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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Shop The House Mantel

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And I cannot let you forget where we started. We’ve come too far. It was time for a tiny drop of fresh on our mantel so I added in some Blue Willow that I happened to find packed away in the barn. It’s got me feeling very Miss Mustard Seedy. Years ago I had a […]

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Weekend Links

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The Last 10% of Decorating // Honey & Fitz Becoming Home : The Laundry // Assortment Chocolate Dipped Oranges // Our Savory Life  Flourless Chocolate Cake // Modern Mrs. Darcy  In Which I’m Sentimental for Half a Second Exposing the Real Issues at Sochi// Minivans Are Hot  

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Why You’ve Got to Have Guests When Your House isn’t Perfect

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I learned the hard way that it’s better to invite a friend in than tell them no because you are embarrassed. I said NO once, years ago. And I still regret it. Telling my friend she can’t come in to use the bathroom went way deeper than my shame over a falling apart weird bathroom […]

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