An Ikea Friheten Sofa Comes to Live in Our Basement


The Ikea Friheten: it’s more than just a sofa with a difficult to remember or pronounce name. I feel like most of my posts for the past….two years or so start out with me being like, “hey–remember that thing I meant to get done way back a million months ago but then didn’t get around to until now?” Yeah, so, … Continue reading

Ari’s Rustic Industrial Tween (now Teen) Room: Three Years Later

rustic industrial teen room

I realized recently that it’s been a full three years since we finished Ari’s room makeover and I blogged about it. And, honestly, the room looks very similar now overall, so there hasn’t been a huge need to revisit it. But there have been some small changes and additions over time, and I also just like to go back to … Continue reading

National Parks Gallery Wall: Free Printables for Kids’ Rooms


Hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend! Our local fireworks this year were close enough to walk to, so we invited a few friends over for burgers and fruit flag: Then we waited until the last possible minute to let the heat die down some before heading down the road to find a fireworks viewing spot: And then we got … Continue reading

House Goals 2016: Mid-year Check-in


It’s that time of year when I look back at the list of goals we made in January and see whether we’re on track for success or dismal, humiliating failure! Fun! Disclaimers about this year’s list: this is a tricky year for both house stuff and blogging for a few reasons. Dave is (still!) working on his master’s degree, which … Continue reading

A Summer Table Courtesy of Our Awesome House Sitters and Thrifting


I’ve been meaning to do a summer table for the blog since…well, since back when it was still going to be a spring table. I’ve been working on putting together a collection of blue and white transfer-ware for awhile now, and I finally had enough to fill a table (along with some other recent acquisitions). But I never quite got … Continue reading

Kristi’s Modern Farmhouse/ Rustic Glam Master Bathroom Makeover

Budget friendly modern farmhouse/rustic glam master bathroom makeover, with herringbone tile and plank walls

Post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I had these really grand plans for keeping up with blogging while we were out of town. I had photos all ready to edit from both my mom’s porch and Kristi’s bathroom. And then I was also going to do posts with photos of….designy things we saw on the trip: lovely … Continue reading

My Mom’s A-frame House Tour, Part 3: The Screen Porch


Long time readers will recall that I am very, very slowly rolling out a tour of my mom’s A-frame house. Nearly two years ago, I showed you most of the first floor, including the kitchen and living room. And then a little over a year ago, I posted the upstairs (bedrooms and bathroom). So now that’s it’s 2016, it’s time … Continue reading

Abe’s National Parks Room: More See America + an Adorable Rug


Can you spot the changes in Abe’s room?! This game only works if you didn’t read the title of the post, because I told you all about them there. Anyway, if you guessed (or read) the See America posters above his bed and the “Hello” bear rug, then you win! Congratulations!! A couple of weeks ago, I hinted that more … Continue reading

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


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