Home. For Christmas.


I’m hosting a sale with one of my favorite online shops, Joss & Main. One of the reasons I like them is that they have super fast shipping, and I’m impatient. I’d just love for you to come hang out and look around

I’d love for you to do that. But this sale is just a tool. Like Pinterest. It’s there for our inspiration but we are the ones who can abuse it. And I don’t want anyone going into debt to buy something for their home and I don’t want anyone feeling less than if they can’t buy something for their home. Pretty things are just that–pretty.

The truth is, it’s really not about the stuff at all, even when making a home. Especially when making a home.


So come hang out, visit my sale, pin, buy, roll your eyes, be inspired, but remember the real things that truly make a home…


If I want my home to be a place of connection, I’ll ask genuine questions and get to know the people in my home.

If I want my home to be a safe place to make a mistake, I’ll lower my standards for myself first, be forgiving of my own mistakes, laugh at myself–and allow others to see that.

If I want my home to be inspiring, I’ll pay attention to what inspires me.

If I want my home to be real, I’ll learn to embrace the imperfect, find the beauty in the undone, the broken, the unkempt, the everydayness and the mess.

If I want my home to be comfortable, I’ll first stop apologizing and focus on others instead of myself.

If I want my home to be a place of rest, I’ll consider my attitude and the tone I set when I am home. I’ll allow and plan for restful spaces.

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Anyone can put pretty stuff in a room.

And there is nothing wrong with beautiful things.

It takes intention to furnish a home with grace and rest and acceptance. I’m up for the challenge. I want to see past the worst and focus on the better. I want to search for the real beauty just waiting to be recognized. I want to make a home on purpose — with purpose.

I’m making home a safe, inspiring and life-giving place so we can go out and be what who we were created to be.

The Joneses don’t need to be kept up with — and secretly, they are tired of setting the mythical standard.

Our friends and family don’t show up so that they can be impressed.

Homes are there to serve people, not the other way around.

May your home serve you and others so fully that it’s worn thin and beautiful in all the right places this Christmas season.

And if, IF you need some inspiration for pretty things in your home, maybe start here


Inspiring Christmas Details


That lighted book page garland! That Green sofa! That paintbrush on the wall! // Shades of Blue Interiors Here’s how to make my book page garland from 3 years ago, it’s worth making–I still use it today in my office! The Christmas Tour of Homes is still going (you can link up into next week) […]

Christmas Tour of Homes 2014

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Christmas in the Midst of our Mess


A few years ago the house we were renting was photographed for a Christmas issue of one of my favorite magazines. It was three weeks after Christmas day and I had a completely different tree than the one we had at Christmas. Before they even walked out of my house after the shoot was over, […]

Christmas Decorating {for real people who like pretty things but don’t want to spend a week undecorating}

boots and wreath

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Gift Ideas for Him & Her :: Things We Use & Love More Than We Expected

man gifts

Here’s a little compilation of some of my favorite things straight from my house–not just random things I found on Amazon, but things I have, things I use OFTEN, things I get asked about, things I had no idea I’d enjoy so much or use as much as I do. If you need some gift […]

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