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Tips on choosing outfits for your family photos

Every year, like many of you, we have family photos taken. And every year, like many of you, I obsess over what to dress my family in for said photos. Okay, maybe obsess is too strong a word, but I do think about it for a while. Choosing clothes that coordinate and allow personalities to show and […]

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the progression of my favorite room

I was asked by my friend Melissa of The Inspired Room to help celebrate the launch of her newest book with a quick peek at my favorite room.  I knew right away that I would share my office.  If you’re a reader of Melissa’s you know she is all about loving the home you have […]

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The Easiest Way to Update a Ho-Hum Bookshelf

Audrey’s room has been an in-process project for well over a year. (Please tell me I’m not the only one whose projects drag on way longer than expected?!) We started with this design board idea, made the first updates, added a darling gallery wall and a cute diy bulletin board.  Things are going slowly, but […]

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Free Fall Iphone Covers (in updated sizes!)

A friendly reader emailed a week ago mentioning that she loved the free iphone covers I posted years ago and switches out the cover with each new season. To tell you the truth, I forgot about these darling covers! My poor phone has been naked for over a year (and it shows with all the […]

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How to Wear An Ankle Bootie

I was late to the ankle bootie party. When they first came into fashion a few years ago, I thought they were odd looking and I had no idea how to wear them in my regular work-at-home mom life. Last fall, I finally came around and bought my first pair. As with most new-to-me trends, it takes […]

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why I found a new rug for the living room

You may remember a few weeks ago I posted about rearranging the living room. While creating the design board and editing the post photos, I kept feeling like everything was just so monotone. Gray rug, beige sofa, taupe chairs, dark floors, dark coffee table, gray stone on the fireplace. Now I’m all about neutrals, but part of doing […]

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coffee chat (catching up)

This edition of coffee chat is brought to you by my first eggnog latte of the season: For some insane reason, Costco already has eggnog in stock and I just couldn’t pass it up. I’m an afternoon decaf latte drinker and makes these lattes at home (here is my recipe). So while chatting, I’ll be […]

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yummy chocolate chip pumpkin bread

It’s fall, y’all. And that means I’m all about baking things like chocolate chip pumpkin bread. This version is so moist and muffin-like and the big chocolate chips sweetens it up just the right amount. My family gobbled these two loaves up in no time. CHOCOLATE CHIP PUMPKIN BREAD makes two loaves 3 cups flour 2 […]

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how to make grocery store flowers look fancy

If I could, I would have fresh flowers in every room of my house. They add color and texture and scent and life and always make a room feel more lived in and complete. Gorgeous flower arrangements can be super expensive so I typically just find what I like at my grocery store and use a […]

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bright + happy entry refresh for $150 / jones design company

a $150 entry refresh

You may remember I was helping a friend brighten up her entry way (for a refresher, here is the original post).  Rae has such great style – think cool, hip, cheerful – and her neutral entry wasn’t feeling cool, hip or cheerful. With about $150, a few simple diy projects and shopping her house, we […]

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rearranging the living room furniture

Sometimes a good furniture rearranging is all you need to make a room feel fresh. Our living room is our everyday hang out space, where we watch tv and read books and our main entertaining spot when friends come over.  It is open to the kitchen with a wall of windows (that looks out onto our tiny […]

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