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 […]

Perfecting the Imperfect In Our IKEA Kitchen: Fillers, Panels + Toe Kicks

If you’re anything like me, you often find yourself tripped up over the details (also known as losing All the Sleep). You fret over upcoming dinner plans, your grocery list or, in this case (and for us, most cases), your current project du jour. The garden apartment has come leaps and bounds since we first shared […]

Organizing and Installing Our IKEA Kitchen

We think it might be safe to say that we’re at the garden kitchen’s halfway point. Yeah! The walls have been rearranged, layout planned and, as of last week, the IKEA cabinets are in! This is the first IKEA kitchen that we’ve put together, but luckily, there’s a good amount of knowledge floating around the internet […]

14 Ways the Kitchen + Mudroom Are Inching Closer to Cabinet Day!

We’re in this weird limbo with the kitchen and mudroom renovation. We’re waiting for the cabinets to arrive (they’re scheduled to land at the end of the month!), but in the meantime, there are still a lot of things we should be doing. Like re-caulk all the seams in the beadboard ceiling. (We’ve been doing this task […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kitchen Follow-Up + What’s Next

Everyone, thank you! We loved that you were so vocal about All Things Kitchen last week, and you gave us so much to think about – from pull-out drawers to windows to islands and soffits (my goodness, the soffits!). Over the weekend, we prepped the space for our soon-to-be pocket door by removing the existing […]

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 […]

8 Things (You Can Do Right Now!) To Make a Big Difference In Your Home

We filled up on a lot of heavy lifting throughout the entirety of the garden apartment renovation, and while those things certainly make for a more dramatic before and after, every teeny, tiny thing we did added to the overall equation, too. More often than not, it’s those little things that really make the biggest impact, because without […]

Designing a Rental vs. Our Own Home (Is There a Difference?)

Over the course of the garden apartment renovation, you all have been so encouraging, and for that, we can’t thank you enough! We’ve been soaking in your feedback and listening to your questions, and a reoccurring theme seems to center around our design decisions in this soon-to-be rental versus our own home. Is there a difference?, you’ve asked. We’ve also […]