Lighting That Works Well Together In An Open Concept Home

navy rug | desk | chairs | pendant lights Our home turns 132-years-old this year. Can you believe it? 132! When we first moved into this house, the previous owner / landlord had chopped up the layout to create two apartments (well, three, if you count the in-law suite that we’ve since turned into a proper […]

Repairs, New Hardware + Paint for the French Doors

pendant light | bed frame | jute rug | vintage rug | sectional | door hardware A favorite feature of our little Tree House is the set of French doors that separate our master bedroom from the main living space. Based on what we can determine from an old photo attached to our water utility […]

Adding Recessed Lighting to Our Studio (+ How Much Does It Cost?)

sectional | desk | desk chairs | navy rug | light | plant pocket Time zones are a funny thing. (This is relevant, I swear!) Kim and I both grew up in Ohio near the western end of the Eastern time zone, which extended bright skies decently into the evening all throughout the winter months. Now […]

Taking the Mystery Out of Cabinet Hardware

oil rubbed bronze hardware | brass hardware | leather pulls | outdoor rug | mirror We’re in the home stretch of our kitchen and mudroom renovation! Over the weekend, we finished up the tile backsplash and our DIY floating shelves (more to come on both of those, but we’ve been sharing sneak peeks on Stories), and the […]

Lessons in Boiling, De-Lacquering + Aging Brass Hardware

Sherwin Williams Black Magic | hardware Our Tree House has a handful of original doors and windows throughout, and they lend so much character to every room. The house was built in the 1930s, and over the last almost-century, some of the windows were replaced, but to the credit of the previous homeowners, the replacements don’t […]

How We Problem Solved An Off-Centered Light (And Why)

pendant light | sofa | ottoman | throw blanket Tree House has seen a lot of electrical upgrades in the past few months – all those gremlins have been nipped! – with the biggest (and hidden) improvement being repairs to the breaker panel. We also had a handful of mysterious light switches that have since […]

Make the Beds? Check!

bed | basket | table | lamp | velvet pillows | shams | bedding We squeezed out every last ounce of energy we could muster before the end of 2017 (and before the baby arrives!) by spending a full weekend at Tree House with the help of Scott’s parents. We knocked out the last items on our […]

Lighting + Hardware In The Scary Room

This post is in partnership with Rejuvenation.  We started The Scary Room at the top of this year, and here we are, in the second half of April, and we are finally thisclose to the room’s starting point! I say ‘starting point,’ because do you remember where we began? Many of the rooms in this house required […]

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 […]

A Night In

A few months ago, Julia asked me to change the way we think about photographing our homes. Let me explain – have you ever noticed that bloggers are always (always!) chasing that daylight? But what if we started pulling out the camera in the evening, after the sun has gone down? By mid-afternoon, I’m already […]