Welcome to our Home/Projects

 

project tour header Welcome to our Home/Projects

We think of ourselves as a better living blog, and for us, a better home is the vehicle to a better life.

Of course, “home” isn’t just the house we’re living in. It’s all the things we do in and around the four walls of our shelter.

So, while our home tour is mostly about our house, we’ve thrown a few other “rooms” as well–keeping house, parenting, and food.

We hope you’ll stay and explore awhile. Clicking on the thumbnails will take you to posts about our projects.

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This is a combination of the living room and designated dining room, but we’re using it as one large living space. We call the dining room our library. It’s undergone quite a transformation in the time we’ve been here:

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Little projects and tweaks over time have added up to a big difference. You can read all about them by clicking on the photos below.

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Cork flooring

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Library light (take 1)

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Painting begins

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New entry light

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Living room paint reveal

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Thrift store art collection

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Salvaged door coffee table

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Chair fail

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Library light (take 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thrift store rug

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Fireplace mantel project

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Vintage school-desk chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Apart from the new cork floor, we haven’t done a whole lot with our kitchen yet. While there’s lots we talk about doing, it’s a warm, light-filled space that feels pretty good just the way it is. Removing the rest of the wallpaper and painting is the next thing on our list in this space.

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Kitchen flooring

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Removing wallpaper

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Zipline art gallery/how-to

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Creating a photo gallery

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New kitchen light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our master bathroom is the only room in the house that we’ve fully renovated. That wasn’t really by choice:  A few leaky tiles back in January quickly turned into gutting the bathroom. That’s the only thing that was quick about the project!

Although it’s been a long and often difficult project, we love how it’s turned out. You can follow the long saga here (thumbnails in chronological order):

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How it all went down

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More balls than brains

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Progress report

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Serenity prayer for home reno

 

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Plumbing and lights

 

 

 

 

 

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More plumbing

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Plumbing done!

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Tile saw research

 

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Designing with tile seconds

 

 

 

 

 

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Work/life balance

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Vanity search

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More tile design

 

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Vanity removal

 

 

 

 

 

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Tile wall is finished!

 

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Tile installation how-tos

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Master bath reveal

 

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DIY towel bar

 

 

 

 

 

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Storage solutions

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Drawer shelves

 

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Aluminum photo prints

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For nearly a year, our family room hasn’t received much love, attention, or traffic. Other projects were more pressing, and it was a pretty bleak space (and chilly in the winter).

 

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We’ve begun to give it some love, and now it’s getting lots more traffic. We’re looking forward to continuing to make this a space we enjoy hanging out in.

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Painting, pt. 1

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Painting, pt. 2

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Quick fix lessons

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Scoring on craigslist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So much for retro

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DIY clock

 

 

 

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As the weather turns warmer, our attention has shifted to our outside spaces.
Coming up soon: Painting the exterior of our house.

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Red front door

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Vintage grill re-hab

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Thrifty deck make-over

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DIY Adirondack chairs

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DIY Solar Chandelier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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These are projects about the stuff that fills our rooms–how we choose it, organize it, and take care of it. We’re definitely still learning in this area!

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10 housekeeping tips

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Letting a good deal go

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Killing the junk beast

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Organizing craft supplies

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Family chore time

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tackling big projects

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Mail center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our kids are smart, funny, creative, and…challenging! (Aren’t all kids?)

Parenting them has always required lots of energy, creativity, and thought–and joining our families kicked the whole parenting thing up more than one notch.

We’re still figuring out how to write about parenting while respecting our kids’ privacy, so we don’t have a ton of posts in this category. But we do touch on some aspects of it, sometimes. Here’s what we’ve learned so far:

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Screen time manifesto

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Fall weekend

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The gift of family

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Making dietary changes

 

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Family time management

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday family chores

 

 

 

 

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Our food posts have been dominated by Rita’s need to go gluten-free, discovered in late winter this year. As that journey has unfolded, we realized gluten was just the tip of a food/eating iceberg.

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Let’s get real

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Game of Five

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Going gluten-free

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Gluten-free gets hard

 

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New season of eating

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting kids on board

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Beliefs & eating

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New food love

 

 

 

 

 

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Real simple food

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Choosing wine

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Home-made marinade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that’s it–so far! We hope you’ll keep coming back to join in our fun.

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7 Comments

  1. Tina
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 04:14:32

    I am LOVING your blog!! It’s great to know there are other people trying to find balance and letting your home be a HOME. I often get compliments on what I’ve done, but truth is, I just go with what I love and can afford and RUN with it!!! Keep up the good work!!!!!

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  2. Emma (Broke Ass Home)
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 05:36:56

    Rita, I love your house!
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    • Rita
      Apr 09, 2013 @ 18:33:56

      Thank you! Definitely a work in progress, and will be for a long time. We love it, too.

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  3. Kenz @ Interiors by Kenz
    Jun 06, 2013 @ 19:44:10

    I’m so happy you introduced me to your blog! I LOVE IT! I think you and I will become fast friends. I’m looking forward to lots of good juicy projects and posts!
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    • Rita
      Jun 06, 2013 @ 21:56:49

      Thanks, Kenz! So glad you hopped on over. The feeling is mutual. :-)

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  4. Anya
    Jun 20, 2013 @ 08:24:51

    Rita, I absolutely love your blog. I chanced upon it a couple of days back, and might I add that I’ve been glued to it ever since. The posts give a real sense of being…if you know what I mean. And more than anything thing else, the feeling of creating a warm home, an environment where a person can really just thrive is what I get from your blog.

    I have got a little blog of my own. It is centered around clothes, outfits and all the good fashion stuff. You might want to check it out. http://clothesandcreativity.blogspot.in/ Would really like your feedback on the same.

    Cheers!

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  5. Joe -- Plumber
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 19:37:24

    This is really an organized way of putting them together. You should compile all these into a book!
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