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Faux terrazzo counter for pennies
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Faux terrazzo counter for pennies

You wouldn’t know by looking at all the renovation projects on social media that we are in the middle of a recession… unless those people are all spending their $600 a week of unemployment on home projects?  In my home, I have lost 90% of my income being a self employed wedding photographer who couldn’t...

entry way changes
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entry way changes

Our entry was the first “room” we completed and it is the easiest room to make changes to! I often swap benches out, rearrange the console table and I recently just painted inside of the doors Sherwin Williams Goldfinch! I LOVE the pop of cheer the yellow brings in and how it compliments, not only...

Locke’s New Bedroom!
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Locke’s New Bedroom!

For my son, Locke’s, 9th birthday we finally gave in to his years of requests to have his own room.  Truth be told, it was mostly our own laziness with bed time routines to keep the two boys together, who have a 2 1/2 year age difference.  Locke’s pleas of bedtimes stories have been slowly...

Favorite MCM plants for the midwest
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Favorite MCM plants for the midwest

We all see those mid century modern homes out in West with those drought tolerant plants that have become the iconic look for mid century modern landscaping. When thinking about the overall aesthetic present in those homes, and not getting caught up in the plants themselves, it is easy to replicate the look for those...

how to build a dog shower!
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how to build a dog shower!

In the quest to have a never-ending renovation life, I thought it would be a terrific idea to remove the custom bench we made and install a dog/plant/boot/feet shower in our mudroom.  I took a IG poll, and it was met with a fair amount of mixed feelings… 34% thought it was a bit nutty...

here comes the sun!
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here comes the sun!

Adding Velux Skylights to our Mid Century Ranch When we were house hunting, 5 years back, a ranch wasn’t necessarily on our must have list… although if we stay here for the rest of our lives, I’m sure our old knees will thank us. Our kids are STILL quite disappointed that we don’t have a...

zero plastic, zero waste kitchen
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zero plastic, zero waste kitchen

I am so excited to share this info!  Of course this blog space started out as a place to share home renovation but why not share more lifestyle content? For the past few years I have been on a mission to buy less, buy once.  Many products that we purchase over and over again have...

dreamy patio lights
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dreamy patio lights

You want that cozy patio with string lights but you don’t have a structure to attach them to? Well, you’re in the right spot! As you’ll see in the first photos, our home has a large patio and there was no way to triangulate string lights across them.

Sunroom Bar
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Sunroom Bar

Let me just start this post by saying this room is completely unnecessary and an extravagance.  If we were building, this space would be unnecessary UNLESS we had an amazing pool… but we don’t.

we broke a mcm elitist rule…
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we broke a mcm elitist rule…

We painted our fireplace.  Our mid mod elitist card was immediately revoked and we have been hanging out heads in shame ever since.  I kid.  I don’t give a shit… it’s my fireplace.  Now having said that, karma bit us in the ass and I am not 100% pleased with the final result.  Drama unfolds...