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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Casual Friday

We always get emails about magazines or websites wanting permission to use photos of our home, and needing a high res version. Which means, I often get to revisit “older” versions of spaces in our home. Sometimes, I show them a more finished version of the room and they want that photo instead, but every once in awhile, I see an old photo that–dare I say–looks better than it’s current state? This happened this week when I got an email from Lonny mag wanting to use the photo below of our entry. While I was digging up the high res image, I realized, while this version of the entry wasn’t perfect, I missed the simplicity of it. Maybe it’s the beginning of the year talking, but I’m ready to strip down a few spaces in our home and really take stock of what’s there because I liked a certain element (whether…

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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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Ep 28: RIP Home Blogging, and Your House Looks Cheap

Ep 28: RIP Home Blogging, and Your House Looks Cheap

Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. Title: Ep 28: RIP Home Blogging, and Your House Looks Cheap Hot Topic: Is Home/DIY Blogging Dead? Show Notes: We start with a recap of the year and Julia gives great advice for patching walls and painting over the patches. We discuss DIY blogs compared to other styles of blogs and see why some people think its a dying forum. Then we play a game about the top 5 ways to make your home look CHEAP.  Julia admits that her house is currently in violation of one of the rules. We close it out with a new segment, “Stuck In Your Head,” where we each say one thing that has been on our minds this week DIY related or not. Products Discussed:Red Devil Onetime Patch & Prime Please leave a rating and review for the podcast! Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire How to Listen (iPhone): 1….

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