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I'm in love! Metal pipes and fittings are such a clever repurpose. Wood planks bring a rustic charm and the open shelving is beautiful and functional.

DIY Industrial Pipe Open Shelving

Restoration Hardware did it. Joanna Gaines did it. Lowe’s The Weekender did it. And now I can add myself to the list! Not to say that I am anywhere near the level of these amazing designers, but everyday folks should be encouraged that if I can do it, you can, too! The metal pipes and fittings are […]

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Swings// additional details, photos and resources on how we built our backyard wooden playset

DIY Outdoor Playset // A Year Later

One of our most popular projects has been the outdoor playset we built for our kids in the fall of 2015. I am happy to report that it’s still in great condition — standing up to hurricane winds, downpours of rain and everyday abuses of rambunctious kids. It also continues to be a focal point […]

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We priced out pre-fab playsets and didn't see one for less than a grand. We also didn't see one we couldn't build ourselves, and so we set out to DIY a better playground for a lot less.

DIY Outdoor Playset // Materials & Tools List

Thank you for all the kind words and inquiries regarding our outdoor playset. We had a blast building it, but most importantly, our kids and their friends are having an even better time using it! My intention when I originally wrote the post was to prove that building a playset could cost a lot less […]

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Get a designer look at a fraction of the cost -- just $70 for materials! Visit the blog for a step-by-step tutorial.

DIY Wall-Mounted Bookshelves

While designing my daughter’s new room, it quickly became apparent that we needed a place to put all of her books. If there’s one thing I will gladly buy my children, it’s books, and so we have collected a lovely little library with several titles given as gifts from family and friends. I wanted to […]

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Why settle for standard switch plates when you can create your own to suit your decorative style?! Learn how with this simple tutorial.

DIY Decorative Switch Plates & Outlet Covers

I recently painted most of the walls in my little girl’s room a beautiful gray — Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams, to be exact. You may also remember this color from my striped laundry closet makeover. For the board and batten wall, I painted the outlet to match. I was faced, however, with a glaring conundrum for […]

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Instantly upgrade the look and feel of your home! Learn how to install a beautiful board and batten wall for less than $100 and over a weekend. Click to view the full tutorial.

DIY Board & Batten

For my sweet little girl’s nursery, I wanted to incorporate wainscoting to break up the wall space monotony and give the room some classical character. With my mother-in-law’s help this past summer, we installed a beautiful board and batten wall for less than $100 and over a weekend. The result was beyond my expectation. It truly […]

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We priced out pre-fab playsets and didn't see one for less than a grand. We also didn't see one we couldn't build ourselves, and so we set out to DIY a better playground for a lot less.

DIY Outdoor Playset

After living in Japan for six years with only an itty-bitty concrete front porch, a good-sized backyard was one of our requirements when we were searching for a new house. We wanted a private place to entertain {which led to our DIY pergola} and a fenced yard to conveniently let Kona out to do her business and […]

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The Chief came home one day with the wild idea to build a pergola over our concrete patio. He said it could be finished in a weekend and with little monetary investment. Is your curiosity piqued?

From Patio To Pergolicious

Our backyard bakes from sun up to sun down with little to no relief except for minimal shade from this poor, overgrown peach tree in the middle of the yard. After a few scorching summer days {and a few sunburns}, we started brainstorming shade options for at least the kids’ pool. That little umbrella was […]

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How to Paint Clean, Crisp, Straight Lines

Are you ready to earn your stripes? This step-by-step tutorial on painting vertical stripes was developed from my experience renovating our laundry closet. We tried a few methods, but the following is the best for perfectly clean, crisp, straight lines on textured walls. {It’s also super simple!} 1.  Measure your walls to calculate an easy and […]

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