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5 Easy Outdoor DIY Projects to Try This Year

As I write this blog post I am sitting on my back porch enjoying one of the first warm days of Spring. I love when I am able to work on outdoor DIY projects that improve the look of our home while also enjoying…

April 7, 2021

The Best Supplies for Painting Interior Spaces

When it comes to painting projects in my home, I always choose to paint myself instead of hiring it out. The cost of labor adds up quickly and I prefer to use that money in other areas of our home. Today I am sharing…

March 31, 2021

Simple Closet Organization Tips to Maximize Function

Last Fall I finished our master bedroom makeover and I am finally getting around to writing the closet organization post. Just in time for Spring cleaning! Our home has incredible storage with large closets in every bedroom and even more spacious closets in the…

March 24, 2021

How to Hang Pre-Pasted Wallpaper by Yourself

For the mudroom makeover, I was excited to hang a printed wallpaper above the newly installed plank wall. I chose the mudroom design to reflect an English cottage vibe and the Flora print was exactly what I was going for. …

March 10, 2021

How to Install a Vertical Shiplap Plank Wall

Our mudroom makeover is complete and I am excited to share how we installed the tongue and groove plank wall in this room. I chose this wall treatment because it worked well with the cottage architectural style of our home. This project is definitely…

March 3, 2021

Beautiful Mudroom Makeover with Tons of Charm

The mudroom makeover came with plenty of surprises but I absolutely love the end result! The architecture of our home includes many cottage-style elements including a sloping cedar-shingled roof, large bay window, and carriage door entrance on the front of the house. …

February 24, 2021

I Applied Latex Over Oil-Based Paint | How to Fix

Have you ever painted latex over oil-based paint without properly prepping the walls? If you are one of the unlucky readers who answered yes, you know exactly how painful this mistake can be! …

February 11, 2021

How To Choose The Best Paint Colors For Your Home

One of the most common questions I get is how to choose the best paint colors for your home. Often it is from readers who are moving into a new home and don't know where to start in terms of paint colors.…

January 29, 2021

2021 Paint Color Trends | What to Expect This Year

Planning a home project and want your paint color to be on-trend? This is the perfect post for you! I love following the paint and decor trends expected for the new year because it helps steer some of my design decisions for the year.…

January 6, 2021

Easy & Inexpensive Decorations for the Holidays

Christmas decor can be expensive to buy all at once and personally, I enjoy collecting meaningful decor throughout the years. I have compiled a list of easy and inexpensive decorations for the holidays while the collection grows.…

December 21, 2020

DIY Gift Ideas for this Holiday Season

Looking for a unique gift idea for your loved ones this Christmas? Check out these easy and affordable DIY gift ideas for the holiday season!…

December 11, 2020

6 Ways to Create Less Waste During the Holidays

Today I am sharing 6 ways to create less waste during the holidays. These simple changes helped me to use less and not sacrifice all of the beautiful decor that comes with the holidays.…

December 7, 2020

The Best IKEA Furniture Hacks to Try at Home

Have you ever tried one of the popular IKEA hacks found on Pinterest? There are so many incredible DIY projects using IKEA furniture and I am always completely blown away by the transformations! I have tried out a few of my own and am…

December 3, 2020

How to Create a Shutterfly Family Yearbook | DIY

For the last 8 years, I have used the Shutterfly program to create our family yearbooks. It is rare that I print photos out anymore and these yearbooks are a great way to compile all of our memories and favorite photos each year.…

November 24, 2020

Easy IKEA Hemnes Dresser Hack to Try at Home

This IKEA hack transformation may be my favorite one yet! I decided to give our current IKEA Hemnes dresser an update when I was putting together the design plans for our master bedroom makeover. …

November 17, 2020

Our Dark & Moody Modern Master Bedroom Makeover

The master bedroom reveal is here and it looks nothing like it did a few months ago! I love these 6-week challenges so much because they really push me to complete the projects in one single space. I often find myself bouncing around from…

November 11, 2020

Master Bedroom Final Design Details | ORC Week 5

For week 5 of the Better Homes & Gardens One Room Challenge, I focused on the design details. I have all of the furniture purchased and in place and I was excited to add our personality to the space. After living in our home…

