• 17 Ways To Stay Motivated To Exercise

    Staying motivated is key when it comes to sticking with an exercise routine. See our tips to help you stay motivated to achieve your fitness goals and how the Future personal coaching app keeps you accountable with The post 17 Ways To Stay Motivated To Exercise first appeared on Better Living.

  • Your Perfect Tropical Vacation Awaits at Barceló Maya Palace

    It’s no exaggeration that the past year has been difficult for all of us and absolutely everyone could benefit from taking a vacation. Now that things have been slowly returning to normal, it’s the The post Your Perfect Tropical Vacation Awaits at Barceló Maya Palace first appeared on Better Living.

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  • Building An Easy Privacy Trellis (With 2 Pieces Of Wood + 1 Planter Box)

    BRB, just changing the name of this blog to “Solving Problems With Plants.” And I know we promised a huge pool post, but the pool is still very much in progress. Hopefully it’ll be done next month and we can write one big breakdown with approximately 473 photos. But back to how plants can not only hide ugly stuff, they can also offer some pretty great privacy, as we’re about to demonstrate below. One of the things that contributes to our house being extra walkable to shops, parks, the beach, and restaurants is that it’s less like a sprawling suburban neighborhood due to the lots being a good deal smaller (you can read more about why a walkable neighborhood and a smaller house/lot really appealed to our family in this post). It’s a similar feeling to our former beach house in Cape Charles, Virginia, which taught us that we really didn’t mind being that close to other homes. Continue reading Building An Easy Privacy Trellis (With 2 Pieces Of Wood + 1 Planter Box) at Young House Love.

  • A Simple DIY Outdoor Plant Shelf To Disguise Ugly Utility Boxes

    When we shared pictures of our front porch last fall, we said that our decorating strategy out here was basically “plants and more plants.” It helps visually connect the porch to all of the greenery surrounding our house and – as we’ll show you today – it’s also helping us hide some less-than-pretty parts of this outdoor area. Let’s call them wall warts. Three large rectangular wall warts. But more on that in a second. white fluted planter | outdoor ceiling fan |wicker storage box | larger white planter | similar egg chair First let’s travel back in time to what this all looked like last February when we put an offer in on this house (that’s our realtor in the photo below) As you can see, we’ve already come quite a long way (you can read more about the exterior updates we did in this area here & here). Continue reading A Simple DIY Outdoor Plant Shelf To Disguise Ugly Utility Boxes at Young House Love.

  • Our Bedroom Ten Months In (Houston, We Have A Closet!)

    Long story short, instead of having 8 doors that lead outside in our bedroom (yes, we really had that many), we now have 6. And spoiler alert: it’s still plenty. We really just use the middle set along this huge wall of doors to go in and out, but the view and the light that the other doors let in is truly a room-making detail. We love the view in here and all of the brightness that shines in, and the addition of the fence for our own little private courtyard out there has been so nice. It not only makes the yard feel more private, it makes the bedroom feel more nestled and private too (more on that fence/courtyard area here). rug | similar lamps | bed frame | headboard | similar bench | ottoman | curtains | curtain rod | similar table / wood chairs | door knobs The exciting thing about eliminating that last set of double doors (which used to be where our left nightstand and the left half of our bed are in the photo below), is that we could then move our bed into that cozy nook that was created: rug | similar lamps | bed frame | headboard | similar bench | ottoman | curtains | curtain rod | similar table / wood chairs | door knobs As a reminder, the picture below is how the room used to be arranged (the bed just rotated one wall to the right after we closed off those doors): nightstands | rug | similar lamps | bed frame | similar woven mirror | similar capiz mirror | similar bench | curtains | curtain rod | similar inlay dresser So not only do we have a brand new bed wall with a view of the fireplace and our pretty wall of doors, that shift also allowed us to add a huge closet full of more storage than our house has ever known! Continue reading Our Bedroom Ten Months In (Houston, We Have A Closet!) at Young House Love.

  • How We Created A Cozy Fire Pit Area In Our Formerly Boring Side Yard

    We’ve been enjoying this fire pit hangout spot for months now, but it hasn’t been on the blog… until today. This is basically a lesson in how a fence can make a HUGE difference in defining an area, which can lead to adding some simple outdoor furnishings (in this case, it was four adirondak chairs and a fire pit – which hit the ground and instantly created an entirely new “outdoor room” for our whole family to enjoy). We hang out here and make s’mores at least once a week (and sometimes a lot more than that), so it has been a very welcome addition. Especially during a time when everyone is spending A LOT of time at home, so something novel and new like this bonus hangout zone feels extra special We even made s’mores for dessert on Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, so it’s quickly becoming quite the family tradition. Continue reading How We Created A Cozy Fire Pit Area In Our Formerly Boring Side Yard at Young House Love.