How to Build a Pergola (attached to a house)

I’ve been determined to make our backyard space more inviting. I also went down a slippery slope when deciding how to accomplish this task. Basically I went from needing a new patio umbrella canopy, to then needing a tilted umbrella (to block the setting sun), to wanting a retractable awning, to building a pergola. Makes…

How to Install a Paver Patio

Our backyard needed work (and it still does)! But one of our first decisions when making-over our backyard was to install a paver patio. Like all things – I researched the cost of having someone install a paver patio. The result = expensive. This didn’t seem like a “hard project” so I talked my husband…

Updating a Hall & Entry Way

When renovating my home – I never thought I needed to “renovate” my hallway. I mean it’s a hallway. It’s such a small space – why bother.  Nevertheless, I said, “What the hell – let’s update the thing.” What I thought would be an easy project – ended up being way more labor and time…

How to Hang Wallpaper

Wallpaper – is it in? Is it out? No idea. All I know is that wallpaper can really transform a room…or in my case a hallway. I knew I wanted to wallpaper my hallway. I’m terrible with mixing patterns and I can never decide on a direction with my “decorating” in other rooms – so…

The Bathroom Renovation that Started it All

For our first post we wanted to give you the elevator pitch. I know…you can read the “About” section.  But this post is the essence of the blog. We found out, and want to share with you, the idea that with some guidance, a little (OK, more than a little) trial and error and a…

How to Install Simple Wainscoting

Adding decorative moulding to a Plain Jane wall will instantly add character to any room. There are so many different types of moulding and wainscoting options so let’s just start with the easiest and the least expensive. It’s easy and inexpensive because you’re simply making eight 45 degrees cuts of moulding per box and it…

We Renovated a Basement!?

My husband and I live in a very competitive housing area. We tried for 2 years to buy a home. What we quickly realized is that if we wanted a house then we’d have to buy one that needed work. When we finally closed on our 1930s, house there was an endless project “to-do” list in…

How to Construct a Built-In Wall Unit with Kitchen Cabinets

When we were renovating my basement it was clear that we needed to add functional elements to the room in order to basically…store crap. The basement was a large space that was “L” shaped. The thought was to have one side as play area and make the other side a family room where we could…

Faux Brick Backsplash

Sometimes all it takes is a backsplash to give your kitchen new life. If you currently do not have tile above your counter-tops, adding a backsplash may seem impossible to do on your own and can be expensive when hiring a professional. We love the look of painted brick. We’re not bricklayers, but was that…

How to Make a Window Cornice

When I was designing my kitchen I decided to go with the classic subway tile backsplash. On one wall I have a window directly over the kitchen sink – so I thought extending the subway tile to the ceiling would be great idea so things didn’t look so choppy. While I loved the end result…

How to Install Shiplap (with plywood)

By now *most* of us know what Shiplap is…right? Thanks to Joanna Gaines and the HGTV show Fixer Upper – we all want a shiplap in our lives. But before it became a design element – did you know that shiplap was commonly used as exterior siding? It’s is actually a type of wooden board that has…

How to build a Raised Garden Bed

One of the most appealing parts of buying a house was the possibility of having a garden. I loved the look of a garden bed. It was a great alternative to digging up the yard and would keep all our veggies in one tidy spot. When I looked into buying a raised garden bed I…