Townhouse in San Francisco designed by Mark Tracy
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Couldn’t resist making one more fun piece for my garden before getting on to things I should probably really be doing. 🙂I’d like to attract more birds, and thought a small feeder in the garden would help.An old metal chicken feeder has been hanging in my garage for several years now, so why not put it to use.
So my hubby made my dreams come true this summer by helping me make a stock tank pool in our backyard! If you’ve been wondering how to make one too, I am going to outline all the steps for you here. It’s definitely not as hard as you think it may be! I was honestly surprised because I thought this project would be a little out of our DIY range. But it turned out to be just fine and it only took us a couple of weekends to finish. This is the perfect solution if you don’t have a neighborhood pool to enjoy this summer. Keep on reading to see just how easy and simple this DIY stock tank pool is!
July 2016: We bought our townhouse 7 years ago and every year from spring through fall every time it rained we had to dodge a muddy mess to get from our deck to our driveway. We got several bids from professional landscapers ranging from $3500 up to $7500 for a deluxe flagstone design that was gorgeous but way out of our ballpark!Update June 30, 2020:I just started an instagram channel, see the link at the bottom of the page, so you can see how it is coming along over the years. The gardens have grown in nicely and the landscaping is holding up well. We had to have some foundation work done on our house so part of it was torn up and I still need to finish fixing that up. We also replaced our deck so that is different as well. We do have plans this fall to change the round stepping stones to a paver path and I will post an update when we get that done too. :-)
When I purchased my townhouse two years ago, the backyard was an overgrown eyesore. I removed all the bushes and trees, dug up 5 stumps myself 💪 and had 2 stumps ground professionally only because they whipped me!😖 So I had a clean grassy yard for a year and a half. My daughter, a landscape designer, designed my backyard. She came home one weekend and she, my son and I got the shovels out and started digging. we were able to finish the first phase which was the paved patio area. Every weekend afterward I worked diligently until I finished my backyard. I can't believe how beautiful it is!!!
Our client's traditional New Jersey townhome is a beautiful and historic 1901 brownstone. While the homeowner wanted a fresh kitchen update with transitional styling and white painted shaker cabinets, both the age and the stone construction presented a number of design challenges. CliqStudios professional designer A.J. Johnson partnered with the homeowner to overcome those challenges and get the finished kitchen they wanted. The homeowners were so happy with the end results, they are now working with A.J. and CliqStudios on a remodel of the brownstone's 1901 basement.
Hometalk went live at Lory's French country townhouse! You're about to get some amazing decorating ideas and design tricks -- plus, a chance to win a Hometalk t-shirt! Watch the video to see Lory's gorgeous home, and then leave her a tablescape design suggestion in the comments below for a chance to WIN a Hometalk t-shirt! (Winner will be announced here next Wednesday.)
If you follow my blog you will know that I try and create all my projects from recycled materials. In our house, we all love Pepsi Max, which leaves us with a fair few aluminium cans. Instead of sending them to the recycling centre, I wanted to try and create an aluminium can wall hanging with them. Because aluminium cans are not very big, I wanted to create a wall hanging that was made up of smaller panels that could be arranged in different designs on the wall. So your wall hanging can be changed around when you get bored with the design.
I realized the other day when organizing my holiday decor, that I only had a sad little box of patriotic decorations. I decided that I needed to add some more red, white & blue decor. Here I will show you how I turned a pair of American Flag Swim Trunks into an easy DIY USA sign.
After painting the interior of my She Shed/Craft Shack it was time for me to work on the outside. When the shed initially was delivered, I had it placed at the very back of the property. Every project I would have to trudge all the way back there at least 10 times to get tools and supplies. Needless to say, that got old... QUICK. Major changes were in order for this little shed’s location and exterior! Here is how I did it for less than $200!
...okay remember my post on my linen closet organization? Well I promised a post on how I made my shelf covers and here it is.We only have one linen closet in my small house and it was CRAMMED. Not at all functional.So I got to work organizing it- for a reminder you can see that post here. And also as a reminder- here is the before of my terrible linen closet.
