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Building San Bernard with Tilson: The After Photos

san bernard edited floorplan

In May of 2012, we began work with Tilson to build their San Bernard plan on our property outside of Austin, Texas. It is a 2331 sq ft plan, with 3 br / 2.5 ba and a bonus room. This was an 80% build, which meant they fully finished the exterior, and took the interior …

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Replacing the Vintage Sink with IKEA’s Domsjo Sink


    Back when I was planning out my kitchen, my heart was set on a vintage cast iron sink. I searched Craigslist for months looking for just the right one. And I thought I found it. It was $50, and had a bit of rust damage, but my FIL recommended a guy he worked …

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Knocked Off: Schoolhouse Desk Bases with D Lawless Hardware

Schoolhouse Pedestal Base Desk shelves

Hey guys! Now that I’ve settled more into new parenthood of two (little Caroline arrived late September to join big sister Charlie) I’ve been filling in those rare double nap times with some building. One thing in particular? Updating our desk bases! See, I started out with these vintage end tables:     I really …

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Knocked Off: Tall Rustic Secretary


My laundry room may hold the record for most changes in a year. The last time I talked about it, it looked like this: I had just finished my pedestals and built a quickie shelf to stash my laundry soaps and hide the litterbox. We had our chest freezer shoved into the space left over. …

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San Bernard Landscaping: The Back Yard


So we’ve talked about the front yard, let’s check out what’s around back! The crushed granite path winds all around the house.   The back yard is pretty heavy on grass. I wasn’t too keen on it at first, but now I’m really enjoying it. We have three large dogs that appreciate a big space …

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San Bernard Landscaping: The Front Yard


A few weeks ago, I shared that we were tearing up our DIY landscaping and hiring the pros to take over our yard. I called Debbie with Sagebrush Landscaping. She works in the Austin and Hill Country areas, and actually did my parents’ landscaping when they built their home 15 years ago. After two weeks …

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House Tour Update: The Master Suite


  Toward the end of my pregnancy, I had a mad fit of nesting. I wanted every project in the house “finished” before the baby came home. With a due date of October 7th, I was striving to hit an October 1st deadline as that marked one year from the start of the house. I …

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Barn Wood Accent Wall for the Fireplace


  What is it when one area of your home is seeing improvement that makes you feel the urge to spruce up everything else? With our landscaping already looking so fabulous, I was staring at the plain drywall on the upper half of the fireplace dreaming of something better.   See what I mean? Just …

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When to Call in the Pros for Landscaping: The Before


  Well guys, we did it. We decided to throw in the towel when it comes to landscaping. I posted these photos a few weeks back when we finished our brick patio, and it’s only gotten progressively worse. Our “yard” consisted of weeds, dirt, and fire ants. The larger I became in this pregnancy, the …

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Caroline’s Closet Organization for $50


  One of the very last projects we needed to complete before baby Caroline comes (I’m full term today! Yay!) was to build her closet organizers. I had been putting it off for far too long, and with a $50 Home Depot gift card burning a hole in my pocket I knew it was time …

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San Bernard Pantry: Cedar and Vintage


  A comment recently reminded me that I’ve never shared the pantry portion of our kitchen! When I posted about our Hand Built Vintage Country Kitchen, I left out the pantry as we hadn’t started on it yet. For an idea of the floorplan (we reversed ours, but the layout is the same) we have …

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Back Porch Progress


One of my projects this summer has been to take our back porch from a collection of hodge podge items and turn it into an inviting, usable space. It all began with the modern porch railing, rolling gate, and taking a reclaimed live-edge slab to use as a bar area.   We took the rustic …

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Laundry Shelf Unit from Stud 2×4’s


  The last laundry project I posted left an awkward gap between the washer/dryer and the freezer with a hideous litterbox in full view.   We have a long-term goal for the laundry room, but for now I needed something there to hide that litterbox and give me a bit of storage for soaps and …

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Caroline’s Farm Fresh Nursery


  With just over three months until Caroline’s due date, her nursery is set up and ready to go! It didn’t take me long at all once I put together an inspiration board:   I think I came pretty darn close to my inspiration!   I used a crackled medium to paint the dresser and …

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Old Table, New Leaf : Updating My Dining Area


A few weeks ago, you may remember me posting some updated kitchen/dining/living room photos along with asking some advice on my current dining set. I’d purchased the set at a consignment shop and painted it and reupholstered the seats. I loved it, without a doubt. But I wasn’t too sure I was in love with …

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House Tour Update: Guest/Play/Office Room


So this room is kind of old news, what with blogging about the Un-Built In Desk already. I thought I’d go ahead and take a few more photos of the entire room, now that there aren’t any more active items on the to-do list. The desk area is finished, the tv is hooked up to …

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A New Brick Patio and a Back Yard Tour


If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have noticed that the past week has been spent on this brick patio. I’m so happy to say that it’s finally gone from this: To this! I found the bricks on Craigslist, the story is they’re about a century old and from an old schoolhouse. For $1.25 per …

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Farm Style Corrugated Tin Closet Doors with PureBond


Do you remember Charlie’s Chalkboard French Style Closet Doors? Well I used the same method for the nursery closet, but decided to give it a barn-style twist! Since my theme is “Farm Fresh” I wanted a trough-like or barn feel for the doors. I found these sheets of corrugated tin at Home Depot and they …

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Farm Fresh Nursery Inspiration

Farm Fresh Nursery Inspiration Board

After a handful of rather sad-looking inspiration boards, I decided to sit down for a couple of hours and kick things into high gear with this nursery mood board. For our little Caroline (due in early October) I wanted to have fun with the farmer focus we have going on at our place. I had …

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San Bernard Kitchen and Living Room House Tour Updates


It’s been almost six months since we moved into our San Bernard home, and we’re finally getting to the point where I can call a few rooms done. I have a few tweaks here and there, like accessories and decor to finish, but the main construction is through and I can sit back and relax …

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