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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Preparing a Rental Vacation Home

Have you ever dreamed of living some place different? We have been going to the mountains of North Carolina for vacation for 30 years. For a long time, we’ve talked about having our own place there when we retire. We planned to wait until we retire to buy a house, but decided that if we rented it out […]

When to Jump on a Trend

The thing about fashion and interior design is that it’s always changing. Here’s the cycle: You start seeing a new look. You can’t decide if you like it yet. You wonder if it is a flash in the pan. You wait. It’s still around 18 months later. You decide this trend is for you. You replace […]

Stir Crazy? Plan Your Projects Now!

While Arizona is pretty beautiful right now, I realize we are the rarity. With most everyone spending so much time inside, I think it makes us a little stir crazy. But instead of focusing on that, let’s use the time inside to think of new projects! Hop on Pinterest (see my board here with Bali), check […]

Try This: DIY Your Own Window Trim

Our bedroom renovation has been coming along nicely, bit by bit, piece by piece. Dare I say … it might actually turn into a room we love to be in? Since I last shared our new windows with you, we’ve DIY-ed trim, a deep window sill, and checked ‘Our New View’ off the list! It’s come a long […]