How We Keep our Outdoor Furniture Clean

Since we’ve been sharing a few sneak peeks of our deck lately (we’ve added a few more pieces and will be sharing the full reveal next week), the number one question we are getting on Instagram right now is how we keep our outdoor sofas clean. They all are very light white or ivory, and while that usually can mean they would get dirty–fast, we somehow have kept them clean for over a year now. Here’s what we do. First, every climate is different and each piece of furniture or fabric will react differently. If you live in an extremely wet climate, you may have to worry about mold. We live in the desert of Idaho. It’s very dry here, rains very occasionally, but it is extremely windy. And that can sometimes mean dust, dirt and debris everywhere. Here’s a glimpse of what our couches looked like after a wind storm. Our first line of…

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Casual Friday

We’ve been dreaming of purchasing a small cabin in the mountains for over two years now and for the last 9 months, we have been actively looking at properties. Our ideal is something on the small and cozy size that is surrounded by trees, needs a little TLC, has winter access, and one that we could rent out when we’re not using it. This week, we found her. Or we thought we did. It was the perfect size, at just under 1200 square feet. And each of the three bedrooms had windows with trees out every one. Just as we were ready to make an offer, our realtor discovered this cabin couldn’t be rented out due to the area covenants. It’s hard to get so excited about something and then have it not work out. Even now, days later, I’m still naively holding out hope that something will change. But on the other hand, even though it’s hard…

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Get the Look of Our Nursery For Less (A LOT LESS)

Exactly one week ago, we revealed our new nursery we completed in six weeks for the Spring One Room Challenge! It’s been so wonderful seeing the room pop up everywhere on Instagram and shared on other blogs and Pinterest, too. Thank you so much for sharing it. Truly. Just like we did when we finished the bunk room for the Fall ORC (you can see the budget version of that room here), we wanted to share a budget version of this room, too! Because there are so many eyes on these rooms, sponsors are eager to be part of the One Room Challenge and have their products seen in the finished spaces. 1. Wallpaper (145 sq ft) $742 | 2. Crib $1094 | 3. Semi-Flushmount $349 4. Tripod Floor Lamp $239 | 5. Glider $899 | 6. 8×10 Marin Rug $1899 7. Dresser (with removable changing box) $1199 | 8. Pouf $229 | 9. Tassel Pillow $49 10. Side Table $66…

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(Finally) Making Progress in the Downstairs Bathroom!

Bathroom Reno 101

This is a post that’s been a long time coming and so many of you have asked about it, so we’re happy to share some progress in the girls’ bathroom downstairs. You may recall our last update, where we moved the vents and drains. Since that was nearly 3 months ago (what?!), here’s a refresher of where we left off: Since then, the concrete has cured completely, the water lines have been moved, the tub secured in place and framed out, and concrete board added. Here’s how it looks today: The first things you may notice is the wall to the left of the tub. Some of you reading this are probably thinking, “Wow that’s great!” But it’s the rest of you I want to address right now – the ones who are thinking, “They just built a big square box in the corner? What a waste of space!” To those of you thinking…

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