Shower Shelf: Is Corner or Inset Smartest?

Today we're sharing alllllll our shower shelf knowledge! We'll talk about Why built-in, inset shelves are better than corner shelves, How to determine the number of shelves you'll need, How to determine the dimensions of your shelf or shelves, and Our tips to keep in mind when planning your perfect shower shelf setup! More about our GROUTLESS porcelain shower walls! We knew we wanted a porcelain shower shelf in our new shower during our bathroom…

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5 Simple Tips for Styling a Minimal Fireplace Mantel!

Mantels can be the #1 magnet for attracting a plethora of decorative items! I knew I needed to go to a minimal fireplace mantel—while still keeping the look warm and cozy. For years, I felt an underlying stress in certain rooms and could never figure out why. Fast-forward several years (or decades!) to now, and I'm now aware of why. One of those reasons was visual clutter! (I talk a little more about my story…

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Finding Extra Space: Bonus Walk-in Closet Floor Plan with Dimensions!

What are the ideal walk in closet dimensions? And how do you determine what size will work best for YOU— while maximizing what you have? Today we're walking you through our walk in closet dimensions and how we're using those dimensions to actually create a larger walk in closet floor plan! We'll be adding walk in closet space in an unusual way. How? Well, if you've taken our house's upstairs tour, you've seen our master…

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Our IKEA Homeschool Room: Minimalist, Organized & Simple.

Our IKEA homeschool room is a simple, minimalist homeschool room. (Which is technically the back half corner of a larger room.) We've been simplifying our lives and enjoying the results, so we applied the same principles to this minimalist homeschool room of ours! We also wanted to do as much as we could with things we already have on hand, which ended up being a lot of fun and making our homeschool room unique and…

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Art Studio Shed: 6 Steps (in Laywoman’s Terms!)

Have you ever thought about adding an art studio shed in your backyard? They can be spendy when bought pre-made, so it's definitely more cost-effective to build your own. But what's involved in building your own art studio shed? Is it easy? Difficult? What's involved? I (Jess) had little idea of what would be involved as we planned to build our own art studio shed, and I knew others would find it interesting to learn…

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3 Perks of Removing a Wall Between Kitchen and Dining Room!

Removing a wall between the kitchen and dining room was the most brilliant thing we did in our kitchen renovation! Combining kitchen and dining room in a remodel can be one of your most genius moves ever. So to help on your quest, today we're sharing all our tips learned from our kitchen remodel wall removal, plus before and afters!  The original kitchen layout was actually the #1 reason we almost didn't put in an offer…

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Our Courtyard Fountain Before & Afters

We've chosen (and installed!) our new courtyard fountain and can't wait to show you here! In our last post, we shared why we needed to take out the old courtyard fountain that had been in the front patio of our fixer upper for 30 years. I briefly toyed with the idea of planting another olive tree in the basin, but no...we definitely wanted another fountain there. It just needed to check all the boxes! Before:…

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9 Steps to No Grass Landscaping Front Yard (w/Before & Afters)

If you remember from when we lived in our first house, my dream was to have a no grass front yard. Matt wasn't on board, so we compromised back then and did some "low" grass landscaping in our front yard. Now, after living in California for awhile and seeing the water bill in a state that does NOT get as much free rainfall as Oregon did, Matt has come around. SUCCESS FOR JESS! Our no…

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Why We Ripped Out Our Fountain.

We need to replace a broken, high-maintenance fountain, but with what? Here we're sharing the story, plus some of our top fountain replacement ideas! Remember when we first bought our fixer upper—and found out that the front entry patio boasted this little number? Our new courtyard fountain! To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that we'd have a fountain in the front. While it hadn't been on my list of things to…

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4 Simple Styling Tips for Consoles, Tables & Shelves.

Less is more. And on that note, today I'm sharing four easy styling tips to keep in mind if you get the urge to redo one of your consoles, shelves, or other surfaces this weekend! (As often happens to me. Changing things up is one of my joys of life! Matt knows this all too well...what a lucky man!) Since we've gone more minimal in our home and decluttered a lot of unnecessary furniture, we…

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