Thursday, June 24, 2010

Simply, Back.

I feel like I'm in one of those scenes in a movie where a guy has been kicked out of his apartment in a huge fight by his girlfriend. The one where he's standing outside in the rain with his suitcase and a wilted bouquet of a dozen long-stem roses, asking for forgiveness and to come back home.

Well, here I am folks. I'm back! After much deliberation and much coaxing, aka a full-court press from my friend and amazing Cville Blogger, Jeanine over at Small & Chic in Cville, I'm giving in (Thanks, J.) Will you have me back? I hope so. I've missed you all. I really have. For those of you who might stumble upon this little blog randomly, I'll catch you up to speed. I shut her down back after the holidays or as my friend Jeanine likes to say "I was simply taking a break." I wanted to focus on a few other things, and I had quickly realized coming up with a new project or post every night was quite cumbersome and unnecessary. You don't want to reach that point in your life that you just start tearing up perfectly good stuff just for the sake of having a blog post. It's an ugly place.

I had hoped to start writing more professionally about home design and DIY projects for the boy or girl next door, and well, it happened. Shortly after I closed up shop at Simply Cville I was hired as a columnist for C-VILLE Abode, our monthly leisure magazine/newspaper dedicated to home design and better living in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties. When the March issue of Abode hit the shelves, I was introduced as C-VILLE's new Do-It Yourself Guy and the author of "Rental Rescue," a column helping renters complete DIY projects to improve their spaces without breaking the bank or breaking down walls. I have to say, it's been a blast working with my editor at C-VILLE Abode and I'm super psyched about the column for the upcoming year. There's also something really humbling about standing in line for bagels and the girl in front of you is looking at your kitchen on page 27. Crazy stuff.

You can check out some of my columns here:

The July column will be out in 2 weeks!

Otherwise, life has been pretty par for the course. Upon returning from vacation in Nantucket, a brief "burst" of an intense storm hit Charlottesville on a Thursday afternoon sending an 86 year old tree onto my small house. Flash forward to interior shots of tree limbs poking in to the attic, brown, water stained ceilings, cracks that look like the Mason Dixon, no gutters, and learning what it looks like when it rains in a living room. Hooray for great insurance all around. The other lesson learned? Kartell Ghost Chairs do Windex really well when they are covered in brown water spots. Perhaps I should invest in all Lucite/acrylic furniture.

So, I can't promise that there will be posts every night, actually, I I can assure you there won't be. However, I'd like to come back if you'll have me. I can also promise you it won't be super fancy. It will just be, Simply Cville.

So, that being said. I hope you'll have me back. After all, I've missed you and it's raining out here. I'd like to come inside, even if it's raining in the living room, too.



  1. And the Prodigal Blogging Diva returns. It's like coming home.

  2. Well played! And with a three column template and a new background to boot!

    How did the cutest bungalow in town come through last night's storm? Maison Small & Chic was without power, but dry.

  3. Thanks! Happy to be back!

    What a mess. I'm over these "Micro Bursts." You won't believe it, but I got home thinking I'd be spared after the last storm. However, my next door neighbor (same owner of the last tree that fell on my house) had a 2nd large tree uproot and reach from one side of her back yard, all the way across to mine and broke through my little white picket fence. So much for dreams of white picket fences. We didn't get power back until some point after 11PM. I slept at a friend's and came home to power this morning!

    Hope Maison Small & Chic is full of light and central air again soon! (Especially in this heat).

  4. just found u via jeannine. love your kitchen! i look forward to your new blog adventures!

  5. Welcome back, Ed! I left your blog in my Google Reader in hopes that you would change your mind and come back. Wishful thinking worked! Looking forward to your posts. I will go back and read your Abode articles too.

  6. Nice to see you're back. Just re read your Christmas Angel blog. That would sell so well in the UK!

  7. Ed:
    Glad to see you back. Guess we'll have more to talk about at lunch!
    The Shade Shop

  8. Hooray!! So happy to see that you're back!! I found you through Jeannine's blog back in the winter and was so bummed that you had decided to shut down. I think your readers will take you back in any way they can get you back-1x a week, 3x a week-whatever. Welcome back!!