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  • Heavenly Couch, Thanks Macy’s

    Styling Tips

    Heavenly Couch, Thanks Macy’s

    Furniture shopping is___________________.a. Overwhelmingb. Intimidatingc. Excitingd. Full of commitmente. All of the above Answer: (E). All of the above. Throughout allllllll of the adventures that come along with furniture shopping, I have felt all of these emotions and more, many, many more. Trying to pick out the perfect couch; one that has the ideal ratio of comfy to cozy, trendy to

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  • Christmas Photo Hunt & Casey’s Engagement

    Family

    Christmas Photo Hunt & Casey’s Engagement

    Finn and I live in St. Louis and we don’t get to come home to Chicago too often. When we do come back for a weekend, we find that it can be a struggle to balance the time we spend with our friends, our family, and the time we spend downtown Chicago exploring the city

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  • Annual Cookie Day for the Christmas Season

    Holiday

    Annual Cookie Day for the Christmas Season

    The O’Halloran Family Cookie Day 1,000+ sprinkles on the floor 56 sticks of butter 30 batches of cookies 24 bakers and helpers 9 different kinds of cookies 1 special tradition Ever since I can remember, we’ve held cookie day in my mom’s kitchen right before the holidays. When we were younger, that meant my brothers

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  • Don’t judge a book by its cover

    Do It In A Day

    Don’t judge a book by its cover

    Coffee table books and magazines make me smile, plain and simple. These treasures offer a win-win situation for any homeowners. They offer a pop of color to any boring coffee table plus they have the potential to tell a great story to your guests. Here’s a fun stack of coffee table books that does just this.        Don’t be fooled by the red/pink

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  • How to Throw a Gingerbread House Party

    DIY

    How to Throw a Gingerbread House Party

    In honor of my older sister’s birthday and to celebrate her new home and soon-to-be new family, I attended a very sweet, very creative holiday celebration. This celebration was my oldest sister (Katie) and her fiance’s (Joe) first official “dinner party” and they rocked it out of the park! How to Host a Gingerbread House Party She and Joe invited my family and Joe’s

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  • DIY

    How to Make New Home Announcements

    We bought a house! Here’s how I made new home announcements to share with my family and friends…

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  • “These are a few of my Favorite Things!”

    Holiday

    “These are a few of my Favorite Things!”

    Warning: After reading this post you will officially have the Sound of Music’s “Favorite Things” song in your head for the rest of the day! (Listen to this and jam out!) First, if you haven’t seen the Sound of Music….go rent it right now, watch it, and come read this post after you’ve seen it. Okay,

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  • Wine Cork Christmas Wreath

    Do It In A Day

    Wine Cork Christmas Wreath

      If you’re a reader of this blog, you’ve probably noticed that sometimes we like to get our wine on!Sometimes with dinner, sometimes for girl’s nights, and sometimes even while crafting (okay, definitely not for crafts that involve power tools. Ya gotta draw the line somewhere!) Now, I’m no Kathy Lee Gifford but give me

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  • How to Make a Jar of Love Notes

    Do It In A Day

    How to Make a Jar of Love Notes

    Can I tell you a secret? I’m in love. Yep. You heard me right. I’m in love with a boy and I want the whole world (and him) to know it! See…Finn and I have been together for quite some time now. The better part of a decade. But, even though it has been oh

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  • Bridget’s Suburban Ranch

    Design

    Bridget’s Suburban Ranch

    ‘ Come check out Bridget’s Patio Makeover here. Check out even more pictures of our home tour on Style Me Pretty! PS. If you are looking for some holiday inspiration, come check out some inspiration here…  here…. here….  or here! 

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  • String Art Tutorial

    Do It In A Day

    String Art Tutorial

    If you’re like us, then you’ve seen some pretty cool string art all over Pinterest. Unfortunately, not many of those beautiful string art pics come with detailed tutorials, and if you’re anything like us you need step by step instructions so your DIY doesn’t turn into a big FAIL. So, we’re here to give you

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  • Casey’s St. Louis Loft

    Design

    Casey’s St. Louis Loft

    Hello, hello! Come on in and get cozy!   My fiance Finn and I called this spacious loft home in downtown St. Louis, before moving to our current Chicago condo. Take a peek at our old place!                                    

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The Year of Casey

Hey there!

I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.