July 31, 2018

We decided to give our backyard a mini facelift by painting the 90's brick dark charcoal. This project was definitely time consuming, but oh so worth it. One question I've gotten quite a bit is about temperature (since black typically gets hot) but so far we haven't noticed a difference. Brick in general gets pretty hot as-is, so the color isn't excelling that by much. I've listed the materials we used below if you want to try this yourself!

Here is our newly TLC'd pool n...

July 9, 2018

I really needed to cozy up the stair landing in our upstairs. It's an odd space, in that it's wide enough to look noticeably empty, but narrow enough to not fit a large piece of furniture. I toyed with the idea of a console table, but I'm all about function over fashion these days. So the idea of a storage bench seemed perfect. Those bins now hold shoes, jackets, toys, all the misc things you typically have around because they're used frequently, but it's too annoying to put away into speci...

June 14, 2018

"How is your stair runner holding up?"

It's a question I'm asked quite often, so I decided to do an update to show how it's looking a little over half a year later. 

Here is a photo taken this morning: 

As you can see, she's still kickin' strong! We have 3 runners in total since our stairs are in a u-turn like shape, with two uncarpeted landings.

If you missed our original tutorial, you can see it here: DIY Stair Runner

Here are also a couple insights we've learned over the l...

June 12, 2018

The shiplap has begun! Finished? Not quite. With the chop saw + air compressor + nail gun we can truly only work on this DIY when the babies aren't home (thank you grandparents!), which means we've worked on this shiplap literally twice in the past month. While a tutorial is still on my to-do list, here is the link to the shiplap boards we used since I get asked that quite often. They come in 8ft & 12ft lengths, we went with 12ft since our wall lengths are pretty long. Also, there are many...

April 23, 2018

I get asked about how our Stencil Painted bathroom tile is holding up, more than any other question. (For the full tutorial on how we stenciled it click here.) Since it's been 5 months since we painted it, I wanted to post an update! I'm so overjoyed to say the tile literally looks like the day I finished it. I can only attribute this to the many tedious and slow-paced thin layers it took us. Thin layers are key people! As a reminder, this is our boys' bathroom and it gets used mainly for n...

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Laura Helmick


Ex Interior Designer turned Mom of two boys. Firm believer that your home should just be a reflection of what you love; people often overthink it.   

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