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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...

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...

entry way completed
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entry way completed

Our entryway might be one of my favorite rooms in the house! Is it a room? Do we call the entryway a room? It is definitely more than a hallway. One of the favorite features is that wood paneling wall which is original to the home, as is the flooring and doors.  Basically everything is...

boys room
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boys room

While we do have four bedrooms, we have always wanted the boys to share a bedroom.  This is something we may revisit when they are a bit older but as it stands now, they are sharing a room.  Now having said that, it is rare that they both stay in their own beds through the...

buffet makeover
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buffet makeover

Why hello there ole blog that I’ve done nothing with for 3 years!  To say that renovating a 4,000 sqft house which we are mostly DIY renovating, oh, while also having busy careers and two, even busier, little boys has been overwhelming is quite the understatement. So here we are, with a handful of projects...

boys get spacey
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boys get spacey

If I could design kids rooms full time, I would love it.  They are so much fun to put together.  For the boys room at our old house (take a peek here & here) I used a lot of pieces that I knew would grow with them or that we would be able to utilize...

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buffet makeover in progress

The 80s made people do questionable things… the faux marble finish on the 13 foot buffet cabinet in our dining room has been one of the biggest projects.  Our lovely seller, Jill, told us (thankfully!) that underneath the faux marble, that she had commissioned a local artist to do, there was a lovely warm wood...