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Cape Cod Home Renovation: The Upper Floor Inspiration


As promised, I have some upper floor inspiration for our cape cod home renovation to share with you. The entire upper floor is a master suite. It’s only about 400 square feet, but in my opinion feels more spacious than that with its en suite bath, walk-in closet with laundry and rooftop patio (an additional 130sf, alfresco) off the sitting room. The rooftop patio already got its very own post, by the way.

If you need a refresher, here’s the upper floor plan post, with a few in-process shots. What a mess!

Cape Cod Home Renovation, Master Bedroom - hifrienddesign.comMaster Suite: Bedroom 1 attic bedroom / 2 cut and loop carpet / 3 far & wide sconce / 4 schoolhouse semi-flush light / 5 corner chair / 6 fleur de sel by sherwin williams / 7 sheets / 8 metal stool (to be used as a nightstand) / 9 striped pillow

Cape Cod Home Renovation, Master Bathroom - hifrienddesign.comMaster Suite: Bathroom 1 cage pendants / 2 shelving / 3 porcelain striped cup / 4 fleur de sel by sherwin williams / 5 kohler brockway sink / 6 shower curtain rings / 7 bath mat / 8 carrara marble hexagon tile

Cape Cod Home Renovation, Master Closet & Laundry - hifrienddesign.comMaster Suite: Walk-In Closet 1 sliding barn door / 2 chrome flush mount fixture / 3 dresser drawers / 4 glass knob / 5 glass drawer pull / 6 washer + dryer / 7 steele round carry basket

Cape Cod Home Renovation, Sitting Room - hifrienddesign.comMaster Suite: Sitting Room 1 captain’s chair / 2 schoolhouse semi-flush light / 3 cut and loop carpet / 4 mantle + antlers / 5 shiplap wall / 6 navy pouf / 7 fleur de sel by sherwin williams / 8 cowhide rug / 9 ikea’s ranarp lamp

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Cape Cod Home Renovation: Rooftop Patio Inspiration


Our rooftop patio was an addition to this 1935-built home somewhere along the line. It sits above the sunroom and boasts a view of both the sunrise and the sunset most days. This space has been included in the extensive Cape Cod home renovation work we’ve been doing for the past year and a half.

It was in a really pathetic condition, but I’m happy to report that we’ve whipped it into shape and have enjoyed it while also enjoying a cocktail or two a handful of times over the past year…sans any decor, but not for long! We’re on the cusp of spring here in South Dakota, so our outdoor living space is top-of-mind these days. Here’s a glimpse at my inspiration for this special alfresco space.

Cape Cod Home Renovation, Rooftop Patio

1 wingback chair / 2 outdoor rug / 3 outdoor wall sconce / 4 zinc lights / 5 planter inspiration / 6 rooftop inspiration / 7 balcony table / 8 galvanized bucket / 9 snowbound paint

To access the patio, you cross through our Master Suite Sitting Room (more on that soon!). If you’re interested, you can see the entire upper floor layout with some before photos in Cape Cod Home Renovation, The Upper Floor post. (And, a Part 2 post here.)

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Our favorite holiday DIYs


Let’s be honest: the holidays are jam-packed with so many fun and festive things that I have next to no time left to craft anything clever or new. For those of you who plan to squeeze out a few DIY minutes, I’ve rounded up a few favorites from the past. Many include a free download from our shop.

Whether you’ve stumbled across us recently or have been following all along, there’s a DIY to catch your eye. Enjoy! And let us know how your craft comes out…if you have time, that is.

DIY Holidays with

1 for the cutest door: Pine Cone Swag / 2 for the liqueur-lover: Lemoncello / 3 for the foodie: Rosemary Infused Olive Oil / 4 for the one who is getting a gift card (there’s always one, isn’t there?): Jute Gift Card Pockets / 5 for your favorite lush: Merry Mixers / 6 for your mom: No-Sew Table Runner / 7 for the hostess: Jute Wine Bags / 8 for the spa-goer: Eucalyptus Bath Satchets

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Save a bundle on your holiday cards!


The holiday season always puts us in the mood to give.

So, we’re giving you a bigger discount than ever on all of our holiday cards. Just pick out your favorite holiday card design, decide how many sets you’d like and place it to your basket. Once you’re done shopping, add the coupon code that ends in the same number of card sets you’ve selected and surprise! You’ll see a Santa-sized savings in your order total.

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To tantalize you, we’re also offering FREE SHIPPING on any orders that include four sets of holiday cards. Come on, we know you have at least 100 people in your life who need a little snail mail cheer. (The shipping will be discounted automatically when you use HOHOHOLIDAY4.)

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Fine print: One holiday card set will be charged at full price for you to to receive the 50% discount on additional sets, up to four sets total. Codes valid thru December 20, 2014. One code per order.

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vintage stationery shop clipboard


Vintage Stationery Shop Clipboard, hifrienddesign.comI picked up this clipboard on a whim at an antique store in Vancouver, Washington over the holidays. The assorted wood tones had me smitten. Plus, who doesn’t love an authentic relic of Seattle? I finally got around to googling the company name it’s branded with and found some terrific examples of advertising from the early 1900s. (My clipboard could have been in the shop the day they took that photo!)

Vintage Stationery Shop Ad,

Vintage Stationery Shop Ad,

Vintage Stationery Shop Clipboard,

Isn’t it lovely? I’m not sure how I feel about stationery as a WEAPON, but I am sure that the fact that this clipboard came from a stationery shop confirms that it was meant for me!

vintage ad and image source

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