Now that I’ve given you the first look at our latest project and new home, I’m getting into the nitty gritty details.  First, how we found the house and let me tell you, I believe the house found us instead. For several months we had our eyes on a Read More

Our New Old Home: The Details

Dec 4, 2014

Oct 12, 2014

I recently teamed up with Swiffer and Home Depot to organize a space in my home.  This is how it all went down: Everyone has those spots in your home you pray no one sees—the junk drawer, the pantry shelf, and for us, the hall closet. Although not Read More

A Closet Makeover with Swiffer and Home Depot

Lighting really sets the tone for a space.  For an outdoor room, like our back deck, I didn’t want the only light source to be the porch light, but instead wanted a soft, warm, inviting glow with a dreamy feel.  I used a combination of string lights Read More

OUTDOOR LIGHTING

Jun 4, 2014

May 28, 2014

   One of my favorite features on the new deck is the hanging planter herb garden.  I love fresh herbs for cooking, and this planter is not only practical, it’s also pretty.  If I didn’t fill it full of herbs, I would plant flowers and add some Read More

DIY HANGING PLANTER HERB GARDEN (video)

I really wanted the back deck to have the feeling of a comfortable room.  It needed a shade source, and I wanted to create an intimate and private setting, if desired.  Drapes were the perfect solution. But how do you hang drapes from a pergola? Read More

DIY GALVANIZED PIPE CURTAIN RODS & DRAPES

May 21, 2014

May 14, 2014

If I was to pinpoint one thing that took our deck from just ok to wow, it would be the pergola.  It is hands down the most beautiful thing in the backyard and adds such a richness to the deck. When we were mapping out the design and construction plans, Read More

HOW TO BUILD A PERGOLA

First, thank you so much for your response to the back deck reveal!  It was a big undertaking, and we are so happy to have it complete.  We have eaten outside almost every single night since it was finished.  I’m always amazed how much more I enjoy Read More

OUTDOOR LIVING FINISHING TOUCHES (+ a giveaway!)

Apr 25, 2014

Apr 24, 2014

It’s here!  Today is the day!  I can finally spill the beans about one of the biggest projects in our renovation thus far– our back deck makeover. I mentioned a while back that the Home Depot asked me to be a part of their Patio Style Challenge.  They Read More

HOME DEPOT PATIO STYLE CHALLENGE REVEAL (video)

I’m sharing some exciting news today and it has to do with one horribly ugly eyesore in my backyard.  Why have I never posted any photos of my backyard, you may ask?  Well, if you knew the state of my back deck, you wouldn’t post any photos either. Read More

PATIO STYLE CHALLENGE 2014

Mar 3, 2014

Aug 16, 2013

I can’t believe it’s done!  Our little rental property is now fully renovated, and the new renters moved in this morning.  It feels oh so good to have this project that’s been in the back of our minds for several years now completed.  We love the way Read More

OPERATION DUPLEX RENO: KITCHEN REVEAL

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