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Happy Hour no. 4

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To us, Happy Hour is a time to sit back, relax, and catch up with friends. It’s a time to chat about everything and anything, and that’s exactly what we want to bring to DIY Playbook’s monthly Happy Hour.happy-hour-graphicWe want these monthly posts to be a chance to catch up with friends and bring just a little extra happy to your day. So grab your coffee (or champagne) and let’s catch up!scarf-thanksgiving-quote-letterfolk

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  • The TV show I produced for the past 3 years was nominated for another Emmy (just a regional one), so we’re going to the awards ceremony on Saturday! Even if we don’t win, it’s fun to get a little dressy for a night on the town. I ordered this dress from Rent the Runway, and plan to wear it with these new nude heels. I’ll post of a pic of the Mr. & I all gussied up on Saturday over on Instagram for you guys to see! Fingers crossed we come home with another big win!casey-fall-fashion-11casey-fall-fashion-4
  • I ordered a few things during the Nordstrom clearance sale including these black jeans and these Zella leggings. I’m obsessed with both and have been wearing the leggings non-stop to workout class. They’re super comfy and really suck everything in.
  • For some reason, we’ve always had a lot of trouble with shower organizers. They either don’t suction well, or they fall down, or they break…we’ve seriously gone through multiple in our master bath shower. Recently we decided to stop buy cheap ones, and instead picked up this one from The Container Store. It works so well & keeps all of our shower accessories organized & easy to reach. Definitely worth the price tag for something we use everyday.

Bridget

  • The zippers on my old pillow cases and duvet had busted after having our comforter and shams for a few years so I SPLURGED big time on a new duvet from West Elm. Casey has this exact one and every time I sleep over, I’m reminded how amazing her comforter is. When ours had started to see better days, I knew exactly what new duvet I wanted. And I’m here to report that this new blanket is FAR better than we expected. Heck, even Matt comments about how nice the new comforter is! <— that never happens!casual_heels_macys
  • I scored these super comfy and very versatile wedges for $30! I feel like these wedges are a dressy version of my everyday TOMS. I love both because they are comfortable, versatile and they’re a perfect closed toe shoe to wear all fall/winter long. And for $30?! Between these, my TOMS and boots, I think I’m set for winter shoes.
  • I also treated myself to this military jacket from the Gap Outlet when it was on sale and have been wearing it pretty much everyday since. My sisters got me an amazing winter coat, but I didn’t have a “not yet winter coat” so when I found one that was versatile, stylish and warm… at an OUTLET store, I was sold!
  • I bought this scarf on sale for $20 on Black Friday (over 60% off!!)

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  • We LOVEEEDDD following along with all of the One Room Challenges and admire how dramatic these before and afters were, especially given that each blogger only has 6 weeks to transform her space. Shannon Claire’s makeover was AMAZING!! Who knew we would ever love black built-ins as much as we do in this space?! Cassie’s from Hi Sugarplum, Julia’s from Chris Loves Julia and Gwen’s from Makerista were also some of our favorites!
  • Vintage Revivals’ Bathroom Makeover for under $1,000 = Can you even?!! #sogood
  • So honored to be included on this list of “Top 10 DIY Women Bloggers“. We don’t feel nearly as deserving as the title suggests but are extremely grateful to be among such talented and inspiring women.
  • This black & white condo has some major style!
  • We’re a little late in sharing, but we loved this post on 10 Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas. Although Turkey Day has come and gone, the outfits are still really cute… and they inspired us to use what we already own to create “new” outfits! Thanks for the inspo, Mallory!!

Casey Updates:

cedarburg-river-fallEarlier this month, Finn & I spent a weekend away in Cedarburg, WI which is just a short drive from Chicago.

It was kinda nice to get out-of-town without an agenda. We did some shopping in the cute little town, visited a winery, and just enjoyed a carefree fall day side-by-side. The foliage was absolutely stunning and we were so lucky to have a gorgeous Saturday of weather.christmas-card-family-ohalloran-finn

We also took my mom’s Christmas card picture on Thanksgiving day using all of the tips from this post. It only took us about 5 minutes (gotta go quick when it’s cold and you have a toddler to keep happy!), but we got it done. thanksgiving-table-10Finn & I also hosted Thanksgiving for the first time ever and it was a great SUCCESS!thanksgiving-table-1

I created a menu board using wrapping paper, some string, and some eucalyptus. It was sooooo easy and really did look pretty gorgeous hung near the table. thanksgiving-table-9

Speaking of the tablescape, I kept that very simple with wood candlesticks, silver chargers, personalized placecards, and even more eucalyptus. thanksgiving-table-2

But the decor wasn’t the best part of our holiday…it was that we were all together for a laid-back day filled with family. Finn cooked an amazing turkey, everyone brought delicious sides, and we had a wonderful day together with plenty of laughs. I’m thinking this may turn into a yearly tradition at our house…

Bridget Updates:bridget-plaid-scarf-laughing

This month was a lot less busy and a lot more “ordinary” than months past, which was a welcome change of pace! Although I stayed busy starting to think about my design plan in our guest room /soon-to-be office and even started a few DIY projects in there, I was able to get a lot of seasonal stuff around the house done (finally!!).

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We managed to put away our patio furniture, gave our house a DEEP clean, planted mums in all of our flower boxes for the first time and even started taking some of the Christmas stuff out… slowly but surely. Our weekends were filled with a lot less plans and a lot more productivity, which was totally okay with me since things will surely be different now that it’s almost December.

chicago_bridget_fashion_fall-cubs-flagsProbably the BIGGEST event in our household this month was the Cubs winning the World Series… for the first time in 108 years!! Matt is a lifelong Cubs fan & clocked a lot of late nights watching the playoffs this month. I was happy for Chicago and extra excited for Matt but I wasn’t as “glued to the TV” as he was. It seems like forever ago that we traveled to Arizona to watch their season opener against the Cubs for Matt’s 30th, I can’t even believe it’s the same season?!

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I’m not a die-hard Cubs fan (for any team for that matter), but watching the city “bleed blue” and drape W flags all over town was so. much. fun!! And knowing that the TV is finally free from baseball games for the first time since APRIL is something worth celebrating. 😉

Go Cubs Go!bridget_and_casey_sig

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  1. Trang

    Cheers to another great happy hour post ladies!
    Casey, I recently signed up with Rent the Runway for my New Year’s Eve dress. I’ve been getting tons of emails from them with extra discounts so I decided to rent another dress for a party gathering on the 16th of next month. I will finally get to see what it’s all about before NYE!
    Bridget, I was unable to successfully click on the link for your wedge. It kept taking me to your parka coat instead.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Trang thanks for letting us know about the link! We updated it in the post.

