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 […]

Umbrella Hole DIY (Because There’s No Other Way To Say It)

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”2619961″] Our back patio is as steamy as it gets in the summer, and it’s sunny for the majority of the day (it’s hot-car-hot in the mornings especially!). At the same time, we’re surrounded by really close neighbors and high fences, blocking any cool breeze. The ‘someday’ plan is to add an awning above the French […]

Our Back Patio Makeover!

It’s December, but I was determined to not let our back patio slip away before the end of this year! This ‘room’ in our home has seen a massive transformation over the course of the last 6-7 months, so much so, that we sometimes forget about the monstrous deck that used to (barely) hang on our home! […]

A Mini Gooseneck for the Patio

We had a ‘Brickwarming’ party a couple weeks ago – a name lovingly dubbed by one of our neighbors – and we had every intention of completing two tasks before our friends and family came over to eat, drink and be merry: 1) Paint and stain the patio stairs, and 2) install a patio light […]

Painting Our DIY Patio Table, Part II

To see how we built our patio table, see part I here! Hey, pretty table! Paint looks good on you. After we shared how the DIY build went down, some of you wondered why we didn’t consider staining the table. We both agree that this hunky style would be so pretty stained, but in our case, […]

Making Over Our Mid Century Fireplace

Update 12/2016: Eek! An extreme overnight temperature dip caused our fireplace finish to crack. We wouldn’t recommend this paint in extreme weather climates (ahem, Chicago!), but if a little chip here and there doesn’t bother you, it still may be worth the makeover. Fair warning. We’ve since had our fireplace powder coated to prevent future issues, […]

Our DIY Patio Table, Part I

See Part II of our patio table post! We’ve come so far on our back patio this summer, but it was still missing one of the most important things – a table! From the very beginning, when we thought about how we want our backyard to function, we get all smiley imagining our friends gathered around a large table […]

Adding Wicker to Our Backyard Patio

We’re in the home stretch of what we plan to complete this year for our backyard patio; with summer winding down, we’re calling this round one. After last week’s heatwave, the nights have started to cool off (good sleeping weather, as Scott would say), and I hate to admit that I craved my first pumpkin drink of […]

A Modern Trellis DIY

When we chose plants for our raised planter boxes, we knew we wanted the overall feel to be very free, if not slightly chaotic. In a sense, we wanted a big, beautiful tangle of plants. Earlier this week, I asked Scott if he thought the plants were happy, because I was worried that our supposedly-bushy-ground cover (the ceratostigma) […]

How Our (Planter Box) Garden Grows

With more than 37 linear feet of planter boxes to fill in our backyard, we didn’t want to take any chances. Although we’ve gotten much better at keeping the greenery in and around our home alive, we’ve had more than our fair share of strike outs. Our front garden, for example? It’s taken us three years […]