It happened. I can pretty much retire from life because having an orange front door = I’ve made it. The ornate and scrolly front door that came with our house was obviously a more recent update from the wrong decade that didn’t fit in with the style of the house or its owners. We have … More Orange Front Door!
Last summer/fall, not unlike this summer/fall, was a time of big yard work. But instead of front yard redoes, it was backyard redoes, and it was the first yard we ever really landscaped, if you can call our very minimal application landscaping. We did a lot of winging it when it came to our plants and hoped for the best. … More The Backyard Turns One
*Note: We’ve since built a second screen for our front yard and have a more in depth tutorial here! Things are moving along in the front yard slow and steady. Our most recent project is an exterior decorative wood screen inspired by the pages of a 1961 Sunset book, Entryways and Front Gardens, a photo … More DIY Mid Century Screen / Divider
Hi everybody! It’s been insane here lately so sorry for my absence on my own blog! School started back up abruptly and I’ve been scrambling to switch gears, gather supplies, and make sure everyone is emotionally stable through all the newness. All of that means that summer is officially over for us and our front … More Border Wall
I’ve wanted a screen door for our bedroom to backyard door since we moved in that didn’t scream farmhouse/country. A way to let the light and fresh air in and the bugs out, while blending with our house in an unobtrusive, modern, and minimal way. We always thought we’d have to build one from scratch, … More Modern Screen Door
Any respectable backyard has fire IMO. A favorite addition to our backyard was a simple, low fire pit. Even when it’s not fired up, it serves as a gathering spot, as places where fire happens often do.I purchased ours after a pretty exhaustive search and I’m here to share some of my favorite fire pit … More Modern Fire Pit Roundup
Hey there!! I shared the pretty-much-all-finished-and-so-colorful-backyard a few months ago (with an additional post all about plants and another on that crazy painted wall), but the patio was shielded from your eyes for your own protection. It has been serving time as a dusty alfresco storage unit, making it an eyesore of wasted space. I’ve cleaned it … More Mid-Century Inspired Patio
Update: See the backyard 1 year in here. Following up on my long backyard post from a couple weeks ago, I’m here today with another too long post on the specifics of what we planted and why. Ripping out a fine enough yard and starting over from scratch, and doing it all yourself on a budget without any landscape experience, sounds … More Drought Tolerant Plants in the Backyard
Update: See the backyard 1 year in here. Ridiculously long post alert! Yes, I know it’s time for Christmas trees not yucca trees. But I wanted to slip some backyard progress in before the new year arrives and our slow crawl becomes massively pathetic! We still have some small tweaks to make out here, but the gist of everything … More Backyard Progress
Heeey! Here with some porch freshness today: a new door color (same old door), a new doorbell button, a fresh coat of exterior paint on the wood and eaves, and the removal of a handrail. It all adds up to a much cleaner look! Why am I painting the same weird scrolly old door again when … More Porch Freshess
Highlight of my summer right here everybody! One super simple paint job and the backyard is now my kind of crazy. You can get a good idea of how blah this retaining wall used to look like in this post. And now, excusing the millions of fence spider webs, get a load of it! *Update: See the whole backyard here … More Painted Mosaic Cinderblock Wall!
*2018 update: I’ve written a new post on this same subject with some updated information! I know butterfly chairs are a contentious issue but I am a shameless super fan. Some people say they look too dorm, but loads of Julius Schulman photos say otherwise. Plus, The Parker. Who you gonna believe? I nabbed these rusty and pitted vintage butterfly … More Vintage Butterfly Chair Covers
Today we talk yard curbs! The only attention given to the backyard until recently was the laying of these concrete curb borders last fall. It was a totally new kind of project for us. Meaning, we really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. It took longer than expected and our concrete line … More DIY Yard Curbs
Fair warning, this is a monster post filled with locksets, handlesets, knobs, escutcheons, trimplates, backsets and more galore! I could go on and on, so I’m probably gonna.I casually mentioned before what a struggle it was to find mid-century leaning door hardware for the front door. As if just finding something cute and mid-century compatible in a sea … More Mid Century Front Door Hardware Sources
Those Palm Springs houses put mine to shame and gave me some renewed enthusiasm for house projects, though time will tell how short-lived. Inspired, I eagerly painted our old front door the day after we got home before I even unpacked.To clarify, this door is on its way out as a new one sits in … More Coral Front Door
It’s May and that means it’s time to think about the long list of projects that have been put off until Summer: finish the floors, redo the yard, paint our dining/family room, build a bed, and have the exterior of our house painted. Summer is always shorter and busier than I expect it to be so, realistically, … More House Exterior Paint Colors