      And you’re going to love Rent the Runway! It just feels so different wearing a dress that’s $1,000 versus $100…the quality if unbelievable. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

    2. Trang

      Ok Bridget – I am so glad I held off until today to order the wedges because they are on clearance today at Macy’s (25.99) + an extra 30% off!!! You had me at “they are comfortable, versatile and they’re a perfect closed toe shoe to wear all fall/winter long.” I love the comfort of all my Toms shoes/boots so I had to add these to my wardrobe. I cannot wait to wear them. Thank you! I am all about being fashionable AND comfortable.

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      Aw, I’m so glad!! Yes, I just saw they were on sale and bought the SAME pair in black because I love them to so much!! I hope you love them as much as I do, keep me updated!!

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Fall Video 2016

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In August, we revealed our summer video and it was so fun showcasing some of the highlights from the season. It kinda feels like a video scrapbook commemorating all of the fun we have together over the course of the year.

Here’s a link to the summer video if you want to check that one out.

leaves-fall-plaid-vestjpgWe decided to continue this little project into the fall season, and today we’re sharing that video with all of you. We know the season isn’t officially over until next month, but once Thanksgiving hits it’s gonna be all about the holidays…so we figured now is the best time to share our fall content!

cedarburg-river-fallThis video is a little different because we segmented it into locations from various trips we took over the last few months. You’ll see a bit from our trip with Michaels to Carmel, CA…some highlights from Casey & Finn’s anniversary weekend in WI…and of course footage from Chicago!

fall-tree-leaves-cedarburgSo let’s get right down to the action.hallway-letterfolk-sign

Fall 2016 Video


We’re fortunate to create so many amazing memories together because of this blog, and seeing them all played out in a 2 minute video reminds us how truly lucky we are to have each other. And in honor of Thanksgiving week, we couldn’t end this post without saying a big THANK YOU to our favorite readers! We’re so grateful for your endless love & support and can’t thank you enough for spending some time with us each day here on The DIY Playbook.

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  1. Kara D

    Jumping-heel-kick-points-back-atcha! Nice 🙂 It’s a “RIP Fall, see ya next year!” from me, after shoveling the 12 inches of snow off my front walkway…

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The DIY Playbook Gets a Mobile Makeover!

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Yes, you read that right…. The DIY Playbook got a mobile makeover and we are so excited to share the updates with you guys! cell-phone-mobile-siteThis update has been a LONG time in the making and we are so grateful that we can finally check it off of our to-do list. But more importantly, we are even more excited that readers can read, navigate, and search the DIY Playbook on their phone A LOT easier!!

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Over half of our readers read the daily DIY Playbook post on their phones, which makes sense because as blog readers ourselves that’s where we read a lot of our favorite blogs too. The problem was that the mobile version of The DIY Playbook was NOT user-friendly to read or to navigate, which was a huge problem in our eyes.

We want ALL of our readers to have a positive experience when they check-in each day and having a mobile site that wasn’t “up to par” meant that over half of our readers weren’t getting the quality we approve of. <— how embarrassing, right?!  
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The Changes

Long story short, for the past few months we have been working closely with our tech team to make some serious upgrades. Here’s what we changed in order to make The DIY Playbook far more “Mobile Friendly”:

  • Easy Search Bar – Type anything in the top (it’s the little magnifying glass icon on the top left) and it should be easy to find the post you’re looking for!
  • Navigate the Important Tabs – Hit the 3 lines on the top right and you can easily find our home tours, contact form, and other important pages
  • Cleaner Homepage – The homepage is looking soooo much better! The daily post is truncated, and then you can easily navigate the last few posts via the photos beneath it.
  • Pictures are Bigger
  • Font color is Darker and Easier to Read
  • Posts are Categorized – If you check out the individual categories in the play by play (i.e. fashion, travel, home decor, etc.) you’ll find a scrolling list of all of the posts within that category.
  • Easier to click around – now you shouldn’t have to zoom in on the page to click on the drop down menus or search bars. We hate when that happens and usually end up clicking on the wrong thing entirely so we wanted to do everything we could to avoid that problem on our new mobile site.

3-calendar-day-planner-computer-organizedIf you’re tuning in on your phone today (or any day!), we hope these changes make your experience way better. We made these changes last week so you may have noticed a few things were a bit “weird” for a 24 hour period when we rolled over the old site to the new layout. That being said, if you’re still noticing anything weird or out-of-place please don’t hesitate to let us know so we can fix it ASAP!

Thank you!

bridget-casey-laughing-bedroom-computerAnd whether you’re part of the group that reads on a desktop or the group that reads via mobile, we are so lucky to have you on the DIY Playbook team. Thank you so much for taking time out of your very busy day to visit our tiny slice of the internet. We are forever grateful for all of your support!!
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Bridget’s First House 4 Years Later

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November marks 4 years since Matt and I bought our first house and I just can’t believe it’s been a whole four years here!! On one hand it feels like we’ve been here for a long time and have done so much in the process, and then on the other hand I feel like we blinked and four years passed by. How does that happen!?bridgets-first-house-fall-mums-3

Stats & FAQs

To celebrate this mini milestone, I thought I would answer some of the questions we get asked most often about our house. What’s our favorite project? What’s our biggest regret? What have we learned from this house? Do we consider our house almost done? Do we plan on moving? Before we get to all of this scoop, here’s some quick stats about our current home in case you’re new to the DIY Playbook:rp_IMG_0046.JPGPhoto from the day of our house’s inspection

  • 1,100 sq. foot Ranch, no basement, one car garage
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
  • Built in the 1960’s
  • about 20 minutes outside downtown Chicago & about 25 minutes to Casey’s (without traffic)

Matt and I bought this house in 2012 before we got married. Matt lived in it for about a year until I moved in after our wedding. During that year, we slowly tackled projects and bought furniture until I eventually moved in after our December wedding in 2013.

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I also realized that I tend to photograph each room separately (mostly because of the size of my lens). Because I could never capture wide shots, I was never able to provide our readers with proper context of the layout of our house. We finally bought a wider lens and now I can capture our open concept far more effectively.

I thought today was the perfect time to finally share some very wide shots of our home so you can get a feel for the WHOLE house and how it looks from every corner. I hope this perspective helps!

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What’s your favorite project?

