Getting Real About the Blog and Our Homes

For the past 4.5 years we’ve shown you just about everything that we’ve done to our homes. From little projects (like organizing under the kitchen sink), to big projects (like Bridget’s office reveal)…you’ve really seen it all!typing_on_laptop_computer

But here’s the thing…we both live in small homes. About 1,200 square feet for each of us. And just about every nook & cranny has been touched and tweaked to get it just the way we want it. Now that doesn’t mean that there isn’t work to be done (there is always work to be done!), but that does mean that we don’t have any more rooms to reveal to you at this very moment. Are you just as sad as we are?!

What’s Next for the Blog?office-desk-bedroom-computer-planner

This reality brings us to the burning question. What does this all mean for the state of this blog? Great question. It’s one we’ve been discussing in-depth for some time now, which is why we wanted to take a time-out to bring you up-to-speed on our thoughts.

Insta-new-home-champagne-cork-keyWell first, we are excited to announce that Bridget is actively looking for a new house! She and Matt have been looking for something a tad bigger for a few months now, but just haven’t found “the one”… yet.

Bridget’s House Hunt

This is true Matt and I have been actively looking for a new house in our area for a few months now. We started “casually” looking late last year and have amped up our search to be more serious late winter/early spring. Unfortunately we haven’t had much luck. If you guys are interested I’d be more than happy to get into all the nitty-gritty details with an entire post devoted to our search so far but this post would turn into a novel if I opened that can of worms so I’ll keep it brief for now.

bridgets-first-house-fall-mums-3Long story short, we want to stay in the same area, but slightly upgrade the size of our home. However a small upgrade in our area comes with a price tag that is extremely expensive when compared to other areas.

For example, we could build a custom-house about 30 minutes away OR buy an OLD, run-down house in this area that is just slightly bigger than ours now but in worse shape… both for about the same price. The struggle is REAL, which makes the home buying process a slow one.

Bedroom-wide-bench-headboardThe great news is that we don’t have to move anytime soon! We love our house, the size is perfect for the two of us and we love our neighborhood. We definitely don’t want to rush the process and settle for something less than we love, which is why we are going with the flow and being as patient as possible. Once “the one” comes along, you guys will be the first to know! And judging by the ones we’ve seen so far… there will be plenty of DIY projects to keep us busy for years, and years, and years to come.

Casey’s Home Status

As for Finn & I, we are planning to stay put for at least another 2 years. Our place is small, but we LOVE it because it’s so convenient to get to work and we love living in the city. Plus, with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms we think we can have a baby here (not pregnant..just planning ahead!) so that buys us some extra time!

family-room-augusta-kitchen-built-insWe’ve fixed up just about every room in our Chicago condo. But if we do have a baby here, we would definitely transition the guest room into a nursery…so that would be 1 more exciting update!

Future Projects in Our Current Homes

We’ve considered re-doing our guest bathroom, specifically because Bridget & I would love to work on some of our plumbing & tiling DIY skills. However, it could be a pricey investment to make when our guest bathroom truly isn’t that bad! If Bridget still hasn’t found a home, we may add my guest bathroom to our to-do list (because we always like having a project to work on!).

master-bedroomOther than that, I plan to continue to organize, decorate, and upgrade all of the small areas of our home (& blog about all of those things!). I still want to DIY crown molding in our master bedroom and add trim around the doors in our main living area. Just small things here and there that aren’t too difficult, but would make an impact!

DIY_Curtains_Office_Bedroom-5Bridget still has quite a few things she wants to do in her house too. If Bridget doesn’t find a house anytime soon, she may need to eventually turn her 3rd room (currently a catch all from the old guest room) into a nursery. She’s not pregnant either, but it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead…right?!

office-closet-barn-doorShe also has small projects both inside and outside of her house that she would still love to tackle like hiding the A/C unit, adding a closet system in the office, replacing her fan, adding storage over the refrigerator, etc. Again there aren’t any room reveals or large makeovers on the horizon in this house, but definitely projects to keep us busy.

So Here’s the Deal…

So right now that’s where we (and the blog) stand. We LOVE all things DIY, but we don’t just want to keep redoing our rooms for the sake of blog content. That’s not who we are and that’s not who we want to be. We still hope you stick around as we continue our blog journey, even if there aren’t as many large-scale makeovers on the agenda this summer.

black-lamp-laptop-officeWe still have lots of little projects up our sleeves (like a large Chicago condo we’re helping decorate!) and some other fun lifestyle/travel content planned that we hope will inspire you!

Don’t worry we aren’t turning into full-time fashion bloggers (that is never gonna happen), but we are taking this time while Bridget hunts for a house (with lots of DIY potential) to become a little more well-rounded. That being said if there’s anything specific you’d like us to tackle, we’d love to hear your suggestions. You can drop these ideas/questions in the comment section below or email us at [email protected]

Thank you!Lincoln-park-conservatory-bridget-casey

We cannot thank you enough for following along on this journey. We really do have the best readers everrrrrr. We feel so grateful to be surrounded by a community of such strong and positive people each and everyday. We may not know what room will be our next big project, but we do know that the DIY Playbook isn’t going anywhere! We love this space because of all of you and couldn’t imagine our lives any other way. Thank you for being a part of our journey.Casey_bridget_Sig

 

 

  • Love the honesty and totally get the not wanting to do projects just for blog content! and it’s totally doable to live in a small space with a kid! We have about 1200 sq feet and live here with our 4 year old with no plans to move soon (I dread the thought! I love our house and neighborhood!). Definitely possible (and a good reason to not get a ton of kid gear and toys, just don’t have the space!).

