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Hey, wow! I never expected it to be nearly a year in between posts. Shit. How fucked up was that last year? What an absolute major bummer quarantine was. I felt like before covid I was in such a groove with the blog, and then it turned quickly turned into not being able to give any effs about anything and just surviving day-to-day. That sounds dark, but that year was dark! My kids did distance learning READ MORE
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How I've been Keeping Busy

How I’ve been Keeping Busy

Well folks, I've been struggling with how to start my first blog post in awhile and I decided that maybe a recap is the right thing to do. As I am sure many you have experienced the ebbs and flow of this pandemic and what it doing to all of ...
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Reflections on the Last Few Weeks

Reflections on the Last Few Weeks

So, I felt like it was time to pop in and say, "Hi.” I haven’t posted much in the last several weeks because it hasn’t felt right. There’s been so many important things happening in the country and community that it felt trivial to post anything at all ...
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Installing Wallpaper

Installing Wallpaper

Guyses! Today I am going to teach you how to install wallpaper on an accent wall. This is a job that is fairly easy, a tiny bit stressful, and 100 percent totally worth it. This my friends, is the fifth (!) time I have wallpapered, so I pretty much consider ...
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Creating a Lounging Area on a Sunny Patio

Our Sunny Northwoods Patio

The spring is by far my favorite time of year. Us Minnesotan’s savor any and all outdoor time we can get in the warmer months. Every spring season I try to focus on a small space and give it a bit of TLC and this year I have teamed up ...
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Patching Tile

Patching Tile

We’ve been so happy with our new range and range hood at the cabin. It looks great in the space, except for the patch tile patch job that needed to be done. Perhaps this has happened to you? Maybe you needed to remove an over the range microwave or hood ...
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New Legs on My Foot Stool

New Legs on My Foot Stool

Hi Guys. I'm back! I needed some time to process all of the new things happening in life while also settling into a routine with the kids and school. It's am keeping my goal to post twice a week, although I'm sure I won't be able to every week. I'm ...
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It's Bonkers

It’s Bonkers

Wow! I've been trying to wrap my head around writing a post for a while. How am I supposed to write when all of our lives are changing? Right now I am in our cabin bunk room writing this post from inside a small closet, my kids are working on ...
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Ten Year Video House Tour

Ten Year Video House Tour

Hey! So stoked to share this post today. Welcome to my first ever video house tour! We just celebrated the anniversary of our 10th year in our home! Can you believe it? Neither Jeff or I have lived in one place for so long, our home really has become part ...
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Hi! I’m Alison Allen

I started Deuce Cities Henhouse in 2009 – a blog about fixing up and restoring my 110-year-old Minneapolis home and updating our worn out and out, dated Wisconsin cabin. My family and I (my husband and two boys) moved into our current home nearly ten years ago, and since then I’ve been chronicling my journey of owning, renovating, decorating and DIY-ing our home.
 
I’m passionate about empowering women to take on projects that they might have normally not had the confidence to do, incorporating modern design and aesthetic into my home, thoughtful design solutions, and landscaping. I’ve done it all, from easy do-it-yourself home improvement projects to full on renovations and remodels.