Photos from our Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas Photo Shoot in our Rental House

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In October of 2012 I received an email from an Editor at Meredith Publications about possibly shooting our house for the 2013 issue of Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas magazine…. A DREAM!

They also asked me not to show photos on my blog of my Christmas decor before the shoot…. A NIGHTMARE!

So here are all of the photos I was dying to show you last year…

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Three Weird Reasons my House Looks Better Than Yours Online

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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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A Light Bedroom Adjustment

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I’ve made a tiny change to our bedroom.  I switched out the pair of lamps that were on each side of the bed. We used to have a big tall white sleigh bed (a Big Lots find that I painted) and the lamps on either side were fine.  A little high but fine. Then we […]

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Using Plants in Your Home Part 4 :: Terrariums

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Twig This is part 4 of a planty series read parts don’t forget to read parts 1, 2 & 3 in any order. DoodleBirdie Tiny terrariums are my newest obsession. If you’ve been around these parts since the beginning you might remember my huge terrarium on a stand that I’ve had both inside and out. […]

Using Plants in Your Home Part 2

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This is part two in a little micro series on using plants in your home, read part 1 here. The other day, in part 1, I showed off all the plants in my home. Now I’d like to try to convince you that it’s worth risking killing a plant in hopes that it will live […]

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Using Plants in Your Home Part 1

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A few of you have asked about some of the plants I have sitting around so let’s talk about them.  I thought we’d split this post into two parts, today I’ll show entirely too many photos of how I use plants around our downstairs (I hardly have any upstairs right now) and then in the […]

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A Renter’s Laundry Room Makeover

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Here’s the current progress on our laundry room.  We added the most functional item to date, the counter top.  This $50 Ikea counter spans from wall to wall so I don’t need to worry about a sock getting stuck in the crack between the washer and dryer.  And we always had a 10 inch gap […]

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My Pot Rack

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Pot racks are like minivans with automatic doors, once you spoil yourself with one, you can never go back to not having one.  Which is why I’ve never had a minivan with automatic doors.   I cannot imagine my future self whining and complaining about having to open a car door, how annoying I would be. […]

A Secret Decorating Ingredient :: It’s Awful

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This weekend I finally found something that I had wanted for a very long time. I wanted a sailfish. I felt dumb even admitting it here a few times.  Why in the world did I want a sailfish on my wall?  I remember a fish {was it a sailfish?} on my grandparent’s wall growing up […]

Master Bedroom

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so far before Our bedroom had been neglected for far too long.  I was ready for change and my requirements were: neutral colors a pretty bed drapes masculine and feminine feel places to sit an 8 x 10 rug surfaces to place books and tums and snoring medicine and my other old lady paraphernalia better […]

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