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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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