5 Actionable Resources for Raising Anti-Racist Kids

CONTEXT I’ve spent my entire career working in social and racial justice – from legal advocacy to education reform. It’s a passion that runs deep in my soul. I currently work at an organization that has 240+ Pre-K to 12th grade public charter schools in 50 communities across the country. The vast majority of our […]


Spring 2020 One Room Challenge – Patio Makeover!

When considering which space to makeover for the One Room Challenge this spring, the reality that we will likely still be in a post-COVID world of social distancing with three kids home this summer weighed heavily on our minds. So, we decided to make our patio into a space where we can relax, play with […]


One Room Challenge: The Ultimate IKEA Billy Bookcase Hack Reveal!

After six weeks of planning, building, trimming, painting, sourcing… and lots of overthinking every single decision, I’m so excited to reveal the ultimate Billy bookcase hack! This took a LOT longer than I anticipated hence why the reveal is focusing on this corner rather than the whole room (which will be coming soon!). I learned […]


One Room Challenge: Week 4 & 5 – Trim and Paint!

With the bookcases and bases built and secured to the walls, they were finally ready for the magic to happen… with trim! I took a trip to Kuiken Brothers, a local millwork shop which has a large selection of premium trim options. With most DIYs, I’m pretty comfortable rolling up my sleeves and figuring thing […]


One Room Challenge – Week 3: The Bookcase Hack Puzzle – FAQs

Whew! Anyone else feel like it’s crunch time and they’re falling behind on this One Room Challenge…? While I read a bunch of IKEA Billy bookcase hack tutorials, I realized nobody had attempted my exact hack which meant there are LOTS of unknowns for me to figure out. I’ve put out so many polls on […]


One Room Challenge – Week 2: Comparing Base Options for Faux Built-ins

This week was a deep dive into researching options on how to actually bring my vision to life. The biggest build of this project will be the built-in bookcase so I started by scouring the internet for inspo photos; reading tutorials on various methods; asking questions to DIYers who have done it before (thank you, […]


One Room Challenge – Fall 2019 Project Reveal!

I’m so excited to participate in the One Room Challenge this fall. Over the next six weeks, I’ll be renovating and designing one room along with many other designers and bloggers as part of this community event. I considered a few different rooms – great room, home office, and garage. Thanks to your input, I […]

Furniture Flip

Bye, Shamble Dresser!

Our two girls share a room – and the dresser they’ve been using is a hand me down Crate & Barrel dresser from some friends. While it was in really good condition, an unfortunate accident during the move resulted in the drawers falling out and getting damaged. During that move, a helper who shall not […]

About Us

What We Looked for in our Forever Home*

Brian and I are both obsessive researchers and generally prefer to do things ourselves – both because we enjoy rolling up our sleeves… and to save money! For our very first home, he even studied for months to obtain his real estate license so that we could have direct access to the Multiple Listing Service […]

About Us

About Us

Hello! Welcome to our blog. 🙂 We are a husband and wife team raising three little kids in northern New Jersey. We stumbled into a passion for DIY and design by building simple furniture and taking on small projects to add customization and character to a new construction which we moved into two years in […]