How Did Our Rental Decisions Hold Up More Than One Year Later?

Roughly a year and a half ago, we completed a full renovation of the garden unit apartment in the basement of our home. Do you remember where we started? Back then, the unit was a little darker and a little colder than what we would have preferred – and that’s putting it politely! It also […]

The Evolution of Our IKEA Kitchen!

cabinets | sink| faucet | countertop | drawer + finger pulls | sconce | hand towel | soap pump | S+P grinders This post is in partnership with IKEA. The last room to wrap up in our garden apartment renovation is the kitchen! While plumbing was swapped in the bathroom, water connections were moved in the laundry and a lot of cosmetic upgrades were made throughout, this is the space that has seen the most drastic […]

DIY Frosted Window Film for Privacy (Theirs + Ours!)

The back mudroom was one of the larger changes we made to the garden apartment, as it drastically changed the footprint of the kitchen. Although the kitchen got smaller (and cuter, we think!), we knew that if we were going to renovate, we had to add this mudroom; until this point, access to the utility space (which contained […]

An Easy DIY Oversized Hardware Template (+ A Kitchen Sneak Peek!)

IKEA cabinets | brass pulls | brass finger pulls | faucet | tile | butcher block | sconce Over the weekend, we celebrated the end of our 20-plus-hour working weekends, because our part of the garden renovation is, mostly, complete! I say mostly, because we still have a few hours of loose ends – light fixtures, outlet […]

Choosing the Right Off-White Paint for the Garden (Squint!)

This post is in partnership with Lowe’s. When we nixed the crumbling white tile in favor of a warmer wood-look tile for the floors throughout the garden unit, we knew we’d want to complement that massive overhaul with fresh paint on every last surface, too. The current wall colors, while fine, feel a little too cool – […]

Upping the Garden Apartment’s Curb Appeal (Front and Back!)

This post is in partnership with Schlage. As the dust has been settling around the garden apartment (like, the literal drywall dust – we’re still far from the finish line!), I’ve been obsessing over the cleanliness of our freshly painted doors and new interior hardware. Every time we pop down to cross off another to-do, it’s […]

The Garden Bathroom: Before + Progress

We’ve taken you on a virtual garden tour, shared the laundry room and kitchen, and today, we’re officially introducing the bathroom! The room is small, but has the capability to be highly efficient. Unfortunately, the condition in which we received the space had a poor layout, builder grade finishes (of the worst variety) and very poor ventilation. Before […]

Planning and Finalizing the Garden Kitchen Plans!

sconce | cabinet | subway tile | drawer pulls | finger pulls This post is in partnership with IKEA. For the last several weeks, we’ve been living, breathing and sleeping all things Garden Apartment, and to say we’re tired would be an understatement. It’s all-consuming for the entirety of our weekends and most weeknights, but […]

How We Added Beadboard to the Laundry Room

Last week, some of you might have seen on our Instagram Stories that we added beadboard to the garden apartment’s laundry room! Almost immediately, we received a handful of requests and questions about the install, and we’re happy to share that it’s a relatively inexpensive project with a big impact. Ever since we used beadboard […]

We Have Walls Again! (+ a Giveaway!)

This post is in collaboration with National Gypsum PURPLE XP®. #askforpurple Last week, we shared our experience with National Gypsum PURPLE XP drywall products, and today, we’re so excited to share the results in our garden apartment! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, there’s nothing quite like making it through the dirty, grimy renovation […]