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 […]

Tree House’s Backyard Today (And It’s Not Pretty)

This isn’t the prettiest update. (In fact, I couldn’t take a somewhat decent photo if I tried.) There are no afters. This is, hands down, all about the process. Our backyard? We’re in the thick of it. This is where we are today, and in this process, we are making progress! The only thing we can keep […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gravel Shopping for Our Urban Garden

Our red brick patio pavers were laid atop 1-2″ of find sand, and underneath that is several inches of crushed limestone. The limestone layer extends under our DIY planter boxes, which will help with drainage and still allow for any powerful plants to root their way into earth – well, fingers crossed! In any case, the […]

37 Feet of DIY Planter Boxes

With the paver patio complete, we were excited to dive into phase two of our backyard project – planter boxes! We’ve been talking about these boxes for months – over dinner, in the car, while walking the pups (you name it!) – and it felt so good to start knocking them out. In our minds, we […]

A Very Woolly Update

The living wall in our home studio is over 9′ wide, and it feels so much a part of the room, that we often don’t even think about it. Like, we’ll have a friend over for the first time, and they’ll want a tour of our home. As soon as we pop up the stairs and […]

The Garden, Year Two

Last summer was the season of curb appeal for us. After the worst winter of all time in 2013 (well, we think so anyway), our manageable, short to-do for 2014 quickly spiraled, and like most Chicagoans, we were eager to make the most of the warm summer months. We poured new concrete, built new stairs, […]