DIY Tutorial Home Improvement

DIY Picture Ledge for Beginner’s

The DIY picture ledge in our dining room has been a huge hit! I have had so many positive responses to this piece, someone even asked if it was from Pottery Barn! How’s that for a compliment?! Building this ledge is super easy, it…

December 11, 2019
Family Life Home Improvement

Dollhouse Makeover | Holiday Gift Idea

This dollhouse makeover is complete! In the words of Pinkalicious (my daughters favorite show), “it’s pinkatastic!” This was such a fun project for me. I loved designing this house with my daughter in mind, you will quickly realize that she LOVES the color pink…

December 3, 2019
Family Life

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Adults

Thanks for checking out my first holiday gift guide on the blog! I love giving gifts for the holidays and am always looking for the perfect present that is useful and/or meaningful for my loved ones. My worst fear is buying something useless for…

November 26, 2019
Family Life

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids Under 10

Thanks for checking out my first ever holiday gift guide! Buying Christmas gifts for the kiddos is always a fun challenge for me. I personally struggle with the idea of materialism and fast fashion/toys. Meaning, I don’t want to buy a bunch of cheap…

November 25, 2019
Home Improvement

How to Tile Your Kitchen Backsplash

Today I am sharing my step by step tutorial on how to install your kitchen backsplash. With this tutorial, you will get all of the tips and tricks I wish I had when I tackled my first tiling project!…

November 20, 2019
Home Improvement

Thrifting & Refinishing the Buffet | ORC Week 4

The dining room was in need of a buffet and week 4 of the One Room Challenge was all about finding the perfect piece. When I couldn’t find the perfect buffet online, I decided to go thrifting and refinish a piece myself. We blew…

October 23, 2019
Home Improvement

Paint & Purchases | One Room Challenge Week 3

Week 3 of the One Room Challenge brought on the biggest transformation yet. I say this all the time and I will say it again…PAINT IS SO TRANSFORMATIVE! I spent this last week wrapping up wall prep (filling holes, sanding the walls, etc), making…

October 16, 2019
Home Improvement

Dining Room Prep | One Room Challenge Week 2

Week 2 of the One Room Challenge is all about dining room prep! This week is all about prepping the room – making it ugly so it can look so beautiful at the end of this 6 week challenge! Specifically I am focusing on…

October 9, 2019
Home Improvement

Playroom Progress & Design Plans

I am excited to share the playroom progress and our design plans! We are in the process of decluttering the entire space and coming up with storage solutions for the toys in this room. Playroom Before Here is a fun reminder of what it…

September 24, 2019
Home Improvement

Organizing & Updating the Playroom

I have decided it is finally time to finish organizing and updating the kids playroom! This room is the garden level of our home and we have lovingly nicknamed it the “rock room”.  When we first moved in, we decided that this would be…

September 24, 2019
Home Improvement

Building a Swing Set & Landscaping Flip 2

Our first backyard project at Flip 2 was building a swing set for Thomas. Throughout the two years living at our second flip house, our backyard completely transformed. Today we are sharing the swing set installation and the new fence that gave our backyard…

September 24, 2019
Home Improvement

Adding Outdoor Living Space at Flip 2

I am so excited to show you how we doubled our outdoor living space at our second flip house.  This is by far one of my favorite renovations we have done and one that I am most proud of. Last week I showed you…

September 24, 2019
Home Improvement

Half Bath Renovation Challenge – Week 3 Progress

Week 3 of the Half Bath Renovation Challenge and we are making some good progress! First, I want to apologize for missing the update post last week!  Work got crazy and then I jetted off to Tulum for my friends bachelorette party where there…

September 24, 2019
Home Improvement

How to Create a Photography Studio in Your Basement

Today I am so excited to share how my friend created a photography studio in her basement. Sarah is a small business owner (Sarah Renee Photography) and also a crafty DIYer who transformed her basement into a fabulous photography studio.  She wanted a space…

September 23, 2019
Home Improvement

Kitchen Plans at Flip 3: Phase 1

Today I am sharing our phase 1 kitchen renovation plans at Flip 3! When we first moved into this house, I was amazed by the size of the kitchen! It had been updated by the previous owners, but unfortunately it did not reflect our…

