June 27, 2014

The Start of our Summer

Our boys are finally finished with school after what felt like the longest June ever.  We have plans to have a very fun summer!  We got to put our boat in the lake for the first time this season and there is nothing like that first boat ride of the year.  

June 19, 2014

Gallery Walls

Gallery walls are just about my favorite way to decorate a space.  I like them to look collected and to represent the people who live within the walls.

June 17, 2014

Our Pool and Patio

Pool and patio ideas featuring Lowes Garden Treasures Severson all weather

June 13, 2014

Father's Day & Weekly Wrap Up

We are looking forward to Father's Day Weekend.  We have a BBQ planned for Sunday and hopefully the sun will return.  We've had a very cloudy, cool and rainy week here in NJ and we are so ready for summer to return.  The cool weather doesn't keep the kids or dogs out of the pool.  They played a lot of baseball in the pool this week.  

June 12, 2014

Summer Home Tour

Hi there and welcome!  If this is your first time here, my name is Courtney and I love all things related to home, especially DIY.  My husband, Billy, and I have learned lots by renovating 3 houses by ourselves and we like to share our ideas as well as some of the mistakes we have made along the way.  We have 3 growing boys and 2 Golden Retrievers so everything we do to our home needs to be able to withstand the abuse of everyday life in our family.

June 11, 2014

Our Covered Patio

One of the things on our to do list for this year was painting our concrete patio that is just outside our family room.  However, we ended up just power washing the concrete and not adding the paint, yet.  We ended up having the big job of adding french drains around our pool so we never got around to painting the patio.  This is what the patio area looked like before power washing the floor and furniture.  The seating are was pushed to one side of the patio.

June 9, 2014

It's Peony Season!

After what felt like the longest winter ever, came the long wait for our peonies to bloom.  We planted our first peony plant four years ago and we have been adding an additional plant every year.

June 7, 2014

DIY Stair Runner

DIY stair runner using  indoor/outdoor off the shelf
My boys run around the house like maniacs.  They fly down the many stairways that make up our split level.  I am always worried that someone is going to break their neck.  Especially down the wide stairs that lead to our entryway and family room.  Since we removed the wall to wall carpet and refinished the treads, it has been slippery.  We decided to add a runner, DIY style...of course.

June 4, 2014

Catch Up

I can't thank you guys enough for the comments and e-mails about my blog break and balancing what to share on here.  I love the scrapbook of our home and family that this blog has become.  I can't imagine ever just sharing pictures of our house without the story of the people who live in it and make it a home.