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 […]

A 2-Day Pretty In Peach Laundry Room Makeover!

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. Scott and I absolutely love taking on quick makeovers – we live for the satisfaction of flipping a space on its head! – and we’re all ears when our friends have problem areas in their homes that they’re looking to improve upon. Most recently, we completely transformed our neighbors’ […]

Cute DIY Ball Hooks

cabinets | light We designed the Tree House mudroom to be a command center of sorts; with a wall of cabinetry (remember when it looked like this?), it’ll conceal the pantry, overflow tools and cleaning supplies, and it’s where we’ll do laundry, drop off muddy shoes and stash the carseat. It’s also the first space we see […]

The Tiniest Laundry Room Is Done!

This post is in partnership with Homes.com. As if on autopilot, a typical day might look like this: wake up, brush teeth, feed pets, work on the garden apartment. (And try to remember to eat!) Repeat. We won’t lie; it’s been an intense amount of DIY, hard work, and a test of our patience, 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 […]

Updates To Our Most Asked About Home Projects!

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”2520816″] For years, I’ve been keeping little digital sticky notes on my computer desktop. If something pops into my mind that I need to do later, tomorrow or next month, I’ll type it into my sticky. I keep track of ideas for posts, upcoming projects and appointment reminders. It’s become so habitual, and I’ve become […]

Make Your Own Laundry Soap (Using the Microwave Method!)

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”2465928″] Six years ago, we decided to try our hand at making our own laundry detergent. It started as an experiment in saving some money, but then something happened – we never stopped. It’s cost effective and we like that this mixture leaves our clothes clean without the heavy scent of ‘mountains’ or ‘fields of flowers,’ […]

Laundry Room! Done!

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”2245120″] This time last year, we were wrapping up the demolition phase for our big 3-room-project. On the agenda was the second floor bathroom, master bedroom and laundry room, and because all of these rooms shared at least one wall, it made the most sense for us to dive in head first. No looking back, no way. […]

How We Plumbed Our Sink with an Extra Deep Countertop

When we decided that we’d be using extra-deep 24″ upper cabinets in the laundry room, we also realized that in order to maintain a functional countertop depth, we’d need to cheat the base cabinet forward by 8″ to maintain good working proportions. We went back and forth on how to accomplish this task, but eventually, […]

How We Measured, Cut and Installed Our Butcher Block Countertop

We’re still talking about the laundry room, but we’re in the home stretch! After installing our cabinets, we could move on to the countertop, which we actually started working on over the summer. But in Chicago, with nice weather comes outdoor projects, and so the countertop took a back burner while we laid pavers, built […]