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Mail Sorter with Key Hooks

Mail Sorter with Key Hooks

When you come in the door, dumping your snowy or muddy boots, jacket, and whatever else you were wearing to ward against the cold weather outside, it’s natural that other areas become dumping grounds for junk. In our case, the little file cabinet by the front door became a piling spot for mail, takeaway menus,…

Simple Foraged Christmas Wreath

Simple Foraged Christmas Wreath

Hey friends! Please excuse the very temporary theme change and the weird appearance of the Grape Soda Club! We had an issue installing a plugin in our theme that blocked everything on the page but our logo – so we set this up temporarily to let you still read our content! We’re hard at work…

Rustic + Cozy :: Guest Room 2

Rustic + Cozy :: Guest Room 2

While we still have a lot of improvements planned for the Big Brick House, we’ve been busily knocking out some of them in preparation for hosting our family Thanksgiving this year. It turns out that hosting was a great impetus to get us to finish off our second guest room, Scott’s office, and decorating the…

Currently Loving :: Bleached Wood Furniture

Currently Loving :: Bleached Wood Furniture

I’ve seen images of bleached wood furniture popping up all over the place lately, and I’m in love with the warmth and brightness of it! And it’s a really easy, really inexpensive way to treat wood and get yourself a beautiful and distinct look. Maybe it’s my Swedish heritage speaking – we seem to love…

Rocking Chair Rescue :: Updating Weathered Wood

Rocking Chair Rescue :: Updating Weathered Wood

Scott bought the weathered rocking chair sitting on our front porch back when he was an ROTC cadet at West Virginia, almost twenty years ago. A lot of great memories have soaked into that wood over time. Unfortunately, that’s about all that did. We weren’t taking care of the poor thing, and after years of…

Welcome Sign with Frame

Welcome Sign with Frame

Don’t believe everything you see on HGTV – not all DIY projects are an episode of House Crashers. In three days, we’re going to totally transform your room! No, you can do that when you have a huge budget and a cast of dozens of professional contractors and helpful friends. But in real life, projects take time…

Work in Progress :: Entryway Bench

Work in Progress :: Entryway Bench

Aside from hiking or running outdoors, I think woodworking is the greatest therapy ever. It’s physically demanding, you’re surrounded by the beautiful scents of wood, and after a lot of sweat and hard work, and occasionally redoing a few steps here and there, you end up with something that is not only beautiful and functional,…

Spa-Inspired Bathtub Shelves

Spa-Inspired Bathtub Shelves

During my first deployment, my team and I would gather for dinner and share whatever our biggest dream was for when we returned home. We were living in a pretty austere environment {100+ degree desert heat, sleeping either on fold out cots by our vehicles or on the front hoods of said vehicles, and eating…

Shiplap Fireplace

Shiplap Fireplace

Since we’re back home, we’ve got a little project update at the Big Brick House that we’d like to share, and that’s the completion of our new shiplap fireplace treatment! When we bought the Big Brick House, it was complete and move-in ready, so to speak, but it was pretty generic! We loved the layout…

Reclaimed Live Edge Wood in the Family Room

Reclaimed Live Edge Wood in the Family Room

Confession time. When we walked into the Big Brick House after buying it, when all the staged furniture left and we brought in our suitcases and air mattress and waited for our small carton of things to arrive, we looked at our gigantic family room and realized…we had no idea how to live in it. The…

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