Faux terrazzo counter for pennies

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 get a PPP loan nor did I want to chance getting any other time of loan to recoup income in the event that it wouldn’t be forgiven.  It has been a bummer of a year, with a siginificant amount of potential income hanging out in...

entry way changes

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 the cedar wall, but the Bimini Blue American Olean tile. Since moving my workspace to the sunken living room, just off of the entry, it bring me even more joy!   sources: interior door color goldfinch sherwin williams bench hang-it all knock-offs and I have...

Locke’s New Bedroom!

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 dwindling down as he has his head in a book 90% of his waking hours at home.  My little guy, on the other hand, loves being read to before bed… although they rarely were requesting the same stories.  Here we are on our 5 year...

Favorite MCM plants for the midwest

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 of us living in the Midwest. Keep these things in mind when looking to update your mid century modern home’s landscape design. Choose plants that won’t take away from the architecture of the home itself. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be super minimal...

how to build a dog shower!

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 to do.  Maybe all of those “Yikes” people are super clean, cat people with no kids/sons?!

here comes the sun!

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 two story home, as they’re fully convinced our house is soooo tiny because of it’s elevation level, or lack there of. They’d prefer we had huge white columns at the front door or anything that resembles Scrooge McDuck’s mansion.

zero plastic, zero waste kitchen

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 a reusable substitute.  It may cost more upfront but in the long run it is not only better for your wallet but the planet!

Sunroom Bar

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…

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 below 😉 OK so… here is what we were originally working with: The fact of the matter is we would never choose to have a big brown brick wall in the middle of our house.  This room isn’t exceedingly bright as it is so having...