The Renovation Diaries

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We're the Howe Family. Juggling family life, full time jobs and a total house & garden renovation on a tiny budget is our daily challenge. This is the record of our journey, our ideas and inspirations that guided us in creating our home sweet home

Of all the DIY projects you've done, which was your favorite?

What's your advice for moms who want to decorate their home on a budget?

Where do you find inspiration for keeping your home stylish?

What are your tips for organizing a child's closet so that you can stay ahead of growth spurts and seasonal changes?

Samantha Howe

With my first son I organized Ikea bins by clothing age and labeled them as such (in 6 mth increments) and would rotate them in the cupboard with the size he currently was and was going to be next at the front. I then move all sizes he's grown out of into my youngest son's closet ready for him to grow into. Its made finding the right size clothes for my second son much much easier!
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What trend (toy, game, clothing style, etc.) are kids your child's age hooked on right now? (Please include your child's age and a link if you can.)

Samantha Howe

its all about playing outside for my boys - adventures in the playground. I cant wait to build them their own to have fun in!!
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We're looking for decorating inspiration! Please share a link to a photo of your child's room.

Samantha Howe

Dont be afraid of doing something bold on the walls. We put giant map wallpaper on one wall of my sons bedroom and he loves it. We point out all the places in the world we have been to, where my husband is when he travels for work and where family are located. Its educational and a great decor piece!
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How do you store your child's toys? Please include a link to a photo if you have one.

Samantha Howe

I try to buy storage containers that are bright and are good looking enough to stay out in the open so that the kids can find it easy to get toys out and put them away afterwards!! Our favorites are the lego shaped boxes - perfect for all kinds of small pieces!!
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