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After all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I like to take time and reflect on the past 365 days. Here are the highlights and favorite blog posts from the year.

2017: A Year In Review

I love that there’s a whole new year ahead of us — full of hope and possibility — and can’t wait to see how it unfolds. One of the things I like to do this time of year is to take time to reflect and honor the past 365 days. For us, 2017 was a year […]

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Whether a word, letter or monogram, these DIY marquee lights -- made with ping pong balls and paper mache letters -- bring fun and style to any space!

Ping Pong Ball Marquee Lights

After the success of my DIY ping pong ball lights on our patio, it was an easy jump to consider using the same concept to make vintage theater-style marquee lights. And since I had a handful of ping pong balls left, I set my sights on making a stylish and fun monogram for my son’s […]

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Fruit-Inspired Terra Cotta Pots // inexpensive and readily available, terra cotta pots make excellent canvases for these fun and fruity diy planters

Fruit-Inspired Terra Cotta Pots

There are so many fun ways to decorate everyday terra cotta pots. On their own, I think they have a certain old world charm, but since they’re readily available and pretty inexpensive, they also make excellent canvases for these fruit-inspired planters. The notion started with this little gift from a friend. She supports my aspiring […]

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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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Learn how to make this stunner of a wreath. Red + Ruffles. Merry and bright, indeed!

How to Make a Red Ruffle Wreath

Have you finished decorating for the holidays yet? I am a little behind {only 17 days left to enjoy the splendor!}, but am in full swing now! I absolutely LOVE this time of year — the baking, the gifting, the merriment — it is this DIYer’s creative dream. But before I start today’s tutorial, I […]

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A simple and sweet bedroom with girlish charm and personal touches for an equally sweet little girl.

Baby’s New Room Reveal

Growing up, I happily shared a bedroom with my older sister. When I had kids, I wanted them to share a room, too — or at least while they were little. I imagined them reading books with flashlights after bedtime and having to yell at them to go to sleep. They would respond in fits […]

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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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