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! – […]

How We Prepare Our Urban Yard for Winter

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. Fall is the best season, right? Crisp, cool days are great for hikes and fall festivals, and the occasional gloomy afternoon calls for a guilt-free Netflix marathon while something tasty slow-cooks in the kitchen. Fall is also a great time for yard work, too! With the right tools, fall […]

20 Fall Throws You’ll Want to Curl Up With

fireplace | planter boxes A few years ago, we stumbled upon a vintage plaid throw at the thrift store for a handful of dollars, and just like that, an outdoor blanket bin was born. Since then, we’ve been busy squirreling away cozy fall throws like, well, like squirrels? We pull that blanket bin out during chilly evenings […]

Staining Our Fence Black!

This post is in partnership with Wagner.  A properly executed fence is a mix of form and function. Privacy and (dog) security can work in harmony for a beautiful end result. The goal for our Tree House backyard fence was to utilize a simple, classic design that would fade into the background and provide contrast […]

Portable Wood Milling: It’s a Thing.

When we first visited our little house in Michigan, we were in awe of the trees. (Hence, ‘Tree House.’) Our lot is surrounded by mature trees on three sides and there are more than a few giants right on our property. While the majority of our trees are healthy and well-balanced, the enormous Silver Maple that […]

Our Outdoor Fireplace: Farewell Propane, Hello Natural Gas!

fireplace | raised garden beds | trellis | outdoor pillows Two summers ago, our small backyard went through a large overhaul, one of which was the addition of an outdoor fireplace! Originally, our mid-century was wood burning, but we converted it to propane using this fire pit kit plus a few random parts necessary for our install. […]

Our DIY Planter Boxes: Still Going (Mostly) Strong 2 Years Later!

red pavers | raised garden beds | outdoor pillows | cobalt sconce | trellis Now that our DIY planter boxes have made their way through two fairly rough Chicago winters, we’re excited to report that the majority of our perennials are still with us and going strong! We were initially concerned that perennials wouldn’t survive the winter, but […]