Christmas Tree Tips

Does anyone else hate watering their Christmas tree? Crawling under the branches to reach the base, careful not to knock down any ornaments while also avoiding the branches to prevent needles dropping? Not fun. And this year we ended up with an especially large tree, which involves crawling over the sofa to plug it in …

Fresh and Clean 2

The last post (seriously, it’s been a while-you may want the refresher) left with us counting down the seconds before guests started arriving for the party-literally. I popped the toilet roll holder in place just as my mom parked her car. Because we were so far behind, we had to push out the start time for the party …

Fresh and Clean

This is a project that has been a looooong time coming. Like, this long. But, we decided to have a ‘home opener’ for a Patriots game, and with that my desire to update the bathroom was rejuvenated! If you don’t feel like reading the old post, the short of it is we had an industrial …

We Built Something!

Towards the end of last year we ordered a shed that was delivered and installed just in time for the last weekend warm enough to even be able to paint. See the bare leaves and the briskness of fall in the sky? I can remember the associate at Sherwin-Williams being extremely cautious regarding the temps …

A Mountain From A Molehill

It all started with a mushroom. It’s crazy how quick those pop up, literally overnight. I’d pluck one, another would pop up. Pluck that one, a new patch would be there the next day. With dogs that will eat absolutely anything (they graze the grass like cows, seriously) I wanted to figure out how to …

Tips For Traveling On A Budget

Another vacation? Where are you going, now? Wow, you’re always going somewhere. Jon and I get this, a lot. We travel, a lot. California, Oregon, Paris, Italy, DC, NOLA, Florida, Vegas, Mexico and the list keeps growing. Our trip to DC was just over a month ago and we recently just considered leaving again in two …

How To Hang A Gallery Wall

I have a slight addiction to gallery walls…I want to hang all the pictures! Have you ever had to hang a bunch of frames, you and your other hold a frame, eyeing if it’s the right spot, and you measure everything (twice), you hang the pictures, and the spacing is off? And the large frame …

How To Hang Level Frames Easily

Hanging pictures is always such a headache for me. No matter how many time I measure and double triple check, they never come out level, or the frame never sits where I intend it to, especially if I’m hanging more than one or the frame has two hooks. But I came up with a trick to make …

West Elm Huron Look-a-Like

In the end of March/early April, West Elm started introducing their summer outdoor furniture collection and I absolutely fell in love with the Huron collection That is, until I saw the price tag. $1,399, oh hellllo! The sofa plus two chairs priced at $499 (each) = way more than I’d ever want to spend on an outdoor …

Captain’s Chairs

Back in March (I think), I saw a Craigslist posting for a thrift store type place that sold old furniture that was purchased from hotels and we visited on a whim. Shortly after, we were loading these in the back of the SUV for $30 a pop. I figured it would be a quick refinish, …