Maybe it's my childhood spent catching garter snakes, but I've never been afraid of snakes. I know I'm in the minority in thinking that some of them are even downright cute, so I won't be surprised to hear that this snake wreath might evoke slithery nightmares for many. If plastic snakes don't creep you out too much, you can whip up this DIY Halloween wreath in no time.
It may or may not feel like it yet where you live, but I'm sure you don't need to be told that summer is nearing its last days. After a long, hot season, many of us are ready for cooler weather, colorful leaves, hay mazes, and apple picking. It can be fun to bring some of that fall flair into your home decor, too. So whether you want just a touch of fall decor, or want to kick summer to the curb and go all in with your fall decorations, we have tons of ideas for ways to turn your home into a celebration of autumn. Continue Reading
We are in the season of outdoor lounging. Here in the upper Midwest, summer is at a premium and we live outside as much as possible. There's no better way to indulge in this time of year than to sit on the patio and soak it all in.
My parents have a stunning backyard with gorgeous gardens, fruit trees, and fountains. They live outside in the summertime and spend hours on their patio. Continue Reading
Who loves a good deal?! Yep, me too! Whether you're setting up your patio for the first time this summer, or just giving it a little zhuzh for the season, it's always more fun when you find affordable goodies and killer seasonal sales – more summer for your buck, so to speak. For this shopping guide, I've put together a soft, summer-y version of Mid-Century Modern. Not too edgy, but with the right amount of clean lines and angles – and at an affordable price. Continue Reading
Have you ever struggled to find the perfect pattern for something? Then you see it…but it's the wrong product? That happened to me when I was searching for an outdoor rug, so actually decided I used an IKEA shower curtain to recover an outdoor rug, making a simple statement rug that was exactly what I wanted! Because shower curtains are already waterproof, you can makeover any rug with the pattern from a simple shower curtain.
Shower curtains made with a plastic-like material are perfect for this project, but keep in mind the size of your rug compared to the size of a shower curtain. Continue Reading
It’s that time of year again! The season to start thinking about our outdoor gardens and spaces! When we first moved into our home three years ago, the outdoor living space was…decent. But it wasn’t quite our taste, and that made it a bit challenging to get over what we inherited and visualize an outdoor space that was meaningful to us.
But this year, we decided to take our first baby steps towards a more modern and clean outdoor space. Continue Reading
When my wife and I bought our first home earlier this year, we opted for a few pretty rigorous inspections. The house is ninety years old, and we plan to stay here for the rest of our lives. It was a major investment, and we wanted to make sure it was a wise one.
This fall, with the help of True Value Hardware, I decided to tackle one of the biggest projects that had been weighing on me since our first inspector mentioned it … the porch. Continue Reading
I’m in the midst of outfitting my patio with furniture and accents, so I’ve been drooling over beautiful images of outdoor spaces. And although my budget won’t allow for anything quite so fancy, there are some useful takeaways from these gorgeous porches and patios. And I thought I’d share my favorites with you so you can get inspired too!
1. A combination of decking, grass and garden space give this modern backyard a unique feel. Continue Reading
It’s easy to find cool patio furniture – but it will usually cost you a pretty penny. And most of the affordable pieces are just plain ugly. But we were sure that there must be some chic and affordable dining sets out there, so we set out to find them. And now we’re sharing our findings with you!
Front porches and stoops are important elements of curb appeal, as they are often the first impression guests get when visiting your home. So why not pay a little extra attention to them? Here are ten stunning porches that are sure to inspire you to give yours a facelift.
1. Plants and a swing are the main elements of this gorgeous porch. [Photo: Martha Stewart]
2. Decorative pine cone wreaths add an elegant touch to this front door. Continue Reading