Fixing Your Fixer-Upper: What to Expect When Renovating a Historic Home

May 30, 2017

 

 

One important point to keep in mind when searching the housing market for diamonds-in-the-rough: Someone Has To Fix The Fixer-Upper. And guess what? As the new homeowner, that job is now yours.
You’ve saved thousands on the sticker price because of the home’s current condition but that doesn’t mean your a weekend of dusting away from Instagram fame and Pinterest royalty. Depending on how involved your renovations will be, you may be living out of one room in the house for some time, or not at all.

There is great amount of work ahead of you and it’s worth keeping this all in mind before committing yourself to anything. Every home is different, especially when you’re dealing with properties that were likely built before your grandfather was old enough to walk uphill to school. The points listed below are a rough sketch of what to expect once you’ve decided it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work.

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Beats of the Week: John Coltrane – Different Kinds of Blue

February 14, 2017

 

No doubt, the name John Coltrane comes to mind, just after Lisa Simpson, when you think Jazz Saxophone. With an incredible storied career, cut short after his cancer diagnosis in 1967, John Coltrane contributed to legendary recordings with the likes of Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Duke Ellington.

From his humble beginning in North Carolina, Coltrane would go on to develop his own unique chord progressions, and pioneer the use of musical modes that would help bring about a post-modern jazz movement, cementing him as (arguably) the most significant saxophonist in music history.

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The 5 Best Blood Orange Cocktail Recipes

January 30, 2017

We’re no stranger to cocktail recipes. It can be hard to top a cocktail featuring the citrussy and refreshing zing of a Blood Orange.  Whether muddling the juices for a citrussy-sweet twist, or upgrading the appeal of your apertif with a sophisticated wedge for garnish, the blood orange is a featured ingredient that we just can’t get enough of.

We’ve scoured the internet for the most refreshing Blood Orange cocktails on the net, and are sharing with you our Top 5 picks! Click the ‘recipe’ links to be whisked away to your cocktail-making instructions.

(The image in our post header is drink 2 on our list, the Blood Orange Sparkling Voda)

 

 

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Warm Up With These 10 Amazing Soup Recipes

January 25, 2017

As the weather chills, I’m often on the hunt for new and exciting dinner ideas that are hearty, warm, and filling. And- as always, I never need to look further than a homemade bowl of soup. Grab your slow cooker, untangle the cord for your imersion blender, and let’s get cooking!

 

 

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20 Simple Tips to Instantly Improve Your Life

January 18, 2017

 

Well Friends, another New Year is upon us. People around the globe are setting larger-than-life resolutions, some of them will be discarded by the wayside come spring. Today we offer something more simple than Losing 50 pounds, Running a marathon, or getting that long awaited promotion. Today we are offering 20 simple tips that will instantly change your life for the better.

Read them, adapt them into your life, and have a silent smile when a co-worker of friend comes to you mid-April complaining of their resolution failures.

Bonus reading;  Top 40 Life Tips for the Modern Gentlemen , 5 Easy Ways to Live a Healthier 2016

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@STRAWBOSSCOMBS Top 9 Instagram Posts of 2016!

December 16, 2016

 

It’s been a big year for The Straw Boss Comb Collective on Instagram! Not only have we used the platform to share our handcrafted Beard Supply; like our combs and Beard Oils – but we’ve also curated some of our favorite media from every corner of the internet – cocktail recipes, inspirational quotes, photos that give us wanderlust and apprecition for the great outdoors, and of course, photos that were sent from all of YOU!

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Beats of the Week: Selections From The Great American Songbook

December 8, 2016

 

With the holidays around the corner, you may find yourself feeling a little nostalgic, reaching for Frank Sinatra or Bing Crosby in lieu of your standard choices. But where do you look when you’ve worn out your Ella Fitzgerald records and every Billie Holiday recording available on Spotify?
Though Jazz singers, Lounge Crooners and Band Leaders in their respective categories, each belong to an elusive and illustrious collection known simply as
The Great American Songbook. 

This week, the Straw Boss crew is highlighting an era in American songwriting that would define how we use one simple word: Classic.

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