$25 DIY Entryway Bench

$25 DIY Entryway Bench

Happy day 14th of social distancing!  This week, I've been working on this bench for our entry.  The entry isn't done, by any means, but it's coming along nicely!  So far, it's gotten a fresh coat of paint all over the walls and trims, and the door also got a paint job.  The flooring went [...]

Board and Batten Wall

Board and Batten Wall

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well, wherever in the world you are.  Due to the COVID-19, Philadelphia and its surrounding counties are officially on "lockdown".  This means that all non-essential stores are closed, and most people are working from home.  Since I'm a higher education consultant and a teacher, I'm currently not working [...]

DIY Master Bedroom Refresh Pt. 1 – Painted Tile

DIY Master Bedroom Refresh Pt. 1 – Painted Tile

Hey y'all!  It feels good to be back.  These past few weeks have been so hectic with planning out projects around the house, figuring out what we are contracting out and what we are tackling ourselves.  Most people don't know this, but Ian and I aren't full-time renovators nor do we have a background in [...]

Garage Pegboard Organization

Garage Pegboard Organization

  When Ian and I were renovating our old house, Squirrel House, we were working mainly out of a small one-car garage (that actually doesn't really fit a car).  The garage was super dingy, had minimal lighting, and just wasn't super conducive to getting work done.  To be fair, we were also horrible at organizing that [...]

Kitchen Moodboard

Kitchen Moodboard

  Photo sources: Kitchen Cabinets Flooring Subway Tile Lighting Range/Oven Runner This past week was demo week at Squirrel Estate.  Our contractors came and tore up all the first-floor flooring, tile, the kitchen, and the powder room.  Now it's time to put it all back together!  Our contractors took care of tiling the entryway/coat closet/powder [...]

Flooring Options & Making OSB Work

Flooring update on Squirrel Estate!  Since August, one thing on my mind is "what flooring am I going to put down on the first floor?"  We knew that the three-type flooring of the ceramic tile/hardwood/carpet combo didn't really work and really chopped up space.  We wanted to use up to 2 types of flooring (debating [...]

Foyer Lighting Options

Foyer Lighting Options

One nice thing about Squirrel Estate is the 2-story foyer.  Throughout the house, we have 8-ft ceilings, but it really doesn't feel like it because the foyer lets in so much light and it feels so much more open and airy. Our current foyer chandelier situation isn't ideal.  It's not horrible, but very dated and [...]

First Look at Squirrel Estate

First Look at Squirrel Estate

If you're new here, hi!  A little summary of our house adventures:  in August 2017, my husband and I bought our first house, a duplex in the northwest section of Philadelphia.  We currently live there and are hoping to move out by the end of the year.  We'll likely rent it out to longterm tenants, [...]

Photo Walkthrough of Squirrel House

Photo Walkthrough of Squirrel House

Ian and I first moved to Philadelphia in the summer of 2017.  We bought a fixer upper at around 1,200 sq ft in a quiet neighborhood, and got to work.  Over the last two years, we changed everything from painting the walls to swapping out flooring.  Needless to say, everything looks very different from when [...]