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Brimfield tents

Antiquing Getaway: Treasure Hunting in Brimfield

Three times a year, the small town of Brimfield, Massachusetts, becomes a mecca for antiques dealers and shoppers alike. Brimfield is a shopping experience like no other. Since…

Back to School

The Well-Equipped Dorm: Kitchen and Study

Now that the Bed and Bath have been kitted out, let’s turn to the spaces where the food will be prepped and the learning will happen! Remembering my…

Back to School

The Well-Equipped Dorm: Bed and Bath

It’s that time of year again! All the new students are hitchin’ up their britches to make it on their own in a new setting. In order to…

Koi farm

Garden Tour: A Home-Grown Koi Farm

An eastern Iowa couple carves out a life and a business amid gardens, salvaged-wood buildings, and ponds brimming with colorful koi.   Rural homeowners, gardeners, and entrepreneurs Greg…

Shed exterior

Building a Garden Shed: Inside the She Shed

At 12 feet square, our DIY she shed is big enough to host several hobbies. We outfitted it to accommodate two favorite pastimes: reading and gardening.   A…

Finished shed and patio

Building a Garden Shed: The Final Touches

The results are in! In partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores, we turned this lackluster backyard corner into a destination shed, patio, and garden.   Narvas shows Hannah…

Shed with shutters

Building a Garden Shed: Filling in the Blanks

In a weekend, a pergola and patio is born. With our custom-built shed finished, we turned our attention to the empty space between the shed and garage.  …

Shed with roof

Building a Garden Shed: Dressing Up the Structure

With the shell of our shed built, we had lots of fiddly details to add (like a roof, door, and windows) to give the structure some character.  …

Color drawing of the shed plan

Building a Garden Shed: Raising the Roof

With products from Lowes Home Improvement, our do-it-yourself shed takes on shape with walls and a roof. Since we’re not professional builders, constructing the roof trusses was the…

hand drawn sketch of the shed and flower bed

Building a Garden Shed: Laying the Foundation

Can’t find a pre-fab garden shed that tickles your fancy? Get a structure that graces your landscape by building it yourself.   Last year, we created a lovely…

Mosaic sea mural

Easy Garden Ideas: Summer Project Round-Up

If you’re like me, the coolest weather for outdoor summer projects has past, but that doesn’t stop me from dreaming about the next thing or reflecting on the…

potted Pallet planter

Easy Garden Ideas: Make a Wood Planter from Pallets

Got pallets? Make a mobile home for your favorite tropical plant by putting a planter box, constructed from shipping pallet planks, on wheels.   Since this box will…