It’s hard to choose ONE favorite project because I love a few different projects for different reasons. Here are some of my favorites…

  • Laundry Room: my first larger solo DIY project. I’m still so proud that I did it all by myself and learned SO much from it!
  • Hallway Board and Batten: Still love the look of this project and loved tackling this project with (and learning from) my dad
  • Dining Room Board and Batten: Another dad-daughter project that makes such a huge impact in our house. I’m obsessed with the affordable transformation!
  • Built-ins: We hired this project out and it makes such an impact in our space.
  • The Bathroom: I didn’t have the budget to gut this already nice enough space, so I never thought I would love it. But with with a few cosmetic changes, I surprisingly REALLY love our bathroom now! And although it’s a $3 update, I still love the look of our bright grout!
  • DIY Backsplash: Wow, what a difference backsplash made in our home. Still love the look and really learned a lot from that project!
  • Outdoor Patio: We started with absolutely NO landscaping and NO patio or patio door in our house. We hired this expensive project out but wow… what. a. difference! I couldn’t imagine our house without a patio… or grass.

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What’s our biggest regret?

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Well, I’m hesitant to call any decision a “regret” because although they were definitely rookie mistakes, they did teach me a lot and have helped me identify what not to do in my forever home. In that sense, I’m grateful they happened and I don’t see them as regrets BUT here are the decisions I’m not a fan of:

  • Buying dark, matchy-matchy furniture: We bought it before I knew any better and furniture is expensive, so we’re still paying the consequence of this design mistake.
  • Not knowing my “style”: I’m still trying to figure out my style but I do think I have a much better sense of this style now (thank goodness!). I experimented a lot with my style in this home and in the process have lived through styles that are definitely not me. I’m hopeful that by the time we move onto a new house, I will have identified my style so I don’t have to get stuck living with items that aren’t me.
  • Rushing into DIY/decor decisions: Because of the nature of the blog world, I usually act fast when it comes to DIY and decor decisions and I wish I didn’t make some of the quick decisions that I did. Of course there are positives to moving fast (… you get a lot done around the house!) but there are some decisions I wish I would have waited on and didn’t rush into (i.e. light fixtures, bedroom built-in, patio furniture, laundry room shelf) so I could avoid design regret. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate these things… I would just do things a bit differently #liveandlearn

What have we learned from this house?

SO MUCH!! I learned….

  • I actually LOVE living small and challenging myself to live with less
  • Maintaining your home with a full-time job is hard!
  • I do almost everything around the house just like my mom (although not nearly as well)
  • I hate cooking
  • I don’t want a dark kitchen in my next house
  • What my style is and what my style is NOT
  • What I would look for in my future house

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Do we consider our house almost done?

Yes and No. If I lived in this house for 20 more years, I’m sure I can keep myself busy DIY-ing for all twenty of those years, which tells me that a home is never “done”. However I also realize that it’s okay to enjoy the process and take pride in the projects that are done. So I’m somewhere in the middle but probably leaning towards NO it’s not done. I plan on swapping out our guest room and office over the next few months, so there’s still some pretty big items on our DIY to-do list!

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Eventually. I don’t see this 1,100 sq foot house as our forever house because it’s just a bit too small for a whole family. Eventually we do want to move. The problem is that you can’t get a whole lot for your money in our area. Right now we are enjoying this house, saving as much as we can, and will hopefully start looking for our forever house in the next couple years. We are hoping that by then we can get more for our money and take time to really identify what we are looking for. But let’s be honest… my eyes are always peeled for that house 😉

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For those of you who have been here since we first moved into this house at the very beginning of the DIY Playbook, THANK YOU! I have loved sharing my journey with you (although I could live without some of the horrible photography in the very beginning). I cannot thank you enough for all of the support, and encouragement over these past few years! This first house has taught me SO much about me, my style, and what I would look for in my forever home. In the meantime, we could not be more grateful for this 1,100 square foot ranch that we have the honor to call home.Bridget Signature

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  1. Danielle Scheuers

    But a dark kitchen hides so many flaws, I love mine! I didn’t like my white kitchen at all with just my husband and I-can’t imagine it gets any better with kids or pets!

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  2. Trang

    I love small space living! We recently moved from a 1500 sq ft home with a basement into less than 1000 sq ft home with a basement and I plan on going smaller in the future! I don’t want the house to own me. I want the freedom to do small decorating/renovations, but not the upkeep of a yard and constant cleaning. We love to do things and experience too much through travel to be tied to a home all the time.

    White/light kitchens look nice, but they are not practical (IMO) with busy lives and kids. My husband is like a kid in that he doesn’t take particular care of things nor does he keep them clean. So I compromised and went with light wood cabinets (parchment color) and black granite counter tops in a modern look. Boy do I love it because the dark counter top does help to hide flaws.

    Congrats on the 4 year home anniversary!

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      I could NOT agree more, Trang!! Hearing others share this same philosophy is so refreshing, thank you so much!!! And you’re the second person to bring the white kitchen thing to my attention — I never really thought of it from the perspective of a parent or pet owner. Thank you so much for your insight AND for all of your support!! So lucky to have you on the DIY Playbook team. =)

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Happy Hour no. 3

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To us, Happy Hour is a time to sit back, relax, and catch up with friends. It’s a time to chat about everything and anything, and that’s exactly what we want to bring to DIY Playbook’s monthly Happy Hour.happy-hour-graphic

We want these monthly posts to be a chance to catch up with friends and bring just a little extra happy to your day. So grab your coffee (or champagne) and let’s catch up!

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Casey

  • We recently added this wide lens to our photography arsenal and it is so amazing! We used it to take the pictures for the Lowe’s makeover reveal post, and it captured the entire room wonderfully! If you’re looking to upgrade your lens, this is a good one for wide room shots. casey camera
  • Over the summer, I binge watched all of the TV show Parenthood. It was sooooo good, and I cried just about every single episode. Now, I’m onto Friday Night Lights. Another great one. I’m only on season 1, but I’m loving it.

