Kitchen: Before & After

A room is complete. It’s still hard to believe, even though we finished it almost three month ago. We jumped straight from finishing the kitchens into starting the bathrooms (boy, is that a whole other ball of wax), and I’m just now getting to post our bathroom grand finale. I would be lying if I…

Ikea hack built-in bookshelves

You may have noticed that there’s been an influx of blog posts lately. We’ve been so hard at work with reno projects that it hasn’t left much time for blogging, and now it’s catch up tie. Today, I’m so excited to share one of our favorite reno projects so far – our floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves…

Red, white, and blue coop

Maybe it’s that the fourth of July is right around the corner, or maybe it’s because we’ve now formed a bit of a tradition with barn red and white, but, either way, our new coop is definitely patriotic. We built an A-frame coop, and so far, we are loving it. The underneath of it forms…

Succulents for days

Spring has sprung, a new raised bed has been planted, and the seedlings are all in the garden. And meanwhile, I’ve been obsessing over succulents and succulent propagation. A few weeks ago, my parents generously lobbed off some stems from their healthy succulents. We had a bumpy 7-hour ride home, so the stems were a…

Ikea Kallax/Expedit Hack

It’s been five months since my last blog post, and we are rocking and rolling on the Project House, though mostly with small projects these days. But, I’ve come to find that little projects (like painting trim, or patching nail holes) can make a big difference in the look and feel of a place. It…

Kitchen Update

A year later, and we finally have our first real before and after during. It may be only an area of 12′ by 3′, but it’s very nearly, so close, almost done. And it makes us feel as if we’ve actually accomplished something in the way of home reno over the course of a year.

A new garden

We’ve been busy with house projects as usual. The bathroom tub finally got fresh caulk and, despite the fact that there is still marbled banana yellow tile everywhere, the tub at least feels new(ish) and clean(er). The huge tree limb that fell down a week after we bought the house and has been in an…

Our farmhouse kitchen island

YC and I got recently reached a milestone in house renovations – we got just enough done to live in the house with a fair amount of ease and comfort. Dishwasher, kitchen sink, refrigerator, countertops, washer and dryer, working toilet… those kinds of things. Even a TV with bookshelves and a couch. The result was…

Springtime Garden Notes: Starting a Garden

We’ve got a whole new yard to work with this year for the garden. A roomy yard with a sunny corner, thanks to a large, recently felled tree branch. Despite the month, it feels like spring here – warmer weather and plenty of sunshine lately, with longer days and cool breezes. This morning we received…