You’ve traded urban sprawl for a rustic lifestyle, slower pace, and tranquil nature views — congrats! But making that transition from cramped square-footage to rambling acreage is both invigorating and overwhelming—what do you do with all this extra land?!
Maintaining a property with extensive land is a major responsibility, whether your goal is to create a self-sufficient homestead or to give your children more freedom to explore and romp around. It can be rewarding to learn tricks-of-the-trade and maintenance practices, but investing in the right tools couldn’t be more important. Make property maintenance easier for you and your family with these tips and [...]
When you rent a home or an apartment and get the itch to start planting, it can be disappointing to always have to grow plants in pots. Some plants you may want to grow might even need more space than a pot allows. If your gardening options are limited, raised floral beds are soon to become your new best friend. You’ll be able to grow almost any plant you’d like without committing to a permanent garden. The following tips will help make your first experience a successful one!Know Your Motivation
Besides giving your plants a place to grow that’s easily removed when the lease is up, there are other reasons for wanting to build a raised floral bed as well. [...]
Homeownership is a huge step for young families. One of the best parts of owning your own home is being able to improve it to suit your needs, and young families certainly have a host of needs. Kids are busy, messy, and full of energy, and the right home can help channel all of those.
If you have the time and resources, there are a slew of home improvements that will make your house more family and kid-friendly, as well as give your home a bit of whimsy. Read on for more!Indoor Playhouse
When blanket forts just aren’t cutting it anymore, a serious upgrade may be in order. Indoor playhouses offer a wonderful place for kids to explore their imaginations. [...]
Several years ago, Scott and I stained our front porch a soft grey-blue. The porch was pressure treated wood that had never been stained, and we opted for an opaque stain so that it would give the illusion of a painted on look. Considering our Chicago location, we’ve been impressed with how well it has held up, despite a few worn areas that receive the most traffic. That said, we always felt that the soft gray was a little too soft and a little too blue. With a handful of years on the books, it was definitely time to reapply to maintain the health of our porch, but this time, we opted for a slightly different hue! I’d like to share with you how we reapplied stain to our [...]
When many people think of summer, they think of warm, sandy beaches, picnics with the family on bright, green grass, trips to the park or baseball field, or simply laying back and soaking up those warm summer rays of sunshine. Summertime often evokes a special feeling of adventure or warmth, and as such is a popular theme to replicate in one’s own home for year-round enjoyment.
If you would like to create a feeling of “summer” in your home, there are some general guidelines you can follow. Go for a light, airy feel by reducing clutter and avoiding oversized furniture. Brighter shades on walls and lightly colored ceiling help open up a room. White trim can [...]