Five years ago we bought an old house in San Francisco with a fig tree. We tore the walls down but kept the tree. Months turned into years - very cold years - but we are finally putting the house back together. Thanks for visiting.

$10 DIY One Hour Upcycled Firepit

$10 DIY One Hour Upcycled Firepit

Happy weekend to you. Yesterday Joe and I wanted to do a fun and quick project for the house. We thought a firepit would be fun but didn’t like the looks of the ones sold at Home Depot and this geometric firepit at DWR is out of our budget. Eventually,...
Choosing Bath Tile

Choosing Bath Tile

We are finally home! …and I haven’t posted in a long while – eek!  The renovation was pretty overwhelming for us. Not only are renovations rather stressful financially and for a million other reasons but we were really surprised how often I needed to be at the house helping to...
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thanks Sunset magazine!

Our wine box cabinet just got picked up on the Sunset magazine blog. Thanks so much for the mention, Allison! If Sunset’s blog isn’t already in your blog reader, it should be. It’s an excellent resource for all things home. See our mention here.
wine box shelf = $20

wine box shelf = $20

Whether you’re in need of more storage in your kitchen or want to install a library for your books a wine box shelf may be a good (and cheap) solution. Joe and I have needed more storage in our make-shift kitchen for some time. Pots, pans, and plates can be found stacked on our desks...
modern shed in seattle - almost done!

modern shed in seattle – almost done!

If you didn’t notice Meredith’s comment the other day, then I’ll fill you in. Looks like they are almost done with the shed. It has some nice new siding. Meredith when do we get an invite to the backyard party? Also, if you get a moment post a comment or email me with what’s left...

modern shed in Seattle

One of my favorite things to do is search for other renovation projects around the globe and a few months ago, I noticed Meredith's modern shed project in Seattle...

Tara’s 9 tips for creating a garden you can be proud of

Joe and I have been thinking about what we'd like to do with our very big and painfully overgrown yard. Do we want a modern shed, an entertaining area, a vegetable garden, a place to compost, maybe even some grapes (this is Northern California afterall)...

lessons i’ve learned from C.C.

Hi there. It's been a while. Thanks for sticking with us. Joe and I have had a stressful couple of months. Between the house and our jobs it's been hard to keep up with the blog. Also, on February 3rd, I lost my grandmother Celina. Her death was unexpected and shocking to my whole family,...

sunset house

Welcome to 2008 everyone. We took an unexpected hiatus from posting to the blog, mostly because we've both been so busy with our respective jobs and not doing much with the house. We're back up and running now so check back for new posts every week...

a small treasure…

Ever since we bought our home a few months ago, we've been hoping for a secret stash of something. Cold hard cash would be nice a pile of human bones, not quite...

Inhabitat holiday party tonight…

Inhabitat.com is one of my favorite blogs about sustainability in architecture and home design. Joe and I are headed to their holiday party tonight. If you’re in San Francisco, there’s still time to RSVP. If you’re not SF, at least you can read the blog. It’s an excellent resource. More about the party here.

tiny-renovation, even tinier budget

Here is a great article in the NY Times about a truly tiny renovation both regarding the square footage and the budget...

decorating without walls

As you may have noticed there hasn't been much renovating going on at house & fig. Things are moving slowly here (believe me, we're just as disappointed as you are)...

‘scientific-industrial’ architecture in Bernal Heights

Joe and I have officially begun the design phase of our project, which means we're looking for other renovation projects that catch our eye, rummaging through our stack of old Dwell magazines, and soon Joe will be throwing our current layout...