A playset has been on my wish list for a while now, but even the ones at Costco run about $1,000, so when our friends were giving away their well loved set for free, we jumped on the opportunity. Getting it was probably the hardest part. Daniel spent a couple days dissembling it into a few main pieces with our friends, and then rented a huge u-haul truck to transport it still mostly in tact.

When we reassembled it it looked like this:


The bones were in great shape but the stain was peeling in lots of places. We pressure washed it and transformed it with paint in one afternoon.

This paint sprayer is one of my favorite tools for big DIY projects. We used it previously to spray all the doors in our house, and if we ever do walls again, I'd use this instead of rolling. It makes big project go so incredibly fast. They are pricey, but you might be able to rent one or borrow one.

It has a bit of a learning curve - there is a lot of paint loading, getting the air out, priming the pump, and troubleshooting throughout. But it really is a game changer for a project like this one.

We used two gallons of Behr Exterior Satin paint in Simply White by Benjamin Moore and a quart of the black. I can't remember the name of the black but I think it's something standard by Behr.

We debated priming but decided to just go for it without it. This is a playhouse, not Pinterest. It doesn't need to be perfect and we really wanted this project to go as fast as possible since we were racing against the weather and naptime. We just sprayed white paint all over the interior and exterior, on the already assembled play set (we did remove the swings, door, and rock climbing holds - on the back, not pictured).  It didn't matter than some paint got on the grass because it will grow and get mowed, and the slide we kept yellow and I didn't care about the over spray there. We only did one coat of white and it took almost exactly two gallons for interior and exterior. Once that was dry Daniel hand painted the roof in black and I did the windows with a small brush.

This playset is literally the playset of my dreams and I can't believe we got it for free. The total cost for us was about $72 - just the cost of paint. While not very much money, the difference it makes it absolutely incredible. Hopefully this inspires someone to scour Craigslist and OfferUp to find a great deal and then refinish it inexpensively. The hours of outside play and entertainment this has already provided has been well worth it. And the summer is only just beginning.


Trey likes to come up to this window and pretend play. He'll ask me, "Mama order a coffee? Mama order a taco?" Yes please to both.


So happy with this! We're calling it Trey's second birthday gift - just a few weeks early. This will be a gift that literally keeps on giving.


I designed and lettered this alphabet print for our nursery, and wanted to make it available to purchase as a download.

I love this print, I feel like it's perfect in a nursery without being too "babyish" and can easily grow with our child into a future toddler's room. Gender neutral and sophisticated, while still being playful and whimsical. 

Details: once purchased, the downloadable file will be immediately emailed to your inbox. File is formatted to print at 8.5 x 11" at 300 dpi. If you'd like a larger size (16 x 20" pictured here) just note that in the comments. You can print on any type of paper, or send to be printed at your local print shop.

Perfect in a nursery, child's room, or gift for your favorite teacher. Available here. Enjoy!



My husband and I are lucky enough to know a variety of talented photographers. We had a lifestyle shoot last weekend with Kerry of Kerry Jeanne Photography, who we met on a styled wedding shoot two summers ago. Kerry sent over this sneak peek of me in my office and I wanted to share here.

Those built-ins are making my life. I love having an open, clean space with easy access to my supplies.

The second desk behind me is my shipping station, which I'm slowing converting into a computer station as well. I like the idea of having more separation between my computer work and my hands-on design work.

I really love my desk. It's an old door just balanced on the top of two white Ikea trestles, and both the design and amount of available work space is awesome.

Still loving the fiberglass chair by Modernica.

Thank you Kerry for these photos! So fun to document this space.