Why You Must Yes and Also No

yes and no

I’m in a season of No.

It’s not near as glamorous, impressive or blogable as being in a season of Yes. At least, I’ve heard that some people’s Yesses are glamorous. This summer, one of the books I’m reading is Let’s All Be Brave and of course I get to the chapter called Say Yes and I’m all squirmy and uneasy. Because I’m fighting for my No right now so to read someone talk about how brave saying Yes is, can sometimes shake me up a little. I audibly exhaled at the end of the chapter when I turned the page and read the next chapter title “Say No”.

Even though Yes and No are the exact opposite, we absolutely must say both every day. I need that reminder that NO is brave too and I’m so grateful that Annie recognizes that.


If you need someone to hold your hand on your brave journey, Annie is your girl.

Today, for me, brave looks like choosing to be absent from things.

What does brave look like for you today?

Weekend Links to Inspire & Encourage

10rosenlund-500x750This tour of a neutral home is stunning  :: Design Sponge 

It’s not about whether or not it’s your style, we are so past judging if we can enjoy a space based on its ‘style’. Remember, the way to be inspired online is to look at everything you see online SELFISHLY–which really isn’t selfish at all. Always ask yourself, what can I learn from this? This home has a lot to teach us about layering textures, using every day items as decor, incorporating reclaimed items, and more.

Jen Hatmaker Before & After Office

Before/After Pics of My New Office…and My Muse // Jen Hatmaker

Jen transformed this should-have-been-condemened space into an office we’d all love to have. Wait until you see how she hung her instagram prints.


Guestroom Refresh // The Hunted Interior

Kristin is the queen of grouping patterns together.


How I Plan the Perfectly Imperfect Staycation // Life{in}Grace


Try :: The story behind it.
I can’t get this song out of my head.
Happy Weekend Friends!!
PS, I like you. I hope you like you too.

During July….


During July, The World’s Worst Barn is beginning a full shake-down, scrub down, paint all over, makeover. This thing is going from a hillbilly tractor barn to a beautifully imperfect gathering space for us all to come and simply BE. I’ll tell you much more about it later but for now, I couldn’t resist to […]

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Weekend Links to Inspire & Encourage


Gumball Drink Stirrers // studio DIY Our Mini Home Makeover: Before & After // Candace Cameron Bure The Upside of Downsizing // Be More With Less What I Learned from Painting a Wall // Conversion Diary A Bit of Instructions on How to Live a Good Life: How to be an Artist, a Parent, a […]

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Alison’s Thrifted Makeover:: All the Details

alison room

photo: Alison after before I wanted to show a little more of Alison’s lovely house from our $250 thrift store makeover with Lysa. My job for this project wasn’t really to take photos, but to do the work of putting it all together so forgive me for the lack of lots of great finished shots, […]

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The Decorating Truths You Won’t See on HGTV

what can be done with less

Time. White Space. Imperfections. I know. Not as glamorous as Buy New Stuff, Paint New Stuff, Knock out Your Kitchen Walls With a Sledgehammer While A Camera Crew Watches and it all gets done in one week. But we are real women, with real fries on the floor of our cars, without big furniture budgets […]

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Turning a House Into a Home on a Thrift Store Budget

house into home

I’m joining the How to Decorate Series 25 bloggers sharing great tips all week. If I were a billionaire, I’d still shop second-hand. Pair of chairs $35 each from Salvation Army, Dresser: $18 yard sale, Lamps: $8 each Thrift Store, Chalkboard: $1 Yard Sale with a $12 sea fan from HomeGoods spray painted white and […]

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Weekend Links to Inspire & Encourage

dear lillie

Night Stand Tutorial : Ikea Tarva Hack @ Dear Lillie (and that LAMP!! I love everything about this!) Did you see Emily’s Summer House Tour? It’s a breath of fresh air. @ Jones Design Co. about beauty in the mist of it @ Sweetwater Put on that Swimsuit! written by my beautiful friend Jessica Choose […]

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A Painted Stump Table with Tacks

painted stump

Sometimes change comes in the form of five minutes, random acrylic paint and tacks. I used regular gold thumbtacks for this table, they lay more flat and are easy to push into the surface than my usual favorite: upholstery tacks. But there’s no wrong, you could use square upholstery tacks (I love these and also […]

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When You Need An Excuse to Gather Your People


One of the things I’m looking most forward to this summer is hosting a baby shower along with a few dear friends for a friend of ours who moved away and is now expecting her first baby. There is just something about having this group of women in my home all together–the world will stop […]

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