Why (and How) We Suddenly Quit Our High-paying Jobs and Moved to New Zealand!

When we first got married, we made it a goal to save up all our vacation time each year and go on one big international trip. At least one per year, for 3-4 weeks. (We were both working full time, had no kids, and saving for each trip was a priority for us over spending on other things.) The first year, it was Fiji. Second year, we meandered through several of our favorite countries in…

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Our First Complete Backyard Renovation.

Even though it was nearly a blank slate, this backyard was one of the top two reasons we decided to buy this house. We loved that it opened up to this green space (with a golf course beyond it) and walking trails, and that we would have no neighbors behind us. However, it was clear no one was gardening in it, making it pretty—or apparently even using this lovely little backyard. The spring after we…

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Tour Our First House: a Before & After Party.

Alternate title: “Where We’ve Been (and Aren’t Anymore)” You know, we debated showing you guys pics of our first house. For one, we didn’t document everything painstakingly. It’s all a pretty straightforward “Before & After” Party. Two, it no longer reflects our design style, as it was almost 15 years ago now that we bought it. (And we’ve sold or donated most of the furniture and decorative items shown in it!) So much has changed…

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Outdoor Patio Ideas & Backyard Design Help: The Complete List!

Looking for outdoor patio designs, backyard inspiration, landscaping ideas, clever budgeting tips, DIY and design hacks for ANY exterior space you have?  Well congrats - you’re in the perfect place! We specialize in outdoor spaces and love sharing our years of expertise with you!     ➜ Our complete list of every single home project is viewable HERE!

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