So Tom is trying to make a finished room in our basement. Why? Toys have taken over our lives and just about every room in the house. Granted, our house is a good size. I'm certainly not complaining and am thankful for what we have. But it would be nice to get organized and have a place for the girls to play while I'm folding laundry and trying to make dinner. The problem? In Buffalo, NY the basement can get quite cold, in particular, those outside walls! No one wants to go down there if it's freezing in winter or conversely, too hot during the summer! Fixing up the basement can greatly increase the usable square footage of your home. If not a play room, how about a craft room? A home office? A mini-movie theater? A game room with ping pong and floor hockey? The possibilities are endless. This is our journey in transforming a space that was essentially 100% storage and turning it into a fully functional space for the kids. Watch as our basement evolves!
While my garden is close to a money tree ~ we're not quite there! Since I'm not working outside the home right now, I'm always looking for new ways to save my family money. Did you know it costs between 50 cents and a dollar to run a dryer for approximately an hour? More in the colder months. That adds up quick in a home with four people and two dogs. Some days I find myself doing three or four loads. Besides, I'm looking for an excuse to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sun myself. But I was floored when Tom told me he wasn't going to build me a line out of wood as I fully expected, but metal. In fact, galvanized steel. I'm sure glad he had that epiphany; it's the best clothesline ever! You hardly notice it in the yard, chic even! Here's how to make your own customizable clothesline.
So our dryer broke down and we weren't sure whether to replace it or try to service it. Tough call! What do you do when your 10-year-old dryer was a cheap one to begin with? Do you pay the exorbitant service fee when they may not be able to fix it or do you start fresh and buy a new one? On the fence, Tom decided to get on that laundry line we've been toying with for years now. Nothing like necessity to motivate you! Besides, he loves any excuse to go to Home Depot. Not to mention picking himself up an iced cappuccino on the way. And spring and fall are my two favorite times for drying clothes outside. So fresh, clean and easy, you'll be wondering why you didn't put up one years ago. What took Tom and I so long? Here's 11 reasons why you should make one now.
How about tackling one last indoor project before we make the shift to the garden and all things outdoors? Perhaps installing white subway tile? We put it in our bathroom and are so enamored that now we want it as our kitchen backsplash too. Here's why.
No Victorian home would’ve been without one, and more affluent homes always had a library in which the gentleman enjoyed his brandy and cigar. But these days, with people reading more virtual pages than paper, is there much call for a bookcase?
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Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Buffalo, NY. I love sharing my home & garden ideas with you. Thanks for stopping by.
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