A Random Post – The First Remke?

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I know this isn’t related to house stuff, but I’m jazzed about it and want to share this with you. A couple of weeks ago I was told that Bill’s Food Mart across the street from my house is the site of the first Remke (which is a local grocery store chain for you Hoosier readers… think Marsh). The building I’m referring to is the one below (I took this pic on my way to work today):

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For those of you who aren’t aware, I am overly curious about Covington history, specifically my neighborhood of Peaselburg (which apparently means “goose poop” but that’s another post). To figure it out, I scoured the internet looking for photos of Bill’s as Remke back in the day. After a few days of searching, nothing really turned up. As a last ditch effort I sent an email to the webmaster at Remke.com and last week I got the coolest reply… with pictures from Mr. Remke himself!

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How nice (and awesome) is that? Here are the photos:

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As it turns out, the Remke on Holman wasn’t exactly the first location, with the very first store opening on Russell St. in Covington in 1897. The Holman store went up in 1922. So there you have it. This is like Mythbusters but for history dorks. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Now back to design stuff.

– emily

So Many Billy’s

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This is my official first post on WordPress. I was noticing with Tumblr a few things – inability (OK, my inability to figure it out) to categorize, add tags and allow user comments. So… I transferred everything over tonight. Thank goodness I’m only 13 posts in! Phew! Now that I’m all caught up, let’s talk my front room.

My original idea was to cover the newly-painted black walls with white picture frames. It’s very similar to what Young House Love just recently did, but with white frames on a black wall. After pondering and pondering, I decided to make a switch and do something with bookcases. Lord knows I could use the storage!

My final idea has to do with using IKEA Billy bookcases to wrap around the wall, which originally came from Nicole Balch at Making It Lovely. She did it fantastically. After my mom (she was recruited for the project) and I sketched out a plan for number of pieces and final cost it came to a total of 31 pieces for a whopping $600. Because I certainly can’t blow that all at one time, I’m doing this one in phases. Phase 1 happened this weekend and looks like this:

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This photo doesn’t include the 14″ extension that I have to go on top of the cabinet. I have very tall ceilings (119″ to be exact) so I wanted the cabinets to be as tall as possible. I almost put the extension up this weekend, but Aaron had to talk some sense in to me because we have not yet anchored this big boy to the wall. I’m also not sold on the chairs there. They seem to overpower the little table. Anyhow, I’ll be posting pics of the progress often!

Bedroom Colors – Brown & Teal

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My bedroom is currently all white. The walls are the same off-white they’ve been when I bought the place. The great thing about everything being white is that it makes it very easy to switch color in and out. Here is an idea. I generally avoid brown and teal because that combo was all the rage two years ago and all the big box stores (Bed Bath & Beyond, Target) reproduce it with no respect. I think with the right pieces and patterns it could look really cool, especially with my white framed windows. My favorite piece of this concept is Graham & Brown’s Superfresco Scope Wallpaper. I am such a sucker for a good wallpaper.

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