I'm really glad you're here.
Elizabeth Burns Design is written by me, Elizabeth, with most of the house projects you'll find here completed by my handy husband, Brian.
Brian and I love construction and interior design, respectively, which has turned us into crazy house people. After "renovating" our first home (I put it in quotes because we had no idea what a real renovation was!) we were baptized by fire with our second project - the 117 year old home we call the Myrtle House. In fact, I started this blog in 2014 to document the process! It took nearly four years to complete (a contractor helped with the structure and systems, we tackled the interior) but we learned so much along the way. Since then, we have flipped two houses (Dalton House and Avenue House) and are currently working on adding character to our builder grade 90’s house in my hometown of Raleigh, NC (Denmead House).
As far as design style goes, I tend to stay pretty classic and neutral. If I had to give it a name, it would probably be traditional with a hint of French Farmhouse. I love all of the cool trendy designs I see popping up, but at the end of the day, I want to make sure the work we do to our home isn't something I will be sick of in a few years or look out-dated.
All of our projects are done under a pretty limited budget and we do most of the work ourselves. I don't believe that you have to spend a lot of money to get the home of your dreams. 99% of the things in our house are DIYs, clearance purchases, or Craigslist finds. I think that with enough elbow grease and patience, anything is possible on a tight budget.
We both work full-time (me in eCommerce and Brian in construction) and carve out hours during the evenings and weekends for our projects. It's not always fun or easy, but to us, renovating is so rewarding.
My hope is that this blog encourages you to make wherever you live feel like home - no matter how small the budget. Whether you rent, just bought a fixer upper, or are looking to spruce up your existing place, I hope our DIY projects and budget-friendly ideas help inspire you to create a home you love.
Here are some popular posts you may find helpful!
Find the perfect color on the first try
Tried and true personal projects that may be able to help you in your DIY renovation and décor endeavors
Our experiences - good and bad, before + afters, and budget breakdowns
All photos by the lovely and talented Whitney of J Parker Photography