Dimensional Lumber: Nominal vs Actual

{Did You Know?} A 2x4 is actually NOT 2 inches by 4 inches?!? This is one of those tips that I have learned the hard way! Dimensional lumber is measured by a “Nominal Dimension” or it’s common name (ie 2x4) which is the dimension prior to being milled down. Dimensional Lumber is also measured by…

My Top Ten DIY Projects of 2020

I have never been one to set New Years Resolutions. I’m the type of person who wants attainable goals. I like setting small attainable goals and building upon those goals. Starting with a small idea and building upon it to make it a reality Looking back, most of my projects all started with a small…

2020: A DIY Year in Review

Wishing you the healthiest and happiest new year from our home to yours! 2020 has been a lot of things and positivity has been hard to come by. We have all searched high and low for 2020’s silver linings, and for me that has been purchasing our first family home and diving head first into…

My 10 Favorite Industrial Metal Mirrors for Bathrooms

One of the final touches in my recent renovation of my boys bathroom was finding the perfect mirror. A mirror is like a crown jewel and can really enhance the look of a space. I wanted a fun and playful twist on a modern industrial look. Here are some in the many mirrors that I…

My 10 Favorite Industrial Light Fixtures for a Bathroom Renovation

I recently remodeled the boys bathroom and I wanted to go with an industrial theme. I was looking for something industrial yet playful for the kids bathroom. I kept coming across these geometric caged light fixtures and I absolutely fell in love! The caged elements, mixed with the dark metals, and the geometric shapes gave…

The Ultimate Beginners Tutorial to Board and Batten

Before this picture was taken I didn't have the tools or the training on how to make a Board and Batten Wall. But, that wasn't going to stop me. Being a novice DIY'er and professional Pinner, I researched Pinterest until I found the means to create my own B+B design my own way. I wanted…

Cutting My Own Way

As a young girl I watched my father build things by hand. With the proper tools, a plan in place, and me by his side he would teach me the tricks of the trade. Through college and Architecture School I would dream of the day that I could make my plans into reality. Sketching my…

A Parents Dream Vacation: Chicago without Kids

Every once in a while Paul and I leave the kids behind to enjoy a grown-up adventure of our own. This time around we headed to Chicago for a few day [working] getaway. I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago for a work conference and I have never been known to say no to…

Colorado Family Day-Trip #3: 1 Day in Denver with Kids

We spent a week in Colorado and used Denver as our home base. Denver is fairly central and we knew that by having it as our starting point, we could go on a few day-trips to nearby cities and states. Typically on a trip like this we like to plan at least one day in…