Five Halloween Decorating Ideas: Ghosts of Halloween Past

gold snake halloween wreath

I’m excited about Halloween decorating this year! I have to confess that I wasn’t entirely feeling it last year. Actually, I confessed it last year, too. I posted about a small Halloween vignette in my foyer and said, “Honestly? THIS is about how much Halloween decorating I wanted to do this year.” Unvarnished truth is what I give you here … Continue reading

My Home Style Before and After

campaign chest and gallery wall in master bathroom

I’m excited to be participating in the My Home Style, Before and After Edition blog hop this week, with a whole bunch of fabulous bloggers. If you’re coming here from The DIY Mommy, welcome! And if you’re a regular reader who’s been around for awhile, you’ve seen my bathroom before, but we’ve made a few updates recently and I’m going … Continue reading

My Fujifilm X-T10 : A Very Non-technical Review

fujifilm x-t10 review

It’s been around ten months, I think, since I upgraded my camera from a Canon Rebel T3i to the mirrorless Fujifilm X-T10, so I thought it was about time I said what I think about it. I love it. Very much. I’d had my Rebel for about three years (and it was an upgrade from another Rebel before that). I … Continue reading

Someday It Will Stop Being a Zillion Degrees and We’ll Do Things in Our Yard


This is the time of year when people are all over social media posting pictures of flowers blooming and kids swimming and going on and on about how they don’t want summer to end. Bleh. I am totally ready for summer to end. There are things I like about summer: school vacation, road trips, long days, thunderstorms. But by August, … Continue reading

Abe’s Colorful, Modern National Parks Room: The Reveal

Preschooler's National Parks inspired bedrooom

Post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! 2016 is the National Parks Service’s 100th birthday (and, in fact, the actual birthday is August–this very month!) and we’ve been celebrating all year by decorating a National Parks inspired room for our three year old, Abe. We didn’t really mean to keep the celebration going quite THIS long, but….these things … Continue reading

Replacing Outlets Really IS Easy!


Post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I almost didn’t write this post, because it’s such a quick, simple little thing. It’s the sort of thing I would have blogged about back when I still had time for three or four blog posts a week but that these days I’d usually just do a quick Instagram post about … Continue reading

How to Make Over a Vintage Bookshelf with Fabric


post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! Dave thought I was being a little silly to insist that we redo the fabric in Abe’s bookcase. “You can’t even see it!” he said, “it’s behind all the books.” This was a good point, but I couldn’t help myself. We used really cool squid fabric for the back of Abe’s … Continue reading

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