September 12, 2019
Family Life

5 Moving Tips to Make Your Next Move Stress Free

Today I am sharing my top 5 moving tips to make your next move as stress-free as possible! For the last 15 years, I have moved every 1-2 years, so I consider myself somewhat of a moving expert. 🙂 This last move was a…

September 6, 2019
From the Nest Podcast
Podcast Real Estate

Episode 8: Our Top 5 Home Staging Tips

Thanks for tuning in to episode 8 of From the Nest Podcast! Staging our homes to sell is one of my favorite hobbies! I love putting myself in the shoes of potential buyers and thinking about what would make me HAVE to have this…

September 5, 2019
Open concept design with a breakfast bar
Home Improvement

Building a Kitchen Breakfast Bar

Our second house had a tiny, closed off kitchen. By removing half a wall in the kitchen and installing a breakfast bar, we were able to achieve an open concept design without gutting the entire thing! Experts say that when you go to sell…

September 3, 2019
Home Improvement

Half Bath Renovation Challenge

I am excited to announce that I am participating in a half bath renovation challenge with my friend, Christie, from The Denverette!  Christie and I both share a passion for DIY and wanted a little kick in the butt to finally start our renovation…

August 26, 2019
Home Improvement

Half Bath Renovation Challenge is Complete!

Drum roll please! My tiny, dingy, dated half bathroom has had a major makeover! We extended the challenge by a week to complete the finishing touches and it was well worth it. Check out the results! Half Bathroom Makeover Vanity Updates The vanity base…

August 23, 2019
Home Improvement

Adding Curb Appeal & Painting the Exterior

Today I am sharing our next big project – installing a new roof and painting the exterior of our home to improve the curb appeal! I have mentioned this before, but Chris and I are planning to sell our home once we hit the…

August 23, 2019
Home Improvement

Phase 2 of the Kitchen Renovation

Phase 2 of our kitchen renovation at Flip 3 is complete just in time for Friendsgiving! I don’t know about you, but hosting an event always gives me that push I need to complete lingering home projects. I love our kitchen updates in this…

August 23, 2019
Home Improvement

Affordable Office Updates at Flip 3

Our office needed a little love but we weren’t going to break the bank fixing it up. Today I am going to share with you our affordable office updates we completed last week! We also completed another lingering project last weekend that I wanted…

August 15, 2019
Real Estate

Why I want to Purchase A Mobile Home Park

Happy Monday!  I am excited to share more details with you around why I want to purchase a mobile home park. Last weekend I attended a three day course learning how to purchase mobile home parks.  I have received a lot of raised eyebrows…

August 15, 2019
Real Estate

Mobile Home Park Purchase Progress

It’s been a while since I posted and I wanted to fill you in on all of my current real estate adventures and mobile home park purchase progress.  We have only a few weeks left before school officially begins for my kiddos and I…

August 15, 2019
Real Estate

Our Strategy to Purchase a Mobile Home Park

These last few weeks Kate and I have been developing our strategy to purchase our first mobile home park. I officially left my ad tech career last week and am loving the amount of time I have had to dedicate to looking for a…

August 14, 2019
Family Life Home Improvement

Organization Ideas for Your Playroom

Today I am sharing with you a few organization ideas for your playroom! Having a playroom in your house is a luxury in itself, but adding these organization ideas to the space will make the space even better! Having a space for my kids…

August 13, 2019
Historic Old West End Toledo
Home Improvement

Toledo’s Historic Old West End: Home Tour

On the blog today I am so excited to share with you the beautiful, historic home owned by my cousin Jackie and her husband Jeff. This beautiful Victorian home was built in the late 1800’s and is located in Toledo’s Historic Old West End.  If…

August 13, 2019
Home Improvement

Welcome to Our Temporary Home in Ohio

Welcome to our new, temporary home for the next year in Toledo, Ohio! For our first year in Ohio, we will be living with my in-laws. Our boxes are all unpacked and we are settling into our new routine in Ohio. We want to take…

