Jerry and Shay’s backyard is big enough for them to enjoy, but something is missing. Their small patio offers little space for entertaining guests, and their old firepit is secluded from any seating.

But that’s OK. Because when your patio is tiny, just create another one! That’s just what we’re doing on this episode of Today’s Homeowner.

The Projects

View of concrete patio
This patio is small but in good shape. Fresh paint and concrete stain brighten its appearance to better match the new patio.

Spruce Up Existing Patio

First, we want to touch up the existing patio so it visually works well when the new patio is completed.

We pressure wash the concrete pad and then stain it to better match the new paver patio. To apply the stain, we use a pump sprayer with a circular motion, and then roll the stain to get it deep into the surface.

Laying out a patio using string
Before we
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Happy Sunday yet again! It finally rained a little in LA which means it kinda feels like fall now and we are PUMPED. Oh and how fun was it to see a bedroom in the farmhouse mostly revealed?! That pink color is truly so soothing and happy. We all can’t wait for the next reveal. But until then we’ve got some links to get to…

This week’s hour tour is from none other than deVOL kitchens. When we got the press email about it we knew we had to share it with you immediately. That vaulted glass ceiling is what dreams are made of, the two-toned cabinets make it feel so inviting, and how sweet are those glass pendants above the dining table? Go check it all out on their site!

photo via etsy

Birchwood Cozy Crochet Garland | Blue

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Every house or apartment needs routine maintenance as well as small or major repairs. Breakdowns in the home are inevitable, and occasionally they can’t be prevented, despite our best efforts to stop them. However, when anything in the house breaks, most individuals usually try to fix it themselves first, mostly because they believe that doing so will save them time and money. Nevertheless, although certain issues in the house may be fixed with the simplest tools and knowledge, there are some that cannot.

contractor in home

Regrettably, thousands of individuals visit hospitals each year as a result of unfortunate home repairs they perform on their own that should be carried out by trained specialists. To that end, here are 6 home improvement projects you should never do yourself!

1. Repairing electric installations

You run the danger of suffering burns, electric shock, and maybe even fire if you attempt to repair electric and similar

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This week I’m traveling again. My first stop is New England to visit my daughter at her university. The next stop is New York City, I haven’t been to Manhattan in autumn in fifteen years and it looks like the weather will be perfect.

My final stop is Florida to check on our home, work on a few projects, and appreciate the warmth of the beaches there. My heart breaks for the residents on the Gulf who were impacted by Hurricane Ian, I’m sure I’ll feel the heaviness in the air while I’m in Florida for a few days. I’ll share pictures on Instagram.

Favorite links from the week:

  Black and white done right in this California Bay Area home.

This desert Spanish hideaway.

This welcoming cottage layered in neutrals.

This modernist seaside retreat in Cornwall.

Marie’s office space looks so lovely.

This rambling romantic garden.


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I’m in week six of my eight week hand building ceramics class at a local studio and I’m very inspired by what I’ve learned. I’ve studied different kinds of clay, different methods for construction, as well as the kiln and glazing processes. I have a new appreciation for the medium and how much time and talent goes into making functional and sculptural pottery. My next class will be all about how to throw on the wheel, I’m excited to learn that technique.

Lately I’ve discovered some skilled artists that I wanted to introduce you to, ones you may not be aware of. Take a peek at their portfolios and online shops and consider them as sources for gifts for this upcoming holiday season. Each has their own unique style, I’m sure you’ll want to bookmark/pin a few favorites.

Gina Zycher Ceramics



Paula Casella



Tamara Bryan Pottery

Lisa Fleming Ceramics





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