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    Vacation Week

    Hi! I’m taking a vacation week to spend time with family before school starts! I can hardly believe how fast this summer is flying by. Before I know it we’ll be back to our school routines and we’ll be missing these carefree days of summer. I’ll be back next week with fresh new blog posts! Until then, please follow along on Instagram or Facebook to see what we are up to this week. If you’d like a few things to read while I’m away, try one of these favorites: Copycat Dave’s Killer Bread Recipe Living in Ireland: Practical Advice for Americans How to Make a DIY Brass Pumpkin How to Remove Ring Around the…

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    Happy List: #266

    Hi! Hello! Welcome to this week’s Happy List. I’m glad you’re here. This week on the blog I finished up the series on our Carriage House transformation with a reveal-for-now blog post. Is any house ever really done? No. I think not. I also shared what will eventually be a funny mistake that we made while doing a hardscaping project around our very old pool. It’s still a little too soon for it to be funny, but every day we get closer. Ha! Thank you for your continued support of this blog. Thank you for reading today’s blog post, saving and sharing things you like, encouraging us, and even engaging…

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    The Mistake We Made When Adding Hardscaping Around An Old Pool

    May my words of experience find you when you most need them. We made a mistake when we added hardscaping around an old pool, so please learn from us and for the love of your sanity, check for leaks before you hardscape around an old pool. Or any pool, really. What is hardscape? It refers to the man-made parts of landscaping that aren’t vegetation. Things such as paths, walkways, and walls would count as hardscaping. Why would you hardscape around a pool? It’s personal preference, but hardscaping around a pool (the pool deck, in essence) with concrete or stone is easy to maintain and helps keep the pool clean and…

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    Carriage House Interior Makeover Reveal

    Thank you for following along on this Carriage House Interior Makeover series. (Catch up on Part 1 and Part 2.) Today is time for the reveal of the space! Makeover reveals make me uncomfortable. It’s not that I’m not happy with the work we’ve put into a space, but a reveal implies something final to me. This Carriage House interior makeover isn’t even really done yet. It’s just done for now. But that’s still a reason to celebrate! I’m going to assume I’m not the only one who feels this way about their home, especially one you are continually working on. As a reminder, here is what the Carriage House…

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    Happy List: #265

    Hello and welcome to this week’s Happy List! I’m glad you are here. This week on the blog I kicked off a series about the interior of our Carriage House. If you missed those posts you can catch up with the interior photos here and the makeover process here. Thank you for your continued support of this blog. Thank you for reading today’s blog post, saving and sharing things you like, encouraging us, and even engaging with us on Instagram or Facebook. Your support truly helps our family, helps restore this old house we live in, and keeps this blog running. Ready for a dose of inspiration? Here’s the Happy List! FUNNY CLOTHING…

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    Carriage House Interior Makeover Madness

    Today we are getting to the good stuff – our Carriage House interior makeover madness! And madness it was. Phew! To recap if you’re coming in new (welcome!), our Carriage House is a separate building on our property that was originally built a couple of hundred years ago to house horse-drawn carriages and horse tack. When we bought this property, the upstairs had been converted into a living space and was a time capsule from the 1980s with a side dose of plumbing fixtures from the 1940s and 1950s. Sweet, right? Well…not so much sweet, but full of potential. Trust me, it’s there. You just have to squint and plug…

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    Carriage House Interior Before Photos

    If you follow us on social media then you’ll know I speak about our Carriage House fairly frequently, but I’ve not mentioned the Carriage House interior on the blog yet. We’ve owned this property for 3 years and this is the first time I’m addressing the Carriage House interior here. What have I been writing about?!? Hmm. That’s a good question. I have written about the new roof we put on the Carriage House and how snazzy that building is looking with its fresh exterior paint. The inside…well, it’s never felt done enough to write about it. It’s still not done, frankly. We put the slow in a slow renovation,…

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    Happy List: #264

    Hello! Welcome to this week’s Happy List. I’m glad you are here. This week on the blog I shared my helpful, but somewhat unconventional tips for refinishing a wood door with deep scratches. I also shared a blog post rounding up ideas for wicker laundry baskets. I still haven’t let that obsession go. As always, thank you in advance for reading today’s blog post, saving and sharing things you like, encouraging us, and even engaging with us on Instagram or Facebook. Your support helps keep this blog on the internet! Truly. Even if you never buy a thing from one of the affiliate links we share, eyeballs on pages matter to bloggers. So,…

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    In Praise of Wicker Laundry Baskets

    A few weeks ago I spotted the neatest wicker laundry basket at a thrift store. It was $4 and in perfect condition. So what did I do? I left the laundry basket behind and have regretted it ever since. In fact, I even looked for it on my next visit to the store and it was gone. The anguish! That wicker laundry basket could have improved the aesthetics of our laundry situation. I don’t have a spot to hide a bulky laundry basket, so the plastic one I have is always sitting on top of the dryer. We walk by it 500 times a day. It’s not ugly per se, but…

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    7 Tips for Refinishing a Door With Deep Scratches

    Today I’m going to share 7 tips for refinishing a door with deep scratches. I can only assume deep scratches in a wood door come from years and years of a dog scratching at the door. My number one and most helpful tip for refinishing a door with deep scratches is for the love of your sanity, DON’T DO IT! Just pretend those scratches aren’t there. Or get a new door. Better yet, just move. It would be easier. I’m joking. Partially. I truly do believe it is worth the effort to save all the old doors, so let’s get down to my actual door refinishing tips because that’s probably…