The Rooftop Pergola Reveal!

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. When we last talked about Project Pergola, we left you with a rooftop deck that went from bare to pow! As a refresher, we’ve been working with our friends Josh and Liz to give their upper deck a transformative makeover that would provide them with shade, comfort and an intimate […]

Let’s Build a Pergola!

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. Here in Chicago, real estate can come at a pretty significant premium. A typical residential lot is long and narrow, usually measuring in at 25′ wide by 125′ long. This slightly cramped footprint (I mean, it’s all relative, really) leads to some pretty creative ways to maximize outdoor living […]

How To Refresh a Vintage Bathroom + Keep the Charm: II of II

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. See part I of this II post series right here! As it turns out (but probably not so surprisingly?), vintage bathrooms are very polarizing! We enjoyed reading each and every one of your thoughtful responses to part I of Pete and Rachael’s bathroom refresh, and we quickly saw that […]

How To Refresh a Vintage Bathroom + Keep the Charm: I of II

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. Something that always hurts my heart is when I see an adorable vintage bathroom – you know, the kind with the pink, mint or yellow tiles – being demolished in favor of more modern sensibilities. I realize this is completely personal preference, but I never knew just how strong […]

DIY Problem Solving: A Slim Behind-the-Sofa Console!

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s.  When we made significant progress on the trim work in the Tree House living room a little while back, there was one intentional omission. We skipped the baseboards behind the couch because we had bigger plans in store! Because we use this large pouf as a footrest where a […]

Adding Function to the Workshop (Again)!

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. Much like our skinny little guest room, our skinny little workshop has seen a couple of incarnations since we’ve been in our Chicago home. When we first whipped it into shape a few years ago, CC was relatively new to our family, there wasn’t a baby in sight, and […]

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’ […]

How We Prepare Our Urban Yard for Winter

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. Fall is the best season, right? Crisp, cool days are great for hikes and fall festivals, and the occasional gloomy afternoon calls for a guilt-free Netflix marathon while something tasty slow-cooks in the kitchen. Fall is also a great time for yard work, too! With the right tools, fall […]

How To Organize Your Closet Using a Closet Kit

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. Our master bedroom closet at Tree House is a jack of all trades. Since other large scale storage space in the home is limited, it has to hold all the functionality of a coat closet, linen closet, and ‘hall’ closet in one space. Unlike a typical bedroom closet, the one […]

How-To Tile a Kitchen Backsplash + a Video!

This post is in partnership with Lowe’s. We’re overhauling our kitchen and mudroom with Lowe’s and sharing our experience with you! Here’s our initial design meeting, how we pieced together panels + fillers, how we shopped for durable countertops and how we built thick floating shelves. Renovation is a funny thing. It starts out exciting; you think, oh, the possibilities! You […]