Eight Reasons to Plant a Clover Lawn: Adventures in Sustainable Suburbia

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Post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I don’t blog a lot about blogging here; it’s just not my thing. But I’ll say that, what with the new Pinterest algorithm changes and blah, blah, blah….page views are way down lately for a lot of DIY blogs, mine included. This is kind of a bummer, so if all of … Continue reading

See America Banner for Abe’s National Parks Room

See America postcard banner in Abe's National Parks room

Post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! When I was in college, I had a set of R. Crumb’s “Heroes of the Blues” trading cards: These were pretty cool, so I hung them up in the bedroom of my first apartment, marching around the walls up near the top like a wallpaper border. Apparently my decorating tastes haven’t … Continue reading

DIY Chalkboard for Abe’s National Parks Room

How to make a chalkboard for a kid's room: inspired by the National Parks Service's arrowhead logo

Post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I was always planning to make a bear shaped chalkboard for Abe’s room. Right up until the very day when we were all ready to make a chalkboard. And then I sat down to try to sketch out a bear profile for Dave to cut out, and….I couldn’t get it how … Continue reading

Impulsive Dining Room Changes: Pottery Barn Chairs

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I’ve been meaning to write a post for a few weeks now about changes I’d like to make in our dining room, but I could never figure out quite what I wanted to say, because I can never figure out quite what I want to do in the dining room. Here’s hoping the impulse buy we made for the dining … Continue reading

Campaign Chest Makeover with Wagner Home Decor Paint Sprayer

Campaign chest makeover with Wagner paint sprayer and Behr indigo ink navy paint

Thanks to Wagner Spraytech for sponsoring this post! This little campaign chest has been waiting for its moment in the spotlight for a long time. It made its first blog appearance way back in August…of 2014: I’ve always liked it, but I had the hardest time finding the right spot for it. And then we decided to move Abe’s play … Continue reading

Kids’ Rooms Bedding Updates: Target’s Pillowfort

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Originally I was going to get this post up on Monday, so this part I’m doing first where I’m all, “hey–hope you had a good Easter weekend!” and then self-indulgently post a few adorable Easter kid photos was going to seem more timely. Anyway, I hope all of you who celebrate had a great Easter and that all of you … Continue reading

A French Impressionist Dining Room…..or not

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My dining room is difficult. It’s always been difficult. Like, one of my very first blog posts was about these lamps I painted for the dining room. And pretty much everyone in the world was like, “Gretchen, those are not good lamps,” even Dave, who has few opinions on such things. And I stuck with the lamps for awhile, probably … Continue reading