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Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful. -Hazrat Inavat Khan

Whether you’re building a home, or making a home, it’s the most important place on earth! It’s where your memories are created and your people gather. We have  built and bought homes in the past, and both have unique challenges and joys. I hope some of our experiences and tips will help you navigate your own home projects.

6 things I wish I knew before building a pool

6 things I wish I knew before building a pool

Building a pool in your backyard can be an interesting and exciting transformation for your outdoor living space, but it doesn’t come without unavoidable frustrations. Here are the five things I wish someone had told me before we began our project:No matter how long...

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Upcycling Desk Glamup – Fauxcation Project:

Upcycling Desk Glamup – Fauxcation Project:

This upcycling desk glamup was just the right project to feed my furniture thrift flip habit. Have you ever had a piece of furniture that was really well-made but maybe is not your current style? Or maybe you have a sentimental attachment to it, but it just doesn’t...

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Chalk paint : Chalky Finish Spray Paint from Krylon

Chalk paint : Chalky Finish Spray Paint from Krylon

I love the versatility of chalk paint. The ease in which it goes on, the coverage, the opaque colors. I don't love all the steps that go into making over a piece of furniture. My routine is to paint, wax, distress, dark wax, dust and dry. Sometimes you just want...

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Antique Dresser Makeover Using Chalk Paint

Antique Dresser Makeover Using Chalk Paint

I have been waiting for a three-day weekend to be able to tackle this dresser upgrade for some time. Labor Day weekend was IT! Despite the 100 degree temperatures, I slugged down gallons of water, secluded myself in the garage with my paint and got to work. Here’s the...

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How to Create a Rainbow Bookshelf

We have a bookcase that is literally (get it? Lol!) one of the first things you see when you enter our house. Since we moved in 2 years ago, I had turned the other cheek to its lack of organization. The hubs had unpacked the books into it and it was, well, we’ll say...

How to Create a Gallery Wall!

Not everyone can create a gallery wall like a pro! I’ll never forget the day I went to my sister-in-law’s to see her brand new house. She was still fuming at the “help” my Mother-in-Law had provided earlier to get it set up and decorated. There was probably a 7-inch...

How to make a Delivery Driver Snack Station (Free Printables!)

Hands up if your online shopping game went into overdrive this year. You would not be alone. According to UNCTAD (United Nations Conference for Trade and Development), COvid-19 has forever changed the way we shop online, with big increases seen in ICT/electronics,...

Pods Packing Tips

Planning longterm storage or a house move? These PODS packing tips from an experienced storage professional will be a great help!

Tiny Homes 101 with a Dallas Tiny Home Builder

Tiny Homes 101 with a Dallas Tiny Home Builder

Tiny Home living is foreign to me Having recently moved across town, I am acutely aware of how much STUFF we have. It's...a lot. At any point during the packing/unpacking process, I was ready to walk away and just start over. But... we have 3 dogs, a 10 year old and a...

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How to choose lighting for your home

How to choose lighting for your home

There’s something about a dazzling crystal chandelier that makes my heart flutter. I get all gah-gah when I see the sparkly rainbow that it throws against the wall. Add something unexpected like wrought iron or a splash of color and I’m a goner, totally mesmerized. I...

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Our new home!

Our new home!

I made it. I survived our entire family being sick the week before we moved. The week designated for packing -- which did not happen. Much. I survived the move while having no voice and green gunk oozing from my sinus. I survived my computer melt down the following...

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Chez Perot – Week 12

Chez Perot – Week 12

So my builder Adam calls this morning and says, "I was checking out the concrete they poured for your back patio extension last night and wow, looks like a really big coyote left a paw print in it." Yeah... I knew about that. The Princess Cupcake and I went to check...

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Design Your Own House : Granite, Tiles and Paint!

Design Your Own House : Granite, Tiles and Paint!

It’s killing me that I can’t go to the house today because today, they are installing our granite. Wheeeee! I can’t wait to see it. I have nearly forgotten which granite I chose – I hope it looks good (insert nervous laugh here). Here are a couple of photos I took to...

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Reloved Furniture

Reloved Furniture

Annie Sloan could not have come into my life at a better time, seeing as how I am on a mission to relove our current “meh” belongings to make them perfect for our new house. I guess I should clarify. I am truly obsessed with Annie Sloan’s line of chalk paint and...

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Refurbish Old Furniture –  A Fuzzy Makeover

Refurbish Old Furniture – A Fuzzy Makeover

The thing is, when you’re moving, you want everything to be perfect.  Like Pinterest perfect and Houzz-worthy idea book ready. And that means getting rid of a lot of stuff, and even reloving some neglected stuff to make it look new again because you only...

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Update on Chez Perot

Update on Chez Perot

As you know, we’re building a house. So last Friday, this is what our house looked like inside: Roughly the same as it’s looked for the last few weeks. I’ll admit I am becoming a bit anxious. (And hateful towards our PODS.) The kind of anxious I can only liken to...

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How to Build a House – New Build Checklist

How to Build a House – New Build Checklist

Building a house is a mind-bending and thrilling experience but there are a lot of decisions to be made, sometimes in a very short amount of time. If you have never done it before your very first question might be - how to build a house? Where do you start? The...

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