The Shockingly Least Expensive Update We Made In Our Kitchen Remodel!

We've not only done this air switch in our own kitchen updates, but we've also recommended it to clients trying not to busy up their backsplashes with extra switches for their garbage disposal! "How does it work?" You literally just push a button right there to turn your garbage disposal on/off, and you're done. No switches to lean over your counter for or reach for. air switch / Kitchen Organization & Design Bundles "Is it…

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Slide Out: 3 Genius Tips for Your Pull Out Cutting Board Drawer!

This "hidden" pull out cutting board drawer was another one of my kitchen fantasies! (Yes, I had a number of crazy kitchen fantasies which became reality!) When I'm chopping a bunch of veggies, I usually fill up my cutting board fast. It takes extra time to stop chopping or dicing, go empty the tray into the garbage, and then continue. And time is of the essence when you have a hungry family (a.k.a. young, tired,…

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NEW! We’re Sharing Our DIY Plans & Design Guides!

Introducing our new "Plans & Design Guides" section of the blog here! DESIGN GUIDES If you're not quite sure you're ready for our full design services (or your budget just doesn't allow it right now), dip your toes in the water with one of our budget-friendly Design Guides! In these, we'll be focusing on specific areas of your home that you're looking for help in...especially organization and storage! Today we're kicking things off with our…

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DIY Bathroom Vanity: 5 Easy + Strategic Steps to Designing Ours (and Yours)!

Why did we DIY our bathroom vanity instead of buying one? We 100% recommend all our clients do this! (And why did we go with a wood vanity instead of a painted one?) How on EARTH do you design your own vanity that does exactly what you want it to? Where do you start? Why not just buy a premade one? We're big believers in customizing your own home as much as possible (including your…

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How to Create a Quick-n-Easy Outdoor Sink Cover!

Looking for outdoor sink cover ideas? Today we're sharing how to not only protect your outdoor sink but why and how an outdoor kitchen sink cover can help you! OUTDOOR SINK COVER Why We Created the Sink Cover We Did. While I'd love to be able to tell you we thought this through perfectly before pulling the trigger on our last-minute outdoor kitchen decision, the truth is we didn't do it perfectly. Two things we…

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Mudroom Bench: The 5 Ultimate Ideas for What to Do (and Not Do!) Below Yours!

Looking for the best mudroom bench setup—and wondering whether to do drawers, shelves, baskets, or something else? You're in the right place! We're a successful Design Architect and Building Engineer husband/wife team who do just about everything inside and outside of homes...(!) ...and today we're showing you how to create your entryway bench with shoe storage in the simplest, cleanest way possible! We'll also answer popular questions like: How much does it cost to build…

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If Your House Looks Perfect 24/7, Please See a Doctor.

Interior decor & home expectations vs reality. It's impossible to count how many times we've heard people express dismay at the immaculately clean, beautiful home photos they saw somewhere on the internet. Including—much to my horror—mine. Why am I horrified? Because it's not true or accurate! And the truth is, our house does not always look like these photos! When this subject recently came up with someone (who, incidentally, had never been inside our home—she'd…

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White Quartz Countertops: 10 Ways You’ll Spoil Yourself For Life!

Wondering whether white quartz countertops are the magic solution for your kitchen or bathroom? We've got EVERYTHING you need to know below, boiled down into 10 quick-n-easy bullet points, from quartz countertop colors and costs to quartz countertop pros & cons! Want to spoil yourself for life? Because we'll tell ya, after you go with quartz countertops, you'll be hard-pressed to use anything else in future! (Although I have an undying love for the look…

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Hold Onto Your Shorts: How To Save Big On Quartz!

Today we're sharing how we saved thousands of dollars on our quartz countertops cost—not only for our kitchen remodel (with two large islands), but also two of our bathroom remodels! We'll also share our EXACT quartz countertops cost and answer "How much do quartz countertops cost?" If you're comparing, going for any countertop material other than laminate is going to feel spendy by that comparison. (Especially when you're doing it for a big project like…

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LG Viatera Cirrus vs Minuet Quartz Countertops Colors: Avoid Decision Fatigue!

Today we're walking you through pictures of the exact quartz countertops colors we chose (namely, the LG Viatera Cirrus), as well as why! (And why we like this color even more after seven years of use!) We're also comparing it to the incredibly similar LG Viatera Minuet quartz countertop. How does one even start to chose a quartz countertop color—let alone the design—within that color scheme? Look no further! You'll want to check out our…

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