Hi, I’m Lauren!

Hi! And welcome to my little corner of the internet! This blog has been the chronicle of our adventures, our burning passion for culinary delights and travel, life in the military, motherhood, and more, but most recently it has been devoted almost entirely to renovations and DIYs.

My mission is to achieve a high end lifestyle on a realistic budget. You will find ways to get looks for less, build or create things on your own, and life and design hacks that are both practical and easy on your wallet.

This blog started as a collection of mementos during a time when my husband and I decided to put our house on the market, and move back to our hometown of Asheville, NC to live in an old tobacco barn until we figured out what we really wanted to do with our lives.

Life has been full of many twists and turns. After living in the barn we became a military family while my husband worked as an Air Force Jag.

That adventure took us to the snowy tundra of South Dakota, followed by the hot, hot desert of Turkey, where we welcomed our first daughter and spent nearly two years on what felt like perpetual vacation (with some extreme highs and some very low lows). We left Turkey right as things were heating up, decided to separate from the Air Force, got pregnant with our second daughter, and returned again to our hometown of Asheville, North Carolina where we bought a little brick ranch house that ended up being our first flip.

Eventually we took a better job offer and made yet another move to Greenville, South Carolina where we have been upgrading our 90’s builder grade home for the past few years.

I love nothing more than problem solving my way through a challenge, and then teaching others how to do the same. So you will find detailed tutorials here, combined with lots of thrift finds and flips, and a variety of things I find make life easier or richer.

The online community I’ve found has been incredible and I love to connect on a personal level, so don’t hesitate to reach out anytime here!


Where you can find me!

Instagram is where the day-to-day action happens. Be the first to see projects as they are being done and all the behind the scenes happenings.