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  • I bought this custom home art for my brother-in-law’s new house and I was so excited to gift it to him! I actually worked with this same Etsy seller when I bought a portrait of our home for our first anniversary (paper theme!) and loved the product (and her) so much that I bought another for Matt’s brother. The owner of this shop is amazing to work because she’s so kind, so quick to respond, and SO darn talented. If you’re looking for a custom home portrait for a new homeowner or a personalized Christmas gift, you should definitely check her Etsy shop out!! <— Act fast, because this amazing shop is currently offering 15% for DIY Playbook through next Friday. Use code: DIYPLAYBOOK at checkout!! maison-jules-bridget-fall-sweater-toms-booties-5
  • Since I love my TOMS so much, I decided to splurge on another pair of TOMS booties. I know since they’re open-toed I won’t get as much use out of them throughout the winter as my other TOMS, but I love them already and hope to wear them all the time! And yes– they are just as comfortable!!
  • My super generous sisters surprised me with this winter coat for my birthday and I love it so much I’m almost excited for the cold weather to get here. #almost

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We’ve been working on a fun project for the holiday season and cannot wait to share with you guys soon! We’ll go into more details very soon, but essentially we rounded up our favorite bloggers to create a magazine-style holiday gift guide. The gift guide will be available on Monday, November 14th on the blog and will continue to be available until the holidays are over. We are so excited and busy working away to finalize last minute details… we can’t wait to share it soon and hopefully inspire others to find the perfect gift for everyone on their holiday shopping list.

diy-playbook-sos-instagram-18Also, we’re looking for more #DIYPlaybookSOS submissions. If you want some design help for a tough space, please email us some photos and an explanation of what you’re looking to improve. If chosen, we’ll share your before pictures and a design plan/mood board right here on the blog. Just email diyplaybook@gmail.com with the subject line “Save our Space.”

Casey Updates:

With the Lowe’s makeover behind us, I was able to have some fun (more relaxing) weekends this month. We spent one Sunday with my godson picking out pumpkins. How cute is he?!harry-pumpkin

I mean, that vest? Ugh. So adorable. It was a fun fall day filled with pumpkins, apple cider donuts, and homemade taffy apples!

Finn and I also celebrated our 2nd anniversary (which I chatted all about in this post).finn-anniversary-deck

It was a nice low-key night together. We ordered deep dish pizza, enjoyed champagne on the deck, and just spent time reminiscing about the past year of marriage. casey-bag-purse-nordstrom

I also started a new job this month, so things have been crazy on the work front. I think it’s a great step for my career, so I’m very excited for what’s ahead.

Bridget Updates:

October was so much fun because we had a lot to celebrate! To kick-off the month, the Lowe’s Fall Makeover was a wrap so we were able to take a deep breath. The month leading up to that huge project was insane and came with a lot of late nights. So after it was over and we were SO excited with the outcome, we were ready to celebrate!! And the celebrating really hasn’t stopped since then.

chicago_bridget_matt_cubsBetween two weddings and lots of birthdays this month, our weekends were busy in the best way possible. My birthday was actually this month too and Matt totally spoiled me. Instead of buying me “gifts”, he opted to do things around the house that would make my life easier and help eliminate some of my stress. <– The guy knows me way too well! He did a ton of outdoor chores, cleaned the whole entire house (while insisting I could NOT help at all), and then helped me get a lot of blog photos out of the way so I didn’t feel pressure to meet those looming deadlines. Then he topped it off with a day filled with exploring together. I didn’t open one present from him and yet these were the best gifts I could have ever asked for.

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But enough about me — let’s chat about my little sister’s Golden Birthday and the SURPRISE party we pulled off for her milestone bday! Maggie is an amazing person; the girl has a heart of gold and is ALWAYS doing for others without ever taking credit for it. To finally spoil her for a change, we secretly planned a night out in Chicago for her and her friends. We rented a trolley to cheers to 27 years and spent the night cruising around her favorite city. Maggie was a little less shocked than we anticipated (she secretly knew almost the whole time and didn’t say anything!!) but we had a great time anyway. AND…. the Chicago Cubs won the final game to get into the World Series for the first time since 1945 so needless to say, it was a great night in the city!! chicago_bridget_fashion_fall-cubs-flags

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  1. Erin

    i love the idea of doing things or exploring for your birthdays. I do think that’s the best gift possible too! for my nieces and nephew birthdays I try to do experiences with them. the older 2 always make me take them to this rope course thats nearby. I hate it every time, but they LOVE it. so I do it for them! and they always talk about it! meanwhile the littles, we’re still working on coming up with what they wanna do, I think now that they’re going to turn 9 & 7 this coming year, i’m gonna ask them what they want to do instead of gifting something that isn’t memorable!

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  2. Colleen Bansley

    Oh Parenthood don’t even get me started! I might have to watch it all over again! Cried at almost every episode. Crosby is probably my favorite! Thanks so much for sharing the artist’s etsy shop! That would make a great closing gift for my clients! Cannot wait to see the gift catalog!!! So fun! Casey congrats on the new job!!

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Our 2nd Wedding Anniversary

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View More: http://ginacristine.pass.us/casey--mike-1Today is our 2nd wedding anniversary.

View More: http://ginacristine.pass.us/casey--mike-12 years ago, I said “I do” to my best friend on a crisp fall day here in Chicago. I still remember that day so well. The first time he saw me in my dress, the tears that happened non-stop throughout the day, and the permanent grin on my face from the moment I woke up until we fell asleep as a married couple.

chicago-casey-mike-finn-anniversaryThese past two years as “The Finns” has been amazing, but I honestly feel like we’ve been married much longer than that. I suppose it’s because we’ve been together for about 12 years now.

Our Love Story

casey mike finn high schoolIt all started when we were teenagers. He was the cool senior, and I was a junior fascinated by the idea of dating an older guy. He was handsome, in all AP classes, had a cool nickname (“Finn”), and was the captain of the basketball team. Oh and did I mention he could drive?! How could I not fall in love with this guy?

This was long before the days of text messaging and social media, so we would write one another long love letters on notebook paper and pass them in the hall during passing periods. love-letters-jar-built-insI actually still have most of those notes in a jar on our built-ins. (We cringe whenever we whip them out and read a few. Oh the crazy things you’re worried about when you’re 16-years-old).

casey mike finnWe were so young and naive, yet we somehow knew that our relationship was real and deeper than just puppy love. Even at such a young age, we often chatted about the day when we would get married, have a house, and start a family. casey finn engagement

2 Years into Marriage….

2-casey-mike-finn-mistletoe-smilingToday we are married, own a condo, and haven’t yet gotten around to starting that family (much to our mothers’ dismay). That high school love has grown stronger, deeper, and into a friendship and respectful partnership.

Casey FinnThere’s no one I’d rather have by my side as we navigate this crazy world. I still call Finn by his high school nickname (even if my new name is technically Casey Finn, I’ll never get out of the habit.) and I still have him do all of the driving. I guess he’ll just always be that cool senior in my eyes.

casey-mike-finn-anniversarySo here’s to you Mr. Finn. I love you and look forward to a lifetime of anniversaries side-by-side.

