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Our Lake Life

Our Lake Life

This is the story of 2 strangers who met and fell in love when they were just kids. They dreamed of moving to a house on the lake and saw their dream come true. Come follow us as we share our fun on the lake and how transform our home one project at a time. Welcome to Our Lake Life!

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Planting Paperwhites for Christmas

By Our Lake Life on Nov 13, 2012

Christmas is SIX Weeks away! This time of year is especially busy but fortunately paperwhites are simple to force indoors for beautiful white blossoms just in time for Christmas. They take approximately six weeks to... Continue reading

furniture, repurposing, paint, diy

Vintage Nightstand Before and After

By Our Lake Life on Oct 30, 2012

Something great happens when you find the perfect piece of furniture at the perfect price. I wasn’t actively looking for a nightstand but had it in mind that I’d pick one up for Nik’s room... Continue reading

Batten Down the Hatches

By Our Lake Life on Oct 29, 2012

Happy Monday everyone. We’re gearing up over here to brace ourselves for Miss Frankestorm Hurricane Sandy, Battening down the hatches, tying down furniture and gathering supplies. They’ve been warning us to prepare for long term... Continue reading


Laying Sod Against the Clock

By Our Lake Life on Oct 16, 2012

In the midst of our deck building project we had an unexpected but welcomed surprise in the form of some free sod. How did we happen upon free sod? Well it pays to have a... Continue reading

interior design, furniture, repurposing

The Best Junk on Craigslist: New Jersey Edition

By Our Lake Life on Oct 12, 2012

Maybe it’s the possibility of finding something really cool at a really good price but I love scouring craigslist multiple times per day even when I’m not in the market for anything. There’s a lot... Continue reading


Reimagining Our Lake Front Yard

By Our Lake Life on Oct 11, 2012

  At the end of the summer we decided to take the plunge and tackle a large unfinished portion part of the yard closest to the lake. We spend approximately one billion hours outdoors in... Continue reading

landscaping, decor

Drying Hydrangeas

By Our Lake Life on Oct 04, 2012

Recently I came across this post on drying hydrangeas and I suddenly remember bouquets of giant hydrangea blooms that my mom would bring in at the end of summer and let sit in a vase... Continue reading

deck patio & porch, diy

Wood Patio in One Week

By Our Lake Life on Aug 01, 2012

Probably the fastest project that’s ever been completed at our little lake house and the most used spot in the yard to date.  It all started with a conversation on how best to work with... Continue reading

landscaping, architecture

Gardens Galore in Ocean City, NJ

By Our Lake Life on Jul 30, 2012

No trip to to our favorite family vacation spot is complete without a walk on Ocean City’s 2 1/2 mile boardwalk. Deemed one of the country’s best by Travel Channel’s for it’s family friendly entertainment... Continue reading

how to, furniture, deck patio & porch

DIY Inlay Table Top

By Our Lake Life on Jul 09, 2012

Hi Everyone, Is it Monday already? Bryan and I are just coming back from an extended holiday weekend at home. It was great but it flew by so quickly. After a few days of fun... Continue reading