Category Archives: Dilemma

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When Trim + Wallpaper Don’t Play Nice

At the time that the wallpaper was hung in the laundry room, we were starting with an empty box. There was a washer and dryer, but we hadn’t yet decided on cabinets, and we definitely didn’t have baseboards. (Btw, baseboards! When will this to-do ever be off our list?) But now that the cabinets have been installed, it was time –KEEP READING >

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Saving Our Patio Chairs from a Rusty Future

The evening we returned home from completing the Lowe’s Spring Makeover, it was warm. We were thrilled. (Warm weather in April in Chicago? It can’t be!) We were happily exhausted from the weekend and travel, but Scott suggested that we push through and get our front porch ready for spring and summer (and fall, too). I was so giddyKEEP READING >

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When Painted Stairs + Dogs Don’t Mix

Until recently, we were pretty positive that our plainted black and white stairs were just One of Those Things that we’d have to maintain. All the time. We love them so, so much (as proven by the intense amount of love was poured directly into them), but every couple of months, I’d have to take out my mini paint tray andKEEP READING >

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An Area Rug Alternative (That’s Affordable!)

Our funny little nook off of the living room has been in constant transition since the day we chose a paint color. Every now and then, we’d swap in a different chair, stack (and re-stack) the books, fuss with plants on the window sill and, as it would seem, rotate rugs in and out that we were never fully happy with – until now!KEEP READING >

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Milo Makes a Bold Move, Probably. (Help!)

Okay, here’s the thing with our funny little nook. The only thing that has really stuck in that room is the paint color. Well, the Vittsjo, too. But what has changed is the rotating cast of chairs and rugs, and for the longest time, that room has sat mostly empty. Rugs were returned, chairs were banished to storage, and it seemed that weKEEP READING >

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Know When to Hire It Out.

We love DIY; that’s for real. (You know that already, because this blog.) But every now and then, we’ll run into a project where we find ourselves spiraling downhill, wasting time and arguing way, way more than the, uh, normal amount. Accusations fly, something will inevitably shatter in to pieces, frustrations grow, and pretty soonKEEP READING >