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My husband Alex and I are pretty wrapped up in our home renovation project. We bought our first home, a 1924 Dutch Colonial in 2009 and have been telling the stories through our blog along the way. We renovate, design and decorate on a budget, so we are true believers in DIY projects! I love to create and design for our home and love reading other blogs to get inspiration! It is hard to pin point our style, but I’d say it’s eclectic with a bit of formal, vintage, and industrial style. We have 2 dogs, a Shih Tzu named Rocco and a German Shorthair named Sadie. We try to lead a fun glamorous life outside of our endless project, but we never seem to have a lot of time now! Well I guess that’s us!

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Our adventures renovating a 1924 Dutch Colonial. DIY-ing, designing, and decorating with vintage.. style on a budget!

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Latest Blog Posts

  • DIY Zippered Pouch with Angled Corners
    on Feb 23, 2015 in Featured DIY Projects
    Hello and happy Monday from sub-zero Minneapolis!  Hope you had a nice weekend, I'd say mine was nice-ish because even though I hate being trapped inside during this long stale part of winter, I did manage to tackle a couple sewing projects! &nb...
  • Back in the Saddle
    on Feb 18, 2015
    Well, we're nearly done with February already folks.  Where the heck is the time going?!  That I don't know but what I can say (happily) is that I've getting back into my more normal routine of things at home AND wi...
  • 5 Easy Superbowl Party Planning Tips (Even Last-Minute!)
    on Jan 31, 2015
    Who's excited for tomorrow's big game?  I just got back from my second NYC visit this month and Alex will be returning from London tomorrow!  So at least we'll be able to watch the big game together but we won't be having a big ol' Superbow...
  • A Hammer-Less January
    on Jan 21, 2015
    2015 kicked off with a real BANG and I mean "BANG" like someone lit the fuse on a cannon and out I flew at high speed - high heels and all - headed toward the horizon without any hammers... for a little while.Now, I realize that the wh...
  • A Look Back at the Old, Looking Forward to the New
    on Jan 1, 2015
    With the new year upon us, I am beginning to take down the remnants of the 2014 holiday season and it made me feel a wee bit nostalgic about the past year.Looking back at some of our 2014 posts, I realize that the blog we began about our home in 2010...
  • A Look at Our 2014 Christmas Decor
    on Dec 16, 2014
    Yikes, can you believe we are just 9 days away from Christmas?!  I'm freaking out a little bit because I am not feeling ready at all!  At least I finally have the tree decorated along with the mantel & dining room!  I meant to get...
  • Holiday Inspiration and Ornament Frustrations
    on Dec 12, 2014 in Home Holiday Decor
    Hey there!  I've been working on some finishing touches with my Christmas decor this week.  I thought I'd be done with it already but I had to spray paint a slew of ornaments- more on that in a minute!  But I figure before the big reve...
  • Christmas, Kangaroos, and Cheesy Potatoes
    on Dec 4, 2014
    Yep.  Christmas, Kangaroos, and Cheesy Potatoes are my life at the moment.  No, I haven't gone completely nuts although I'm sure some of my closet friends would argue that I went nuts a long time ago  * ba-dum-tshh *   :) &nb...
  • Finch's Warehouse Boutique 2014
    on Nov 29, 2014
    Finch's Holiday Boutique is back and bigger than ever this year!   Elisa started this event in 2006 in her own home, but this year she has teamed up with Sarah from On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals and utilized her amazing warehouse space for the...
  • At Home & Thankful
    on Nov 28, 2014
    Gobble Gobble and oh my GOODNESS- Thanksgiving sure snuck up on me this year! I returned home from my Asia trip a week ago and it's felt really busy leading up to Thanksgiving but now with the turkey and pies behind us, (no pun intende...
  • Vietnam or Bust!
    on Nov 17, 2014
    Holy smokes!  I can't believe it's been over two weeks since I've written a post, so unlike the norm for me but the reason things have been quiet for Hammers and High Heels is because I am over in Asia for another business trip- and I mean the g...
  • My Halloween "Ride in the Sky"
    on Oct 31, 2014
    I have a special Halloween treat today! Although we haven't been as into all the Halloween themed fun like we have in years past, I did still come up with a genius Halloween costume this year.... and it involved Rocco :)  Click the play button t...
  • Salvaged Souvenirs Straight From Amsterdam
    on Oct 27, 2014
    Happy Monday everybody!  [Side note: whenever I hear or say that I think "really, is it?", does anyone else do that too?]  Anyway, I think today is a happy Monday because I have Alex back home!  He returned from Amsterdam this weekend...
  • Dead Man's Shoes Vintage & Other Curious GoodsDon't you love it when you find great new local shops when you aren't really looking for them?  That happened to me and my mom over the weekend when we ended up at Dead Man's Shoes Vintage...Alex was out of town on another business trip so I ask...
  • Couch Contenders
    on Oct 14, 2014
    Ready to meet the top contenders in our search for a new couch?!?  We hope so AND we're also hoping that if any of you own one of these sofas you can tell us if you are happy with your purchase or not :)  Here we go!* DING-DING *In this cor...
  • Pumpkins and Our Fall Bucket List
    on Oct 6, 2014
    Good news!  I was able to get my fall fever to go down a little bit :)  but in case you missed my last post-  I say that because I finally did a wee bit of fall decorating at home.  It's not a lot but the simple switch-er-oo...
  • Fall Fever
    on Oct 3, 2014
    I did some sofa shopping earlier this week and unfortunately we haven't found the sofa of our dreams just yet but what I did find was lots of lovely new fall themed decor! Since then, I've kind of had fall decor fever I guess?  Has it hit anyone...
  • Time for a Furniture Refresh?
    on Sep 25, 2014 in Living Room
     It's been a while since I last shared new photos of our Living Room during my "Five Year Refresh Week", but I've seriously been thinking about a furniture refresh ever since when it comes to our couch/sofa situation- and I mean seriou...
  • West Elm Souk Rug Pattern Inspired Pillow Cover DIY
    on Sep 19, 2014 in My DIY Decor Projects
    It was gettin' crafty up in here today- Check out my latest little DIY pillow cover project!A combination of things inspired me to take on this little DIY project which started when I found this cute "Ziggy" pillow from Fine Little Day  on...
  • An Old Street Sign to Remember a Special PlaceDon't you love when you are in the right place at the right time? That happened to me earlier today during a walk with the dogs when I happened to stumble upon a couple city workers that were taking down old street signs and putting up new ones. &nbs...