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(Finally) Making Progress in the Downstairs Bathroom!

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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Budget-Friendly Outdoor Dining Plans

One of our most asked about pieces on our deck are our wood framed facing sofas. They are from World Market and ridiculously affordable at just $399 a pop. We got them last year, during one of their outdoor sales and spent just over $500 for both. We love them. I’m actually working on a post right now about how we keep them clean, so look for that this week, too. I linked to these sofas during one of World Market’s outdoor sales in a Casual Friday post, and received an email the next week from World Market, thanking us and seeing if we’d be interested in partnering on a project in the future. I was thrilled that so many of you snagged a good deal and we’re always up for making over spaces–so why not? Since our deck is pretty set as far as furnishings go, we asked if we could pay…

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A Sweet, Serene and Sophisticated Nursery! | One Room Challenge – The REVEAL

For the last six weeks, we’ve been working on a nursery for the little girl we’re expecting this summer and today we’re so excited to share with you what it looks like now! This is our second time participating in the One Room Challenge (last time, we coincidentally tackled a bedroom for our other two daughters) and we’re so grateful Linda invited us to participate again. We actually had the pleasure of talking with her in this week’s podcast episode and we peeled back the curtain on pretty much everything pertaining to the ORC–you can listen right here! Let’s jump right in. Welcome to our new nursery!: Overall, we really focused on creating a room that was soft and serene, but sophisticated, too. After all, I’ll be spending almost as much time in here–haha. We added a lot of special, more permanent, touches to the space over the last six weeks; like all the molding…

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How to Build a Tiered Garden Planter Box

This Spring has been such a tease. Every time it felt like we were turning a corner, BOOM, more snow. Or just cold rain. And don’t get me wrong, we live in a major potato farming community (classic Idaho, amirite?) and I’m happy that the farmers will have plenty of water this year, but sometimes I just need to see that sun and feel its warmth on my skin! Which I guess is when you take a trip to Hawaii. But! This past week has been exquisite. A little rain here and there but mostly sunny, warm, and perfect for buildin’ stuff! And what better Spring project is there than making some planter boxes? Some of our long, long time readers may recall our planter boxes from our last house. They were great and all, but they also were going to take up a large portion of the yard and an even larger…

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Personal and Non-Traditional Art in the Nursery | One Room Challenge Week 5

I can’t believe next week is the reveal! The nursery has definitely come a long way in 5 weeks and today, we’re so excited to share with you a few of our favorite artistic touches we’ve added to the room. I will say, there was an internal struggle for some time when deciding what we wanted to hang on the walls. Because the truth is, I didn’t want to hang anything really which is pretty opposite of how I normally feel (have you seen what’s above our bed?! Haha). The wallpaper itself makes such a statement when you walk into the room, and I didn’t want to take away from that or add so much that it loses that peaceful feeling. Faye’s nursery had a completely different vibe, and the huge initial art pictured above (easiest tutorial right here) was the right thing for her room. But even if we did know what this…

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Adding Wainscoting In The Nursery | One Room Challenge Week 2

We had such an eventful week getting home and recovering from the kitchen makeover we did for the sweetest couple in Baltimore–thank you for all the love on that reveal! We rested and worked from bed for two solid days (just long enough for my ankles to return to a normal size–haha!) before we felt enough energy to break out the nail gun, miter saw and caulk once again to add some pretty dreamy trim to the nursery walls. As a refresher, here’s where the room was last week! So clean, so…plain. There’s a million different ways and styles to add wainscoting to walls. We actually first looked to the height of the crib we had picked out for the room, because one thing we didn’t want was for the top of the crib to line up exactly with the top of the wainscoting, creating an uncomfortable tangent. Our crib is 36″ tall and we decided…

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100 year old home gets a 3 Day Kitchen Makeover for less than $5K!

Back in February, we went through more than 2600 applications that poured in over 48 hours for a makeover, sponsored by Lowe’s. It was our second time traveling anywhere in the country making over one of your spaces in a weekend, although this year was a little different. Last time we ended up on Long Island, transforming an entry/sitting area, but the stakes were a little higher this year as all of the entries were bathrooms and kitchens. The decision was not easy or quick, and included a lot of discussion around, “Could we really do this in 3 days?!” but we found ourselves enamored with a small, early 1900s kitchen in a Baltimore row house and knew that it was the perfect candidate for our weekend refresh. Over the weeks that followed, we spent hours upon hours designing the space, collecting measurements, picking out and ordering everything from Lowe’s and Skyping with the homeowners to try…

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The Start of a new Nursery: One Room Challenge Week 1!

A few weeks ago, we shared our happy news that we’d be expecting our third child, another little girl, this summer! So when we were asked to participate in the One Room Challenge again this Spring, we knew exactly the room we’d want to tackle in the allotted 6 weeks–the nursery! Which currently looks like this: But before we first spruced up the room, back in 2014, it looked like this: The space has served as our second daughter, Faye’s room, for the past three years (check out those pictures here) until she recently moved into the bunk room with Greta, which was coincidentally the room we tackled for the last One Room Challenge (read more about that here)! A few weeks ago, we cleared out the nursery and sold or gave away most of the things that filled the former room for a fresh start, with the exception of the…

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To Baltimore, We Go!

It’s hard to believe we leave on THURSDAY for Baltimore to tackle this year’s Lowe’s Spring Makeover. We’ve been working double time behind the scenes to make sure everything has been ordered, delivered and designed for the kitchen we’ll be making over. There are still a few things we’ll have to figure out on location, but we have the most capable crew (our dream team!) helping us this year and it’s helping ease a lot of nerves and has us more excited than ever. We’ll fly in Thursday and fly home Monday, so this will be the quickest kitchen makeover we’ve ever done (our 4th in nearly 4 years!) and although it won’t be a full blown renovation, I think we’ll be able to fool ya into thinking it was. Chris is finalizing his minute-by-minute renovation timeline (as he does), but a few exciting things we have in the works include: new flooring, an…

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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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