Eyesore to Outdoor Oasis: Backyard Patio Reveal

Sharing all of the details on how we transformed our patio into an outdoor living oasis for less than $3,000. We completely demolished our former patio area and added pavers, a pergola, built-in bench seating, a dining area, lounge area, and firepit area. Click to see the before and after photos, phases of the renovation, get the sources, and see the budget breakdown!

Continue Reading

Seven Ways to Update Your Exterior in Just One Day

The weather is warming up and it’s time to think about sprucing up your exterior, so I’m taking the Sunday Seven outside this week! In case you’re new around here, the Sima Spaces Sunday Seven is a weekly post in which I share seven home tips for organization, decorating, DIY, inspiration, and more. I’ve kicked

Continue Reading

Seven Easy Updates For Your Bedroom

This article is part of a new line of content here on Sima Spaces called the “Sima Spaces Sunday Seven”! Each Sunday, I’ll be sharing a roundup of seven somethings- design tidbits, renovation advice, organization tips, source roundups, decoration ideas… and more! Be sure to sign up for my mailing list (in the sidebar!) so you don’t miss out. This is part 3 of a long series

Continue Reading

What’s Going on in the Basement These Days?

We’ve been in a bit of a lull period with the basement after we demo’d it back in January. In February, I worked on putting together a rough draft of the design plan  and we spent the rest of the month and the beginning of March planning the necessities like plumbing, egress windows, floor planning etc.

Continue Reading

How to Build Modern Wood Shutters

One of the many steps in our exterior remodel was replacing the shutters. We chose a dark green vinyl siding  and I wanted shutters that would look good with our brown roof and match our wood door as well. My goal was a modern style that would grab someone’s attention and add some interest to the

Continue Reading

How to Build Floating Shelves

Before we tore it apart, our hallway bathroom had a fairly good-sized closet. We didn’t necessarily need all that closet space, but we did need a bigger bathroom! Because of that, with our bathroom renovation, we knocked out the closet and reframed a new closet space. I wanted the new bathroom to be the complete

Continue Reading

Making a Mudroom

This post was originally shared on my former website, OurFiftiesFixerUpper.com, in Fall 2017. When we bought our home, there was no mudroom. The dining room was a very long, awkward space with two chandeliers, a shelving unit, and a door leading out to the backyard. According to our neighbor, who has lived here since the 50’s,

Continue Reading