About Me

I’m Lauren, a nurse practitioner-turned-amateur DIYer. My husband and I own a small 1950s duplex in Alexandria, Virginia that was in decent shape when we bought it, but definitely needed some love and elbow grease to make it more our style.

couple with dog
One big happy family

I was diagnosed with some health issues last fall–more on that in other posts–and I discovered that completing projects around the house gave me back a small piece of myself I thought I’d lost with that diagnosis. I started small with replacing a ceiling light and quickly spread to kitchen and bathroom remodels, feeling more empowered with the completion of each project.

I started this site to empower women (and men!) to tackle projects, big and small, around your house, from painting a room and changing out a door knob to doing a complete kitchen renovation. In each post, I’ll provide step by step instructions (and pictures) on how I completed a project around my house. I’ll discuss tips I learned while doing it and also share the mistakes I made (so you can hopefully avoid them). I’m excited to get to work with you!


outside house
The Ultimate ‘Before’ Picture–
our Listing Photo from 2017