Deck Repair/Rebuild, Part 2: To DIY or Not to DIY

Way back when we built the kids’ swing set, I wrapped things up with some philosophical musings about reasons for DIYing a project. I’m going to return to that topic in this deck rebuild post, because, as I’ve mentioned before, this project really pushed us to the very edge of our DIY comfort zone. Sometimes to DIY or not to … Continue reading

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Boxy Colonial’s Cross Country Road Trip

We’re off on our big ol’ cross country road trip! You can follow along on the travel blog for weekly updates and in depth posts about the non-house/architecture stuff we see, but here I’m going to do some posts about historic houses and assorted other cool old buildings along the way. We had a quick overnight stop in Nashville with … Continue reading

DIY Deck Repair/Rebuild: Before and After Pics

I’m going to do a big post with lots of details about the deck building process, things we learned along the way, and whether we’d go the DIY route if we had it to do over again….but for today I’m just going to show you the pretty pictures. The back of our house has a screen porch (well, it used … Continue reading

What’s Going on Here Lately + Looking Ahead to the Summer in Blogging

Post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! (if you buy something after clicking on an affiliate link, I make a little money, and the cost to you is the same) I don’t know if you all realized this or not, but we’re leaving in less than two weeks on our ginormous, cross-country, summer RV road trip ! Ack! We started planning this … Continue reading

Peacock Duvet Cover + Fun with the Wide Angle Lens

Not much has changed in our master bedroom for awhile now….except the bedding, which changes constantly. I can’t seem to settle on anything. I mean, this would be fine if I were changing things up for fun to try something different, but it’s always because I was never really happy with what was in there to start with. Here’s where it … Continue reading

What’s Going on Around Here Lately

It’s time for one of those periodic “I don’t really have a project to show you, but honest we HAVE been doing stuff. Here: let me show you” posts. Easter happened (umm….it was almost a week ago now! Hope those of you who celebrate had a great Easter!) Abe was the only one of my kids to hunt for eggs … Continue reading

Drayton Hall in Charleston, SC

You can’t throw a rock without hitting a plantation or other historic home in Charleston. So when I was planning our itinerary for our Spring Break trip, I didn’t want us to tour just any old historic homes. I wanted the best ones and, in particular, the ones with something a little….different about them. I ended up settling on Mcleod … Continue reading

Big and Little Kids Love Fairy Houses

The fairy house/terrarium type thing my older kids made featured in my spring home tour a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to come back and do a separate post about it (and the one Abe made later) because it was such a surprisingly big hit with all of them, and it’s not terribly often these days that I … Continue reading

Hello Spring Home Tour

Whenever I’m invited to participate in a spring home tour blog hop, I go back and forth about it, because–truth is–I’m not much of a spring decorator. But do you know what I AM? A procrastinator. So I like to look at spring blog hop time as a chance to finally put away the last remnants of my Christmas decor … Continue reading