August 13, 2019
Real Estate

Home Staging Tips from an Interior Decorator

Today Debbie, an Interior Decorator, will be taking us through her home and sharing all of her amazing home staging tips! Debbie lives in a charming Tudor house in the Sylvania neighborhood of St. James Woods and is getting ready to put it on…

August 13, 2019
Wallpapered Staircase
Home Improvement

How to Wallpaper Your Staircase

Are you ready for this super simple tutorial about how to wallpaper your staircase?! I am excited to share this fun wallpaper project with you and the best part is that it took less than 3 hours to install! I LOVE a good DIY project,…

August 13, 2019
instagram 101
Real Estate

Instagram Basics for Beginners

Friends! Last week I posted about an Instagram giveaway (which is open until Thursday 11/8/18) and realized that some of my good friends and family were still pretty new to Instagram and weren’t sure how to enter. I know learning a new platform can…

August 13, 2019
Real Estate

5 Reasons to Hire a Photographer to Sell Your Home

Today I am talking about the importance of staging your home and hiring a professional photographer when selling your house. I recently interviewed Mary Wyar, with Toledo Home Tours, and she provided her expertise and insight into the benefits of hiring a professional photographer.…

August 11, 2019
Real Estate

Create a Homeowners Manual to Sell Your House Fast

Today I am sharing how to create a custom homeowners manual to sell your home fast! This manual gives you a chance to highlight all of the great features of your home that may go unnoticed at an open house. What home renovations did…

August 9, 2019
Home Improvement

Drummond Flip House Tour: Before Renovations

I am excited to take you on a tour of the Drummond Flip house before our renovations began. This is our fourth flip house and our first investment in Toledo, Ohio. House Tour If you follow me on Instagram you have seen that big…

August 9, 2019
Home Improvement

Demo Day at the Drummond Flip House

It’s demo day at the Drummond Flip House! This flip is a bigger beast than my previous 3 flips. When we lived in Denver, we were living in the homes we flipped for two years and completed projects room by room. For this project…

August 9, 2019
Home Improvement Real Estate

Tour of our First Rental Property

Meet Woody – our first rental property in Toledo, Ohio! This is our first buy and hold investment property and we can’t wait to buy more. Today I am sharing why we chose this home and taking your on a home tour! Why We…

August 8, 2019
Home Improvement

Exterior Renovation Plans for Flip 4

Today I am sharing all of our exterior renovation plans for Flip 4! We have checked off quite a few projects on our list but still have a few remaining. There were a few mild days (40+ degrees) this month and we took full…

August 8, 2019
Podcast

Your New Favorite Home Renovation Podcast

Are you ready to learn what your new favorite home renovation podcast is going to be? Let me introduce you to From the Nest Podcast! This new podcast is hosted by myself and my husband, Chris. We are so excited to share our journey…

August 8, 2019
Podcast Real Estate

5 Simple Steps For Beginner Investors to Take

On episode 3 of From the Nest Podcast, we are reviewing 5 simple steps for beginner investors to take. Are you thinking about buying an investment property? Then this episode is for you! DEFINE YOUR STRATEGY: Are you interested in fix and flips? Live…

August 8, 2019
Podcast Real Estate

5 Ways to Finance Your First Investment Property

Thanks for tuning in to episode 6 of From the Nest Podcast! On today’s episode, Chris and I are discussing 5 different ways to finance your first investment property. 1. Conventional Loan: This is probably the most obvious option when getting started in real…

August 8, 2019
Home Improvement Podcast

3 Common Fears About a Bathroom Remodel

On today’s episode of From the Nest Podcast, Chris and I discuss the three common fears that homeowners face when deciding to tackle a bathroom remodel. Are you considering a bathroom renovation? I am sure you have experienced at least one of these common…

August 8, 2019
Podcast Real Estate

Buying an Investment Property Site Unseen

On today’s episode of From the Nest Podcast, Chris and I talk about buying an investment property site unseen! We are breaking down how we found this deal and our deal analysis that made interested in this rental property. How did we find this…

