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Storage Room Progress and Plans

We made a big dent in the storage room progress over the last few weeks, so I thought I’d take some time to officially introduce you to her and the plans we have. But first, here’s a before photo from when we moved in. The room is 18.5 ft long x 7.5 ft wide–a pretty generously sized storage room. If you’re like us, maybe you’re blinded by how finished everything looks, to really pay attention to how it might function. When we first looked at the house, we were so impressed by the painted concrete floors and how the shelves were painted instead of left wood. And even though the room sported “boob” lights, they were nicer boob lights…which actually doesn’t look better, but you could tell effort was put in to this room. After we moved in, and were getting settled, a lot of boxes, holiday storage and luggage ended up here in our storage room,…

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That’s a Wrap on Guest Room 2.0

Our guest room is finished! We’re excited to show you a bunch of photos today and I’ve linked all the sources at the very bottom of the post for you, too. This was a pretty simple, straightforward makeover with just paint and some new furnishings and accessories mixed in with a few things we already had. We needed to finish before our families arrived for the holiday and we were thrilled we got all the main elements in place before our guests arrived and put the finishing touches (I finally found the perfect curtains!) in place just last week. You might remember this room used be Greta’s old room (the before from when we moved in is below) until we finished the bunk room in the next room over last fall, which used to be the guest room. Essentially, the rooms have now officially swapped and all is well in the house again. The bed…

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7 Projects We Want to Crank Out in 2017

Yesterday, we shared the nine big projects we completed in 2016 and today we’re sharing where we think we’re headed in 2017. Opportunities are always popping up in my inbox, so we try to leave room for those (and bringing makeovers to other people, like you!), while also knowing in the back of our mind what we would happily accomplish around here, including these 7 projects. 1. Storage Room This one isn’t super glamorous, but it will be impactful. When we moved in, we were initially very excited about a sprawling storage room in the basement. Fast forward 3 years, and you can’t even walk into it. The big issue here is all the shelves are about 12″ deep and equally as high which is great for food storage….and that’s about it. So we’re going to be overhauling this room to create more functional storage that will be way more useful for big…

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Our 9 Big Project Before and Afters of 2016!

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! While we haven’t been actively blogging, we did do some major behind-the-scenes upgrades over the past two weeks, switching hosts and moving to our own dedicated server that will hopefully make the blog quicker and more enjoyable for everyone this year. Every year, we lay out all of our project predictions for the year–the rooms and spaces we hope to tackle in our home–and then at the end of the year we look back, sometimes comically, to see how we did. At the beginning of 2016, we predicted in this post that we’d complete 5 rooms in our home: two bathrooms (nope, nope), the master closet (no, again), the family room/playroom (yes!) and the back deck (yup!). We only checked off TWO of those. Two! But, we did have a fulfilling 2016 even still. So before we break down what we have up our sleeve…

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A Guest Room Update + Our Favorite Things to Include

This post is sponsored by The Bouqs Co. Enjoy 20% site wide, for a limited time, with the promo code at the bottom of the post! Over the last few days, we’ve been working to get our guest room in shape for our family that is arriving this Friday for the holidays! You can see all the plans here.The room is not complete yet, and I’m not sure everything will arrive in time (only stressing a tiny bit about that), but I thought we’d give you an update on how things are progressing. I once read that a guest room should make guests feel at home, but also like they’re away. Cozy, clean, and minimal with a few special touches. Here’s how we’re accomplishing that. This was Greta’s old room and the 3/4 Rose Quartz pink walls got 2 coats of Farrow & Ball’s Wimborne White. We actually had a gallon leftover from the…

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A Half-bath refresh

Earlier this year, I was asked to be a part of IKEA’s Ambassador program, which was the easiest “yes!” If you’ve been reading for any amount of time, you probably have caught on, we’re long-time IKEA fans. Not only did we use their cabinets for our kitchen (and the Pittsburgh kitchen), there is an IKEA piece or DIY in almost every room in our home, and our last home. I went through some training when I first came into the Ambassadorship and I learned so much about the brand (like, did you know IKEA is an acronym?), but one thing I loved most was their focus on Democratic Design for the home.  IKEA focuses on combining the right mix of form, function, quality, and sustainability at a low price so it can bring good design to the most people. It’s not something that they just check one or two off—they are committed…

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Building a Custom Standing Desk Using IKEA Cabinets

If you’ve been reading for the past few months, you’re probably at least a little familiar with the standing desk we’ve been working on for our office. Well today we’re gonna share how we did it, and it was actually pretty easy. Especially since IKEA did most of the hard stuff. You may be wondering how we decided on customizing IKEA kitchen cabinets to create a standing desk. I mean, there are thousands of standing desk options out there, why not just go with something already built for that? For us it came down to the look and function. Standing desk height is as subjective as… well, how tall each individual person is. Jules and I are pretty tall (6′ and 6’4″ respectively) and after playing with some adjustable desks and measuring how tall it was once comfortable, we landed on 46 inches. We started with a 30″ tall 36″…

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A High/Low Budget Breakdown of the Girls’ Room!

Thanks for all the love for our One Room Challenge reveal last week! We had so much fun designing and DIYing this room for our girls. When we mentioned to some other ORC designers that we were going to do built-in bunks for this room, we were met with, “Are you sure you want to do that room then? Or if you do, someone would send you beds!” Because here’s the thing with the One Room Challenge, it is such a large event that so many eyes are watching, brands are anxious to get their product in the rooms. Linda, who is in charge of the whole thing, works really hard to curate 20 great sponsors for us to choose product from, and lucky for us, it was a lot of companies we were already familiar with and loved, like ATGstores and AllModern and Annie Selke (you can see the full…

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The Reveal! A Shared Girls’ Room Complete with Built-In Bunks | One Room Challenge: Week 6

Designing and building this room over the past 6 weeks with Chris has been a lot of hard work and late nights but most of all, a complete pleasure and an experience we’ll remember forever. But even before Linda asked us to be a part of the One Room Challenge (we’re so grateful!), we thought about creating a shared room for our girls one day. Truthfully, we’ve been dreaming about this room for 6 years. The 4 years we struggled with secondary infertility, I wondered if Greta would ever get the chance to share a room with a sibling like I did with my sisters growing up. And when Faye was born, she asked the first week if they could share a room, and I said, “One day.” And now, 2.5 more years later, that day is today. And that room is this room. This room that used to look like this: We…

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Our Calacatta Marble countertop by Formica in the Home Office–Yeah, That’s Laminate!

Our home office is inching closer to completion every day, but ever since our beautiful marble-look-alike Formica (!!!) countertop arrived last week, we’ve been using it daily. Yes it’s laminate and yes, we love it. So I thought today I’ll share a few quick details about it and then as soon as I can decide on hardware for the standing desk, we’ll share the full tutorial on how we made the base from Ikea cabinets and Semihandmade doors. The standing desk ended up being even taller than we had initially designed, but it’s perfect height for my elbows to rest at 90 degrees while standing. I love the ability to walk right up and answer a quick email, or if I’m going to be working for the long haul, I can have a seat in one of the extra tall barstools we found from AllModern (drool…I love them!) that can tuck completely under…

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