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Creating a Cozy Outdoor Space

Creating a cozy outdoor space. My design ideas for a boho outdoor space. I'm making a design plan for our new covered deck for the house we're building. Boho deck decor. Cozy design elements for outdoor spaces. I've having fun making design plans for the new house, including this super cozy and unique covered deck!

Our new house is well under way and I’ve been spending some time mentally planning out each room and figuring out where all our stuff is going to go! But one of the spaces that I get to design from scratch is my beautiful covered front deck. I get to dream up everything from furniture to lighting to decor in order to create the perfect cozy outdoor space!

Creating a cozy outdoor space. My design ideas for a boho outdoor space. I'm making a design plan for our new covered deck for the house we're building. Boho deck decor. Cozy design elements for outdoor spaces. I've having fun making design plans for the new house, including this super cozy and unique covered deck!

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Ok, yes, I don’t have an unlimited budget. If you ask my husband, we actually have no budget for this. But that’s not going to stop me from making a plan! I’m going to design my cozy outdoor space now, and purchase the items as I can afford them. As long as I have a vision for the space, it doesn’t matter if I can’t purchase all the elements right out of the gate.

The only patio furniture we currently own is a 4 place dining table and chairs. And they won’t be going on the front deck. In the future we may create a patio space towards the back of the house, so we’ll save the table and chairs for now.

I can hardly wait for my front deck though. It’s a decent size, and completely covered so I won’t roast in the summer sun.  It faces only beautiful trees and I can’t wait to sip my morning tea there!

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How to Grow a Green Thumb

How to Grow a Green Thumb. Try some of these steps to cultivate your gardening skills!

I’m an absolutely hopeless gardener. Like, completely tragic. Plants just die of their own volition when they see me coming so as to spare themselves the prolonged suffering I will undoubtedly inflict on them. But I’ve also aways dreamed of having a beautiful garden full of edible things. I’ve always thought it would be the feather in my homemaking cap! So I’d like to give it a go. I actually did plant a small tiny garden of flowers as a way to improve curb appeal for the sale of our house. My mother came to visit the other day and immediately told me to water those poor flowers. lol . So not the best start. But you gotta start somewhere! Here are a few steps I’m going to investigate in my efforts to grow a green thumb! (haha, see what I did there?!)

 

How to Grow a Green Thumb. Try some of these steps to cultivate your gardening skills!

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For some, horticultural knowledge develops naturally. For others, plant cultivation is like a foreign language. Don’t worry if you fall into the latter group, I’m right there with you. Here’s how we can get started:

 

Start Alpine

What the heck is an alpine garden? Basically, it’s selecting plants that have adapted to grow in harsh alpine conditions or inhospitable soil and they require little maintenance. Read: indestructible. Perfect.

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How To Plan a Dreamy Kitchen Reno

How to Plan a dreamy kitchen reno. Work with what you've got and stay within budget using these steps to design a kitchen of your dreams!

Picture your dream kitchen. Close your eyes and put together all the elements you’ve admired in those perfect Pinterest kitchens. What do you see? Is it all white and high gloss? An old homey country kitchen? Simple wooden shaker cabinets or rich hues that bring a touch of personality and flair to your cooking environment? Whether you are the Master Chef of your neighbourhood or your idea of cooking is pouring a bowl of cereal, you probably still have the kitchen of your dreams saved to a Pinterest board somewhere. And no matter your lifestyle, you need a kitchen that is both functional and beautiful. You may think that designing your dream kitchen is expensive and out of reach.  But with planning and creativity, it doesn’t have to be. Take a look at how you can make a plan to design your dream kitchen in a few simple steps.

How to Plan a dreamy kitchen reno. Work with what you've got and stay within budget using these steps to design a kitchen of your dreams!

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What to do When Your House is Looking Tired

If your house is starting to look a little worn around the edges, then it might be time to make some changes.  Don’t allow it to continue falling into disrepair, now’s the time to jump into action and start sprucing! Here are a few simple ideas for what to do when your house is looking a little tired.

Here are some things you can do to spruce up a home that's looking a little tired or worn out!

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Pinpoint the Trouble Spots

First of all, you need to pinpoint the areas that could use some work. Before you get started with any renovation projects, you need to figure out exactly what you dislike about the current state of your home.

Go from room to room and make a list of things that need some help. Are the baseboards in rough shape? Would a fresh coat of paint make all the difference? Once you start jotting down the issues that are bothering you, you might find that the task before you isn’t quite as overwhelming as you imagined.

Sometimes, a full-scale renovation isn’t necessary to breathe new life into a tired house. Your house might simply require a few small changes that can make a massive difference.

But if you’re feeling liking you’re living in a “Love it or List it” scenario, it might be time to see what else is out there.

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How to Prepare for Moving Abroad

Tips for how to prepare for moving abroad

I’ve been doing some journaling and deep thinking lately about what kind of adventures I want to have in my life. And something that keeps popping into my head is moving the family abroad for a year!  But the thought of moving abroad feels totally scary and a little crazy too!  What is there to expect and prepare for? Maybe you are in a similar position and are contemplating moving abroad one day, to a country you’ve already visited or to somewhere new. So here are a few tips I’ve found to help us all out!

Tips for how to prepare for moving abroad

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Preparation

The key to success is to be prepared!

Here is a basic list of things that anyone considering moving abroad should think about before making a final decision.

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