Tag Archives: design

The Plan for our Family-Friendly Basement

Well friends, we have been WAY TOO LAX in posting updates for you all. Between late work nights for both of us, a huge garage sale, a mini camping trip, and more, we’ve just been behind on blogging. But we have made some progress on a few things, so I’m hopeful we’ll have a few […]

Wednesday Wish List: Throw Pillow Therapy

Hey friends, I’ve been doing a lot of online window shopping lately as I’m working on choosing design styles and organizing my ideas for the basement family room. We haven’t decided on a couch yet, but have one we’re planning to go look at and sit on soon, and to hold myself over, I spent […]

Some Unfinished Updates

This post contains affiliate links, which means we will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on our direct link. Don’t worry, it doesn’t cost you anything extra.  While in the middle of this basement renovation, we actually ended up with a few other small projects also in progress. To be […]

A Fun Flower Update – DIY Quirky Painted Animal House Plant Picks

This post contains affiliate links, which means we will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on our direct link. Don’t worry, it doesn’t cost you anything extra.  Today I’m sharing a super fun little project that is perfect for these psuedo-spring days we’re having here in Kansas City! Animal plant picks! […]

Outlet Updates – Finally, Some Basement Progress!

Well, friends. We’re still battling the winter sickies over here. Whether it’s Wyatt and Will, I feel like my boys and I have been taking turns with colds and flu bugs since October. Plus, that means that our work productivity has been down and we’re behind on some big projects….and that means the home projects […]

Basement Drywall Repair: What We Learned About Hiring a Contractor

So, I wanted to share a little update on the basement to keep you all up to speed about that project, and to share a little bit about what we learned with hiring out the drywall repair to a professional. The short version of the story is that yes, we would consider hiring out portions […]

2016 Goal Recap

Well, friends, it’s time to fess up about all we got done…and not done…in 2016. I already know this is going to be a bit of a disappointment to go through. At least personally. You probably don’t care quite as much as I do. Ha! Still, in the spirit of being honest, here we go! […]

A Quick Look Back at Our Christmas

Hey friends, happy 2017! I’m going to be honest and say that I’ve been a terrible blogger. More specifically, we’ve been terrible home bloggers. We haven’t had any real home updates for you all in awhile, and few other updates either. I’m hopeful for a fresh start and a renewed joy in checking in with […]

What’s Up Downstairs?

Well, since we’ve been spending the majority of the free time we have to work on home projects dealing with basement stuff, I figured it was worth a quick update for you all. Here’s the post with all the details on what happened. And a quick reminder photo of what part of the ceiling looked […]

A Little Living Room Lift – Or, Why I <3 Curtain Rings

It’s been a busy few months around here, with very little progress or projects. But, I did made a little change in the living room a couple weeks ago by adding curtain rings to the window treatments in there. Let me just first explain that I realize this is NOT an earth-shattering post. You may […]

A Simple Halloween Mantle

You might not know it, but I really am becoming more of a minimalist at heart. Stylistically anyway. Not when it comes to books and magazines…and my inability to keep my office clean and uncluttered. But, because our house is usually messy with clutter, I find that I don’t want a lot of cluttered decor […]

An Ikea Hack for Houseplants

One of my projects this weekend was to replant several of my houseplants that were overgrown and in need of some fresh root space. And, I got to create a fun Ikea hack while I was at it. Flower pots are always one of the worst things for me to pick out at the store. […]

Updating my Office – A (Small) Home Office Makeover

I’ve been working on a small home office makeover for awhile. Really, I’ve been cleaning, but I’m going to pretend it was a full revamp, okay?It’s looked like this for WAY too long this year. But since I also added some furniture, I’m going to pretend it was more than just cleaning. It was also […]

How to Replace a Double Door – Starting the Basement Project

Recently we tackled a big job to kick off the basement renovation, so I thought I’d share a few tips for how to replace a double door, DIwYatt style. One of the biggest issues with replacing a door is to make sure you get a good tight seal, so it doesn’t leak. Not only does […]

Awesome Ottomans – A Little Living Room Update

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A Switch in Time – A New Living Room Clock