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Oh and if you’re interested in how we’re celebrating, we’re heading up to a bed and breakfast in Wisconsin in a few weeks. Today we’re planning to watch our wedding video, write in our anniversary album, and maybe snack on some cotton candy (the 2nd year is the “cotton” year after all!). Should be a wonderful laid-back day with my bestie.

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  1. Erin

    awww! high school sweethearts! i love it! happy anniversary!

    side note: october is definitely the best time of the year to get married!!! (our 6 year anniversary is this saturday) and a friend of ours just got married this past sunday! so much fun!!

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  2. Erin

    awww! high school sweethearts! i love it! happy anniversary!

    side note: october is definitely the best time of the year to get married!!! (our 6 year anniversary is this saturday) and a friend of ours just got married this past sunday! so much fun!!

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  3. Trang

    Happy anniversary to you guys! Cotton candy is the most fabulous idea and I will have to steal this treat for myself when my husband and I celebrate ours 2 year anniversary on 12/13.
    I can relate to reading old letters written as a teenager. I recently came across old letters written to and from my best friend at age 14 and laughed so much at the silly things we used to be occupied with. Young teenage drama. SMH.

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  4. Trang

    Happy anniversary to you guys! Cotton candy is the most fabulous idea and I will have to steal this treat for myself when my husband and I celebrate ours 2 year anniversary on 12/13.
    I can relate to reading old letters written as a teenager. I recently came across old letters written to and from my best friend at age 14 and laughed so much at the silly things we used to be occupied with. Young teenage drama. SMH.

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  5. Cindy

    Happy Anniversary Casey! Loved the post! Wishing you both a lifetime of love, laughs, and milestones to toast to 🙂

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  6. Cindy

    Happy Anniversary Casey! Loved the post! Wishing you both a lifetime of love, laughs, and milestones to toast to 🙂

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Behind the Scenes of our Fall Makeover with Lowe’s

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First of all….let us say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all of the kind words about our reveal of April & Mike’s new master bedroom space. We are seriously overwhelmed by all the love and support! lowes-makeover-bedroom-revealWe knew that we loved the space, and that the homeowners loved the space, but it was so wonderful to hear that you guys loved it too!

lowes_makeover_paint_progress-8Because yesterday’s post was such a long post already, we decided to go into more details today as to how the heck the room came together in such a short amount of time. So consider this to be a behind-the-scenes look of sorts. (Also, sorry for the lack of pictures. Because we were busy every single minute of makeover day, we didn’t have much time to snap away!)volunteers-lowes-makeover-progresslowes_makeover_paint_progress-6

Let’s start about a week out from the big makeover day. Because we wanted to maximize our time with all of our volunteers, we decided that the room needed to be painted and dry long before Saturday. So we gave Mike & April the task of painting the walls in the gorgeous gray hue of Valspar’s “Filtered Shade.”

lowes_makeover_paint_progress-3They did an amazing job, but there was still painting to be done. Bridget’s dad painted ALL of the trim in the room to white during the weeknights leading up to the big makeover day (we owe him big time!). While he did that, we prepped the home for the makeover, primed the lattice for the closet doors, and prepped/stained the plywood for the fauxdenza. Lots of things to get done before our official makeover day!

lowes_makeover_paint_progress-16Fast forward to last Saturday. We were so lucky to have 6 AMAZING LOWE’S VOLUNTEERS dedicate their Saturday to help us get this space done. Knowing we had to change 7 electrical outlets, as well as a ceiling fan, we requested that one of the volunteers be skilled in electrical work. Lucky for us, Lowe’s provided us with an electrician who was able to zip through all of those electrical projects in less than 2 hours. Yes!!!!

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lowes_makeover_paint_progress-19While the electrical work was happening inside the room, the closet doors were being built-in the garage. Bridget’s brother-in-law was the team lead on that project, and 2 Lowe’s volunteers helped him with this time-consuming DIY project.

lowes_makeover_paint_progress-12volunteers-lowes-makeover-progress-3volunteers-lowes-makeover-progress-2Our husbands (& more Lowe’s volunteers!) helped put all of the furniture together, our moms ironed and hemmed curtains, and even more family & friends helped us with small projects that needed to be done for this space (puttying, sanding, breaking down boxes, cleaning up, picking up lunch, etc.)volunteers-lowes-makeover-progress-4

diy-playbook-lowes-makeover-progress-baby-owenLet’s just say it was a team effort and there is no way we could have done it without our hardworking group. Even Bridget’s godson Owen got in on the DIY action. <— start ’em young, right?!

volunteers-lowes-makeover-progress-5We fueled our day with coffee, donuts, and sandwiches and it kept our team go, go, going all day long! We also had a few “meetings” throughout the day to track the day’s progress and check-in on our schedules, to-do lists, and any issues that popped up along the way. Our motto on projects like this? You can never be too organized or communicate enough so we tried really hard to keep everyone on the same page… while having fun!

lowes-makeover-bedroom-reveal-bed-nightstand-verticalAnd although we wish we had A TON more photos to share every single detail of this BUSY day, we are happy that we got a TON of video footage of the project. We’re so excited to share a full video all about April and Mike, the process we took to get this space prepped, & the actual makeover day. We can’t wait to show you that in the next few weeks!

In the meantime, we must thank the talented team of Lowe’s volunteers and our amazing family and friends for taking their Saturday to help us out on this super special project. We could not have done ANY of this without their support and we are so grateful for all that they do for us.

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  1. Nicole B.

    The makeover looks amazing! I really like the bed frame… all the surroundings match it perfectly. Super job 🙂

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  2. Nicole B.

    The makeover looks amazing! I really like the bed frame… all the surroundings match it perfectly. Super job 🙂

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Garage Plans

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Outside of painting the cabinets in our garage with chalkboard paint and painting the shelves when we first moved in, our 1 car garage hasn’t gotten much attention on the blog lately…. or in real life for that matter. Don’t get me wrong, I use our garage a lot and work hard to keep it organized(ish) but at the end of the day it’s been very much a catch-all/work space over the past few years. And when I’m busy working and the garage is busy “catching all”, the space sadly tends to get a little more disorganized than I would like it to be.

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We do not have a basement so our garage is pretty much the only extra storage we have in our 1,100 square ft ranch. Matt and I have made an effort lately to purge, especially in the garage. We just don’t have the space to be keeping stuff around the house/garage that we don’t use or don’t need — our space is just too small for that. Every square inch counts and we’ve really come to embrace this concept in the garage lately, which has led me to feel extra motivated to make our garage a little nicer and a little more organized/functional for us.

