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Casual Friday

Earlier this week, Chris and I went to lunch and got to talking about our house. The conversation turned into some interesting/quirky facts about it that I’m sure we’ll share in a future post one day. But the funniest one, that we are reminded of almost daily, is when we hung wallpaper in the entry, we took out the doorbell. Faye was just a baby at the time, and we had a tiny sign over the bell outside to not ring it but knock softly instead. Doorbell rings. Dog barks. Baby wakes up. You know the drill. So we thought, you know, we don’t really need this bell anyway and removed it from the inside of our house and haven’t had a working bell since. Eventually–over a year ago, two?–the tiny sign on the doorbell outside fell off and up until yesterday, people would continue to push the button, figuring it still worked. Not…

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How We Got Here: The Great Room

I love sharing before and after transformations of an area of our home under the hashtag #cljtransformations on Instagram (The new swipe feature has made the them even more fun), but rarely do here for some reason. This weekend, I pulled out my camera, referred to our before photos so I could match angles, and snapped a photo of this rarely seen angle looking from the kitchen into the living room and through the entry, all the way into the half bath. I took the same photo, standing in the same spot over three years ago, right when we moved in, but it looked vastly different: If you’ve been reading our blog for any amount of time, you know that our before and afters  progress photos don’t happen overnight, but rather, we consider each step a victory. Between these two photos, we: Tore up all the old tile and carpet and…

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How to Repair or Patch a Wall + Our Go-To Tools for the Job

Our stairwell has been through a lot over the years. From gallery walls and then no frames, to a new railing and the elimination of a DIY baby gate that was attached to the wall, the scars and gashes the drywall has seen in this corner of our house have been too many to count! Not to mention, our slight orange peel textured walls definitely throws a curve ball in the mix when it comes to patching. But, recently, we finally got around to patching where the old railing attached to the wall (a deep hole!) and where the baby gate attached (minor) and wanted to take you through our fool-proof method. First, you’re going to need a few tools in your arsenal to get the job done right. After 8 years of doing this, we swear by: 1. Fibatape. If you have huge holes or deep gashes, this self-sticking tape is…

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The 11 Best Candles for Spring

Last week, when it was still cold and snowy here, I picked up this Water Lotus candle from Target (it comes in the cutest bowl container!) and it has such fresh and bright scent to it. With the first day of Spring next week (!!), we’re decluttering, cleaning everything top to bottom, shedding heavy throws from the sofas and beds, and lighting all of my favorite fresh scents. A good candle is my favorite way to change my mood, or our home’s mood and these are my top picks to ring in Spring! JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. You can click on the candles above to go directly to the purchase page (the lavender one in the center is my personal favorite and is on mega sale right now!), or click through below to read about each one! JavaScript is currently disabled in this…

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Bathroom Reno 101: Coming Up with a Design Plan

We’re back with another installation of Bathroom Reno 101, where we’re taking you all on an in-depth journey while we renovate our daughters’ bathroom. Today I wanted to share how we came up with a design plan or “mood board” for the room. This was my first time designing a bathroom and there was a lot to consider, i.e.; mixing metal finishes, how everything will fit together in this tiny room, making sure it functioned for little children to adults (our guests will also be using this bathroom), two sinks or one. Of course, this was all after we had the general layout figured out and the plumbing moved. The first thing I like to do is to find that one thing (or few things in this case) that serve as a jumping point to inspire the rest of the room. In the bathroom’s case, it was this shower head. A handheld shower…

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Casual Friday + Need Your Advice!

Thanks for all the love on our home office reveal yesterday! Finishing that room was like a huge weight lifted from my shoulders (unfinished projects give me major anxiety!) and the biggest gift at the same time. The hours between my “morning sickness” are starting to lengthen, sometimes even into a full day, and with the warming temps, and a little more energy–I suddenly have the urge to clean the entire house and open all the windows and finish all the projects! Speaking of, we’re finishing ordering everything for the girls’ bathroom this weekend (before we share the mood board next week) and we’ve been really wrestling with a decision. We have 60″ of space for a vanity–a standard size. We were originally going to fit a vanity with two sinks in the space since the girls will be sharing this bathroom, until one of our readers (thanks, Meredith!) suggested in the…

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Before and After: Our Home Office is Finished!

Our home office is done (for now) and we’re excited to share the transformation, some details and a few tips and tricks with you today, along with so many photos! The room has actually been 95% there for quite awhile now, but because we were working on it in the very early stages of my pregnancy, when the nausea hit hard around 7 weeks, the room as a whole became a horrible trigger for me. A few days ago, we were able to reopen the door to the room and I felt so excited to finally finish it and start using the space as we intended. We DIYed the wall paneling ourselves (read more about that here) and painted the walls and trim Farrow & Ball’s Pigeon–a warm, light green with a lot of neutral gray undertones. It was really important to both of us, for this room to actually…

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A Quick and Easy Shower Update (Even a Renter can do!)

You may be aware that we’re deep into a full bathroom renovation in our daughters’ bathroom downstairs. While we’re waiting for the concrete patch to cure so we can move on, I wanted to share a quick Bathroom Reno 101 tip that you can implement in under 10 minutes that only requires 1 tool and will drastically change your shower experience. Our “master” bathroom shower is very sad. But since it will be awhile until we tackle that project, we decided to at least update the showerhead…because it has looked like this. For 3 years! What’s worse, it has started squirting water up to our lowered shower ceiling, where it travels just far enough to lose all warmth and then drip ice cold water back on our heads. Enough was enough. Last week, we spent $22 on a new showerhead. The good news is, you don’t have to wait until your showerhead is dripping (learn…

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4 Ways to Maximize That Unorganized Corner

Every other week, Chris and I head over to the studio in Preston’s home to record our podcast. He’s done an amazing job giving it a cool vibe, but there was one corner that has been hard to ignore: His studio is his office and he has been using these two carts to house a lot of the paperwork and equipment he accesses daily. We even grab our microphones off the carts before recording. I had some ideas on how we could help as a part of our IKEA’s ambassadorship, but I wasn’t sure how to approach the situation in a way that was, indeed helpful, and not judgmental or stepping on toes. Fortunately! He could not have been more excited about the idea, saying it has been a dream of his to whip that corner into shape. And that we did: Here are 4 ways we maximized this corner organizationally and…

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2017: The Good, The Bad, Would We Do It Again

Every year we like to revisit a few things in our home – things that we get asked about a lot – and talk about how we feel about them day-to-day. We think it’s a good way to hopefully answer some questions for our readers and keep things real for all of us. So let’s kick it off with one of our more well-known pieces. Living Room Coffee Table The Good: We loved the look of this coffee table, and the construction of it is very sturdy and heavy. It’s a classy piece of furniture that would work well with several types of design. The Bad: Scratches. The  metal top is very scratched up from our girls sliding things across it over the past fifteen months. People without kids may have better luck with it, but the finish was not meant for our home. Would We Do It Again: Probably not. It’s been great, but…

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