I Choose Slow

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This is what slow really looks like in our home because we have a to do list that is 12 acres long, I have a book getting ready to hit the shelves and slow is my word of the year. Slow looks like stairs with unfinished treads lined with BlueTape for six months. It looks […]

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The Power of Choosing Your Anthem :: A Giveaway

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED We’ve talked before about choosing a song to help ground an event, and how when you put those songs together they make up the soundtrack of our lives. I like to choose an anthem and match music to big events, transitions in our life, or the spectacularly ordinary parts of our […]

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Weekend Links

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Learning to Love Living with Less in a Little House via Hooked on Houses Dear Mom Who’s Tired of Eating Her Kid’s Chicken Nuggets For Lunch @Gracelaced Ode To A Kitchen Joy the Baker is moving and gives a tour of the little kitchen where she created two cookbooks, wrote hundreds of blog posts and […]

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Where to Start When You’re Sure A Space Is Hopeless

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When we bought this house there was a little glimmer of hope for an office. But it was so small that I didn’t even mention it here for almost six months. This cold, dirtly little back room attached to the World’s Worst Barn felt entirely hopeless especially knowing that our house and land all desperately […]

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The One Kitchen Tweak That Changed My Attitude

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I’m not a kitchen design expert. But I am an expert at using kitchens and knowing if they work well for our family. That might be worth more. I had three main objects with our modern farmhouse kitchen redesign. And they were all a result of living in 13 different homes with kitchens that functioned […]

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Weekend Links

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Ikea Hacking in the Kitchen for More Counter Space   Master Bedroom Reveal 5 Tips for His & Her Decorating How to Start a Home-based Etsy Business a book by my friend and Home Blogger Gina Lurker DIY Sueded Cord Cover My Boys Room Reveal {with sources} Red Letter Words has a new shop!  {25% […]

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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 […]

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The 1 Thing Every Home Needs

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Every home needs an empty surface zone. This is a surface in your home that you are deciding is no longer a home for things. This is NOT to be confused with a surface that you are demanding to be absolutely empty at all times. No way. This is a hardworking surface, preferably the most […]

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Arrows :: A Secret Weapon In Decorating

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  For years my parents participated in their neighborhood yard sale. With so many different sales going on, most people put signs out on the main streets of the neighborhood so you were sure to find their sale all buried back behind their house on a quiet street. If I’m in a car driving through […]

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How to Fake A Kitchen Island Waterfall Edge

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When we bought this house in August we didn’t plan on redoing the kitchen right away. But once we spent a few hours in the house and realized we could build a kitchen in phases paying cash as we go, we started knocking down walls. Here’s what we started with.  I’ve never planned a kitchen […]

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