November 5, 2020

Updating Our IKEA Hemnes Dresser | ORC Week 4

Week 4 of the One Room Challenge was spent customizing our current IKEA Hemnes dresser. In my week 2 update, I shared that I had purchased a pricey new dresser only to discover that it was way too small for our clothing storage needs.…

October 28, 2020

Installing Closet Organization Systems in Our Master Bedroom

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

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

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

How to Paint A Pool and Save Money | Tutorial

Today I am excited to share how we painted our pool and saved thousands of dollars! Would you believe me if I told you we almost walked away from our house because there was a pool in the backyard? We have young kids and…

September 28, 2020

Rich, Moody Paint Colors For Your Next Project

I am digging the rich, moody paint colors trend and am craving this design aesthetic even more as we head into Fall! I love how the perfect paint color can warm up a room and give it a cozy vibe. …

September 23, 2020

Simple Organization Solutions For A Cluttered Bathroom

Today I am sharing simple bathroom organization solutions for our cluttered master bath! After living in our master bathroom for a year, I identified a handful of areas that needed improvement to function for our family. These simple solutions have decluttered our bathroom and…

September 8, 2020

Full List of Kid-Friendly Places to Go in Toledo

As school starts up again, many of our kids have to remain at home due to the COVID outbreak. When my son isn’t virtually learning online, I have tried to get him outside to explore new places around town. I have created a full…

September 3, 2020

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

The Most Effective Way to Whiten Your Tile Grout

The most effective (and rewarding) way to whiten your tile grout is with a simple DIY cleaning solution. If your tile floors were installed with white grout, there is a good chance that it is stained with dirt. This simple solution revives dingy grout…

August 24, 2020

How to Easily Remove Wallpaper with These 6 Steps

Today I am sharing tips for one of my most effective renovation strategies - how to remove wallpaper! My latest home project is giving our dated master bathroom a little refresh. …

August 18, 2020

This List Will Make You Want To Start Thrift Shopping Today

More and more people are discovering the benefits of buying second-hand items. Whether it is the thrill of the hunt or more practical reasons, there are clear benefits to buying gently used items. As a life long DIY’er, I have always appreciated upcycling items…

August 11, 2020

Plans for Updating Our Retro Master Bathroom

If you own a home built in the 50’s or 60’s, there is a good chance you have at least one retro bathroom. Our home was built in the late 60’s and we have 3 original bathrooms! This month I am excited to tackle…

August 5, 2020

How to Spray Paint a Lamp | DIY

Today I am sharing how to update a lamp with spray paint. I love the challenge of updating a space on a budget. Along with saving money, I enjoy finding new ways to use items that I already own. This is exactly what I…

July 21, 2020

How to Color Block a Piece of Art for Your Home

Today I am excited to show you how to color block a piece of art for your home! This DIY is great for artwork that is usually passed over at a thrift store or collecting dust in your attic. This color blocking trend has…

July 13, 2020

Boys Bedroom Makeover That He Will Love at Any Age

Are you ready for the boys' bedroom reveal for Week 8 of the One Room Challenge?! Even though my design plans changed quite a bit, I am SO happy with how Thomas's bedroom turned out. And most importantly, Thomas is overjoyed with the new…

June 24, 2020

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

Design Pivot & DIY Projects | ORC Week 5/6

We are in the final weeks of the One Room Challenge and I am FEELING it! Last week was heavy and to be honest, the Challenge felt a little trivial. I am grateful that we were able to take Week 5 to reflect on…

June 10, 2020

How to Apply Plaster to a Lamp | DIY

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved a good DIY project. I also love a good upcycling project! Taking some old and unwanted and turning it into something beautiful is so rewarding. I have been working on a bedroom makeover…

June 8, 2020

How to Camouflage Your Electrical Meter | DIY

Earlier this year we began work on our backyard to prep for the English garden I planned to build. Today I am sharing a quick and easy DIY project that has helped to camouflage the ugly electrical meter on the back of the house.…

