Our Outdoor Fireplace: Farewell Propane, Hello Natural Gas!

fireplace | raised garden beds | trellis | outdoor pillows Two summers ago, our small backyard went through a large overhaul, one of which was the addition of an outdoor fireplace! Originally, our mid-century was wood burning, but we converted it to propane using this fire pit kit plus a few random parts necessary for our install. […]

Our DIY Planter Boxes: Still Going (Mostly) Strong 2 Years Later!

red pavers | raised garden beds | outdoor pillows | cobalt sconce | trellis Now that our DIY planter boxes have made their way through two fairly rough Chicago winters, we’re excited to report that the majority of our perennials are still with us and going strong! We were initially concerned that perennials wouldn’t survive the winter, but […]

A Quick Summertime Porch Refresh

This post is in partnership with Wagner. While I always joke that the entryway is my favorite ‘room’ in our home, Scott would argue that his is the front porch. (I mean, I’m right there with him, really!) A good front porch is a gem in Chicago, and it was high on the list of […]

Taking the Mystery Out of DIY Landscape Lighting

lounge chair | floor cushion |outdoor rug | fireplace | planter beds This post is in partnership with Homes.com. A few weekends ago, we spent a handful of hours adding landscape lighting to our back patio – the finishing touch we’d been planning for since the day we first mapped out the yard! I was absolutely shocked at […]

How Our (Late Summer) Garden Grows

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”2807285″] As a part of our whole backyard overhaul last year, we built in DIY raised planter beds. Although we were sure to insulate them (before filling them with a literal ton of soil and compost), we were a bit nervous that all our effort would be wasted on our cold Chicago winters. We’re still […]

The Evolution of Our Back Patio: Then vs. Now

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”2699613″] We’ve been enjoying a stretch of amazing weather in Chicago, allowing us to take full advantage of our (even more) recently revamped back patio. As we sit outside – roasting marshmallows, brunching with neighbors or taking a break from the garden renovation – we’ll talk about how drastically different this yard looks from just one year ago. […]

Our Planter Boxes: After a Chicago Winter

Late summer of last year, we had just completed our DIY planter boxes for the back patio – all 37 linear feet of them! – and after a consult with a local nursery, we felt pretty comfortable bringing in soil, planting and mulching in September. We’ve never been much of green thumbs, but since living in this house, we’ve had […]

Our Back Patio Makeover!

It’s December, but I was determined to not let our back patio slip away before the end of this year! This ‘room’ in our home has seen a massive transformation over the course of the last 6-7 months, so much so, that we sometimes forget about the monstrous deck that used to (barely) hang on our home! […]

The Case for Not Doing It All: Hiring Out the Deck’s Paint Job

Earlier this summer, we tore down a massive, scary and unsafe 3-story deck on the back of our home. It was replaced with an extra wide set of pressure-treated wood stairs, which has been everything we hoped it would be – a warm welcome to the backyard, inside to outside flow and, maybe our favorite […]

A Mini Gooseneck for the Patio

We had a ‘Brickwarming’ party a couple weeks ago – a name lovingly dubbed by one of our neighbors – and we had every intention of completing two tasks before our friends and family came over to eat, drink and be merry: 1) Paint and stain the patio stairs, and 2) install a patio light […]