Drywall Repair + Paint = :)

We have painted kitchen walls! Yea, paint! As soon as the contractors wrapped up wave one of renovation last week, we were right behind them with our drywall tape, mud and sandpaper. Scott did the majority of this work while I continued the hutch refresh, and he powered through for an entire weekend and several nights […]

From Slab to Bench + a Giveaway!

For this month’s partnership with Ace Hardware, we were encouraged to break the painting rules. Think: colored ceilings, painted floors and hot pink furniture (which, by the way, we’d be down with!).  We wanted to have fun with idea, but between completing the guest room and looking forward to the kitchen, we weren’t quite ready to […]

Shelves + a Desk In the Guest Room!

There are cute things happening in the guest room! Let’s go! This month, we teamed up with Ace Hardware to gather supplies that would warm up our guest room and make it a place that would be inviting for our friends and family. For this project, we put our vintage school desk to work, incorporating […]

A New Entry for Friends (+ an Ace Giveaway!)

Last week, we shared with you this DIY bench – but it wasn’t for us. Today (and a handful of working weekday nights later), we’re excited to share with you its new, finished home! For the last year, you know that we’ve been happily working with Ace Hardware to complete projects around our home, and […]

DIY Giant Frames for Your Dinosaurs (+ $100!)

With the recent addition of our streamlined gallery wall in the living room’s gap, we’ve been itching to add something large – very large! – above our velvet sofa. Not wanting the room to feel overly cluttered with our already vibrant rug (and the opposing wall’s art round up), we’d been tossing around a handful […]

DIY Porch Swing

Remember when I said we had a front patio update, only to run into issues at the eleventh hour? (I mean, it’s DIY! Naturally.) Well over the holiday weekend, we were able to tie up the loose ends, and now we have a new, pretty porch swing to show for it! (As for the road […]

The Patio’s Starting Point

After the world’s longest, most torturous winter, the exterior of our house is just horrid. It’s filthy, yes, but not a thing had been done to it after we moved in last summer. After initially spending all of our time indoors (knocking things down and building them back up) and working with contractors up until […]

Puppy Bath Time + $100 Ace Giveaway!

At the tail end of last year, Scott and I participated in Ace Hardware‘s first ever Blogger Panel – which, by the way, was a blast. Working with the company – a local one at that! – was an amazing opportunity to test drive their Clark+Kensington paint line, a handful of new-to-us tools (hello, paint […]

Closing the Basement Chapter

When we last talked about the basement garden unit, we were in a mad dash to complete (what felt like) a mile long punch list. We had less than 2 weeks to get through it, but only a handful of days before our out-of-town guests starting arriving before the holiday week. Still feeling frustrated that […]

Make a Table This Weekend

Every year, Scott and I spend Thanksgiving in Chicago with our friends that aren’t usually able to make it home for the holidays – for one reason or another. Our little in-town family of orphans knocks it out of the park; we are potluck champions, and we consistently rock it, regardless of our long list […]