Author Archives: Coco and Jack

About Coco and Jack

Coco & Jack is a full service interior design studio run by husband and wife team Steve and Alyssa Terpstra. Steve has a passion for business and manages everything behind the scenes, while Alyssa is all about the design, and can’t get enough of space planning and fabric samples.

DIY Fire Pit

This past summer, we added a fire pit to our backyard and have loved spending time roasting marshmallows with our kids (see the full reveal here)! 

Here is how you can get the look:


  • Wheelbarrow

  • Spade Shovel (with a flat side)

  • Concrete Saw

  • String Line

  • Level

  • Rake

  • Measuring Tape

  • Spray Paint



  • Wall Stones

  • Patio Stones

  • Gravel

  • Masonry Glue

  • Steel Liner (we had one custom made, but here is one similar)



Mark out where you would like the fire pit and patio. If you have pre-ordered a fire pit liner, make sure you work off of those dimensions. The outline will need to hold the liner and stone wall.


Dig down 12” where the fire pit will sit. Make sure the opening is large enough for the fire pit walls to fit inside.


Pour gravel into the base of the opening. Level and compact it to make a base for the fireplace wall.


Next, you will start to build the wall of the fire pit. Cut each end on a 45° angle and dry fit each level. Once you’ve completed a level, remove the stones and put glue along the top of the stones below. Then place the next level stones in their place on top.


Once the fire pit wall is complete, the hole can be backfilled on the outside to get rid of any spacing and make it a tight fit.


Now you can start laying out your patio stones. We had a mix of sizes, but tried to keep the spacing similar between each stone. 


Once you are happy with the overall layout, you can dig below each stone to make it level with the ground around.  We used a spade to get a really straight line.


Now that everything is in place, you can insert the fire pit liner and add in some more gravel to hold it in place.

And finally, it's ready to enjoy!

For more DIY projects: DIY Removable Wallpaper Install | DIY Bedroom Pendant Install

Quartz Backsplashes: Custom Made to Last

One of the biggest challenges that come up when designing your home is the fine line between going with something that is trendy now, or going with something that will stay timeless for years to come. Typically people want to spend their money on something that they won’t tire of in a couple years, but also look for something that will stand out in their space and make it original. One of the best ways to accomplish this is with custom details that really elevate the design, but feel authentic and timeless. Going with a quartz slab backsplash is such a great way to give the center of your home a really beautiful and high impact focal point that will also stand the test of time. Here are five reasons why it is such a great choice:
Design: Turntable Kitchen | 5143 White Attica

Custom Made

Even if you live in a cookie cutter subdivision, adding in a custom cut quartz backsplash will give your home so much more character and interest, which is also great if you ever decide to sell down the road!
Design: Kate Harrison | Image: Tyler Hogan | Backsplash: 5141 Frosty Carrina, Island: 5131 Calacatta Nuvo

From Traditional to Modern

It is not often that something can work in any style, but a quartz slab backsplash, featured above in Frosty Carrina, is the exception. This look really fits modern, traditional, contemporary and any style in between!
Design: Avenue Design | Image: Birdhouse Media Photography | Backsplash and Island: 6046 Moorland Fog


Leaves Room for Color Mixing

Continuing your countertops up into your backsplash leaves you with one less finish in your kitchen. This is perfect if you are looking to go with a more minimal feel. However, it also works really well if you are looking to add in a second cabinet color or countertop finish!
Design: Jean Luxe for Sydne Summers | Image: Michelle Kyle Photography | 5031 Statuario Maximus

Easy to Clean

Unlike a traditional tile backsplash, a slab of quartz is much easier to clean! The smooth surface really minimizes cracks and nooks for dirt to get caught in, and can quickly be wiped down.
Design: Stillwater Dwellings | 4120 Raven


Unlike marbles that are porous and can easily stain, quartz is a much stronger finish that will hold up and look great throughout the years!
Design: Jessica Marx | 5111 Statuario Nuvo


For some more inspiration, browse the Caesarstone collection of quartz surfaces to find one that will fit your home!