When to DIY or Hire out Home Maintenance?

This post is sponsored by Esurance While we definitely prefer the fixing-up-spaces side of home ownership, homes need constant care and maintenance. We’ve tried to insert a few of these realistic parts of owning a home sporadically in our content like when we shared how to trim back trees, replacing loose plugs, or the PSA on getting your heaters serviced and buying carbon monoxide detectors so you don’t find yourself in the scary situation we did earlier this year. I’ve heard it said that you should budget for about 1% of your home’s price for maintenance every year. (i.e.If your home cost $200,000, set aside $2000 a year for maintenance.) Some years, we’re able to roll that over to the next year by doing a lot of the maintenance ourselves and then other times, we have to dip deep into the maintenance fund to pay a professional to fix our DIY gone…

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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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Casual Friday

Chris and I just got back from a 24 hour getaway and I’m feeling all sorts of refreshed and re-engerized. It was our 8th anniversary on Tuesday and we were both too busy finishing up projects and the one room challenge and watching the election to really celebrate. So as soon as the reveal went live on Wednesday, we skipped town and slept and slept and ate way too much, talked about projects for the rest of the year and went to the movies–which always feels like a time luxury. We got back last night, ready to be the best parents all over again and ready to finish off this year strong. Other fun things this week! Everyone loves a touch of plaid through the colder months and I stumbled upon this navy and green plaid ottoman that I can’t stop thinking about. The legs are perfect. It’s so rich…and…

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A Dark Shiplap Accent Wall for under $75!

We can’t thank you enough for all your love on the reveal of our girls’ room yesterday. It was so much work, but it was wonderful to see so many of you enjoyed following along and the end result as much as we loved sharing it. Today, we wanted to share all the details about how we updated the wall in our living room! Finally! Our long time readers know we have this wall in our living room that has stumped us for 3 years now. I wrote that we were done ignoring it and cropping it out of pictures way back in March and then it took a few (okay, several) more months to actually decide what to do and do it. It has odd angles surrounding it, and is too close to the seating area to have something substantial like a credenza on it–we tried.But! It’s the perfect candidate for…

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