About Us

Hello! We are Alissa and Mike and live in a little yellow house in Northern NJ. It's a small 1920's colonial with lots of potential. We fell in love with its charm, high ceilings, and the details: original trim, glass door knobs, wood floors and the stained glass window.

Since moving into our house back in June of 2010, our family has grown to include two little boys, Oliver and Matthew. Sometimes it feels a little tight to be in a small house with two kids and a dog, but we love our neighborhood too much to leave. We make it work the best we can.


2010: Look at these two young kids who
have no idea what they are getting into!
2017: Older and wiser... or at least better at
pretending we know what we are doing.

The house has great bones, but it still needs a ton of work all these years later - there's so much we want to do.  We’re regular people with minimal DIY experience who are just trying to turn our house into a comfortable house that works for the way we live for our family.  Things get messy, it's not perfect, and we consider our home a work in progress. On a tight budget and tight schedules (since we both work full time and have two kids!), little by little we're tackling projects and making improvements to our little yellow house.  We've come a long way, but we have along way to go.

We hope you'll come back and visit often!

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