New bedroom with feature wall

New bedroom with feature wall unveiled here. It’s a work in progress, but it’s finally to the point that it looks like a room again.

PSA to parents: secure your furniture to the wall

It seems we all have stories of furniture that falls on kids, sometimes with the worst possible outcomes. The message is always the same: secure your furniture to the wall. This your friendly reminder and cautionary tale from our family to yours.

Smart security with the MAXIMUS Camera Floodlight

The Maximus Smart Camera Floodlight is the perfect way to monitor your home from wherever you go. Change the light settings, get alerts to you phone, and customize just about anything you can imagine on your smart light right from the Kuna app.

Spring refresh with new entryway decor

RR spring refresh Entryway decor through door

We refreshed our hardest working room of the house this spring and I love the results. Check out our spring refresh with new entryway decor and a little bit of paint.

Best of CES: Tech in 2020

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The Consumer Electronics Show was packed full of new {and improved} technology that will be making its way to retail this year. I’m sharing my favorite finds from on the floor, events, and parties we attended. From Smart Home to tech that you can take with you on the go, there’s a whole lot to be excited about in tech this year.

MAXIMUS Smart Security Light: all-in-one light and camera

Maximus light in day

The newly released MAXIMUS Smart Security Light is so much more than an outdoor lighting fixture that happens to have a camera. Their Smart Security Light is beautiful in its own right, with 4 different models to choose from that can match just about any house exterior {Coach, Contemporary, Craftsman and Traditional}. The Smart Security Light also has two-way talk so you can engage in live conversation or play a message every time someone is detected. Add in the fact that it’s easy to install and doesn’t require an electrician or damage the exterior of your house, and it’s not hard to see why we love it so.

Protect what matters with the Onelink Smart Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Onelink smoke and CO alarm display

This past month has been a lesson in what is most important. It’s been yet another reminder that life is short and so incredibly precious. The new Onelink Smart Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm from First Alert makes peace of mind and protecting what matters easy with voice and message alerts and more.

2 hour entryway transformation with mywoodwall

Entryway wall finished with mywoodwall

Transform your space with super easy peel and stick wood paneling from mywoodwall that can make your space amazing in an hour or two. See how we redid our entryway in the span of a naptime, without any special tools or help from a professional.

The smartest home on the block with Hive Home automation

I really, really resisted the whole “smart home” movement. I always thought home automation seemed nice in theory, but I never really saw much of a benefit in my life. So, for years I have held out and ignored all smart home pitches that landed in my inbox, happily flipping light switches on and off … Read more

DIY budget custom fireplace mantle

Before and after fireplace Affiliate linksBack in 2007 we bought our house from a local builder and got to make numerous choices, but the basic house design was fairly set and didn't allow for many changes. This means that our house has very little built-in "character".

The good part about that is that we got to create our own "character" as the years went on, but the bad part is that it sometimes takes a decade to make my visions come to life. Some stuff was easy, like having the builder agree to do wainscotting throughout the main floor or adding a simple pressed tin backsplash instead of learning how to lay tile. But some things seemed easy and instead became a project… like my mantle I had been dreaming of since we first moved in. Fireplace before 2

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