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Installing Closet Organization Systems | ORC Week 3

With the walls finally painted, I spent week 3 of the One Room Challenge installing closet organization systems and assembling our new bed frame. Our master bedroom has three huge closets and we were definitely not maximizing their functionality. Along with giving our closets…

October 21, 2020
Home Improvement

Dramatic Paint & Furniture Picks | ORC Week 2

Week 2 of the One Room Challenge was dominated by painting the bedroom. Six weeks can really fly by so when I didn’t have a paintbrush in my hand, I was ordering furniture. Like all renovations, we already ran into a few surprises that…

October 14, 2020
Home Improvement

Moody Master Bedroom Design | ORC Week 1

Is it just me or does it feel like we just wrapped up the Spring One Room Challenge? Either way, my home is never lacking a space that needs a little TLC and I love participating in this challenge to get me motivated to…

October 7, 2020
Home Improvement

How I Turned our Tired, Retro Bathroom Into A Showstopper

Our retro master bathroom was tired, outdated, and lacking function. After my mini-makeover, our bathroom is now a showstopper without any major renovations! If you have been following along, I decided to give our master bathroom a budget-friendly update to add functionality and style.…

September 1, 2020
Blog Home Improvement

Creating a Desk/Work Station | ORC Week 7

Week 7 of the One Room Challenge and I am looking forward to wrapping up this project. There are definitely some challenges that come along with renovating a child’s bedroom for 8 weeks! Luckily we have a guest bedroom where I could send Thomas…

June 17, 2020
Home Improvement

Boy’s Bedroom Makeover | Spring ORC Week 1

The Better Homes & Gardens Spring One Room Challenge is here and I am so excited to participate again! Over the next 8 weeks, I will be transforming my boy’s bedroom into a modern and functional space for a growing dude. If you are…

May 6, 2020
Home Improvement

English Garden Design Inspiration for my Backyard

I have always loved the look of an English garden! Since moving into our home last summer, I envisioned creating an English garden in our yard. I have spent hours researching features and flowers found in these gardens and have started the beginnings of…

May 1, 2020
Home Improvement

Perennial Plants You Can Divide & Transfer

I have been hard at work creating my English Garden and the beds are starting to fill up! All of the perennials that I have put in my garden were given to me or transferred from another spot in my yard. Today I am…

April 22, 2020
Home Improvement

Toledo Flip House Reveal | Before & After

The Toledo flip house is COMPLETE and sold to its new owners! I am so proud that we successfully and profitably flipped our first home. I can’t wait to share all of the before and after images of our first flip house in Toledo.…

April 15, 2020
Home Improvement

5 Ways to Make Your Laundry Room More Green

With Earth Day approaching, I wanted to share 5 easy ways to make your laundry room a little more green! These simple changes can save energy and reduce plastic while doing laundry every day. 5 Tips to Make Your Laundry Room Green 1 |…

April 10, 2020
Home Improvement

Budget-Friendly Laundry Room Reveal

My budget-friendly laundry room makeover is finally complete! A few months ago I shared my laundry room inspiration and I can’t wait to show you how I brought that vision to life. When we moved into our new home, the laundry room was dated…

March 31, 2020
Home Improvement

Master Bathroom Renovation at Flip 3

 I am so excited to take you through my favorite project of our third house, the master bathroom renovation! 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…

February 13, 2020
Home Improvement

How to Build a Legal Bedroom in Your 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…

February 12, 2020
Home Improvement

Round Tables Under $500 | Round-Up

As I slowly furnish our living room in our new home, I am on the hunt for a round table under $500. I would like to put a table in the bay window nook to serve as a place to do puzzles or play…

February 1, 2020
Home Improvement

10 Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Green

Today I am sharing 10 ways to make your bathroom more green today. Bathroom renovations have been on my mind because the bathrooms in our new home are original to when the house was built in the 1970s. This means that they are very…

January 29, 2020
Home Improvement

Designing for Joy | 10 Aesthetics of Joy

If you have followed me for a while, you know by now my love for the book Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee. I was so inspired after reading this book, I share it with everyone! I passionately believe that everyone should live in a…

January 24, 2020
Home Improvement

How to Prioritize Your Home Renovation Projects

When you buy a fixer-upper, it is imperative that you prioritize your home renovation projects! Renovating a home can be overwhelming and I have learned quite a bit living through renovations these last 10 years. Today I am sharing my tips for how Chris…

January 21, 2020
Home Improvement

Money Saving Tips For Your Next Renovation

Renovation costs can add up quickly and today I am sharing my top 5 money saving tips for your next big home project. After flipping four houses and renovating our current home, Chris and I have learned lots of ways to save money with…

January 19, 2020
Home Improvement

Budget-Friendly Laundry Room Design

The first big project in 2020 will be my laundry room! I am excited to take you through my laundry room design plans today and give you a tour of the current space. The plan is to incorporate big design into this space on…

January 16, 2020
Home Improvement

Laundry Room Inspiration | 2020 Project

Laundry rooms are one of my favorite projects to makeover because they are often left as boring and uninspiring spaces. It is so refreshing to do a not-so-fun task like laundry in a beautiful space. While kitchens and bathrooms often sell the home, I…

January 13, 2020
How to paint an old bed frame
DIY Tutorial Home Improvement

How to Paint A Bed Frame | DIY

We purchased this old bed off of Craigslist almost 8 years ago for $100. When we bought it, I had every intention of painting the bed frame, but it never happened! Once we moved into our new home, we planned to use this bed…

January 12, 2020
Home Improvement Podcast

Nail the Open Concept Design in Your Home

Modern families today want that open concept design in their home. The kitchen is the most common place where homeowners want that open concept feel. It is the heart of the home where everyone wants to gather. An open kitchen with a large island…

January 9, 2020
Family Life Home Improvement

Organizing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Organizing your kitchen cabinets efficiently is often overlooked when first moving into a new home. When kitchen cabinets are organized well, valuable time is given back to the homeowner. In the last 10 years I have moved 8 times and have learned a thing…

January 8, 2020
Home Improvement Real Estate

How to Choose Your Paint Sheen

Choosing the right paint sheen for your project is almost as important as getting the right paint color – ALMOST. 🙂 Paint comes in a variety of sheens ranging from no shine at all to very shiny paint. As a general rule of thumb,…

January 5, 2020
Family Life Home Improvement

Top Posts on Instagram in 2019

At the end of every year, Instagrammers from all around use the Top Nine app to pull a list of their 9 most liked Instagram posts. Along with being a fun visual of your most liked content, it gives businesses insight into what their…

December 31, 2019
Family Life Home Improvement

Big Moments in 2019 | A Year in Review

2019 was a big year for me personally and professionally. As I prepare to enter a new year (and decade!), I wanted to share some of my favorite projects and moments of 2019. I would recommend this exercise for everyone, especially those of you…

December 30, 2019
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

The dollhouse makeover is complete! In the words of Pinkalicious (my daughter’s 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
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
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 to Our Third Home

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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Renovating Our Second Flip House in Denver

Today I am sharing the full transformation after renovation our second flip house in Denver! 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 House When we found…

August 8, 2019
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 design your house to fit the way you use it every day. The previous owners used the…

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

Restoring a 1920’s Colonial Home

I love seeing old homes restored to their original beauty! Today I am excited to share the restoration of my brother and his wife’s 1920’s Colonial home.  Jon and Shannon spent two years restoring every piece of this home and the transformation is jaw…

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