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A Little Wooden Playhouse In The Woods

Yup, we’re following the blogger trend that seems to be sweeping the internets: our kiddos officially have a playhouse. It was actually a gift from my mom for their joint birthdays back in the spring (yes, our 7-year-old and 3-year-old both agreed on precisely one thing, and it was that they wanted a little outdoor house to call their own). Show More Summary

#56: The Big Mistake We Made Selling Our House By Owner

With another wave of decluttering washing over our house, we’re looking back at our last yard sale and the strange trick we used to make it a fast-selling success (and the minor detail we overlooked that nearly turned it into a major disaster). Show More Summary

Celebrating Ten Years (!) Of Marriage In Puerto Rico

You might as well just pronounce us Mr. and Mrs. Puerto-Retersik, because we recently snuck off for a few days to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary (!!!) in Puerto Rico. Also because Puerto-Retersik rolls right off the tongue if you try hard enough. Show More Summary

#55: What’s Feng Shui? And Are We Screwing It Up?

This week we talk about a fun new design assignment we’ve taken on (our first commercial space!) and we finally have some good news in the beach house department! We also get a crash course in Feng Shui by an expert, and learn the places...Show More Summary

This Dad Goes Above and Beyond with a Space Ship Bunk Bed Build

Pete Dearing went to infinity and beyond for his kids, making them a spaceship bunk bed with a fully interactive cockpit. Read more on MAKE The post This Dad Goes Above and Beyond with a Space Ship Bunk Bed Build appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

#54: What We’d Change About Our $4000 Backyard Wedding

Back in July of 2007, we couldn’t imagine getting married any other way than exactly how we did: a small sweet wedding held in our very own backyard. But fast forward ten years and there are a few things we’d do differently in hindsight. Show More Summary

Our Patriotic Front Porch + Front Yard Planning

Just dropping in with a quick little patriotic update out front and some future yard plans. We’re no strangers to decorating in reds, whites, and blues outside, and the good news is that the back of our house isn’t having all the fun anymore. Show More Summary

#53: The Curveball That Blew Our Beach House Timeline

Sherry has taken on a new side job that I’m steering clear of, and – spoiler alert – it has already given her a good excuse to go shopping. Plus, we’ve missed our goal of being able to spend a night at the beach house by the start of summer, and it’s all due to something we never could’ve anticipated (or prevented). Show More Summary

This Band Goes Multi-Sensory with Interactive Lights and Beer

To make their band's performances a multi-sensory experience, The Lights Out added LED wearables and instruments to their act. Read more on MAKE The post This Band Goes Multi-Sensory with Interactive Lights and Beer appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Easy Makeover: A Hardworking Homework Room

Remember how I’m slowly slinking around my BFF’s house and eating all of the food in her fridge making over rooms for her? (You’ve seen her living room upgrade here). Well, I’m back with a sweet and simple homework room that we pulled together for her kids….juuuuust in time for school to be over for the year. Show More Summary

#52: Six Phone Calls That Saved Us $1,500

We don’t always see eye-to-eye when it comes to purchases for our home, so this week we’re sharing some strategies we’ve developed for helping the other person see things our way – whether they’re the one who is itching to buy something, or the one trying to rein it in. Show More Summary

The Affordable, Compact Pressure Washer That Revived Our Outdoor Furniture

Despite having a blast with the pressure washer we rented a few years ago, we’d always been hesitant to bite the bullet and purchase one. Part of us didn’t want to store another bulky tool, especially since it didn’t seem like something we’d be using all that often. Show More Summary

A Vintage Pink Stove For The Beach House

Oh snap, our “new” stove for the beach house is older than we are. In fact, it’s from 1959! And it’s pink! And I’m ridiculously excited about it. John’s current stove mood might best be described as “cautiously optimistic” – but we’ll get to that in a second. Show More Summary

#51: Why We Want To Tear The Deck Off Our House

It may seem counterintuitive (don’t most people want to add a deck?!), but ous is just not pulling its weight anymore. So you can find out why we think tearing it down is the way to go – and what the heck we want to put in its place on this week’s episode. Show More Summary

Solder Together a Fairy Lights Mason Jar

Brighten your 4th of July festivities with mason jars of sequentially fading strands of red, white, and blue LEDs. Mix up the colors for other holidays. Read more on MAKE The post Solder Together a Fairy Lights Mason Jar appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Two Easy Kids Birthday Parties: Into The Woods & Under The Sea

We’ve had so much fun putting together kids birthday parties with random themes like worms and dragons (complete with a fire-breathing kid photo session). Shortly after our last party post back in 2014 (remember the “Pink & Gold Everything...Show More Summary

How To Build The Perfect Glass Extension?

If you fancy expanding your property in a modern and exciting way, glass  extensions might be just thing to transform your home Sometimes all your property needs is a little extra space and light to improve its value and your lifestyle. Show More Summary

#50: Behind The Scenes – Regrets, Bloopers, & Beyonce

We’re celebrating fifty episodes and one year of podcasting (!!!) with a special episode that takes you behind the scenes and unearths some of our weirdest moments, cringiest sound bites, and even an email we got from Beyonce’s dad (for real). Show More Summary

Two Things I Bought (And A Whole Lotta Weekend Sales)

Happy Friday, guys! Just wanted to stop in with a public service sale announcement because as usual there are TONS of home items that are discounted for Memorial Day and since I’m now shopping for our house and the beach house (DANGER!) I’m on high alert for deals. Show More Summary

Installing A Subway Tile Backsplash For $200

One regret Sherry and I have about our first house is not doing a tiled backsplash as part of our kitchen makeover. Best I can remember, we wanted an easily changeable “pop of color” in the form of good ol’ fashioned paint instead (and we spent a lot on that makeover, so it was a cost saving measure as well). Show More Summary

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