August 8, 2019
Home Improvement Podcast

Kitchen Design at the Drummond Flip House

Thanks for tuning in to episode 12 of From the Nest Podcast! On today’s episode, Chris and I are discussing the kitchen design at the Drummond Flip House. Designing the kitchen at the Drummond Flip House has been a monumental task and we played…

August 8, 2019
Home Improvement

Before and After Tour at Our First Flip

I am excited to take you through a before and after tour of our first flip house! Along with being our first flip house, it was also our first home! I recently realized that I never created a good before and after post of…

August 8, 2019
Podcast Real Estate

5 Lessons Learned with Home Inspections

On today’s episode, Chris and I are sharing our top 5 lessons we learned from our many home inspection experiences. Home inspections can be stressful and it is easy to become overwhelmed by the large report of issues you receive from the inspector. We…

August 8, 2019
Podcast Real Estate

How to Easily Find Comparables for Your Home

On today’s episode, we are reviewing how to easily find comparables for your home or investment property. Understanding how to pull comps is a valuable skill as a real estate investor. You have to understand your market to be able to purchase a great…

August 8, 2019
Podcast Real Estate

Preparing Your Rental Property in 30 Days

On today’s episode we are discussing how to prepare your rental property to in 30 days. This topic is timely because we just closed on our second rental and have a goal to get it listed in just 30 days. We are making progress…

August 8, 2019
Home Improvement

Welcome to Our New Home, Our Cape Cottage

Welcome to our new home, our Cape Cottage! It is still a little surreal that we now own our own home in Toledo, Ohio. It’s also a little crazy that we own a pool! We bought this home from really lovely previous owners who…

August 8, 2019
Home Improvement

6 Renovation Projects in the Next 6 Months

Today I am taking a note from one of my favorite blogs, chrislovesjulia.com, and breaking down the 6 renovation projects we plan to complete in the next 6 months. We have some BIG projects ahead of us at our new home! It is going…

August 8, 2019
Home Improvement

Flip House 2 Before & After Transformation

Today I am sharing the full before and after transformation at Flip House 2! We made some major improvements to this house that paid off big when we sold it after 2 years. How we Found Our Second Flip When we found this house,…

August 8, 2019
Podcast

Our Journey to Finding the Perfect Family Home

Episode 22 is really a time capsule of our journey to finding the perfect family home. We share our experience buying this house and all of the ups and downs we encountered throughout the purchase process. Every home buying process is unique and this…

August 6, 2019
Podcast Real Estate

Property Title Basics with Olivia Sohnly

Property title companies play a major role when purchasing a home, and yet, many people have no idea what they do! On todays episode of From the Nest Podcast, I interview Olivia Sohnly with Barristers of Ohio Title Company to discuss how title companies…

August 6, 2019
Podcast Real Estate

1031 Exchanges & Capital Gains Tax

On episode 21 of From the Nest Podcast, Chris and I are reviewing 1031 exchanges and capital gains tax with our listeners. We are by NO means experts, but we have learned a lot about both of these subjects these past few years and…

August 6, 2019
Real Estate

4 Staging Tips When Selling a Small Home

When selling a small home, following these 4 staging tips will maximize your appeal to potential buyers. We found our second flip house unexpectedly and had to stage our little bungalow (flip 1) to sell in just 5 short days! In order to keep…

August 6, 2019
This living room has been staged for the open house.
Home Improvement

Formal Living Room Turned Adult Family Room

In our third flip house, we turned what was once the formal living room into the adult family room. I am a firm believer that you should use your house how you live your daily life. Our family doesn’t have a living room with…

August 6, 2019
Home Improvement

Utility Room Weekend Makeover

This weekend I gave the utility room a makeover while Chris was out of town!  It was the first weekend where Chris was away and I was home alone with the two kids.   I just finished reading the book, The Magnolia Story (the…

August 5, 2019
Home Improvement

Adding Livable Space with a Basement Renovation

The basement renovation was a game changer at our first flip house because we added living space. Our house was about 1,200 square feet and having that extra living space in the basement made a huge difference. When we first toured the house, the…

