How To DIY A High End Mantel For Under $200

Custom fireplace mantels don’t come cheap, and DIYing a modern, but grand surround even intimidated us. Lucky for you, we love a challenge, so we did all the dirty work for you. Here’s how you can create a custom and modern mantel for a fraction of the price in your own home. First off, when we were deciding how we wanted our fireplace to look, I did what any good home blogger would do, and I hit Pinterest for inspiration. I particularly liked this pin. We are going for an art deco lounge meets family play area look in this room, so we wanted something that looked super glam, but was also cost effective. After scrolling through our inspiration pictures, we… Read More

Quartz Countertops + Some Extra Stone Details

If you’re here for the basement tour, you’ve come to the right place. While progress in the basement has slowed down over the past month, Northern Stone and Clearwater Custom Cabinets recently hooked us up with some impact pieces — quartz counters and one-of-a-kind cabinets. Now that the cabinets and countertops are in we expect things to start progressing quickly. Our contractor, Carpenter Homes, says we should be able to indulge in a family movie night by Christmas! That is, as long as we don’t make any last minute changes and pull our weight on the DIY stuff! Uffda, here’s to hoping! Let’s start with the bar. If you need a refresher on the look we are shooting for click here. At this… Read More

A High Contrast Black and White Bathroom Design

Whats black and white and gold all over? …Our future guest bathroom! I’ve already revealed the designs and finish selections for the playroom, bar and the guest bedroom, but until now I have only shared a single Instagram post hinting at whats going to happen in the basement bathroom. My virtual silence does not mean I’m not excited about it. The flooring from Cement Tile Shop we selected may be my favorite finishing detail I have ever picked. Check it out below. It looks like art!  Hopefully it is timeless art, not something that is super dated in 10 years or that wears poorly. I think that the fact that it is black and white will keep it on the… Read More