Small Walk In Closet: 3 Strategies to Maximize What You Have!

Looking for small walk in closet size and ideas? Sometimes TV and/or the internet gives you unrealistic expectations—what you need is to figure out how to stay organized, maximize & work with what you already have! In our last post, we had done a bit o' fancy footwork to enlarge our master walk-in closet—without sacrificing an inch of space in our bedroom! (Yes, it felt almost like real magic.) However, we don't all have the…

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Closet Genius: How to Nail Your Master Closet Layout the First Time!

Avoid designing your master bedroom closet layout only to have to redo it again one day! Today we're sharing how to nail your master closet layout the FIRST time you do it—and love that layout forever. If you've read our first post about how we got extra space in our closet (without taking up a single inch of space from our master bedroom!), you'll be up to speed and ready to hit the ground running…

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3 Crazy-easy Steps to a Painted Stone Fireplace: The Simplest How-to Ever!

Before moving into this house, we thought about painting the stone fireplace. We were having the whole interior painted at the time, so it made sense. While I'd thought about making ours a painted stone fireplace, we decided against it. You can see our family room (with more pictures) on our "before" tour of the downstairs. Here's another before shot of the non-painted stone fireplace there. Why we converted our wood-burning to a gas fireplace!…

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Coffee Station Fixation: 12 Quick-n-Easy Coffee Bar Ideas!

Looking for non-cheesy coffee bar ideas or how to make a coffee bar cabinet in your kitchen? Glean tips as I make the unexpected jump from "Kitchen Coffee Station Hater" to Gleeful Coffee Station Owner! BTW, I almost entitled this: "12 Ways to More Efficiently Get Hopped Up On Caffeine While Looking at Something Pretty," but decided to be professional. (Well, semi-professional. Because that's how we roll around here.) Today we're not only sharing the…

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Ottoman Coffee Table: You’ll Be Surprised at the Material We Made It With!

We recently decided to create our own ottoman coffee table to better fit our space and our family's needs. As per usual, no stores sold exactly what we wanted, in the size that best fit our space, with the style that fit with our room, and in the height we wanted. Soooooo, you know what that meant for The Brain and the Brawn. WE MADE OUR OWN! We'll also be answering popular questions such as…

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5 Super-quick Steps to Make a No-sew DIY Rug Ottoman!

Today we're sharing how we made our own DIY rug ottoman in 5 easy steps! Wondering how to make a DIY rug ottoman? These usually range upwards of $2,500 when made out of vintage rugs (which have been growing in popularity—see our kilim rug covered ottoman inspiration photos here!). We created a no-sew, super easy DIY rug covered ottoman "how to" here that anyone with basic tools can make in an afternoon! (If you missed…

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11 Genius Elements to Our Master Bathroom Double Vanity (& How We Got This Look!)

When we decided to move the old shower in our master bathroom, it caused the inevitable domino effect to the rest of the room. Including, of course, our master bathroom double vanity! MASTER BATHROOM DOUBLE VANITY Why We Decided to Replace the Old Double Vanity Because we'd need to rip out all the old floor tile, it would be difficult to preserve the old master bathroom vanity structure itself. Plus, it was just plain old.…

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Pain Relief: What We Did to Customize Our Kitchen Countertop Heights.

If you've read our post "3 Reasons to Avoid the Standard Kitchen Counter Height", you'll understand why we chose to avoid standard countertop height and customize our countertop heights in our kitchen! If you missed that post, you'll want to go back and read it to understand thing like Why the standard countertop height is what it is How your kitchen could be the source of your neck, back, or shoulder pain What to consider…

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A Super-Quick DIY Zipline Platform (With or Without Trees!)

Wondering how to build a zipline platform—with ease? (This is Part 2, after the installation of our zipline.) When we first installed our zipline, we hadn't even thought about adding a simple zipline platform for it. (We were probably faaaaaaar too excited about the zipline itself to worry about such trivialities. See how we installed our backyard zipline HERE!) However, as the weeks and months rolled on, the ladder we had to pull out for…

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13+ Tree Swings For Kids Under $100: The Ultimate List of Outdoor Swing Ideas!

We've found over a dozen of the best tree swings for kids (as well as some tree swings for adults too!) and are sharing them all below! It's no secret that I (Jess) am still very much in touch with my childhood. I've done everything from wanting to create a Swiss Family Robinson-esque treehouse to convincing Matt to help install a zipline in our backyard. I love being outside—and providing as many opportunities for my…

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