August 5, 2019
Home Improvement

Designing a Budget Friendly Nursery

Once I found out I was expecting a little girl, I couldn’t wait to start designing a budget friendly nursery. We were renovating other spaces in the home and I was excited to flex my DIY muscles and put together an affordable nursery. In…

August 5, 2019
Home Improvement

Guest Bathroom Renovation at Flip 3

When we first moved into our third flip, the guest bathroom was way too big. We cut it down to 1/3 its original size and used the rest for the master suite. I would much rather have a large master bathroom than an oversized…

August 5, 2019
Home Improvement

1920’s Colonial Home Restoration

I am so excited to share the restoration of my brother and sister-in-law’s 1920’s Colonial home!  Jon and Shannon bought this 1920’s colonial style home and couldn’t wait to restore and bring it back to its former glory.   I would describe Jon and…

August 5, 2019
Home Improvement

How to Add Living Space with a Deck

Chris and I were able to add valuable living space in our first home by building a deck. The house was 1,300 square feet and we really wanted to add an outdoor living space. The back porch was falling apart when we moved in…

August 5, 2019
Home Improvement

Master Bedroom Makeover

Our master bedroom makeover at Flip 3 was an important project that I wanted to tackle before the birth of our daughter, Evelyn. We finished the floors with only a few days to spare before little Evie Mae arrived! Here is what we updated…

August 5, 2019
Home Improvement

Adding Curb Appeal to Our First Flip House

We added so much curb appeal at our first flip house in Denver!  When we first bought the house, it felt very dark and heavy.  The ivy against the dark brick and the unruly plants around the yard surrounding the old wood picket fence…

August 5, 2019
Home Improvement

Before Renovations Tour of Flip 3

Welcome to the tour before our renovations at flip 3! When I first saw the photos of this property online, I immediately connected with it. I felt confident that we could modernize the home with our skillset and add enough value to make a…

August 2, 2019
Home Improvement

Adding A Bathroom to Our Basement

Our first project we had planned for Flip 3 was to add a bathroom in our basement. We had big plans for the bathrooms upstairs, but needed a functioning one while those were under construction. We also planned to create a full guest suite…

August 1, 2019
The large basement was turned into a legal bedroom for guests.
Home Improvement

Building a Legal Bedroom in a Basement

The first project at our third flip house was to build a legal bedroom in the basement with an attached bathroom. I was pregnant with my second child and Chris and I had made the decision to hire an au pair once our daughter…

August 1, 2019
Our first flip house in Denver, CO.
Home Improvement

Welcome to Our First Flip House!

Welcome to our first live in flip house! We bought this sweet little bungalow in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver and saw the potential right away.  This home was where we really started to get our feet wet with home renovations.  While the biggest…

August 1, 2019
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Flip 3: Master Bathroom Renovation

 I am so excited to take you through my favorite renovation of the house, the master bathroom! Our previous house had an amazing master closet and master bathroom, so when we moved into our new house, the outdated and small master bath and closet…

August 1, 2019
This living room has been staged for the open house.
Real Estate

8 Home Staging Tips to Sell Your House Fast

Today I am sharing my 8 simple home staging tips to sell your house fast!  This is the third home I have staged and I absolutely LOVE this part of selling our homes. I know these tips will help you achieve achieve top dollar…

August 1, 2019
Laundry room makeover
Home Improvement

Budget Friendly Laundry Room Makeover

Our laundry room was in MAJOR need of a makeover! Because guests are not hanging out in our laundry room, this was naturally the last place to be updated. As we prepared to sell our house in Wheat Ridge, CO I knew that this…

August 1, 2019
Home Improvement

DIY a Frame for your Builder Grade Mirror

This weekend we were able to DIY a frame around our builder grade mirror to complete the master bathroom renovation! Our bathroom renovation was in the “95% complete club” but still needed some character and this quick project was the perfect remedy. Last week…

August 1, 2019
Painting a 1970s rock fireplace
Home Improvement

How to Paint a Dated Rock Fireplace

We painted our rock fireplace! I am so glad that I overcame my fear of such a permanent change because it was super simple and brightened up the room so much. This dated fireplace is now an awesome feature wall in our kids playroom.…

July 31, 2019