    • Diana, so happy to hear that you can make it work so well with a child in a small space! You’re giving us both hope! Plus we love the idea of not having a ton of kid stuff everywhere!

  • Jaclyn

    Love that you guys are so open and honest. It would be awesome in the meantime if you guys did more things like the Lowes makeovers, rookie mistake series and when your readers submit rooms for your advice. Just food for thought! Love your style ?

    • Thanks Jaclyn! Love those ideas. We’re definitely going to ramp up those series in the next few months. Have a great weekend!

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girls- love the post! Good luck Bridget on finding a house! Just be patient and the right one will come along! Y’all have a great weekend!

    • Thanks for the support Shawnna! Fingers crossed the right one comes along soon 🙂

  • Trang

    Girls, I totally have a solution for your DIY itch. You can come to Ohio and help do a makeover in my tiny house! Does a basement office get your attention with low ceilings and 2 tiny windows? Challenge enough? Haha.
    So now I see why Matt and Bridget have been taking evening walks in their neighborhood!!! “Research” in your own neighborhood. 🙂
    And Casey, when you go to sell your condo, let me know. I’m dying for a place in Chicago Wicker Park area!

    • Trang you crack us up! Oh how we wish we could come and transform every house. Now that would be an amazing job!

      You’re so right about those evening strolls. You were onto us 🙂

  • Hillary

    Love the honesty and integrity with your readers – you girls always do that the right way! I would love to see more commentary on decor trends, reflections on what you’ve learned in the process of DIYing your homes (like what’s worth DIYing and what’s worth buying or paying a professional to do – how do you weight the pros and cons and consider the time, money, etc. factors), general home and life organization tips (I find that my organizational systems are always changing as I try something out, realize I’m not sticking to it, try out something else, etc.), products you’re loving (DIY/home or otherwise)… and as for the house hunt, I’d even be interested in a whole series! I love looking at houses on the market and thinking about how I would update it and envision it at its best, even if its not a home I would actually choose to purchase at the end of the day!

    • These are amazing recommendations Hillary! Adding these ideas to our editorial calendar right now. Thank you!!!

    • Kat Hamilton

      I LOVE the idea of when to just hire a professional. Currently my husband and I are in the midst of a room-repainting-project-gone-wrong and I’m feeling bad that we threw in the towel and hired a painter. It feels like DIY failure. But seriously, #sendhelp.

    • hahaha Kat that is hilarious! Definitely adding this to the list!

    • I second everything Hillary says, its like she read my mind! I was also going to suggest that you could take more reader questions, I know you have done that in the past. I also love when you create your polyvore mood boards, You could do more of those highlighting your favorite current decor trends.

    • Aww, you’re so sweet! We are taking notes over here Kerri, thank you!! This feedback really helps moving forward and your support means the WORLD to us. Have a great weekend!

  • Amanda

    How about opening it up to reader submissions? Give us a chance to show off what we’ve learned? I’m sure your readers have some nice before/after photos of their own.

  • Debra

    How about hitting the road! Some of use could really use your help and resources in decorating. I have having a hard time making my new house my own.

    • Oh how we wish we could, Debra! That would be a dream job right there!

  • Bethany Silvia

    Bridget, have you ever thought about adding an addition onto your home?. You could even consider going up a level instead of building onto the side or back of your house. I’m not sure how big your lot is but that may be something to consider if you truly love the area you live in.

    • We have actually thought about building up, and have even had a few professionals over to get more information/general quotes. Unfortunately we still won’t have a basement if we do that, which isn’t a total deal breaker but we think it would be nice to have a basement with growing kids someday. SO in short, we probably won’t go with this option but it’s also not out of the question. Thanks so much for thinking outside of the box — love that! You’re so sweet. =)

    • Came here to say the same thing!!!

  • Lara Lebeck

    Love your blog and I’m actually really digging the smaller scale DIYs! I recently had a big life change and ended up in the tiniest apartment so I can only do tiny decorating things. I also love we you bring your lifestyle in and out of the home to the blog. As creepy as it sounds, I really love getting to know you both on a more personal level. And keep it coming with the Chicago recommendations! I only live four hours south and my bf lives in Chicago-land. Who knows…. maybe I’ll finally take the leap up there sometime soon. But ya’ll need some better winters! 🙂

    • Lara you are too sweet! And not creepy at all…hahaha! We were actually toying with the idea of doing a Chicago week on the blog in August with all of our recommendations, favorite spots, etc. So be on the lookout for that! Maybe it will convince you to move up here 😉

  • Love this Casey & Bridget! Can’t wait to read about your upcoming travels and the design inspiration that comes from those trips! Happy house hunting Bridget! 🙂

  • Let me know if you want to do a nursery on the North Shore … you know for content! I have a big empty room, a budget and our first due in October! Enjoyed your update 🙂