The Secret to These Chic Wall Hooks? This Children’s Toy

When we moved into our house three years ago, we put our bedroom together with the hand-me-down, thrifted, and broken bargains that we moved from our apartment. We made it as comfortable as possible but our dressers had huge footprints without much act…

When we moved into our house three years ago, we put our bedroom together with the hand-me-down, thrifted, and broken bargains that we moved from our apartment. We made it as comfortable as possible but our dressers had huge footprints without much actual storage, our bed frame was about to snap and because it felt a little hodge-podge, it wasn’t a space I cared to keep as clean as the rest of the house.

Then, earlier this year, we decided to replace our lead-painted windows. Because of health and safety regulations associated with lead dust, our family was asked to move out of the home for three weeks—along with every single piece of furniture, rug, and accessory. Moving out of our home at the beginning of quarantine in March was one of the most surreal things I've had to do, but what it did give us was the opportunity to reimagine our spaces. We decided to give our bedroom a fresh start.

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11 Backsplash Ideas We’re Saving for Our Dream Kitchens

Our kitchen was a tight-budget, DIY renovation. Each element had to have a big impact, including our backsplash. Our base cabinets and countertop already had some color and the wall cabinets were white so I decided to go with a white tile for the backs…

Our kitchen was a tight-budget, DIY renovation. Each element had to have a big impact, including our backsplash. Our base cabinets and countertop already had some color and the wall cabinets were white so I decided to go with a white tile for the backsplash to bring the two levels together. I found a subway tile with a handmade texture. I liked it because I knew this was an area that could tell on this DIY project—the organic lines would soften any mistakes when installing.

My husband, Austin and I chose to have the tiles stacked vertically instead of staggered horizontally for a more modern approach to a timeless material. We started by centering the first tile directly under the window by the sink for symmetry. We calculated how many tiles would need to be trimmed in the section we were working on and cut them at the same time to make the process more efficient. That way, we weren’t cutting, adhering, cutting adhering, etc. between every tile. Instead of using tile spacers, we set each tile up against each other. The uneven sides of the artisanal tiles made for the more organic form we were hoping for. We installed each row before moving to the next row.

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How to Fit a Home Office Into Any Corner, Any Room

I’ve been living in a renovation for the last two years, during which almost every room in our house has been overhauled. My husband Austin and I have been able to live through this, because A) we have amazing family members who have selflessly lent us…

I’ve been living in a renovation for the last two years, during which almost every room in our house has been overhauled. My husband Austin and I have been able to live through this, because A) we have amazing family members who have selflessly lent us their time and talents and B) because we work from home.

While our home renovation ambitions have absolutely benefitted from our flexible work schedules, I can’t say that our renovation has necessarily helped Austin or I get work done. Not surprisingly, It can be distracting to sit down and attempt to get anything done when the doorways are covered in plastic or you have no idea where the documents you need are piled. Since moving in, I can list five different spots I’ve considered my “office” and I’m about to move my work zone yet again.

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