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Simple Leaning Gallery

By now we've FINALLY showed you essentially all there is to our Lord Expedit bookshelf. But I wanted to highlight one last detail. I mentioned it on Tuesday with the 'White Zone' at the top - the gallery section of the bookshelf. Now, if we had the smaller 4x4 version of the shelf, we'd have… Continue reading Simple Leaning Gallery

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Expedit Style Inspiration

So we teased last week, and the day is finally here!  The day you get to gaze (virtually) upon the full monty of Lord Expedit. So here's how he looks from the doorway to the kitchen.  Tall, dark and handsome! Here's how he looks from the dining area.  And that's his friend on the other… Continue reading Expedit Style Inspiration

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An Expedit Bar

When you have a massive bookcase with 25 cubes of glorious storage space, what do you do? You put a bar in it. I should note that we are NOT big drinkers.  But there's something so grown-up feeling when you have a designated 'bar area' of some sort.  That is especially true of one that… Continue reading An Expedit Bar

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Bookshelf Artwork

So we've all seen the beautifully staged  bookcases on Pinterest.  The ones where everything is seemingly stashed in there but somehow looks perfect.  Here's one I've been ogling lately. I really like look of how this one is styled. It really has some character behind it. Now how about the artwork in front? When I… Continue reading Bookshelf Artwork

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Sea Glass Decor – Update!

Remember how I told you about the magical beach I found in Poole, England that was covered in sea glass? Well I brought it all home (like I described here) and briefly stowed it in a seeded glass vase. Well, it lasted in the vase for only a week or two before I had to… Continue reading Sea Glass Decor – Update!

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Of all the Gin Joints in This Town… ~ Inexpensive Art

So we've all heard the saying, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Now, go search Pinterest with that phrase.  I'll wait. Somehow, adding vodka to that became the refrain.  I'm ok with that, I mean lemon drops are tasty.  But that's not my favorite lemonade treat. While cruising online I came across this super… Continue reading Of all the Gin Joints in This Town… ~ Inexpensive Art

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Pottery Barn Box Revamp

Remember that time I found a Pottery Barn lacquered box at the Restore?That was February of this year.  A steal of a find but I wasn't fond of the red and it was a little scuffed up.I had big plans.  There was frog tape and spray paint dancing in my head.  I even scoped out… Continue reading Pottery Barn Box Revamp

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Ikea Inspired Coat Cubby – The Reveal!

So, I teased about this project back in June.  At this point, we're running out of July.  Let's get this thing done and show you guys how awesome it came out! Yesterday I shared with you the process Bill & I took to assemble our Ikea inspired Coat Cubby.  Lots of pauses in between woodworking,… Continue reading Ikea Inspired Coat Cubby – The Reveal!

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Ikea Inspired Coat Cubby

In preparation for my move to Pittsburgh, I was slowly creating ways to maximize storage in the apartment, so that when I got here I'd have places for my things too.  One of the areas of the apartment that has (mostly) become mine is the hall closet. I'll have pictures later as there are LOTS… Continue reading Ikea Inspired Coat Cubby

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Sea Glass Decor

In keeping with our recent trip to the Outer Banks, I've decided to keep things beachy keen for the week.  Let's see how long I can keep this going! You may recall in my chronicles of my recent trip to England that I hit the jackpot in Pool - oodles and oodles of sea glass!… Continue reading Sea Glass Decor

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A Quick and Easy Bathroom Shelf

So it's obvious by our new summer pillows that we made a recent trip to Ikea.  And though we still haven't finally bought ourselves a new purdy Hemnes tv stand, we did also pick up a new shelf for our bathroom. Specifically, we picked up the Grundtal glass shelf for the job.  I'll pause while… Continue reading A Quick and Easy Bathroom Shelf

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So Fresh and So Clean ~ Inexpensive Art

We've not had an entry in our Inexpensive Art series in a bit, but I am just so smitten with this adorable printable I came across via Pinterest that I had to share! Right now we only have our 'B Loves B' art on the wall in the bathroom. I knew I wanted to add… Continue reading So Fresh and So Clean ~ Inexpensive Art

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Summer Lounging

Ok, so all the blogosphere is sharing their beautiful patios and outdoor living rooms with their awesome DIY tables and other furniture (check out Michelle's table that she got her husband Nate to build, awesome!  Or this sad cast-off table that Greg and Ashley rescued from the curb-side and finished!) These projects first make me… Continue reading Summer Lounging

Summer Seashell & Denim Wreath @ BandBBuildALife.com
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A ‘Shop From What You Have’ Wreath – White-washed for Summer!

I'm going to apologize as I do not have any in-process or tutorial type pictures of this one.  We needed a wreath, but I didn't really have any spare change to get a form and fancy ribbons etc etc.  Then, inspiration struck late one evening when it seems my Aunt was sleepless as well. So… Continue reading A ‘Shop From What You Have’ Wreath – White-washed for Summer!

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Decor Shopping in Poole

After our adventure to Christchurch, we decided to keep local and walk about Poole, our adopted city for the trip.  By this point, my friend Erin was with us, and really she's one of the best shopping buddies around, so what better time to find the downtown shops? And of all the shops we went… Continue reading Decor Shopping in Poole