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7 Patio Décor Must-Have Pieces

We take our patio décor pretty seriously around here. As soon as the weather starts to cooperate, most evenings are spent outdoors eating, chatting, or just relaxing. Over the past few years, I’ve managed to come to the perfect little mix of patio must-haves that make our outdoor space just as comfy as it is […]

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Fresh Ideas for Wide Windows

You know what gets a really bad rap, but shouldn’t? Vertical blinds! When people think of vertical blinds, they tend to think of what comes in apartments or stock builder homes. But nowadays, you can get some really amazing vertical blinds, and enhance them to be even better! If you have a really large window […]

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6 Tips to Make Your Guests Feel Most Comfortable

I think it’s lovely to have a space for guests to relax in and feel welcome. I like to pretend I’m a guest at our house and experience the room through the eyes of a guest. I know some hosts stay in their guest rooms periodically to ensure they’re up to snuff. This is a wonderful […]

Outdoor Living: Inspiring Summer Deck Decorating

Summer is quickly approaching… although it already 100% feels like summer here in Phoenix. Summer makes me think of all things sunny, outside, and fun. While everyone’s summers may look a little different, I think we all can agree that outside is where it’s at! Late nights with bonfires and s’mores, candlelight dinners, backyard movies—it […]

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How to Turn Your Outdoor Room into a Livable Space

I love being outdoors. It just seems to be good for the soul, and recent studies say it’s good for your health, but did we really need a study for that? The fresh air, smell of fresh-cut grass, gentle warm breeze, and birds singing are just what the doctor ordered. If you have a porch or […]

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5 Easy Ways to Update Your Guest Bedroom Décor

We all have that guest bedroom in our homes that is totally neglected, except for when guests actually use it. It usually gets the “leftovers” of décor; random mishmash items that have no other spot in your home usually end up here. But what if you could literally transform that room in a weekend to […]

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DIY a Window Screen From Scratch

Chicago houses and apartments are notoriously set up in the shotgun style—narrow, but long. A city lot is typically 25′ wide by 125′ deep, and our home is no exception! Our living room is barely 15′ wide (our entryway, stairs, and small bedrooms account for the remainder of the width), but one of the best things about […]

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6 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips

When everyone thinks of spring cleaning, they tend to only focus on the inside of their homes. Most don’t think of it as an opportunity to give their backyards a facelift. If your yard is anything like mine, it is chock full of junk. Kids’ sun-bleached toys strewn about, random empty pots that once held beautiful […]

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Style Tips for Your Mudroom and Laundry Room

Mudrooms and laundry rooms are, by definition, utilitarian rooms. When I was growing up, I didn’t know anyone who had a laundry room or a mudroom. The washer and dryer were in your basement or your garage. No matter where it was, the room was almost always unfinished without sheetrock. Nobody made these spaces nice, livable, […]