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Ashraf Akkilah

Ashraf Akkilah

Architecture and design is my passion.
I’m an architect who is interested in building design and decor trends. I’m also interested in sculpture design and landscaping.
I’m “outdoor” architect who love to be involved in the project site and supervise finishing and final touches works. I had contributed to many construction and decor projects.

Stucco Round 1!!

RIP to the most offensive paint job to have EVER EVER existed. The stucco is finally on the Merc!  Well, sort of. The brown coat is on at the Merc! I can’t even begin to tell you how dang exciting it

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Court’s Fatal Flaw & the Destruction of Our Irreplaceable Windows

We all know that Courtney Gubler is near perfect. He’s a supportive husband, he’s a fun dad, he’s handy and is definitely the better half of this marriage. But Court Gubler has a flaw. One we’ve known about for a

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Gratitude & Team Floret

It’s a rare treat to have the entire Floret team all in one place, since a few of our members work remotely. Susan lives in Ohio, Ellen is down in Texas and Jill is up in Bellingham. Everyone came in for the final days of launching our new Floret Online Workshop and it was wonderful […]

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Toolbox Tuesday: Milwaukee’s New USB Rechargeable Personal Lighting Line

Would you agree with the statement, “Proper lighting is one of the most often overlooked yet critical tools in a well done project”?

Whether we’re talking about the ability to actually see what you’re working on, safely use power tools, or spot imperfections before it’s too late, good lighting is more than critical, it’s essential.

Over the last several weeks I’ve been testing out some of Milwaukee’s newest offerings in their personal lighting line. This series of battery powered headlamps, flashlights and an extremely versatile personal floodlight were a highlight of their new tool unveiling event earlier this year. And ever since I laid eyes on them I was eager to give them a try as I suspected they’d all be real winners.

Now that I’ve had some serious hands-on time with these new products, I can confirm that many of these lighting options should be a “must add” to quite a few people’s holiday shopping lists this year. So if you’re looking for that perfect gift to round out your tool obsessed family member’s stocking, the TL;DR of this post is simple. Everything we've been using have been pretty fantastic, I really like all of them, and I think they are completely worth buying!

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WINNER WINNER + Article’s Black Friday Deals

Hey guys! Man what a giveaway right??! ANYTHING on Article’s site!??! Daaaannnnngggggg Gina. I absolutely love Article and I am so excited for the winner!! This is the couch that is showing up at Lindsey Dopp’s house! (Lindsey you have

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Why the Floret Online Workshop is special

Over the years, I’ve turned to online courses to dig deeper into all sorts of different topics ranging from creative photography to marketing to copywriting. Online courses can be a great way to learn more about a particular topic from the comfort of your own home.  I’ve spent more mornings than I can count perched […]

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Drywall Dust Removal Hack (That Most Professionals Don’t Even Know)

Removing drywall dust from walls before you paint, is up there with the west jobs EVER. Its labor intensive, frustrating, and dirty. But I’ve got a trick that is going to blow your mind. It’s crazy, but it works. When

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Drywall Tips and Tricks Brought To You By a Casual Observer Hoping to Steal All The Pro Secrets.

Hey folks!! If you thought we were done talking about drywall, you were mistaken. 😉 If we’re being completely transparent, one of the hardest things about blogging this renovation is that I’m not doing the work, so I’m not sharing

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DO NOT MISS THIS GIVEAWAY!!

Hey friends! I just wanted to pop in with a huge heads up!  I’m teaming up with my loves over at Article to giveaway ANYTHING on their site. Literally. Anything. I KNOW. Head over to Instagram to enter! Winner is

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Real Progress on Our Window Restoration Project: Part 1

We're very excited to report real and discernible progress on our window restoration project.

Long at last! Yes, it's true! Can you believe it?

This project that we've been planning for and talking about taking on for a dozen years is finally underway. Not only is it in progress, the progress we're making is real and honest to goodness progress. I know we're not often known for this kind of news, but it's happening and it feels so good! Especially because the sash started out looking like this.

Today I want to fill you all in on part one of what will ultimately be a three part post on our sash restoration. I know it may be a little detailed (and boring) for some, but I hope it gives people looking to restore their windows an approach that may work for their purposes.

Also, it wouldn't be an “Old Town Home” project without interruptions from several other unexpected projects, like the need to completely pause to repaint and re-decorate the dining room, or another pause to strip and hang an antique door that's been in our basement for 8 years (because why not?). It's DIY ADD at its finest.

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