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Metal Rolling Cart Makeover

Ever have intentions for a project and then forget about it…for a year or more? How about for almost three years? Because this little metal rolling cart makeover has been in the works since March 2014. Yep, total project procrastination fail, right? I mean, goodness, we stored a rusty, gross-looking cart in our basement for […]

Freebie FriYAY – September Sun Free Fall Printable

It’s been too long since I’ve shared a free printable with you all for #FreebieFriYAY so I spent a few minutes designing this fun free fall printable for you in honor of the beautiful September day we had today. I’m going to add it to our clipboard gallery wall (which you can read about, HERE), […]

My Messy Desk Dilemma: A Revamped DIY Desk Organizer

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A Fun (Shutterfly) Family Book for Babies

One of the things on our goal list for this year included making some toys and games for Will. Even though I didn’t specifically include books in that goal, I wanted to share a fun book project I recently completed that has become one of Will’s very favorite books. Basically, it’s a DIY Shutterfly family […]

Family-Friendly Design – Toddler Toy Storage Tips

It’s hard to believe, but yes, we really do have a near-toddler on our hands. As Will gets more mobile and does more playing on his own, I’ve found that toy storage has become more and more important. I like the idea of having a playroom dedicated to toys, but right now, that isn’t practical for […]

A Cool Key – Wyatt’s Awesome Wooden 5th Anniversary Gift to Me

I wanted to share an awesome little project Wyatt and I sort of tag-teamed a couple of weeks ago that all started with his awesome wooden 5th anniversary gift to me. As a little backstory, when we were dating, Wyatt gave me an antique key after I mentioned I thought they were really cool. He picked […]

ONEderful! – An Inexpensive DIY First Birthday Shirt

Today is Will’s first birthday and while I’m working on a recap post with details from his super simple but super wonderful party yesterday, I wanted to go ahead and share how I created a cute DIY first birthday shirt onesie for him. I’ll start off by saying that while this project turned out just […]

DIwYatt: DIY Stadium Seat Tutorial

Melissa asked me to share the tutorial and plans behind our DIY stadium seat she debuted on our blog’s instagram. Here’s the backstory: over the weekend, we met up with some friends for Shakespeare in the Park, a “free” (donations accepted) show held each summer near the Plaza in Kansas City. #kansascitydatenight with good friends and […]

Free Summer Popsicle Printables – Freebie FriYAY

As I’ve said before, I’m certainly not a designer, but I like to pretend to be sometimes, and in honor of summer starting this week, I thought it would be fun to create a free summer printable with popsicles. I made them in four different colors and sayings so you can download your favorite. Or all four! […]

Summer Mantle Decor – Shiny and “Sandy”

Now, you might think I’m going to be talking about beachy summer mantle decor, complete with seashells and sand in a pretty bottle, with the reference to “sandy.” But nope. It’s a different kind of “Sandy.” Want the song stuck in your head all day? GO WATCH IT HERE. Gotcha. Anyway, our summer mantle really […]

An Imperfectly Pretty Painted Pot

A week or so ago, I started working on a little project for a friend who was moving to a new house. (She’s a friend in real life and a blogger friend—go check her out HERE, or on INSTAGRAM!) I wanted to customize a little ceramic pot and give her a baby from my growing Christmas […]

A Couple Kitchen Changes

I know, I know. I just made a big deal about how our kitchen is finally done. Go see the recap, here! But, we’re never really totally done, right? To be fair, the most recent updates are pretty darn small. And, to be honest while we’re being fair, small changes are all we have time for these […]

Hand-me-down Happiness

One of the biggest blessings most young families are given is the gift of hand-me-down furniture. It’s wonderful to help fill empty rooms and prevent everyone from having to sit on lawn chairs or canoes in the living room. But, the bad part about all that free furniture is that it doesn’t always perfectly suit our […]

Our Kitchen Cost Breakdown

Now that we’re (finally) considering our kitchen done, I wanted to share a cost run-down with you guys because even though I wouldn’t call this a “bargain” upgrade, we tried really hard to always keep a tight budget in mind when making decisions and I think it’s important to share how we’ve splurged and saved […]