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Tidy Brown Wren

Tidy Brown Wren is a blog about making the most of your home and your life. It provides tips, ideas, and inspiration to help you get organized without spending a lot of money in the process.

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diy, deck patio & porch, kids

DIY Backyard Playhouse

By Tidy Brown Wren on Jul 10, 2013

Our little playhouse is finally finished. It's been a real labor of love and a challenge to keep the budget low and use what we already had on hand. Click on A Playhouse Story if... Continue reading

landscaping, diy

Growing Greens Under Cover

By Tidy Brown Wren on Jan 16, 2013

We've been eating greens from our garden all winter long.   How have we managed that?   By gardening undercover.     We're growing spinach, lettuce, pok choy, swiss chard, collards and kale. You can... Continue reading


Tidy Brown Wren's Favorite Projects of 2012

By Tidy Brown Wren on Dec 31, 2012

I love looking back on the past year and being reminded of what I accomplished during the past 12 months.  Getting back most of the feeling and function in my right leg was a big help... Continue reading

storage, repurposing, diy

DIY Barn Wood Floating Shelves

By Tidy Brown Wren on Dec 27, 2012

I'm excited to show you the floating barn wood shelves Hubs made me for my Christmas present this year. It started out as some barn wood Hubs found along the side of the road. Piles of... Continue reading

interior design

What's So Scary About Buying New Furniture?

By Tidy Brown Wren on Dec 20, 2012

I'm not usually afraid of many things. I used to be afraid of the dark, but I got over that. (I'll admit I'm deathly afraid of frogs, but that has nothing to do with furniture).... Continue reading

paint, furniture, diy

Trash-to-Treasure Dining Room

By Tidy Brown Wren on Dec 10, 2012

Most of you know that I am a recycling kind of girl. I can't stand to watch perfectly good things go to the dump—especially when I know I can fix them up and make them like new.... Continue reading

decor, seasonal, repair, diy

Fixing Christmas Ornaments

By Tidy Brown Wren on Nov 26, 2012

I'm reposting a post from last year about refurbishing your collection of ornaments.  I've added a few notes which you'll find in italics. This was the first year, in many years, that Hubs and I... Continue reading

storage, repurposing

Sometimes Older Is Better

By Tidy Brown Wren on Nov 13, 2012

  Whoot!  I got a special package in the mail this week!       Ever since we moved into our house, I've been bothered by the hooks in our foyer.  Builder's grade hooks in... Continue reading


The Last of the Garden

By Tidy Brown Wren on Oct 31, 2012

      Our veggie garden was TERRIBLE this year.  I'm not sure what happened, but we had pitiful harvests of tomatoes, beans, and peppers.  That was until now - at the end of the... Continue reading


How To: Maintain a Clean Garage

By Tidy Brown Wren on Oct 29, 2012

I've enjoyed the email conversations I've been having with several of you, my readers,  about cleaning out garages. It seems that the universal dilemma of garage owners is how to clean out the garage and... Continue reading