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Our Kitchen Renovation


Our kitchen was one of the first rooms we renovated almost completely before we moved in! We still need baseboards and a few decorative touches, but we’re almost there. 🙂 Lots of people have asked how we did our kitchen and where we got the materials. The cabinets are Malibu White shaker style from Cabinets To Go with black knobs and handles from IKEA. Our countertop is maple butcher block also from Cabinets To Go…

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Our Favorites On Sale This Holiday (That We Love All Year Round!)


Today, we’re doing a roundup of our favorite products and items that are on sale during the holidays but that you’ll use all year long! Distressed vintage rug – get the rug pad for underneath.Coffee table with pop up storage – we’ve had ours for 6 years and it still looks terrific!Slip on house shoes – you’ll be able to wear them outside once Spring is here.Faux fig leaf tree – looks real and fills…

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!


When Mark and I first bought this house, the overwhelming feeling we had was that this was a home to celebrate Christmas in! This is what the house look like the first Christmas we had it. We were living in our rowhouse while we had the entire front brick facade redone. Now that we’re in the house and making it our home…we are decking it out for Christmas! Click this link for my video tutorial…

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Weekly Roundup of Our Favorites!


Hi friends! Here’s what we’re loving, watching, eating and obsessing over this week! This Hulk costume at Walmart. It’s Henry’s favorite and he’s wearing it for Halloween. Here’s a SpiderMan one and a Captain America. Currently obsessed with this new Threshold quilt I got for our bed. It’s faux fur on one side and so soft and it’s perfect for fall and winter! The extra long lumbar pillow is a new favorite too. Both are…

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Everything We Bought For Our Home (so far!) That We Love!


Hello friends! Lots of new followers on Instagram and Facebook so I wanted to revisit some of our favorite items that we’ve purchased in our home renovation journey. Camel bar stools. We LOVE these and got them on Wayfair. They’re easy to put together, look really chic and I just wipe them with a wet cloth when Henry spills all his food and drinks on them! Firework chandelier. This is a recent purchase for us,…

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Our Guest Bath


Right now, we have one fully functional and tricked out bathroom in our house! It’s our guest bath, and it’s on the third floor. It’s big and spacious, and we knew we could live in the house comfortably and use it while taking our time renovating the master bath. We wanted to go for modern and funky in this room so we picked an oval sink, a double globe sconce in black and brass and…

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Save versus Splurge – Master Bedroom Edition!


I’m so excited to share the details of our master bedroom renovation because I ABSOLUTELY LOVE how it turned out! If you follow me on Instagram, you know my love of BUDGETING and how Mark and I do a save/splurge analysis of each home renovation task before we start. I hope you get inspired from our master bedroom overhaul! The accent wall (it’s called a board and batten design) is the feature piece. Mark built…

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Plants, plants, PLANTS!


Hello, friends! I’ve been meaning to write this blog for awhile because so many people ask us what kind of trees, bushes and grasses we planted at our new house! In addition to being a home renovation connoisseur, Mark is a landscape architect. He has such an eye for designing beautiful outdoor spaces! What he created at our new house is incredible, and I’m excited to share it with you! 🙂 First, we planted trees…

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The Countdown Is On!


Welp, we’re moving in 2 weeks. Maybe 3. Hopefully 2. Yes, there’s a pandemic going on, but we have renters coming into our lovely rowhouse and so we GOTTA GET OUT! 🙂 I’m actually incredibly excited! Like, over the moon, can’t wait for it to happen EXCITED! The big house we’re moving to (that’s what Henry calls it) is like half finished. The major stuff is done but the trim, the doors, all the finishes…

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A Look At Our Home While We’re All At Home!


Hello fellow #quarantiners! We got almost everything we needed from Home Depot and Lowe’s before the stay-in-place order was issued for Pittsburgh. We’ll be spending the next 2 weeks putting the finishing touches on some of the rooms in our renovation! You saw on Instagram and Facebook that Mark painted the accent wall in our master bedroom. We went with Knight’s Armour from PPG Paints. It’s their Diamond line collection. Mark did 2 coats. It…

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