology at OSU.  She’s going to help us with the blog, social media, photography, brand partnerships, and lots more.

Q: Which five people you would invite to a dinner party?
A: Meryl Streep, Beyonce, Arthur Elgort, Michelle Obama, Prince Harry

Q: Favorite TV shows?
A: Tie between West Wing, Game of Thrones, Lost, & Gilmore Girls (I’m a professional binge watcher)

Q: House item you couldn’t live without?
A: A huge blanket

You can follow Kendall on Instagram here.  She’s super talented and we’re excited to have her!

6 Comments

  1. Reply

    kristin

    Great to hear what’s going on and I appreciate your sharing. I think doing so can only help others. I still have chills reading what you wrote. I’m thankful you are well and had the wisdom to get more opinions. Looking forward to the blond vic updates!

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      Catherine

      Thanks Kristin 🤗

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    Kiki

    Woaw – you really learned on what you want to focus – good on you. I just hope you will continue to be in ‘relative’ good health and enjoy every day with the good stuff it offers and maybe learn (if you haven’t already…. it’s a process too to learn that) to let the bad stuff not get to you where it really hurts – to the inner being of you!
    Fabulous kitchen btw… great great solutions, and WELCOME Kendall.

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      Catherine

      Thanks so much Kiki!

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    Judy

    Adam and Allie are thrilled with their conference room. I can’t wait to see it in person. I am Adams Grandma and am so proud of them.

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      Catherine

      Judy, thanks so much for your comment! Adam & Allie are so talented. We love working with them!

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