But starting to make plans for the garage at the end of October in Chicago is pretty much the worst idea ever! Winter will be here before we know it and winter in Chicago means spending next to NO time in our non-heated garage because it’s so darn cold!! But, that isn’t stopping me from at least sharing my garage hopes (and goals!!) for the upcoming YEAR and at least getting a few things checked off the list before the winter comes.

Here’s what we’ve done, what we are going to do soon, what we have planned over the next year or so, and what I would do if this was my forever house:

DONE chalkboard cabinets garage

  • Paint, Label and Organize Cabinets: More details on these DIY Chalkboard cabinets here. I still LOVE these labeled cabinets and still know exactly where everything is because of these crazy drawings! garage-shelves
  • Paint Shelves Grey: These shelves came with our garage but WOW, painting them made such a big difference. Love this project still to this day!
  • Install Hooks to hang bikes, lawn tools, brooms, rakes, etc.: We installed hooks on the ceiling and on the wall last year, which helped us utilize our vertical storage space a whole lot more! We love being able to store our bikes from the ceiling because we were able to clear up a lot of floor space, which is especially helpful for when we bring our outdoor furniture in for the winter.
  • Buy Tupperware for storage: We bought our tupperware bins from pretty much anywhere we could buy them cheap when we first bought our house. Lowe’s, Home Depot, Menard’s, Wal-mart — you name it, we mixed and matched these Tupperware bins. They definitely do the trick for now, but I do have bigger and better things in mind when it comes to these plastic bins.
  • Purge: This is definitely a work in progress and a project that we need to commit to for the long haul. It wasn’t easy to get Matt to start throwing away (or donating) items from our garage, but he has finally seen the light and now we just can’t stop!

TO-DO THIS FALL

  • Purge MORE: Hopefully this fall we continue to pare down and only keep what we really need and consistently use. This way our garage will be filled with only the essentials, which will help keep it organized now and later.

garage-floorOur friend Katie from Bower Power tackled this DIY Epoxy floor recently and it turned out AMAZING.

  • Cover garage floor with epoxy: We have spots, cracks, and stains ALL over our garage floor, which makes the space look more grungy than it needs to. Both my parents and Casey’s mom have added epoxy coatings to their garage floors and both of their garages are GORGEOUS because of it.  I’ve admired this product for a while now and Casey recently convinced me to give it a try. She came over a few weekends ago to help and I can’t wait to show you guys the progress. Oh. My. Goodness. That transformation will be on the blog real soon. garage-floor-before-2

NEXT SPRING/SUMMER

garage-organization-yellow-brick-homeImage and pretty much all of my garage inspiration/ideas via Yellow Brick Home

  • Install Workbench of some sort (inspiration here): How amazing is this workspace from Yellow Brick Home?! I swear, almost all of my inspiration and ideas about my garage has come from this amazingly talented DIY duo. I think a cabinet/tool bench is totally attainable and I’m confident I can create something like this without breaking the bank. This is definitely on the top of my to-do list for next summer… especially now that our tool arsenal is growing.
  • Add privacy screen? (inspiration here!): Kim and Scott also gave me the idea of adding a privacy screen to hide garage eye sores. I think it’s the perfect idea if you use your garage for family parties or summer get togethers. We don’t hang out in our garage when we have backyard parties, but I do love this idea anyway. GENIUS!

classy-clutter-garageImage and inspo behind the NEED for matching tupperware bins via here!

  • Matching Tupperware, better organizational system (inspiration here!): I know that is crazy since it’s JUST A GARAGE but I just can’t help but get annoyed looking at the mismatched storage bins in our garage. I think the whole space would look so much cleaner and more organized if I splurged on matching storage boxes.

DREAM PLANS

  • Add a shed in the backyard to eliminate some of the stuff in the garage – I mean, how AMAZING would it be to have a she-shed in the backyard?! Again… probably not a reality in this house but would love to do this someday!
  • Paint Garage – not sure if this project is worth it in this house, but it is something I think would instantly brighten the space and make it look/feel cleaner
  • Paint the Ceiling – Have I lost my mind?! Probably, but I would love a lighter, brighter, CLEANER ceiling than what I currently have. #dontjudgeme <— my poor dad, who is a painter, probably has stomach pains just thinking about me trying to recruit him to help on a project like this. Don’t worry dad, it probably won’t happen… this time around. 😉
  • Install more organizational solutions for specific items (hooks, cabinets, etc.): If I thought I was staying here forever, I would work hard to individualize my storage solutions so that every important item had a specific place to call home in the garage. I find that this is the best way for me to STAY organized.

20% done, 55% to Go?garage-floor-before

Right at this very moment, I would call my garage 20% done on my “if this was a perfect world” wish list. We obviously don’t live in a perfect world and I don’t necessarily think it’s the best idea to invest in some of these projects since this is not our forever house.

100% done is not a realistic goal, but if I could get this space to 75% done I would be a happy camper! Hopefully over the next month or so, I can check off a few items on this to-do list (stay tuned!) and move closer to that 75% mark. Once November hits, I’ll be forced to take a break again until the spring but hopefully after that I can get back to work and make even more progress on this neglected space!

But before I get going on this fall’s garage plans, I would LOVE to hear from you. Has anyone done anything really AMAZING in their garage that you would recommend?! Obviously ours needs A LOT of TLC so I will take all the ideas/suggestions you have to offer!!

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  1. Gretchen Braun

    I’m working on a garage project as well! We’re currently building a shed in our back yard (it’s a huge pain so consider yourself lucky if you can’t have one). Looking forward to seeing what you come up with for more inspiration!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      OMG, really?! Why is the shed so terrible? I’d love to get the scoop since I’m dreaming of a potential shed in the future. Good luck!! I hope it gets easier!! =)

      Thanks for stopping by, Gretchen.

  2. Gretchen Braun

    I’m working on a garage project as well! We’re currently building a shed in our back yard (it’s a huge pain so consider yourself lucky if you can’t have one). Looking forward to seeing what you come up with for more inspiration!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      OMG, really?! Why is the shed so terrible? I’d love to get the scoop since I’m dreaming of a potential shed in the future. Good luck!! I hope it gets easier!! =)

      Thanks for stopping by, Gretchen.

