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 […]

Vlog: A Tour Through Our Kitchen Cabinets!

We just wrapped up our big kitchen and mudroom renovation, and we lived to tell the tale! (I say this with a smile on my face, because in all honesty, we are thrilled to pieces.) We’ve made it to the other side – and thinking a little more clearly, too – but that means it was […]

The Tree House Kitchen Reveal!

This post is in partnership with Lowe’s. Both the kitchen and mudroom renovations were completed in tandem, which allowed us to think of these two rooms – separated only by a cute pink pocket door – as a whole. On paper, they perform two unrelated functions; one is a place of cooking, simmering and gathering, whereas […]

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 […]

Kitchen + Mudroom Progress: The Cabinets Are In!

We spent the better part of last week and through the weekend at Tree House with the goal of installing every last kitchen and mudroom cabinet … and we did it! But just barely – ha! Our cabinets were delivered on a Wednesday morning, and we spent the rest of the day going over the inventory […]

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 […]

How We Designed the Tree House Kitchen + Mudroom

This post is a paid partnership with Lowe’s. Last week, we shared where we’re headed with the overall aesthetic of the kitchen and mudroom in our Tree House – a neutral palette, warm woods and painted finishes. We’ve decided to tackle these rooms together, not only because they’re adjoined, but also because both spaces will receive cabinetry, […]

Let’s Talk About the Kitchen + Mudroom!

Over and over again, we hear you say, Tree House is moving along so quickly! There’s not much else to do! First, this makes us nervous laugh, because you guys, there is still so much more to do. But it also makes us realize that it’s partially our fault that you think so; how many times have you […]

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 […]

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 […]