Hi! I’m Kristi!

A lover and doer of all things home.

I’m the voice behind Chatfield Court, where I share easy, budget-friendly DIY projects and that my husband, Roger, and I are tackling in our little cottage in the country.

I began this blog in 2013 as sort of a DIY journal to document the home projects and decorating my husband and I did in our Illinois 50’s ranch.

We did everything in that house from painting all the rooms to a full kitchen remodel, entirely on our own and on a budget.

Now we’re living in North Carolina and starting over, again, in a 1965 brick ranch in the country.

My Fave Things

Fav tea

Decaf Chai Tea

Fav TV Show

The Crown

Fav Tool to use

Cordless Drill

Fav HOliday


I’ve always loved getting lost in a DIY project and painting and decorating a room to give it a new look.

Now with our little country home, we’re fixing up the inside and outside, on top of learning how to live in a small space.

Over the years we’ve done every different kind of home DIY project from putting a metal roof on our house in Florida after 2 hurricanes ripped ours off, to building a complete bedroom set, including a waterbed (way back when they were a thing), in a townhouse.

We also completed a complete kitchen remodel on a tight budget in our last house.

There’s no project that we aren’t willing to try to tackle ourselves.

Roger and I have always approached DIY, home improvement and even painting a room differently and it’s always interesting to see who will win how our projects will actually turn out.

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