How Our (Late Summer) Garden Grows

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”2807285″] As a part of our whole backyard overhaul last year, we built in DIY raised planter beds. Although we were sure to insulate them (before filling them with a literal ton of soil and compost), we were a bit nervous that all our effort would be wasted on our cold Chicago winters. We’re still […]

The Evolution of Our Back Patio: Then vs. Now

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”2699613″] We’ve been enjoying a stretch of amazing weather in Chicago, allowing us to take full advantage of our (even more) recently revamped back patio. As we sit outside – roasting marshmallows, brunching with neighbors or taking a break from the garden renovation – we’ll talk about how drastically different this yard looks from just one year ago. […]

When Is It Time to Restain Your Deck?

This post is in partnership with Homes.com. For the full tutorial, head this way! Three summers ago, we stained our bare wood deck, painted the railings and built a new (safer) staircase. It made all the difference in the world, although we always sort of wished that the opaque stain color we chose, Gray Birch, was […]

Our Planter Boxes: After a Chicago Winter

Late summer of last year, we had just completed our DIY planter boxes for the back patio – all 37 linear feet of them! – and after a consult with a local nursery, we felt pretty comfortable bringing in soil, planting and mulching in September. We’ve never been much of green thumbs, but since living in this house, we’ve had […]

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 […]

Vlog: A House Tour!

[adthrive-in-post-video-player video-id=”cq1NgmZn” upload-date=”2018-05-11T19:28:38.000Z” name=”Our (First) House Tour” description=”null”] We’ve been blogging for almost 8 years(!), and in all that time, we’ve yet to take you on a video tour of our current home! Yikes. In an effort to show you the flow of our home and how the rooms connect, we’re walking through every space […]

Make Your Own Laundry Soap (Using the Microwave Method!)

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”2465928″] Six years ago, we decided to try our hand at making our own laundry detergent. It started as an experiment in saving some money, but then something happened – we never stopped. It’s cost effective and we like that this mixture leaves our clothes clean without the heavy scent of ‘mountains’ or ‘fields of flowers,’ […]

Installing Hardwood Floors When Your Floor Isn’t Level

Scott said we may need to stop calling The Scary Room, well, scary, because now that it has a floor, it’s looking not-so-scary. Maybe we just call it The Room? In any case, we installed hardwood floors, and it’s starting to lean nice and cozy with that added layer or warmth (despite the lack of trim, but we’ll […]

DIY a Hairpin Leg Coffee Table In 5 Steps (+ a Mini Vlog!)

Last summer, we sold our extra long Mid Century coffee table. There was a small outcry when we shared this vlog (we hear you!), but despite our love for that piece of furniture, it wasn’t the right fit for our living room. When we first moved into this home from our former condo, we would say, ‘Our […]

Choosing a Paint Color for the Scary Room

In what might be the most anticlimactic reveal of all time, we painted the Scary Room! Despite the lack of contrast between where we started and where we are now, painting this room has made all the difference. What was once a hodge podge of new and old drywall, yellow-y joint compound and unknown grime is now a […]