Vlog: Welcome to the (New and Improved) Garden Apartment!

[adthrive-in-post-video-player video-id=”ClTFYDQ2″ upload-date=”2018-05-11T19:11:19.000Z” name=”The Garden Apartment Reveal!” description=”null”] In case you missed it, you’ll want to watch the vlog that kicked off this entire renovation-that-could. Catch up right here!  We’ve spent the last 3+ months overhauling the garden apartment, sacrificing nights, weekends and a whole lot of sleep to bring this dated unit back to life. […]

The Evolution of Our IKEA Kitchen!

cabinets | sink| faucet | countertop | drawer + finger pulls | sconce | hand towel | soap pump | S+P grinders This post is in partnership with IKEA. The last room to wrap up in our garden apartment renovation is the kitchen! While plumbing was swapped in the bathroom, water connections were moved in the laundry and a lot of cosmetic upgrades were made throughout, this is the space that has seen the most drastic […]

8 Things (You Can Do Right Now!) To Make a Big Difference In Your Home

We filled up on a lot of heavy lifting throughout the entirety of the garden apartment renovation, and while those things certainly make for a more dramatic before and after, every teeny, tiny thing we did added to the overall equation, too. More often than not, it’s those little things that really make the biggest impact, because without […]

The Garden Bathroom Makeover!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Delta® Faucet. The opinions and text are all mine. It’s funny, because when we first started thinking we might-maybe-should-we? renovate the garden apartment this summer, we thought for sure that we could bypass the bathroom. We said, It just needs fresh paint, right? Let’s demo the floors, but […]

Designing a Rental vs. Our Own Home (Is There a Difference?)

Over the course of the garden apartment renovation, you all have been so encouraging, and for that, we can’t thank you enough! We’ve been soaking in your feedback and listening to your questions, and a reoccurring theme seems to center around our design decisions in this soon-to-be rental versus our own home. Is there a difference?, you’ve asked. We’ve also […]

Paint From Top to Bottom!

tile floors | door hardware | wall color This post is a collaboration with Paintzen. Use promo code YBH50 for $50 off your paint service!  This post is about so much more than paint. It’s a celebration of the last big, huge, monstrous step in getting the garden apartment ready for its future tenants. It’s the […]

DIY Frosted Window Film for Privacy (Theirs + Ours!)

The back mudroom was one of the larger changes we made to the garden apartment, as it drastically changed the footprint of the kitchen. Although the kitchen got smaller (and cuter, we think!), we knew that if we were going to renovate, we had to add this mudroom; until this point, access to the utility space (which contained […]

An Easy DIY Oversized Hardware Template (+ A Kitchen Sneak Peek!)

IKEA cabinets | brass pulls | brass finger pulls | faucet | tile | butcher block | sconce Over the weekend, we celebrated the end of our 20-plus-hour working weekends, because our part of the garden renovation is, mostly, complete! I say mostly, because we still have a few hours of loose ends – light fixtures, outlet […]

How We Polished A Mini Marble Countertop for the Garden Kitchen!

As we’ve been chugging along on the garden’s kitchen remodel, we’ve been receiving questions on that little half wall – what’s going to go there? And it’s not just you; as our friends pop down to see the progress, they ask the same thing! It could be simply painted the same color as the walls, sure, but […]

The Tiniest Laundry Room Is Done!

This post is in partnership with Homes.com. As if on autopilot, a typical day might look like this: wake up, brush teeth, feed pets, work on the garden apartment. (And try to remember to eat!) Repeat. We won’t lie; it’s been an intense amount of DIY, hard work, and a test of our patience, but […]