Behind the Scenes of Big Shoot

After a crappy contractor left us high and dry (yep, I said it.  C.R.A.P.P.Y.), a spring snowstorm that left us wet and muddy, and a day spent in the cold and muck trying to make sense of the patio, we made it to shoot day with one of my favorite furnishing Read More
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#Staggreno Backyard Plans

When we laid out what was possible financially and in what timeline with the #staggreno, we knew we would be leaving the backyard out for awhile.  The yard was overgrown and in bad shape to begin with, but after having to rip up the sprinkler system Read More
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July Decor Outdoors and In: Get your Home Ready

We're entering one of my favorite months for decorating: July.  Something about this middle-of-summer month makes me want to run around barefoot in the sunshine and give my home and yard that carefree, fresh, summertime feel.  Here are my picks for Read More
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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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Patio Dream Plans

I'm starting to really get designing each space in the house.  It's fun to see some of the things we've been planning and plotting taking shape.  One area that I'll tackle soon after we move in-- the patio just off the kitchen area. Even though Read More
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The Plan: Exterior Backyard

My apologies for this post going up a couple days later than planned.  Is anyone else feeling like they're drowning this holiday season?  Between the house, the toddler, the pregnancy, and holiday commitments, I'm feeling like I can't keep up.  And Read More
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HOW TO BUILD A PERGOLA

If I was to pinpoint one thing that took our deck from just ok to wow, it would be the pergola.  It is hands down the most beautiful thing in the backyard and adds such a richness to the deck. When we were mapping out the design and construction plans, 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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THRIFTED WICKER CHAIR AND ACCENT TABLE

What a whirlwind weekend we had around the Stagg household.  We finished our living room, and Saturday was spent shooting and documenting and breathing again.  Phew!  And now that it's done it's amazing how much it has completely transformed our house. Read More
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