If you’re like me, you get a strong feeling of anticipation and excitement leading up to New Year’s Eve. It has all the accomplishment of saying goodbye to another year, with the promise of a fresh start and exciting things to come. Add all of those feelings to the eagerness and elation of a wedding day […]

Hannah and Andrew | New Year’s Eve Wedding

We passed our one year anniversary of being “Amanda Beside Eric” earlier this month. We didn’t really stop to note it or celebrate it, but it passed nonetheless. This time last year I was so excited for the new brand, but I was also full of fear. I was terrified the name change would hurt […]

One Year of Amanda Beside Eric

I’ll never stop saying how lucky we were to find a move in ready historic home at a reasonable price. After looking for so long, finding Melrose in good condition was like a miracle. Now, having said that, there sure was a whole lot of ugly and dirty when we bought the house. For an […]

A Kitchen in Progress

Christmas has already come and gone. This was the first Christmas in a while I’ve been truly excited for, and our new house has a lot to do with that. We love living here, we’ve worked so hard, and all the nice comments we’ve gotten are the frosting on the cake. The ultimate compliment, or at least […]

Holidays at Melrose – Interior

I probably couldn’t be described as a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas. My favorite Christmas dinner was the Thai lettuce wraps we made a few years ago, and live greenery indoors aggravates my asthma. But, one of the best things about being an adult is being able to create your own traditions. I don’t […]

Holidays at Melrose – Snowflakes

Ever since buying our house we’ve been committed to not rushing things. This home has stood for 225 years, and we think that whatever we do deserves a fair amount of consideration. We didn’t run out and buy loads of new decorations, and there just wasn’t time this year to dry lots of fruits or […]

Holidays at Melrose | Exterior