ProcrastinationBack when my brother was still a bachelor, I helped him get rid of a few things that were cluttering up his basement. One of those things was an old steel bed spring that had been left there by the former owner. Judging by its size, it was probably from a child’s bed.I thought it would make a fun garden trellis if I painted it, so I took it home. I stashed it behind some bushes along our driveway fence – just temporarily, of course, until I had the time to paint it.That was about 10 years ago.Earlier this summer, when Chris rebuilt our driveway fence, he came across the bed spring – still sitting, unpainted, where I’d left it. The steel had rusted over the years, and the rust looked (to me, at least) more interesting than any type of paint.Sometimes it pays to procrastinate.
Returning to work on the Basement Bathroom by tackling the pallet walls. This Basement has been a LONG, slow process but, to be fair, its not where we live so its not on our “urgent” to-do list. Though we do hang out down here on the weekends especially it wasn’t until I upcycled an old toolbox in the bathroom here that I finally got motivated. We installed the commode and rolling doors for this space and finished up the living room. After that I realized there wasn’t a ton to do to finally have a completed bathroom for the first time ever so I got to work!
I'm a Southerner & we Southerners love a good front porch!No Southern home is complete without a fern or 5. But every year like clockwork, the urn planters I have my ferns in seem extra dirty.That's not a good look especially since they are on the front porch on either side of the front door. Plus it's just not good feng shui.So every year, I pull out the petroleum jelly & a rag & get to work cleaning them. I knew there had to be a better way so this year, I tried something new.
(This post was written in collaboration with H Potter but all thoughts and opinions are my own.) Are you looking for planting ideas for a window box? Wait until you see how to plant flowers in these GORGEOUS window boxes.When I first saw these stainless steel window boxes with an antique copper finish, it was love at first sight.I mean…wow!And I have to tell you, they are even more beautiful in person than they are online.About H PotterH Potter sells absolutely gorgeous garden decor and accessories. I’ve received a few items from them, and these copper window boxes might be my favorite because they added lots of character to my garden shed.H Potter is a family-owned business that has been accenting homes and gardens nationwide for over 20 years with distinctive items that can be used indoors and out.Their product line includes terrariums, lanterns, trellises, window boxes, planters, and torches, handmade by artisans using high-quality materials from stainless steel to copper to hand-blown glass.And let me tell you, from my experience, they are built to last and are just gorgeous!
My hallway was a dark and dingy cave, I needed to show it some love, and boy did I! Once the hallway itself was done, it was time to turn my attention to the slab doors that were original to my 1952 ranch home. Not sure that they were hollow as they weighted way too much for that. The time had come to put the frosting on the cake and finish this hallway makeover with a bang!
I finally got around to doing something about my curtains. I found these at the thrift store years ago and gave them a makeover, but was ready for a change. We moved the furniture around in my room and we now have a fireplace under the window. The fireplace will be getting a makeover soon also, so any ideas are welcome! I wanted curtains that would close over the fireplace and that’s when these DIY Romantic Ruffle Curtains were created!
I love all things Spring, especially gazing balls! Florida really does have seasons, albeit not the four commonly known to the rest of the world. For us SW Floridians it's a brief but great time of year between our seasons: blistering heat, torrential rain, hurricane/mosquito and tourist season.For the past few years I've fought the urge to purchase a gazing ball, in part due to price in part because I don't want to clean up glass if it shatters into smithereens. I decided I would make one, but wasn't sure just how I wanted to concur that and then, it struck me!I've have several packages of air dry clay in my closet for months, purchased for a something I just had to do, but.... I didn't get around to it & now it doesn't seem important. Then a few weeks ago, WHAMO like a ton of bricks the idea for my gazing ball struck me!