  3. Diana @ Bumps Along the Way

    This is pretty much my garage situation. It’s pretty functional but not at all pretty and we definitely need a better system for all the power tools. I’d LOVE to have a dedicated workshop (partially because projects would get done faster) but even just easier storage would be great. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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  4. Diana @ Bumps Along the Way

    This is pretty much my garage situation. It’s pretty functional but not at all pretty and we definitely need a better system for all the power tools. I’d LOVE to have a dedicated workshop (partially because projects would get done faster) but even just easier storage would be great. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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Happy Hour no. 2

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What’s Happy Hour?

To us, Happy Hour is a time to sit back, relax, and catch up with friends. It’s a time to chat about everything and anything, and that’s exactly what we want to bring to DIY Playbook’s monthly Happy Hour.

happy-hour-graphicWe want these monthly posts to be a chance to catch up with friends and bring just a little extra happy to your day. So grab your coffee (or champagne) and let’s catch up!

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  • The older I get, the more I find myself looking into affordable face & eye creams (why are they all sooooo expensive?!). I recently purchased this one and I’m loving it so far. Plus at $26, it isn’t too pricey (a little bit goes a long way). I’ve noticed that the skin around my eyes and lips is definitely softer, but we’ll see if it helps with those darn wrinkles…casey-dining-table-reveal
  • Another beauty product I find myself buying over and over again is this eyebrow pencil. You’ll remember my love/hate relationship with my brows from this post, and I seem to look best when my eyebrows are a little more defined. This eyebrow pencil matches perfectly (I have the taupe color) and I love that the other end has a brush so you can groom your brows for the day too.target-marble-candle
  • I absolutely adore the fall and all of the smells that come with it! I just got this candle and it smells amazing. Not overwhelming, but powerful enough to fill your entire home with a fall aroma. I’ve heard good things about this candle too.
  • I’m loving the new Nate Berkus line at Target. He can do no wrong in my book!

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  • I’ve never met a peter pan collar I didn’t love. I recently bought this shirt and this shirt (both peter pan collars) and I love both of them. And most importantly, I LOVED the $9 and $16 price tags they came with.bridget_fall_fiddle_leaf_family_room_light_plan
  • My Fiddle Leaf is STILL ALIVE, which is surprising because you won’t believe what happened. When I went to California for 4 days, I left Matt instructions to water the fiddle leaf with one cup of water on the Friday I left (Fiddle Leaf Friday). He misinterpreted those instructions into thinking he needed to water the fiddle leaf EVERYDAY while I was gone. I even texted him while I was gone asking, “Did you water the fiddle leaf?!”. He proudly responded — “YES!”. I didn’t find out until I got home that his proud YES! meant… YES! every single day. I’ll keep you guys updated. #yikes
  • I had the absolute honor of being asked to be my nephew’s godmother and we celebrated his baptism this past month. After lots of brainstorming, I ended up getting him a monogrammed tie clip (for his future sacraments) but my runner-up idea was an engraved compass with a quote about letting his faith guide him. I decided against the compass at the last minute, but loved the symbolism!

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  • Did you see this DIY bathroom? We have some serious heart eyes going on! Go Sarah!!
  • Another amazing bathroom makeover…. we’re loving the tile!
  • This modern trellis will definitely be on our outdoor to-do list next spring.
  • Mandi isn’t just fearless when it comes to DIY. She also showed such courage writing this post.
  • We are both pretty AWFUL when it comes to music so excuse the fact that we’re just FINALLY hearing this song. <— Humble & Kind. Our world needs more of these inspirational and positive messages, especially lately. 
  • Our messy wonderful house” …Wise words from one of our favorites.
  • Definitely got the giggles watching this video
  • Now this is a statement coffee table! And I can hardly believe it’s a DIY project #mindblown

Q3 Date-night

Chicago_Odyssey_Travel-20As you guys already know, we try to get together every quarter and have a double date night with our better halves. Last quarter we took an amazing sunset dinner cruise and didn’t think we could ever top that perfect night together.

chicago-cubs-wrigley-field-3But believe it or not, this month’s date night gave that evening on the water a run for its money!

chicago-cubs-wrigley-field-2chicago-cubs-wrigley-fieldWe got front row seats at the Cubs game (Thanks Finn!!) and had an absolute BLAST together at the game. The Cubs won, the weather that night was a perfect 10, and it was great to spend time all together. Even though we talk all the time, we are always grateful that we have the boys who push us to take the night off from blogging and just have FUN together as best friends. We aren’t together as a foursome nearly enough, so when we do finally carve out time for a double date … we make the most of it!!

Casey Updates:

September is one of my favorite months of the year (gotta love the fall), and I’m a little sad the month is already behind us. But I certainly had a wonderful September. I feel like a big chunk of my month was spent in California for our Michaels trip.

travel-carmel-bridget-casey-rookies-fashion-dressI was gone from a Friday to the next Thursday…so quite a long time to be away from home and my everyday routine. Getting out of town with Bridget was a welcomed retreat, but I definitely missed that husband of mine.

3-finn-fantasy-football-trophySpeaking of him, Finn is in hardcore football mode and I actually kinda love it (except for that large fantasy football trophy of his…which is still around until the end of the season). Our Sundays are so nice and relaxing. We typically go to the grocery store in the morning, then I’ll head to a workout class while he starts watching games at noon.

cookies-marble-table-candlesIn the afternoon I’ll work on the blog, while he watches games and cooks our weekday lunches (& sometimes some extra treats like his famous chocolate chip cookies!). We’ll then join back together for a nice Sunday dinner, drinks on the patio, and a few shows on Netflix. He recently whipped up this curry chicken recipe in the crock pot and it was glorious!

chicago-fireworks-night-time-cruise-photographyOver the summer I produced a new pilot for WGN here in Chicago. Here’s a link to the segments if you want to check them out. I personally loved visiting Vintage Garage the best. Such a cool flea market here in Chicago.

Bridget Updates:

garage-floor-before-2September was INSANELY busy for me… like legit crazy. School is back in full force and every weekend throughout the month was completely booked solid (in the best way possible!). Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining at all because although my days were insanely busy, the month was awesome. California was obviously amazing and spending the whole weekend together is always a blast. Casey also came over to add epoxy to my garage floor (more details coming soon!). And outside of the blog, I was able to spend some quality time with my favorite people in the world — my family.

oconnor-family-christmas-card-photoWe rented a house on the lake we grew up on for my mom’s belated birthday gift and it was absolutely GLORIOUS. Of course it’s always nice to be together for an extended period of time, but throw in there that it was our first “vacay” with baby Owen AND we got to do some of our favorite fall activities (like pick apples) and it was the best weekend ever. I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such amazing people and feel beyond grateful to call them my family. How did I get so lucky?!owen_baptism-2

And speaking of family, I was honored with the privilege of being Baby Owen’s Godmother at his baptism this month. I was nervous for my duty, but I think I did all right. 😉

Lowes_Fall_Makeover_BEFORE_April_Mike_Bedroom-10And last but very not least, planning for the Lowe’s makeover has kept both of us VERY busy this month! We can’t believe that the weekend is FINALLY here!!!!!! We will be at April and Mike’s tonight getting ready for madness that starts tomorrow morning! Be sure to tune in to Instagram, Facebook, Insta-story or Snapchat (@diyplaybook) for behind-the-scenes updates. We’re nervous, excited, and ready to finally get this show on the road.