June 3, 2020

How to Reuse an Old Iron Arbor | DIY

Last week I found an old iron arbor on the side of the road with “free” attached to the front. Aside from the arbor being my favorite price, the design was perfect for my English garden! I grabbed my hubby and we tossed the…

May 28, 2020

Popular Ikea Billy Bookcase Hack | DIY

I gotta be honest, I wasn't sure I was going to finish this week 4 of the One Room Challenge! In the final minutes, I finished my Ikea Billy Bookcase hack and I am so proud of how it came out. …

May 27, 2020

How to Hang a Wall Mural | Wallpaper Installation DIY

Welcome to week 3 of the Better Homes & Gardens One Room Challenge! This week, I added some personality into my boys' bedroom by installing a wall mural on one wall, and LOVE how it turned out!…

May 20, 2020

How to Add a Charming Brick Border to Garden

Adding a brick border to a flower bed can add so much charm to a home. We have gotten lucky with our homes because they all have had old bricks stacked in the yard. If you have a similar experience, this is a great…

May 17, 2020

How to Paint A Room with Carpeting

Whenever I begin a room makeover, I always start with paint. The wall color lays the foundation for the design and painting a room makes it feel fresh and new. Today I am going to take you through how to paint a carpeted…

May 13, 2020

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

Stunning English Gardens | Backyard Inspiration

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

How to Build Your Own Compost Station at Home

Building a compost station at your home is a great way to reduce waste and create nutrient-rich soil. My family has been composting for a few years now using a rolling bin and decided to take our composting one step further at our new…

April 28, 2020

Beautiful 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. …

April 22, 2020

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

How to Paint Your Old Floors Using Rust-Oleum HOME

I still can't get over how amazing my freshly painted, old linoleum floors look in the laundry room! For this project, I partnered with Rust-Oleum to try out their interior paint product, Rust-Oleum HOME Floor Coating. …

April 14, 2020

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

How to Update Your Laminate Countertop for Under $25

My $300 laundry room makeover is complete! Today I am sharing a quick and easy DIY to update dated, laminate countertops. I finished this project in a few short hours and for under $25. Let’s get started with this simple tutorial! Here is a…

April 8, 2020

Budget-Friendly Makeover For A Small Laundry Room

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. …

March 31, 2020

Creating a Beautiful, Livable Interior | Bosler House

Steve and Jan wanted a home that functioned for their family today while also fitting in with the period when the home was built in 1875. Unfortunately, because the roof had been removed for 6 years, there wasn't much to salvage in terms of…

March 6, 2020
Home buyers & the mortgage lending process

Mortgage Lenders & the Home Loan Process

There is so much to know when purchasing your first home. I am excited to welcome Kevin Robinson, the owner and mortgage loan officer from Capital Home Loans to discuss the home buying process and mortgage loans. When Do You First Make Contact with…

February 25, 2020
What to consider when deciding to become a real estate agent

Getting Your Real Estate License | Is it Right for You?

It is not uncommon to hear someone talk about wanting to get their real estate license. While it is true that anyone can buy the real estate course and take the test, becoming a successful real estate agent takes a lot of work. Today…

February 18, 2020

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

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

Toledo’s Hottest Airbnb | The Gas Lantern Cottage

Today I am excited to take you through one of the most popular Airbnb listings in Toledo, OH – The Gas Lantern Cottage. This beauty is 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and within walking distance of downtown Sylvania. If you drove by this house a…

February 3, 2020

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

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

How to Paint a Dated Rock Fireplace | DIY

We painted the dated, rock fireplace in our kids' playroom! Our third home had a great garden-level space that we used for the kid's playroom, but the giant rock wall made the room feel dark.…

January 28, 2020

How to Get Started Investing | Live in a Flip House

Living in a flip house is a great strategy for beginner investors and offers many benefits. One big challenge that new real estate investors encounter is capital. This strategy is beneficial for investors who are just starting out and can only afford one property.…

January 27, 2020

Hiring a Professional 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.…

January 26, 2020

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 Staging Tips to Sell Your House Fast

