Frog Tape Challenge Reveal: Our Guest Room Oasis!

This post is a collaboration with FrogTape®  as a part of the 2018 Paintover Challenge. You can now vote for your favorite makeover, and FrogTape will donate $10,000 to the organization of the winner’s choice! Details at the end of this post.  Our Tree House guest room has come a long, long way in a short, […]

Lessons in Boiling, De-Lacquering + Aging Brass Hardware

Sherwin Williams Black Magic | hardware Our Tree House has a handful of original doors and windows throughout, and they lend so much character to every room. The house was built in the 1930s, and over the last almost-century, some of the windows were replaced, but to the credit of the previous homeowners, the replacements don’t […]

Frog Tape Challenge Progress: Going Green

This post is a collaboration with FrogTape®  as a part of the 2018 Paintover Challenge.  Last week, we shared the design plan of our guest room as a part of the Paintover Challenge with FrogTape®, and the first (really!) big change came with – what else? – a fresh coat of paint! A large part of our […]

FrogTape Challenge Kick-Off: Tree House Gets a Guest Room!

This post is a collaboration with FrogTape® as a part of the 2018 Paintover Challenge.  In-between kitchen and mudroom planning, we’ve been working on a fun and fast paced project behind the scenes, as well! We were asked by our friends at FrogTape® to take part in their 2018 Paintover Challenge, in which 6 bloggers […]

Our Roman Shades Installed + a Video!

This post is in partnership with Bali Blinds. Our Tree House Roman shades have been installed! Not long ago, we shared why we chose the shades we did, including everything from selecting our free Bali Blinds samples from to testing each fabric swatch to measuring for our final order. There’s a lot to consider when choosing […]

Hey Yew Guys! (We Need Your Help!)

I think the only time we’ve shared the exterior of our Tree House was on the same day we announced the fun news that we closed on the sweetest, tiniest, littlest lake house in Michigan. Fun fact: Tree House almost didn’t even come to be, because Scott and I could not get over the main exterior […]

Why We Chose a Vintage Rug + Our Favorites!

sectional | ottoman | knit throw | pink pillow | gray pillow (similar) Despite our lack of trim molding (still!), it was super important for us to have a cozy spot to land at the end of a long day of DIY. (Oh, and yeah, our view from that pretty sofa might be bare drywall […]

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’re Working Towards a ‘Smarter’ Tree House

This post is in partnership with Streamlabs. Keep reading for a chance to win your own smart home water monitor + take 20% off a monitor through May 15th when you enter YELLOWBRICKHOME20 at checkout. When we leave Chicago for a DIY weekend at our Tree House, we’re not only packing up our supplies for demolition and room makeovers, we’re […]

Window Treatments 101: Tree House Edition

This post is in partnership with Bali Blinds. This post could also be titled à la Friends like so: “The One with All the Swatches.” In this episode, we loaded up the car for another Tree House to-do-list-weekend, and alongside cans of paint, rollers, baseboards and tools – and a baby, two dogs and suitcases – we […]