Replacing Cabinet Hardware (plus some non-expensive hardware options)

New hardware I think is MVP for making the biggest difference in a kitchen or piece of furniture in the least amount of time.  Changing out hardware is a go-to for me in rental kitchens/bathrooms, and also in furniture that needs an update! It has a huge impact on overall look.  Plus, I feel like […]

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Making My Summer Dreams Come True: Outdoor Party String Lights Edition

I had high hopes for our backyard going into the summertime. I was feeling like we had missed out on an entire season of backyard fun last year, since we were busy with a newborn and then with moving. So I was determined to make up for it this year. I largely abandoned working on […]

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A Potted Herb Garden

I am no master gardener. I like to see myself as playing the long game to a flourishing vegetable and flower garden in a picturesque greenhouse in our one-day backyard. But for now, we are renting. And while I usually don’t let my renter-status stop me from doing things, cultivating a full-fledged garden does toe […]

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Painting the Kitchen Cabinets

When we came to check out the duplex, I saw the kitchen cabinets and in my intensive visual scanning for all things on my wish list, they just read as white cabinets. This was a win! I checked it off the mental list and moved along. But then we arrived with all of our boxes […]

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Replacing the Towel Bar

I find towel bars to be 100% pointless and 100% infuriating. Were I to be commissioned by the towel bar association to coin a slogan for the towel bar, it would be as follows: Towel bars: where you put your towel if you want it to take up a ton of space and stay wet […]

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Installing Baby Gates on a Railing

How to install baby gates at the top of the stairs when there’s only one wall. An affordable, easy method for installing baby gates on a railing or spindle.

I’m just going to warn you that this post will appeal to approximately 3% of regular readers, but is also a post I wish I had been able to find on the internet a month ago. BABY GATES. They’re not pretty. They’re not a fun baby purchase. They weren’t covered in our childbirth class, so […]

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The Duplex!

We are back in Michigan! We’ve been chipping away at the unpacking and getting settled, which is feeling like it will take a thousand years with a mobile baby, but in the meantime, come take a look around our newest rental! This is a duplex, which technically I guess our last rental was, too, but […]

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