Today I am sharing my 10 simple home staging tips to sell your house fast!  As a real estate agent and house flipper, I absolutely LOVE this part of selling a home! With these tips, I know you will maximize the value of our…

January 22, 2020

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

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

Where to Find Vintage Items For Your Home

I love to find one of a kind treasures at thrift stores and vintage & antique shops. As we work to renovate our new home, my goal is to mix in old and new decor. While I love everything at stores like Target, it…

January 18, 2020

Eco-Friendly Products I Am Testing

This year I want to continue to create habits and use products that are more eco-friendly. I have slowly been implementing these habits, like composting and using LED light bulbs, but I know there is so much more I can be doing. In an…

January 17, 2020

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

Your Guide Craftsman Style Homes

I have always loved historic homes and am really enjoying sharing the history of these styles with all of you! The Craftsman style home has a special place in my heart because it was the style of my first two homes that me and…

January 14, 2020

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 A Bed Frame | Easy DIY Tutorial

We purchased this old bed frame off of Craigslist almost 8 years ago for $100. When I bought it, I had every intention of painting it right away, but it never happened! When we moved into our new home 6 months ago, we planned…

January 12, 2020
LED light bulb

LED Light Bulbs | How to Choose the Right One

LED light bulbs are the easiest and quickest way to make your home more energy-efficient. If you haven’t made the switch to LEDs yet, add this to your 2020 New Year’s resolution list right now! LED light bulbs have become much more affordable than…

January 11, 2020
Deciding to join a real estate team

Joining a Real Estate Team | Is it Right For You?

Joining a real estate team or becoming an independent agent is a big decision! When I became a realtor 1.5 years ago, I started as an independent agent at a brokerage. I recently joined the Rigali Group with Danberry Realty and did a lot…

January 10, 2020

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

8 Ways to Efficiently Organize Your Kitchen

Organizing your kitchen cabinets efficiently is often overlooked when first moving into a new home. Today I am sharing 8 time-saving tips to organize your kitchen. When a kitchen is organized well, valuable time is given back to the homeowner. In the last 10…

January 8, 2020

Guide To the Most Popular Victorian Style Homes

Have you ever noticed that Victorian style homes can look wildly different from each other? That’s because Victorian style homes actually refers to a time period and not one specific style of home. There were many architectural styles that became popular in the United…

January 6, 2020

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

What I Would Change if I Was Starting a Blog Today

It has been three years since I started the Building Bluebird blog and dang, there is still so much to learn! Today I am sharing 5 tips for all beginner bloggers so they can avoid my mistakes. Starting a blog is hard and scary.…

January 4, 2020

Things to Do in Toledo with Your Kids

Today I am sharing 7 things to do in Toledo with your kids during the winter season! The cold winter months in Northwest Ohio can make you want to hibernate in your home, but these activities encourage learning, exploration and are enjoyable for both…

January 3, 2020

New Years Resolutions & Goals for 2020

If you haven’t guessed it already, I LOVE setting resolutions and goals! Today I am going to share some of my 2020 goals and resolutions with you as we head into the new decade! Some years are more extreme than others, but entering a…

January 2, 2020

Paint Color Trends | What to Expect in 2020

Are you someone who follows the anticipated paint color trends each year? I love when big paint brands choose a color of the year and find it fascinating the thought that is put into each decision. Last year there were mixed reviews with the…

January 1, 2020

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

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

How to Make Dried Orange Garland for the Holidays

This year dried oranges seem to be everyones favorite holiday decor accessory and I am HERE for it! I happily hopped on this bandwagon and made some dried oranges of my own! Today I am sharing my tutorial on how to make the dried…

December 19, 2019

Best Self Improvement Books to Read this Year

Looking for the next good book? I have put together a long list of the best self-improvement books to read or listen to this year! I am a big reader and love peppering in self-improvement books throughout the year. …

December 17, 2019

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

Holiday Home Tour – Decorating Simplified

When decorating for the holidays, I like to keep it simple. I am excited to share my home with you today and give you a full tour of my simple, holiday decor. Even more exciting, all of my House to Home Haven ladies are…

December 5, 2019

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

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

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

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