Six Months of Landscaping

For the past six months the big project around here has been landscaping. Its been labor intensive and expensive, but the final product has been completely worth it. So let’s dig right in....here is our house in November of last year (at this point we had been living in it for about three months). Our property is slightly sloped, so … [Read more...]



Breezeway Makeover and Family Dinners: No Excuses Edition

For years now Adam and I have said we should start hosting big family dinners at our house once a month, and for years now we have come up with excuses not to. Either we were too busy, or the old house was too crowded, or the new house was too unfinished, or a variety of other things.  We ran out of excuses after laying sod a few weeks ago though, … [Read more...]



The State of the House, 2017 – The Exterior

I feel like I need to give y’all an honest-to-goodness overview of the whole house. The entire thing, not just the pretty parts that we have finished, or the parts we are currently working on, but the whole house in all its unfinished glory. So today I’m starting with the exterior, since blogging about that part is quite a bit less intimidating … [Read more...]



How to Hang Outdoor String Lights

When Adam and I were designing our home we purposely enclosed the backyard, making it a courtyard that is surrounded by the house and garage on three sides. We plan to put a tiny little irrigated lawn in that area (the only way to keep grass alive in Texas) and have the rest of the property be native. Over this part of the backyard I wanted … [Read more...]



Prepping to Sell – Curb Appeal and Porch Updates

When it comes to selling a house, I feel like curb appeal is the most important thing. Buyers make snap judgements on houses just like they do on people (even if we don’t want to admit it, we do.) If you pull up to a house and it looks overgrown and uncared for, you're going to decide (probably subconsciously) that the owners aren’t excited about … [Read more...]



A Shoji White Farmhouse

I think my favorite week of the whole year is the week between Christmas and New Years. I love Christmas, but it's nice to have all the chaos behind you and a fresh new year in front of you. Plus, it's the only week of the year where it's not only okay to be lazy, it's actually encouraged. I'm happy to report that I've slept in past 8 am every day … [Read more...]



We bought land!

Back in October I wrote a post about how we have been land hunting. Our current house was never intended to be our forever home, it was always a place we planned to live in for five or six years, fix up (and make all our DIY mistakes on, if that's possible), sell, and move on. We've owned this house for almost seven years now, and we are ready for … [Read more...]



Building the Deck, Part II

I'm finally back with the second part of the deck post. Let's just pick up where we left off last week, which was with a fully assembled deck frame. We used pine for the frame but decided to spring for cedar for the top, since it looks nice and it's naturally moisture resistant (which means it's less prone to twisting, cracking and swelling. … [Read more...]



Building the Deck, Part I

First things first...let's start with a before picture. So our backyard....it's ugly. There's no denying it. It is so full of rocks that I'm at a complete loss at what do with them. For the last five years we've been picking them up and using them in landscaping, but I swear they reproduce at night when I'm not looking. Anyway, right outside … [Read more...]



How to Paint a Rusty Metal Shed

When we bought our house it had zero storage. No garage, no basement, an attic that isn't really usable, and no extra closets. We needed a place to store lawn equipment, paint, and general homeowner stuff, so Adam's parents offered us an old metal shed that was on their property. We put it on the back part of our lot, filled it with stuff, and … [Read more...]



The Garden, the Yard, and the Fawn

This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. This spring I was pretty convinced that our lawn was done for. We installed it last year and it did well during the summer, but then I didn't water it one bit this winter and it showed no signs of life. This spring I watered and fertilized but I never got more than a few … [Read more...]



A Different Kind of Before and After

This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. I love spring. I love the sunshine and warmth, rain showers and wildflowers, and rivers that are warm enough to tube. I love that my kids have started waking up every morning, running to the window and proclaiming "Mom! It's a beautiful day outside!" I love going to the nursery … [Read more...]



A Painted Front Door

So....front doors. It's one of the first things people notice about your house, one of the first thing that tells visitors anything about the people who live inside.  Our door didn't tell people much...it didn't tell them that I like color, nor did it tell them that Adam is a wood snob. The only thing our front door really told people is that we … [Read more...]



The Rock Box

 Once upon a time there was a man who built a playset for his children. Upon completion of the playset he and his wife promised the children that they would turn the base of the playset into a sandbox. Many months passed, but the promise was never fulfilled. The boy was very sad. Then one day the boy's mother noticed a slight nip in the air. … [Read more...]



Front Porch Reveal and a History of Clutter

Oh, our porch. Those of y'all that have been following for a while know what a blessing and a curse it is. We love our porch...it's HUGE, shady, and pretty much amazing. It is also our dumping grounds...it's where most activities happen (like projects) and it is normally looks like a disaster. AND it is right out there in the open and the first … [Read more...]



Make Your Own Birdbath

This project is an easy one, though it still started off as a DIY fail. So the first part of this post will be the perfect sparkling tutorial on how to make your own birdbath...then I'll let you know what NOT to do. I made my birdbath out of a terracotta pot, saucer, and an old brass lamp...but you can really use anything. Go crazy. The motto … [Read more...]



Side Yard Reveal!

*This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. Last year we built our garage (which we love BTW) and added a sidewalk to connect it to the house. We also had a fence installed around the backyard, and all of that created a little triangle of secluded yard space. I'm using the term 'yard' loosely, … [Read more...]



The Grass is Always Greener (Three Years of Yard Work)

Lets start at the beginning...the very beginning.  In 2008 Adam and I purchased our first home. It had been on the market forever and despite being a newer house it needed some serious TLC. One of the major downfalls and the first thing everyone noticed was that it had no yard. No grass, no driveway, just a lonely house surrounded by gravel...the … [Read more...]



Create a Self Watering Garden

This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. How many of you are thinking about starting a garden this year? Intimidated? I'm with you. I started my first garden last year with my "backyard salad beds" post, and I'm embarrassed to tell you that it was a total and complete failure. The thing about gardens is that you have … [Read more...]



DIY Playset and Staining with Flood Wood

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Flood® Wood Care for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Those of you looking for more progress on our bathroom remodel are going to be disappointed. I'm not that far along yet...  how about a playset reveal instead? As you may or may not know, we had been talking about building/buying … [Read more...]