Deuce Cities Henhouse

What up dudes? After a few long months of enjoying the summer weather and fully giving into the gardening bug I finally got the fire to start a new indoor house project. Let me start at the beginning. In our entire adult lives Jeff and I have never had an adult-put-together bedroom. We have never had an actual bed, we only use a rickety bed frame and a pile books to hold up our mattress. We have a hodgepodge of furniture, much of it we have been carting around since we left our parents houses. After setting up the boys with super cool digs last fall I realized that they have a sweet bedroom, and we do not. Something was wrong with that picture. I painted the bedroom back in 2012 - it's a nice bright white space. The far back wall is made up of cheap paneling, I painted it black to help disguise it by absorbing the light and down playing it's vertical grooves. I always knew the paneling was hiding something, why else would it be there? The paneling covers the back wall and then angles out in one corner. I've been curious to discover what is hidden behind that panel ever since we moved in. I knew it had to be trouble. After pounding on the walls I could hear a metal reverberation behind them. Since we don't have duct work I had no idea as to what it could possibly be. I was hoping hard for some sort of sweet time capsule. Last Friday morning I decided to solve the mystery. After feeding the kids some breakfast, something magical took over my body. I was possessed. I have a bad habit of starting Get the Scoop [...]
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Summer Living Room

What up people? Not much around here. I've been chatting about gardens for a solid three months now, I think I finally got it out of my system. I mean, I'm still going to be outside whenever I can during the summer, but for the first time in months I'm finally becoming able to focus on what's happening inside. I've really been digging the look of my living room lately. In the summertime we get to enjoy this lush backdrop of grape vines through the windows that are growing on my neighbors house. It's so pretty, and I miss it so much when it gets all dumb and decides to not be green in the winter. Besides the changing of the seasons and what not, there has been one big change in the living room that I was too embarrassed to share with you earlier. I'm still not actually sharing photos of it because it was ugly and gross, just take my word for it. During Christmas we moved the furniture around so that we could place the tree in front of the window. The TV got moved to the opposite wall, and after the tree came down the boys voted for the TV to stay in it's new place. They said it made everything seem "roomier." I was never a big fan of the new arrangement, when you entered the room you came face-to-face with our TV. Whatever, I decided to be a team player and live with it for a bit, and a bit turned into six months. After ignoring the new arrangement for months I couldn't take it's uncoolness any longer. We recently got cable after being perfectly happy with our chromecast and antenna combo because my husband Get the Scoop [...]
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in Around the House, Living Room

The Sunroom – It’s Done.

--> Guys! I did it! I finally pulled the sunroom together, and I think it looks pretty awesome! After living in our house for four years it finally feels like we are starting to put our stamp on the spaces in our home. The sunroom was the latest such adventure. Decorating a home is a very slow process, though super rewarding and satisfying. Much of the first four years have been spent putting things together and giving the home a vibe that read 'us'. We've spent a little money, but overall have been pretty frugal when it comes to decorating. The bulk of our money has been spent on projects that had a big pay off, like painting the house. Now it feels like we are entering the next stage of living in a home (the second layer, if you will) where we can start to dig into the details of each space to make sure it truly represents us aesthetically, consistently and cohesively. We've been able to really get used to our spaces over the years. We know how they currently function and how we would like them to actually function. Some spaces still need improving and tweaking. Our bedroom for example, still consists of college furniture and a mattress on a bed frame - it looks 'pretty' but still needs a lot of work. We are now ready to dive in a little deeper and begin to make rooms functional and decorate them with purpose. I'm excited to be able to start focusing our decor dollars, and I think the sunroom makeover are the beginnings steps of addressing that second layer - four years deep. Our porch wasn't bad before, it really Get the Scoop [...]
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in Around the House, Porch

4 Year Recap – Part 5

Bedroom - 2010 Yo, Buddies! Here I am with the last installment of the four year recap. I hope I'm not driving you guys crazy with this, but it's fun for me to look back at the progress, and I hope it might be for you too. Sorry if I went a little overboard. Today I am sharing you the progress of our master bedroom, the sunroom and the front porch. The photo above is our bedroom minutes after we moved in, as you can see not a lot had been done to the space. The honest truth is that it sat like this for quite some time, probably a year. We were so busy trying to get our living areas "put together" that we really couldn't focus on the bedroom. I say "put together" in quotations because really it took years to get a cohesive look in our living areas, and most likely will always be evolving. The bedroom is large, which is awesome for us and was a definite must when house hunting. However, the doorway that opens into the bedroom divides the bedroom into two parts. On one side we have our bed, nightstands and tv, and on the other, we have a dresser, closet and sitting area. The doorway from the hallway sits directly across from the sunroom (the sunroom is connected to our master bedroom), basically creating an invisible pathway between the two. What I'm trying to tell you guys, is that the room is big - which is great, and cool, and awesome and all, but it has also been very hard to pull together because it consists of three separate parts all existing in the same space.   Get the Scoop [...]
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in Around the House, My House

Fence Plans

Hey, Guys! I have to say it's feeling a lot more like spring around here. We finally had some nice warm sunny days. The eight inches of snow we had acquired last Thursday is nearly gone. I can see grass, finally! All these signs of spring mean one thing to us Allens, the new horizontal slatted fence will be getting installed soon, I am so excited. I posted some fence inspiration a few months ago, and shared with you guys that we were dead-set on getting a new fence this summer. At that point we had just started talking about what we wanted, but hadn't met with any actual real life contractors or made any real decisions. Since then we have come up with a full plan for our yard and have hired Fencein Deck to build us a really great horizontal slatted fence. Fencein Deck seemed like a good fit for us. They are a very friendly team, they use quality products, and most importantly, they let me customize the crap out of a new fence. Our friends Nicole and Ripp used them last year for their new fence and couldn't recommend them enough, it was an easy choice for us. BTW - Nicole and Ripp have a horizontal fence and it looks awesome. We had a lot of concerns going into this whole fence thing. For one, here in Minnesota you have to have "the pretty" side of the fence face outwards, the posts need to be on the interior side of the fence. I understand why this is a rule, you don’t want to piss off your neighbors. But, selfishly it is kind of a bummer. Our fence guy had a plan though, this wasn't his first rodeo. Get the Scoop [...]
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in Around the House, gardening, Outdoor