Landscape Up-Lighting

Installing up-lighting on the exterior of your house is something that you can do in one night.

First, find your exterior outlet – then figure out how many areas/lights you’d like to highlight. Once you have your plan, head to your local hardware stores to pick up your materials. Install should take you less than 2 hours.

Install.
– Connect the Wire to your Low-Voltage Transformer (following the instructions included in the transformer)
– Insert lights into the ground where you’d like the up-lighting.
– Connect lights to the wire, following the instructions.
– Plug the Transformer in and make sure the lights work. Unplug the transformer to finish the following steps.
– Using wire cutters, cut the excess wire.
– Separate the wire. Grab your electrical tape, wrap each of the individual wires (using electrical tape).
This is where I got a little hung up, because I originally taped the wire without separating the two wires and the lights didn’t work.
– Plug the transformer back in (to make sure everything works)
– Mount the Transformer and Solar sensor to your home. I mounted ours behind our Boxwoods to keep it hidden.
– I set ours up to go on at Dusk and be lit for 7 hours – but you choose what’s right for you and your home.

Materials.
Hampton Bay Low-Voltage 200-Watt Landscape Transformer
Landscape Lighting Wire (we needed less than 50 feet)
Hampton Bay LED Landscape Flood Light
Wire Stripper
– Screw Driver
– Drill with Bit to handle concrete

Kitchen Update – Phase 2

Kitchen Update – Phase 2

It’s been a full 18 months since we finished Phase 1 of our Kitchen Renovation (Raising our Upper Cabinets, Adding a Backslash and Purchasing new appliances)

We’re really digging the updates love the updates we’ve made, and are finally ready to make a few more changes after living in the space a little longer. There’s so much value in living in a space before making big changes. We’ve updated our plan for Phase 2 and it’s something I never would’ve thought of before being home for so long.

Phase 2 Ideas:

– Rearrange some of our uppers and add open shelves next to our sink.
– Hire an Electrician to move a 120 volt behind the range.
– Update paneling on the Peninsula
– Paint the Cabinets
– Update Cabinet Hardware

Approximate Cost for Phase 2: $1,770

Open Shelves: ~$300
(6) Metal Shelf Brackets – $230
High Quality Lumber – TBD on species – ~$50-70

Electrician: ~$250

Paint Materials: ~$200

Cabinet Hardware: ~520
(7) Mission Bin Pull – $17/ each
(5) 6″ Large Mission Drawer Pull – $40/ each
(17) Hexagon Cabinet Knob – $11/ each

Update Lighting: ~$500
4 LED Can Light: ~$100
Glass Globe Flush Mount (Nickle Mount) – Pottery Barn: $199
Mobile Chandelier – Small – West Elm: $199
28 in White Cape May Ceiling Medallion – Home Depot: $49.97

Decor

This is 100% putting the cart before the horse, but looking at Decor pieces helps me ease into the final vision for it all.

Inspiration

Sometimes a few images still make it hard to see the whole vision. Here’s a few accounts I’m pulling inspiration from.

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Y’all – our Master Bedroom is done. After living in our home for 4 years, this is the second room in our house that is “finished”.

Bevel Square Mirror, 19″

The finishing touches were the Square Bevel Mirrors from Pottery Barn (they’re currently on sale for 50% off – $73.99). It’s only available for Curbside Pickup and I don’t think it will last long (goes in and out of stock very frequently), so RUN don’t walk to pick this up.

Having our Master Bedroom feel complete is a breath of fresh air.

Projects.

Creating Tufted Bench
Hanging Curtains
Fiddle Leaf Fig

Sources.

Paint Color – Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig – QVC
Hyacinth Margaux Tote Basket Small – World Market
Dresser – Pottery Barn, Old. Similar: Beadboard 9-Drawer Wide Dresser, Pottery Barn Teen
Nightstands – Pottery Barn, Old. Similar: Beadboard Nightstand, Pottery Barn Teen
Belgian Flax Linen Diamond Euro Shams, White – Pottery Barn
Belgian Flax Linen Duvet Cover, Natural Flax – West Elm
Umbra Cappa Clip Curtain Rings – Bed Bath and Beyond
Umbra Cappa Curtain Rod – (2) 36 to 66 inches and (1) 66 to 120 inches
Cameron Cotton Pole-Pocket Curtain, White (4 Panels) – Pottery Barn
Pencil Art- Flounder – Steve Whitlock
Curacao Art Print 18″ x 24″ – Minted
Wood Gallery Single Opening Frame, White( 4″ x 6″ ; 5″ x 7″x; 8″ X 10″ ) – Pottery Barn
“I Love You” Print, Old- Scarlet and Gold Shop
Bevel Mirror, 19″ (2) – Pottery Barn
Headboard – Made by Jay

Rain Barrel Dreams

It’s been a wet few days weeks here in Michigan, and I’ve been dreaming of installing a Rain Barrel (insert an earth loving GIF). I’m dreaming of having it in our backyard, tucked away behind our deck – which would still allow us to use the rain water to water our grass – are you getting as excited as I am???

Rain Barrels I’m Eyeing:

Wicker 50 Gallon Rain Barrel – Wayfair – $127.99
Canaan 50 Gallon Rain Barrel – Wayfair – $104.99
Rainwater Urn, 65 Gallon – Gardener’s Supply Company – $199.00
Rainwater Urn, 50 Gallon – Gardener’s Supply Company – $139.00
Madison 49 Gallon Rain Barrel – Home Depot – $118.00
Good Ideas 50 Gallon Bark-Textured Rain Saver – Walmart – $121.06
Athena 50 Gallon Charcoal Rain Barrel – Home Depot – $113.42

Things to Think About:

– How frequently are there problems with the pickets?
– Is it really worth the small savings we’d see in our water bill?
– How many headaches will we have (water not flowing correctly)?
– What other items would we need to successfully connect your current gutters to a Rain Barrel?
– Again, is it worth it?

If you’ve installed a rain barrel in the past, I’d love to hear your thoughts! I will be sure to take you along as we install our Rain Barrel over on Instastories!

Air Pod Pro Review

Air Pod Pro Review

I took the leap and bought Air Pod Pros. Blame it on quarantine, overlapping conference calls and trying to multitask on said conference calls. I originally was going back and forth between the two different models. Finally got some intel from a friend who has had both that Air Pod Pros were the way to go, and pulled the trigger. Now would be a great time to tell you, that I over research any purchase (small or large), so found it a little shocking that I made such quick decision.

Long story short – I’m not a fan (enough so that I’m giving them to my husband, and y’all I’m frugal – so this is 1) a huge pick up for him and 2) speaks loudly about how I feel about them). Now let me give you my pro-con-pro (hello to all my former sorority girls out there) feedback.

They’re a nice headphone, which my husband will now be the lucky recipient of. But if you have small ears like me, stay away from them.

Pro:

– Great Noise Cancelling Headphone with option to turn Noise Cancelling off
– Audio is improved over corded Apple Headphones that come with your phone’s purchase.
– Love the cordless feature. Honestly didn’t think it was necessary and laughed at myself a little for thinking I needed it, but it’s ruined me and I don’t think I could use a corded headphone again)
– Offers different sizes for in-ear piece

Con:

– Difficult to transition form noise canceling to transparent mode.
– They fall out of my ears if I’m doing anything other than sitting down.
– I accidentally end calls when trying to push the headphones back into my ears.

Pro:

– Love the idea of them and will be giving Apple more of my money when I buy AirPods.

Air Pod vs Air Pod Pro
Source

Links:
Air Pod 2nd Generation – $139
Air Pod Pro – $235