Fab Freebie: Seventy Sixers


Yesterday was our sixth wedding anniversary. So in memory of our 7/7/07 wedding, we’re hosting a giveaway that combines the traditional gifts from your 1st anniversary (paper) and 6th (sugar) because, well, 1 + 6 = 7 and you know we try to squeeze in a seven whenever we can. First up is Rifle Paper Company. We hung some of their city art in our old hallway, so we were pumped when they offered up a $500 gift card for one of you. You can grab anything from their art prints, stationery, and wrapping paper to their iPhone cases, recipe boxes, or anything else that suits your fancy. We especially love the personalized heart print

How To Pick A Color And Paint Your Front Door


“The door is the smile of the house.” John likes to make strange declarations like that. For example, after talking about how both bacon and mustaches were trending, he once proclaimed that “the mustache is the bacon of the face, and bacon is the mustache of breakfast.” But back to the front door. Our first house had a red door. Our second house had a yellow door. And our new house has a…. Yup, it’s a happy little blue door. It’s sort of a peacock meets teal with enough gray to keep it from going neon when the sun hits it. When it came to picking the shade, first we taped up a bunch of

Reader Redesign: Bathroom Red, White & Blues


Last year Lilly and her husband Markus spent her Independence Day making over her half bath, so we thought we’d celebrate her sweet makeover on their one year bathroom anniversary. Here’s her (hilarious) letter: After living in our 1952 house for three years, I was so excited to finally be able to remodel our tiny but crazy powder bathroom that connects to our bedroom. We did all of the demolishing, painting, tiling, plumbing, painting, beadboard and trim ourselves and it was a Fourth of July weekend blast! I let out my aggression on some wallpaper one day after work. It was stuck on well, much like our previous bathroom makeover, but after borrowing our neighbor’s

Happy Birthday, America!


We’re off enjoying Independence Day, but we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow. ‘Til then, we hope you guys get a chance to have some fun with family and friends, check out some fireworks, and maybe even enjoy a burger or two…

How To Clean, Gloss Up, And Seal Dull Old Hardwood Floors


Whoops, I almost forgot to tell you about how I scrubbed and re-sealed the existing hardwoods right before we moved in (literally, like 26 hours before we moved in). The new hardwoods upstairs were looking so flossy and glossy, I didn’t want the ones in the office, living room, and dining room to feel so 2000 and late. So I gave them some love. Wax on, wax off, baby. First I swept up the random dust and old faux Christmas tree leaves and all the other stuff that was left behind. Not a bad pile for an empty looking room, eh? Then I bought this stuff at Home Depot because I had heard good things

Picking A New Siding Color & Updating Our Exterior Trim


As if all the blue and mauve trim on the inside of the house isn’t enough, we had some outside trim that needed some attention. When we bought this house we knew we had four major things to deal with: the roof and the furnace, a few bad trees, and this last bear: some rotting areas of siding and trim that needed to be replaced along with a fresh paint job for the whole house. But at least we knew about all of them going into the house purchase (and the first two didn’t end up draining our wallets) – so maybe that softened the blow a little? Speaking of soft, I give you… our

How To Patch Or Repair A Hole In Your Deck


Again? Already?!? If you had told me 10 months ago that I’d be doing deck construction again less than a year later, I would’ve punched you in the face. Okay, not literally. I’m not the punching type. But I would’ve thrown you a look that said “I would be punching you in the face right now if I were the punching type.” It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the process of building a deck in the heat of summer… I just wasn’t really looking forward to doing it again so soon. But at least it wasn’t an entire deck this time. It was more of a patch job. Remember this puppy? That’s the hole leftover

Fab Freebie: Infrared, White, And Blue


Tis the season for watermelon slices, corn on the cob, and good stuff on the grill. Which is why Char-Broil is hooking someone up with one of their top commercial-grade gas grills this week. This 4-burner baby sells for nearly $500 at Lowe’s and is built with their exclusive Tru-Infrared cooking system, which comes with a bevy of benefits: more even heat, juicer foods, and faster cooking times. It’s putting me in the mood for kebobs already… Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget right here (it might take a second to load, but it should pop up right below this paragraph). This prize ships anywhere in the United States and Canada (so Happy Canada Day

One Month In


It’s hard to believe we’ve already been here a month! And let’s not sugar coat things… this house is looking pretty crazy right now. Blue trim out the wazoo, wallpaper at every turn, bright salmon living room walls, old carpeting that still covers the stairs & the master closet, and a whole lot of furniture that we just plopped down on moving day (so it’s safe to assume that nothing is staying where it is for the long haul, this is just where it landed). On one hand it’s like “moving day literally feels like yesterday” but on the other hand, in a few rooms (especially the ones upstairs), we’re like “wow, it’s hard to