The Bathroom Renovation: Plans + Progress

The first floor bathroom is finally underway! We’ve been in our Chicago home nearly 6 years and the last ‘untouched’ room in the house is in the midst of being renovated. Our contractors are hard at work, and they’ve made made a ton of progress already, so we need to catch you up! We worked […]

The New Modern Railing for Our Sleeping Loft

The new custom fabricated sleeping loft railing is in! And it has a gate that latches! And it’s paired with new handrails on the retractable ladder! And it’s all safe and sturdy and beautiful! If it’s not immediately apparent, we’re thrilled with the work of the company that we contracted. (In or around southwest Michigan? […]

How We’ll Be Renovating Our Bathroom to Maximize ROI

This post is in partnership with Homes.com. Our first floor bath renovation is around the corner! Did you notice it during our recent house tour? It hasn’t changed one bit since the day we moved into our home – almost 6 years ago. This future makeover remains untouched due to my all-or-nothing mentality, but to be honest, […]

Finding Your New Favorite Contractor

kitchen renovation: drawer hardware | pendant light | vintage rug (similar) | towel As we begin the adventure of our own first floor bathroom renovation (yes, it’s finally happening!), it got us thinking about how lucky we are to have an amazing general contractor that we trust to work on our home with the same […]

53 Tools to Build Your DIY Library

DIY nail art | our workshop Given the number and variety of projects we’ve documented here on YBH, we get a lot of requests for tool buying advice. We totally get it; with the sheer volume of brands, styles, cross-compatibility (or lack thereof) and varying levels of quality available, purchasing decisions can certainly be overwhelming. So […]

2019, We Have Big Plans for You!

Late last year, we put a call out on Instagram to make sure that we continue to deliver posts, tutorials, photos and videos that are truly helpful – and hopefully entertaining? – for our incredible community of readers and viewers. We can’t thank you all enough for your feedback! We heard you and have already taken […]

How’d We Do, 2018?

Happy New Year, friends! We hope 2019 is treating you well, and just think, it’s already Friday! (These last few days were tough; who’s with us?) 2018 was absolutely packed full of change for us around here. We grew by a count of one tiny human – who turns 1 year old next week! – […]

A Sound Solution For Your Walls Without All the Demo

This post is in collaboration with National Gypsum PURPLE XP®. #askforpurple After completing the renovation of our laundry / mudroom at Tree House, we celebrated like any other person – with a load of laundry (ha)! All was well, and then the spin cycle started. Whirr, whirr, whirrr. Although we installed the same machines we have (and love) in […]

How We Stay On Track and On Task

stool | paper roll | task light | large tool print Taking on a renovation project can quickly become a juggling act of evenings & weekends, conflicting preferences, contractors, and unplanned expenses. We’re often asked how we keep our plans moving along (and maintain our sanity) when working through projects large and small. Recently, a […]

How We Made Thick Floating Shelves + a Video!

Kraftmaid ‘Cayden’ cabinets | tile | slide-in range | range hood 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 and how we shopped for durable countertops. When we first sat down to design Tree […]