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  1. shawnna griffin

    hey girls great post! Wish we lived closer, we could hang out! I live in Shawnee,Oklahoma so if y’all are ever down here let me know!! Have a great weekend!!

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  2. shawnna griffin

    hey girls great post! Wish we lived closer, we could hang out! I live in Shawnee,Oklahoma so if y’all are ever down here let me know!! Have a great weekend!!

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  3. Whitney Regeth

    I LOVE Anastasia Brow Wiz! I use it everyday and love that it’s smudge-proof. Looks like you gals had a busy month!!

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  4. Whitney Regeth

    I LOVE Anastasia Brow Wiz! I use it everyday and love that it’s smudge-proof. Looks like you gals had a busy month!!

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BEFORE Pictures – Lowe’s Fall Makeover

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It has been a little while since we have given you guys an update on our upcoming Lowe’s home makeover, and we are so excited to fill you in on where things stand today.

Last we chatted, we gave you a little teaser of the space and offered up a few tidbits of information about these lucky homeowners. Since then, we’ve had the chance to meet April & Mike and see the space in person. And guys….IT’S GONNA BE SOOOOOOO GOOD.

Meet April & Mike!
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Let’s begin with the most adorable couple ever. Mike & April got married last December, and purchased this home a few months after their wedding. They’re so excited to make this house their own as they start their new life together.

And they deserve all of it …. & more.

These high school sweethearts have suffered heartbreak that we can’t even imagine. A few years ago, April’s brother passed away tragically in an accident. After that unspeakable loss, Mike’s father suddenly passed away, which led April and Mike to postpone their wedding in order to be there for their grieving families. They both describe their family as the most important part of their lives.

So much so that they purchased this specific home to be close to their families, so they can help out and be there as much as possible to lending a hand whenever they can. And what was most shocking to us is their strength. Even though they’ve endured so much tragedy, they’re still incredibly positive, kind, and selfless. If you can’t tell already…we’re pretty blown away by these 2.

They’re an amazing couple and we feel so fortunate to give them a tiny slice of happiness in their new home. This is their first year of marriage and while they are constantly thinking and helping those around them, we also want them to have a place that is sacred and relaxing to them as a couple.

When we invited ourselves over to see the space, they welcomed us with open arms and didn’t mind that we took about 1,000 pictures and examined every nook & cranny of their bedroom.

The Bedroom – Before
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As of now there is minimal furniture and decor in their bedroom, and it’s just begging for a little life & creativity. Lowes_Fall_Makeover_BEFORE_April_Mike_Bedroom-17

It’s also a fairly big bedroom (which we didn’t realize until we physically stepped inside), so we have lots of areas that are ready for a little TLC. Lowes_Fall_Makeover_BEFORE_April_Mike_Bedroom-13

We will get into our exact design plan (mood board & all!) next time we chat about the makeover, but one thing we definitely want to do is paint all of the wood trim white, as well as the closets and doors. Plus, we’ll be replacing the green with a nice warm gray color on the walls. Just the painting alone is A LOT!

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We’ve also got big plans to transform these closet doors in order to brighten up the space and add lots of visual interest. Picture them with some cool molding, sleek black handles, and oh my..it’s going to look fabulous!

Even though we have a lot of work ahead of us, we’re confident that this space is going to look pretty darn amazing by the time we’re outta here. At least that’s what we keep telling ourselves.

The makeover is all set for the weekend of October 1st, so the countdown is officially on! We have all of the furniture ordered, we’re planning out the DIY details, and we even have big plans for a couple of videos as we transform the space. Honestly, so much excitement and activity happening… we promise we will keep you guys updated every step of the way! Stay tuned =)Bridget and Casey Signature

 

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28 thoughts on “BEFORE Pictures – Lowe’s Fall Makeover

  1. Victoria | the Maypop

    Family is so important, and I value my own more and more each day. Love that you’re doing a makeover for this couple. I’m not one to hesitate over painting wood, especially mid-century nondescript trim, but something about the grain on those closet doors just speaks to me. What about cerusing (think I spelled that correctly) or something similar? I love the idea of lightening them but still having the grain peek through! Just a thought. Everything you guys do is beautiful, and I know this won’t be an exception.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Family first, we completely agree! Thanks Victoria!! And we love the grain of that wood door too but unfortunately the doors are older and a bit beat up so adding a little TLC to those is definitely on our to-do list. But yes…. we couldn’t agree more that wood grain is so dreamy!

  2. Victoria | the Maypop

    Family is so important, and I value my own more and more each day. Love that you’re doing a makeover for this couple. I’m not one to hesitate over painting wood, especially mid-century nondescript trim, but something about the grain on those closet doors just speaks to me. What about cerusing (think I spelled that correctly) or something similar? I love the idea of lightening them but still having the grain peek through! Just a thought. Everything you guys do is beautiful, and I know this won’t be an exception.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Family first, we completely agree! Thanks Victoria!! And we love the grain of that wood door too but unfortunately the doors are older and a bit beat up so adding a little TLC to those is definitely on our to-do list. But yes…. we couldn’t agree more that wood grain is so dreamy!

  3. Lisa Prosapio Brennan

    You girls are amazing!!! Can’t wait to see the process and transformation on the blog! Looks like you couldn’t have chosen a better couple either <3

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Aw, thank YOU Lisa! We are SO lucky to be working with April and Mike. They are amazing and so humble/grateful/open-minded…. we really hit the jackpot! We can’t wait to give them a space that they l-o-v-e!

  4. Lisa Prosapio Brennan

    You girls are amazing!!! Can’t wait to see the process and transformation on the blog! Looks like you couldn’t have chosen a better couple either <3

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Aw, thank YOU Lisa! We are SO lucky to be working with April and Mike. They are amazing and so humble/grateful/open-minded…. we really hit the jackpot! We can’t wait to give them a space that they l-o-v-e!

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