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Filed in PROJECTS & DIY — March 25, 2022

Last week I announced on IG I decided to join in on the One Room Challenge a week late. Last spring, we did our patio for the ORC and it was the best experience! The ORC is a design challenge for bloggers, designers, and DIYers to tackle a space over the course of several weeks hosted by Better Homes and Gardens! Last spring our patio refresh was featured in Better Homes and Gardens as one of the best outdoor makeovers. Seriously, one of the most amazing experiences. I’ve been kicking myself for not jumping in this spring and really missing the ORC DIY community.

Before I thought I didn’t have enough projects to stretch the extended 8 week challenge this season, but we lumped a few outdoor projects together, making it one huge exterior renovation! And I am BEYOND excited! Here’s where our focus will be front exterior/porch, patio + deck!


-paint brick
-update craftsman posts
-craftsman shutters
-front flower bed
-garage door revamp

-refinish deck
-build outdoor dining table

-update craftsman posts
-build outdoor coffee table
-fire column revamp

We’re so ready to give our exterior that craftsman touch, and get it matching our interior! Finally putting that modern cottage stamp on our ranch. Follow along on IG to see in real time, and check back each Thursday for a weekly update including details + tutorials! So excited to share it all.


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