A Quick Summertime Porch Refresh

This post is in partnership with Wagner. While I always joke that the entryway is my favorite ‘room’ in our home, Scott would argue that his is the front porch. (I mean, I’m right there with him, really!) A good front porch is a gem in Chicago, and it was high on the list of […]

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 […]

A Night In

This post is in collaboration with Article. On a good day, 60-degree weather in the city can feel a good ten degrees warmer when the sun’s hitting you. It’s during times like these that we like to eat lunch on our east-facing back patio, where the cool air is mixed with hot sun. For the better […]

Saving Our Patio Chairs from a Rusty Future

The evening we returned home from completing the Lowe’s Spring Makeover, it was warm. We were thrilled. (Warm weather in April in Chicago? It can’t be!) We were happily exhausted from the weekend and travel, but Scott suggested that we push through and get our front porch ready for spring and summer (and fall, too). I was so giddy […]

OPI On the Porch + a Giveaway!

Right after we planted Round Two of our baby garden, it started to rain – and rain and rain and rain. Our garden is going nuts (yeah!), but with the rain came cold weather, and so we find ourselves wishing and hoping that one day – someday soon! – we can enjoy our front porch […]

The Front Porch is (Mostly) Complete!

After tackling the more tedious tasks of painting the front porch railings and staining the floor, planting our garden and wishing our grass to grow (it’s starting to look so good!), we were finally to the point of pulling everything together. With new lights installed and an over-sized swing to swing in (with only minor […]

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 […]

An Un-Tutorial for the Front Steps

As Kim mentioned yesterday, we’ve started to realize around here that once in a while, the better fiscal (and marital saving) decision can sometimes be to hire a job out. And after an almost entire wasted day this past Saturday, the stairs leading up to our front porch  just may have been another one of […]