Is it Summer yet

Here in Maryland we’ve had a lot of rain through-out April, May and June so now that summer is here we can finally go outside!  Our screened in porch is an area we use a lot, we entertain, we have drinks, snacks and meals, we play and snuggle.  I updated it some this year with some new accessories and I thought I’d share some sources in case anyone is looking for affordable updates for their outdoor space.

Pillows – Target & Homegoods

Rug, plant stand, beverage tub (aqua), and outdoor candle holder – Target

White end table and latern – Homegoods

Teak server with galvanized top – Pottery Barn

Plant stand/end table – Pier 1

Sectional, coffee table and rocker – Home decorators collection

porch close up


And because this is a renovation blog, here’s a reminder of what it looked like when we bought the house:


Have a great summer!

That’s a wrap.

For now our home is complete, there’s always something to redecorate and we’re thinking of moving the boys into the same room shortly so I’ll have fun with that but for now I think it’s a wrap on renovation projects.  I thought I’d conclude with a photo gallery of where we are now, almost 3 years into this house.

Now, we can focus on renovation projects outside of our personal home…stay tuned!

Porch Paradise

A project my husband completed before the holidays was the screened in porch. It’s the perfect space to hang out with family and friends without the worry of mosquitoes attacking our babies or flies getting to our food. Adding the small sectional and extra chairs/rocker has also increased our living space, it’s nice to play out there with the kids or when they are napping take a book out.

If you recognize the rug – it was an indoor/outdoor one that I had in our living room.  Moving it out to the porch gave me the perfect reason to take advantage of a rug sale at Pottery Barn.


Neighborhood stray cat enjoying the porch
Neighborhood stray cat enjoying the porch (overgrown bushes made it impossible to see beyond the porch)



Backyard Overhaul

Until I had kids, I had no idea just how much time can be spent in the backyard!  One of the first things we did is finish the fencing along our yard to close in the space.  We had fences on all sides so this was a pretty easy and inexpensive job (of course I say it was easy because I wasn’t the one digging the holes, haha).  The backyard didn’t have much appeal, it was overgrown with giant shrubbery and bushes/trees so we (should probably say “he” there too) ripped out all the existing growth and created new gardens around the porch and down the side of the fence.  Gavin, and his little helper, built a really cute shed for the corner of the yard so we could reclaim our back porch from all the toys.  Still on the to-do list for the backyard is to screen in the porch because I love eating outside but HATE the bugs and Gavin wants to create a fire pit area.

Here’s the before and after pics:


Random cat - look at the bush overgrowth along the porch
Random cat – look at the bush overgrowth along the porch

Shed being built:


After pics:





Closer look at the custom "barn" door made by my talented husband using reclaimed wood from our attic reno
Closer look at the custom “barn” door made by my talented husband using reclaimed wood from our attic reno