How To Make Your Houseplants Happy

Fairy Garden with items from Joann Fabrics

“There’s a fairy at the bottom of my garden, she flits in and out of my flowers. I can sit on the step here and watch her. She stays there for hours and hours. Her wings are so golden and flimsy. Her little body a few inches in size. Her heart is her biggest attraction […]

DIY Magazine Holder


Remember that wooden orchard ladder we had propped against the wall in the reading room in our old house? And remember that black wire basket we used in my Mom’s guest bedroom makeover a while back? Well, my Mom gave me the basket at one point or another (we’re both chronic switcher-uppers, ha!), and there’s this little […]

17 Ways to Add Character To Your Cottage


We’re working on the newly-installed hardwood floor in our hallway today….sanding, staining, sealing….story of our lives- ha! I look forward to posting the before, during and after pics soon, but in the meantime, here are links to some of the other low-dough/high-smile projects we’ve enjoyed blogging about over the past few years: Transom window project- […]

How To Install Cabinet Molding

TLC Kitchen

Happy How To’s Day! We’re spending some time celebrating our 7 year anniversary and a birthday this week, so we thought we’d pull up a popular post from the past for today’s how-to party. It’s the one about making your builder-grade kitchen cabinets look a little more custom by adding MDF boards and molding. Here’s […]

DIY Mirror


Hey there! Kev here. Like Lay mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’m here to show you how I made the sunburst mirror for my Mom and Dad’s porch. Thanks to Kate’s tutorial, it was really easy to put together. First, I went to Hobby Lobby to pick up three different-sized wood floral rings. Unfortunately Hobby Lobby […]

How To Make Pillows


The last time I went over to my friend Ashley’s house, I broke one of her bar stools… (Like a bull in a china shop, I tell ya.) …so imagine my surprise when she agreed to let me back in her house so that we could make pillows together this week! We dubbed our day […]

Spring Wreath How To

Spring Cottage

Hey there! And welcome to our very first How To’s Day linky party! The first project we thought we’d share is how we made an easy-breezy Spring wreath for our dining room. With March right around the corner, it was high time we replaced the evergreen one we’ve had hanging in there since Christmas. It […]

Painting A Dresser And Planning A Pocket


Remember that $40, oh-so-cute, but badly-water-damaged dresser we got at a flea market a while back? If so, then you probably also remember that we initially took the top part of it off, painted it white, sanded back the drawer fronts for a super-distressed effect and added cute little blue-painted knobs and pulls… Welllllllll…I saw […]

A Quick And Easy Way To Transform Your Curtains From Tab Top to Rod Pocket


We had a bunch questions about how we altered our master bedroom curtains on an earlier post, so I’m gonna give Kev the reigns today and let him show just how easy it was to transform them from tab top, to rod pocket. (Yep! So simple even a GUY can do it! Hee hee- just […]

A Few Of My Favorite: Tutorials (2010)


Well, 2010 is almost over, and boy was it a busy year! Kevin’s actually not off the hook quite yet. He’s gotta work ’til after midnight tonight… (He’s a rock n’ roller, and rock n’ rollers almost always work on New Years Eve) So while he’s out doin’ his thing, I’ll be quietly ringin’ in the […]

A Few Of My Favorite: Room Re-do’s (2009)

There’s nothing like a seeing a great “before and after” is there? Remember these? Move your mouse back and forth over the photo below to see Jennifer’s amazing kitchen transformation! Click HERE to read Jennifer’s blog! ——————————————————————————————– Move your mouse back and forth over the photo below to see Melaine’s lovely living room re-do! Click […]