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Creating a Functional Guest Room

Having a guest room has always been something I have mixed feelings on. On one hand, I want to open my home up to friends and family. On the other, I don’t want to sink money into a room that we won’t use. A common idea I’ve seen around the web is the home

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Nerd Cave v1.5: Why You Should Always Measure

It’s been just under two years since I unveiled the Nerd Cave version 1.0. And while I’ve made several little decor changes since then, I still have one big project to really push it over to version 2.0. But, in the meantime, I thought I’d show you a little side project that

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I Made: Nesting End Tables

Back in August I wrote about the beginner woodworking class I took at the Indianapolis Art Center over the summer. At the time, I had already registered for the intermediate woodworking class in the fall. The class has come and gone and once again I am incredibly happy with my experience. In the beginner

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Home Automation: 1 Year Later

A year ago I posted about how my husband and I were going to start automating our home using the SmartThings platform. At that time, we just had two lights automated. We honestly didn’t do much with it most of the year (which is good, since Samsung didn’t provide the best upgrade

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I love my ridiculous remote.

In the recent past, I scoffed at expensive remotes. I remember about five years ago, scoffing at my husband when he bought at $90 smart remote during a Woot Off (to be fair, it was the ESPN branded one and was pretty awful). After that, I teased him about his Harmony 650

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Nest Thermostat: Its Not For Techies

Note: This is about the second generation Nest. Google announced a newer one earlier this month with bigger screen and a more sensitive light sensor. As far as I can tell, those are the only differences. We bought a Nest thermostat on Black Friday last year, and now that I’ve had it

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Migrating to SmartThings 2.0

About a year ago I wrote about how we started our home automation project by buying a SmartThings hub. Samsung has just now released the new version of the of the hub, and we decided to pre-order. I just finished the migration process and thought I’d let you know how it went.

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Building My Woodworking Skills

As I’ve been working on more and more creative projects around the house, I’ve come to realize how much I don’t know about basic woodworking skills. While there are plenty of YouTube videos out there that show you how to do these sorts of things, I can’t learn from videos. I really

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Building an Entryway (and a Bench!)

My entry way has been kind of bland since we moved in. It had the same cheap console table we bought from Target when we moved into our first house (pro tip: changing the handles on those makes them look so much nicer). And that was it. This wouldn’t be so bad,

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I’ve Been: Building Dog Beds

I have two very, very spoiled pups. They have multiple beds throughout the house, so they always have some place comfortable to sleep. (Even if they still do end up on the furniture most the time.) Up until this point, the beds have always been the generic kind you get at the