Why it’s Worth it to Take One Microscopic Step Forward

starting is progress

office

My office has been so neglected while we put all of our energy into the barn project. But every time I looked at it, it made me sad.

I needed a little win.

pink door

pink door

I threw dinner in the oven and ran out to my thrifted office door armed with a quart of pretty pink paint and 15 minutes.

pink door

We’ll get around to cleaning off the porch and replacing the light. One day we’ll install that doorknob that’s still in the package on my desk.

But for now, seeing a pink door is surprisingly encouraging. It’s a visible sign that things are changing for the better.

pink

It’s not there yet, but it’s better than it was a year ago.

before

When I get overwhelmed with how far we have to go, just like when we paid off that huge amount of debt, I step back and remind myself of how far we’ve come.

It’s worth it to start today. Even invisible steps can add up to big changes.

This just in:

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Yesterday Amazon put The Nesting Place ebook on sale an the response was so huge (number 8 in all the ebooks!) that it looks like they are keeping a great sale price, I have no idea for how long, or where, but for me here in the US, the price says 2.80. Download that free kindle app if you don’t have a kindle and get yourself a book!

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A Saturday with Style

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A few weekends ago I hung out with Emily A. Clark at Lowe’s Home Improvement for Style Saturday. It was such fun, we got to do consultations and everyone who came got to do a craft. The craft I selected was this wallpaper poster and y’all it’s SO EASY. All I did was cut the […]

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 […]

DIY Frame Wallpaper

hand drawn frame wall

This is a sponsored post by ScotchBlueTM Painter’s Tape and Social Chorus, as always words, opinions and imperfect decorating are mine all mine. I absolutely love this project and I’ve wanted to try it forever! A few years ago I saw this beautiful Graham and Brown wallpaper in person. I knew right then that I wanted […]

How Anyone Can Change Up A Room in One Hour

change is my favorite color

Here’s a little glimpse of the current state of our family room/dining room area, brought to you buy harsh, yet interesting late afternoon light. I was ready for a change and a little dash of color mixed in with all this neutral and I knew I had a few touches of blue that I could […]

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Things I Learned in February

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Today I’m linking up with my sister, Emily, who hosts a monthly-ish link up of quirky, interesting, simple and random things she learned. Here’s what I learned this month in no particular order… When I start reading about my own personality, I can hardly stop. I simultaneously believe that I have the worst and also […]

Three Weird Reasons my House Looks Better Than Yours Online

breakfast area

I’m not a photographer. Frankly, my photos are pretty bad. And the stuff in my house is loved on, lived in and imperfect. Sadly, part of my job is taking photos of the stuff in my home and I need all the help I can get. I have to take a ton of photos of […]

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Time for Change :: A Clock Update

grandfather clock

Something bothered me the first time I saw my grandfather clock. Do you see it? That little piece of thin decorative wood at the top. What in the world? I’m sure it’s probably some important part that makes expensive clocks nice and royal looking but on this cheap-o replica that I bought knowing I would […]

Painting With Chalk and A Giveaway

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I’m interrupting this summer vacation because sometimes you just need a change. Today I’m joining Centsational Girl and a slew of creative bloggers for the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and The Home Depot‘s Ready, Set, Paint. Challenge Almost four years ago I had an “aha” moment and realized that I could hide my builder grade gas […]

30 Minute Guest Room Makeover

guest room ideas

The guest room, formerly known as a 15-year-old boy’s room was seriously lacking in style, furniture and general put-togetherness. I wasn’t ready to invest in a bed or anything for that matter but I did have a mattress, rug, thrifted chair, dresser and fun streamers. And a guest on the way. I wanted a quick, […]

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