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July 25th, 2014

Hello friends! The renovation craziness continues this week, we’ve been driving all over this town in search of carpet and window installation quotes. One thing there is no shortage of in this town is shopping, oh my Las Vegas I love you for your abundance of selections… the trick is to narrow down what we’re looking for as quickly as possible to keep this project moving….. much to do! I’ll share more updates next week, so far the updates are progressing somewhat according to plan.

This weekend, Amanda and I bring you another round of our favorite projects spied out among the talented DIY community in the ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ series, tour a dining room remodel at Oh Happy Day.

modern dining room


Build a DIY Wingback Headboard with a step-by-step at All Things Thrifty.

diy wingback headboard


Learn how to cover a wall with fabric (in this case a closet) with Young House Love.

fabric covered wall


Remake an ordinary dresser in the style of a map storage chest with materials and a tutorial by Kristine at The Painted Hive.

dresser makeover


Make your own skinny marble top console with a supply list and how-to at Provident Home Design.

diy marble top console


Craft natural citronella candles to prolong your outdoor enjoyment at Poppytalk.

diy citronella candle


Find more inspirational projects in the latest posts at Best of DIY. If you’d like your project or post considered for a feature, send it to [email protected].

Have a great summer weekend! 


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Thinking About… an Outdoor Shower

July 24th, 2014

Exhausted, we took a break from demo yesterday to sit by the pool and we watched the kids playing in the water as we talked about different ideas for future improvements. The topic turned to outdoor showers – they have a way of leaving an impression, especially the ones from favorite vacations.

We so loved the bamboo walled outdoor shower at the Kauai beach cottage and many years ago we visited a dear friend in Siena, Italy, she had a simple outdoor shower on the side of her small home with a view of the valley in Tuscany, dreamy! We got to thinking that with a pool (or a beach or lake nearby), it makes sense to have an outdoor shower for the practicality and ease of rinsing off and I started thinking about tucking one into a corner and then started searching online for different ideas. 

I just love these outdoor showers, some open, some private, all they require are a shower head and a perch for soap/shampoo and towels… oh yeah, and that little detail called new plumbing…  

corner outdoor shower

mcalpine booth & ferrier


outdoor shower billfry

bill fry construction


  outdoor shower

hus & hem


porch outdoor shower

rethink design studio


ebony stain outdoor shower

skona hem


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