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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

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

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

8 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Today Chris and I are discussing 8 easy and affordable ways to make your home more energy efficient. With Earth Day coming up this month, we thought this topic would be perfect for our episode this week. 8 Easy Steps to Make Your Home…

August 8, 2019

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

Our Secret to Renovating Homes with Jobs & Kids

On episode 5, Chris and I share our secret to renovating homes with full time jobs and two kids. The key to our success is by focusing on “bite sized” projects each week and working our way through the home. We will take you…

August 8, 2019

Four Steps to Take When You Find Your Flip House

Today I am sharing the four steps you need to take once you get your flip house under contract. There is a lot of work that goes into flipping a house and it starts right after the offer is accepted. It generally takes 30-45…

August 13, 2019

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

My Career Transition: Leaving Ad Tech for Real Estate

It has been almost a week since my last day at SpotX and I am continuing to adjust to my career transition.  I started SpotX when I first moved to Denver over 7 years ago. When I started at SpotX, it was a small…

August 14, 2019

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

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
Open concept design with a breakfast bar

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
From the Nest Podcast

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

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

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

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

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

Artwork for the Dining Room | ORC Week 5

We are so close to the finish line for the One Room Challenge! This week we are getting art and decor up on the walls in our dining room. …

October 30, 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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

Easy Tips to Declutter & Organize Your Playroom

Today I am sharing with you a few easy tips to declutter and organize your playroom! Having a dedicated place for your kids to play in your house is a luxury in itself, but adding these organization ideas to the space will make it…

August 13, 2019

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
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
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
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

Built-In Storage & TV Console

With one dedicated weekend, we flexed our DIY skills and created a focal point and massive storage in our basement.…

September 24, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 Ways to Add the Element of Surprise to Your Design

Today I am sharing 4 ways to add an element of surprise to your design to really make a statement. Adding something unexpected to a space can breathe new life into a room and create conversation with guests. …

October 31, 2019

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

My Experience at a 3 Day Meditation Retreat

The focus of my blog is usually on my home improvement, but today I am taking a slight detour today to talk about self improvement. Mindful meditation practice is very interesting to me but has been a challenge to weave into every day life.…

July 31, 2019

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
Our first flip house in Denver, CO.

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
Laundry room makeover

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

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

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

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

Half Bath Renovation Challenge – Week 1 Check-in

Week 1 has come and gone for this half bath challenge, and while it may not look like it, we have accomplished quite a bit! Half Bath Wallpaper Removal The first task that we had to tackle in this bathroom was removing the wallpaper.…

September 24, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nailing the Kitchen Layout at Flip 4

It was extremely important to nail the kitchen layout at the Drummond Flip House. The kitchen is the heart of the home and can make or break the sale of a property, so we needed to get it right. We had three design options…

September 23, 2019

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

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

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

Airbnb’s, RV’s and House Flipping with the Nestrs

Thanks for tuning in to episode 15 of From the Nest Podcast! On today’s episode we are talking to one half of the super duo, the Nestrs! I first discovered the Nestrs instagram account and was instantly hooked. They are DIYers who do it…

August 8, 2019

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

Investing in Mobile Home Parks with Kate Stephens

On today’s episode, we are talking about investing in mobile home parks with Kate Stephens. Kate and I have partnered together and are hoping to find a great park to buy in the near future Investing in Mobile Home Parks Check out the full…

August 8, 2019

A Year in Review of my Entrepreneurship Journey

On today’s episode of From the Nest Podcast, we discuss a year in review of my entrepreneurship journey. One year ago I left my corporate job and have been through lots of twists and turns to get me to where I am today. Tune…

August 8, 2019

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

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

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

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