an indoor picnic dinner party


an indoor picnic dinner party an indoor picnic dinner party | almost makes perfect

there’s something so casual, cozy and romantic about sitting on the floor to eat — i’ve always loved sitting around the coffee table for a meal. maybe because we did it as kids and we got to watch tv while we ate chinese food, so it was awesome.

anyway — i thought it would be a fun idea for a themed dinner party to take that up a notch, and make it feel like a picnic.  Read More

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happy weekend


kitchen mouse in highland park

another weekend! we have some family plans and we’re also going to pickle lots of things this weekend for our upcoming housewarming party. it’ll be action packed. lol. have you ever had pickled watermelon rind? it’s so dope, i had it once and i’m very excited to make it. we’re also going to do pickles and carrots and maybe some other things? if you have any ideas, i’m all ears!

hope you have a good one!

OH and i’m nominated for best DIY blog in the bloglovin’ awards — will you vote for me please?! 

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diy / interiors / our house

diy modernized cabinet doors


diy modernized cabinet doors | almost makes perfect

while i love the storage the multiple built-in cabinets our house came with, i hated the cathedral cabinet doors. so i asked our carpenter right away about replacing them and he said that’s gonna be a lot of money. so i researched prefab and that proved challenging, and i googled and i got quotes and it looked like i was just going to have to live with them because i wasn’t about to spend thousands of dollars just to replace these stupid doors.

but we love flat modern everything so i wasn’t going to be happy with that.

and then, back when i posted the first built-in cabinet post, you lovely readers turned me onto another method to remedy them.  Read More

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looking back — july



and now it’s august? daaamn summer is flying by. you’ve probably noticed posts have slowed down a little lately — i honestly don’t know how people handle remodels while working full time jobs, because it really is a full time job. i’m not even doing any labor, but between coordinating and planning and sourcing, along with my other jobs — it’s a lot. i’m super glad we’re almost done with it (and then onto the next… haha)  Read More

diy / printables

DIY cat repellant spray for plants


DIY cat repellant spray | almost makes perfect DIY cat repellant spray | almost makes perfect

you guys know i love my cats more than most things in the universe, but i also love my house plants and i hate how they jeopardize that.

because cats are way more sensitive to smells than we are, they are less likely to mess with or chew on the leaves if they smell gross. so i made some repellant spray and it’s totally worked! Read More

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happy weekend


palm springs bound

we’re heading out to palm springs today, for our first time together since our wedding! tomorrow is my birthday and gids is on tuesday, so we’re celebrating with a weekend away — it’ll be so nice to be away from the backyard project for a couple of days, even if we’re going to melt in 115 degree heat… shit. you can follow me on snapchat to see where we’re staying! ( almostmakesperf )

also have you started watching stranger things?! we just finished and we loved it SO much. you should for sure watch. hope you guys have a good weekend!  Read More