I really try to be conscious not to create unnecessary waste with the items I purchase but it's difficult simply because of how they're packaged; consequently every week we put SO many items into our recycle bin. Thankfully (or perhaps hopefully) they do actually get recycled into something useful versus a pile of junk in a landfill. I'm making it a point to repurpose as much as I possibly can instead of purchasing more, it's a win win really, for my budget, the environment plus I enjoy a challenge.Since I can't work anymore and don't have pets gardening and art are my pastimes. Many of my plants are doing very well and growing like crazy [YAY] so I've been trimming, rooting, repotting and gifting like crazy. I find that my yogurt and cottage cheese containers make for excellent planters. Here is an example of just one style I've been doing as of late.
This post just a follow up on our office place. The built in finished completely (finally handles came in) Beautiful so it did worth the wait (black walnut and gold). As I mentioned in my earlier post we had a nook which probably meant for a built in but it was too small to execute it. So after much consideration I just wanted a built in bench with additional storage and pillows. Easy enough and not to blow the budget( purchased wood before the lumber price increase) Kept the same paint color as the built in same top as the desk (white oak) and after getting prices on a custom made bench cushion decided to make it by myself.Anyway,here are some pictures.P.S I wanted shiplap to the beck of the wall but it wasn't in the budget and might do it down the road or not:)
I love old road maps and have a stash of them at home that I keep for crafting. They are cheap craft paper, that can really add interest to a project. One of the most popular map crafts on my post is my pretty map roses.This time I decided to make some fun map buckets that I used as plant pot covers. They only took 10 mins to make and are waterproof as well as looking funky.
It always amazes why one post is pinned thousands of times and others are rarely pinned. I have two posts that are continually pinned day after day. This one is pinned approximately 3500 times a month for years. It is still one of my most popular posts of all time. INSTALL WIDE BASEBOARD MOLDING OVER EXISTING NARROW. Updated and Revised Post With New Product Listing: With so many room makeovers going on, I see that it is being pinned more often than usual, so time to share my complete post and review again. REVISED NOTICE: The baseboard that I used is no longer carried by Lowes, but they do have another brand they carry that works the same way. Here is the link – – -https://www.lowes.com/pd/Orac-Decor-Orac-Decor-Baseboard-4-75-in-x6-5-ft-Polystyrene-Baseboard/5001173049.
In my quest to make my garden pretty this year, I have a bunch of fun projects I want to complete. I am taking you all with me on my garden decorating journey! I made the Garden Stepping Stones, and the Garden Flower Stake. They came out so cute! Today we are going to make a super cute clay pot garden gnome.Follow along and make one for your yard too!
One of my least favorite chores has to be cleaning out the bathtub. It’s so awkward to reach into and scrub clean all of the surfaces. I’m not crazy about using smelly harsh chemicals and most natural cleaners that I had tried just didn’t cut it or required a fair amount of hard scrubbing. Well a few years ago I stumbled upon this method by doing some of my own experimenting, and I have been cleaning my bathtub this way ever since. All you need is three simple ingredients that you most likely already have at home. Read below to find out what my secret is to get the cleanest bathtub... with zero scrubbing required!
If you love this project, grab your quick start DIY guide & subscribe to our blog!Do you have outdated gold mirrored closet doors that you’re dying to replace? Try DIYing it with this sliding closet door makeover. I’m including lessons I learned and what I’d do differently too!Over the past couple of years, I’ve seen countless DIY bloggers using electrical tape on their windows and French doors to either make faux window panes or cover the white window pane lines.I’ve also seen a few bloggers tackle sliding closet door makeovers by painting the metal frames.BEFORE
This Dollar Tree Patriotic Straw Vase is one of the easiest DIY’s EVER. Last year I made this patriotic wreath (which was also super easy) using Dollar Tree paper straws and this year I decided to try decorating a Dollar Tree vase using the same straws.
I have been seeing those pretty wood beaded mirrors all over and loving them.Being Mrs. Frugal I decided to take a round mirror that I’ve had for a couple of years and these wood bead halves and simply make my own! I can't get over how simple this project was to do and how effective it is.Take a look at how I did this so easily. I'd love to know if you give this a try too!