Episode 218: Recycling the Right Way, Common Questions, and Beautiful Lawns All Summer Long

SEGMENT 1: Recycling the Right Way

Are you a contaminator or are you shutting down recycling plants?? There are big stakes when it comes to what we put in our recycling bins. Learn how to avoid the most common recycling mistakes!

SEGMENTS 2 & 3: Meeting the Man Behind the Chat

Peter Ogle from our online chat joins us in the studio! Peter has been manning our online chat from 8am – 9pm M-F to make sure your questions can always be answered. Today we go over some of the most common questions.

SEGMENT 4: Beautiful Lawns All Summer Long

Dan inherited a flawless lawn when he bought his house and it’s been stressful knowing how to keep it looking great. We have tips to take the guesswork out of having a healthy, beautiful lawn this summer.

EP202: Dutch Doors and Decoupage

SEGMENT 1: Weekend of Wallpaper

Last week we talked about ways to incorporate wallpaper into your design. This week, we want to dig into one of our favorite kids’ room wallpaper projects: creative cutouts!

Here’s what you’ll need:

RepcoLite Locations with Wallpaper Books

  • 17th Street Location (Holland)
  • Lakewood Blvd. Location (Holland)
  • Byron Center Location
  • Fulton Street Location (Grand Rapids)
  • Broadmoor Location (Grand Rapids)
  • Plainfield Ave. Location (Grand Rapids)
  • Kalamazoo Location

And also . . . in the course of the conversation, we talked about a dad who photoshops his kids’ drawings into realistic images. And they’re hilarious! There are a couple below. Click here for more!

SEGMENTS 2 & 3: Meet Mac Flook

Before becoming the Manager for our Jenison store, Mac went to school for Political Science. His plan was to go into medical law, but that slowly shifted. We learn why and discuss the value of trade skills.

SEGMENT 4: Dutch Door Friendly

Dutch doors date back to the 17th century and were extremely practical before screens were invented. Now they are coming back as a bold design feature that adds a ton of curb appeal . . . we weigh the pros and cons . . . .

EP201: The World of Wallpaper

SEGMENT 1: Spring Sump Pump Prep

Alliteration aside, now is a great time to make sure you’re ready inside and out for the Spring thaw and for the rain that will surely follow. We’ll give you all the tips and tricks to make sure your sump pump is ready for the job.

SEGMENT 2: Maybe . . . DON’T Do It Yourself

We are huge advocates of tackling projects yourself. However, there are a few we half learned to avoid. Here is your chance to learn from our mistakes!

SEGMENT 3: Find the RIGHT Professional

Everyone wants their home or their workspace to We can walk you through any paint project you may have. However, if you’re afraid of heights, painting your entire exterior might not be for you. Guest star, Ryan Mullen can help you find the right painter or contractor for the job.

SEGMENT 4: Wallpaper: The Next Generation

Starting the decorating process can be tricky . . . especially with kids. Wallpaper might e just what you need to kickstart the design! We discuss some of our favorite styles and how a little can go a long way. 

RepcoLite Locations with Wallpaper Books

  • 17th Street Location (Holland)
  • Lakewood Blvd. Location (Holland)
  • Byron Center Location
  • Fulton Street Location (Grand Rapids)
  • Broadmoor Location (Grand Rapids)
  • Plainfield Ave. Location (Grand Rapids)
  • Kalamazoo Location

EP158: Notre Dame Update, Painting the Ceiling, and Stripping Grandma’s Wallpaper


Segments 1 and 2: An Update on Notre Dame

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the tragic fire at Notre Dame. Here’s a quick update in case you’ve wondered how things are progressing!

Segment 3: Don’t Forget the Ceiling

With all the room repainting that’s going on now, it’s easy to forget about the ceiling. But a new coat of paint up there will definitely improve the look and feel of the finished room. And, if you’re feeling a little bold, why not try a color?


Segment 4: Wallpaper Stripping Pitfalls

Many people right now are stripping wallpaper and getting ready to repaint those walls. If you’re one of those folks, here’s how you can avoid a messy mistake!



EP157: Wall Decor Ideas and Questions from the Web


Segments 1 and 2: Wall Decor Ideas for Now (and Later)

If you’re trapped in the house right now, there are still some great, creative things you can do to add some fun, color, and texture to your walls using items you probably have sitting at home right this moment! Also, in Segment 2, we tackle a few more projects that are perfect for when we can finally get out and about!

Segment 3 and 4: Paint Questions from the Web

With everyone stuck at home, we’re getting TONS of questions about paint projects. So we pick a few of the best ones!


EP156: The Story Behind the Closet (and More), Isaac Newton’s Year of Quarantine, Peel and Stick Wallpaper Projects


Segments 1 and 2: The Story of the Closet (and more)

Who knew that certain extremely common elements in our homes came about because people were concerned about sanitation, cleanliness, and avoiding deadly germs? Who knew? Betsy. And she digs into all of it in these two segments.

Segment 3: Isaac Newton’s “Year” of Quarantine

Being in self-isolation ourselves, it’s possible we can draw some inspiration from people in the past who’ve lived through similar experiences. Well, one such person who’s been all over the internet recently is Isaac Newton. There are tons of stories talking about Newton’s “Miracle Year” or his “Year of Wonders” where he basically dreamed up every major idea he ever had while in quarantine from the Great Plague in 1665.

Well…. It’s a great story. But the truth is a little different than some of the accounts we’ve all been reading. Check it out!

Segments 4: Peel and Stick Wallpaper

One of our favorite advancements in the world of home decorating is Peel and Stick wallpaper. It may sound like a gimmick or like a weird, unworkable, and ridiculous product, but it’s absolutely as cool as you might be able to imagine if you try very hard! It is unique, versatile, priced well, and so easy to work with!  Betsy has a few ideas about how you can incorporate it inn your home. And we’ve got a few pictures just to show you some of the (many) patterns available!

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