A Welcome Warm Addition to the Patio

Hello, hello.  Where have I been, you may be asking?  We've been pushing to get the house finished and as a result I've been single-parenting it while Jon has been working at his job and at the house non-stop.  Soon I'll do a post about the craziness Read More
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Patio Makeover Phase 1 (video)

Let's take a little glimpse back in time, shall we?  To a time when this part of the #staggreno was all brick, boring, dark, dysfunctional, and hadn't hosted a gathering in at least a decade.  This is the space formerly known as a patio no party had Read More
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OUTDOOR LIGHTING

Lighting really sets the tone for a space.  For an outdoor room, like our back deck, I didn't want the only light source to be the porch light, but instead wanted a soft, warm, inviting glow with a dreamy feel.  I used a combination of string lights Read More
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HOW TO STAIN AN EXISTING DECK

We are loving our new deck.  We eat out there several times a week for breakfast or dinner, and play outside during the day.  We've already hosted parties and the view from our dining room and kitchen is so so much better.  Last night Jon said "I Read More
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HOME DEPOT PATIO STYLE CHALLENGE REVEAL (video)

It's here!  Today is the day!  I can finally spill the beans about one of the biggest projects in our renovation thus far-- our back deck makeover. I mentioned a while back that the Home Depot asked me to be a part of their Patio Style Challenge.  They Read More
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ABOVE AVERAGE RUN

Friday I had a very bad day.  I don't know about you, but when that happens, my brain starts to come up with all sorts of excuses and problems and reasons why I can't/shouldn't workout.  Luckily I had already made plans with my best friend, Kristi, Read More
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