6 little gifts for your guests (weekly giveaway)

Here is this week’s giveaway! For all the hostesses, entertainers, party planners, and those who aspire to be so, this week’s giveaway is perfect for you. Whether inviting friends to a fancy party or a relaxing catch-up, we hope this will inspire quality time with a fun little twist. Cheers to the Be My Guest Collection:



1. mirrored tabletop tray // world market

2. confetti coasters // britt bass

3. stationary set // paper source

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sources for hall, living, kitchen + extras

Did you enjoy the week of fantastic home tours? Thoroughly inspired to bring a little fall into your home? We had dinner with my sister this weekend and she said she was inspired to finally take down her 4th of july stuff and replace it with leaves, pumpkins and cozy textures. Her house always looks great and I’m excited to see what she has done with it now.

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So let’s talk about some of the items seen in the second half of our house tour (first half, click here. And for sources, here.) Most of the furniture and accessories are not new which means they are not always still available for purchase, but I’ll share links where applicable.

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fall house tour: living, hall & kitchen

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Welcome to the second half of our fall house tour. We started last week with the front of the house: the entry, small bath, office, dining room and piano nook and today we’ll keep making our way through the main living areas.

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If you’re coming from DesignPostInteriors, welcome! A little about me: I love neutrals. Get ready for a house tour void of color, but full of texture. Also, you might not be able to tell from the photos, but we have four kids and a dog and things don’t always look so fluffed and tidy. I try, but in real life you’ll probably see remote control helicopters and lego ships on the coffee table and art supplies covering the kitchen table, random shoes littering the floor and dog toys everywhere you look. I like things picked up, but we also do life here and sometimes that looks a little messy. I’m guessing you can relate.  I love how our house looks in the photos and I do my best to keep things nice around here, but really what we’re going for is a home that is welcoming and grace-filled and warm.

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black + white + farm fresh (october paperworks collection)

You know what feels really good? Staying on top of scheduling/note writing/meal planning. You know what makes it easier? Having prompts (stylish ones help!) that keep you on track and tasks front of mind.

That’s what Paper Works is all about.

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Paper Works is our super helpful monthly club with stylish designs made to keep you organized and I’d love for you to try it out!

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Each month, nearly a thousand households use Paper Works to keep their families on task, meals planned and hand-written notes written.

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coffee chat no. 18

Every once in a while I just have all these random things to say and nowhere to fit them in, so they get all smushed together in a post series I like to call coffee chats.

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Pretend we’re sitting across from each other (or standing on a soccer field) sipping our drinks (decaf, tall, extra hot, one pump mocha for me, please) and enjoying a few moments to just catch up and talk about all the things floating around in our minds.

Here are a few things I might chat about:

First, I would share about my excitement that tonight is the start of the next season of Survivor. What season are we on?! I don’t even know. But I still love it.

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this week’s giveaway: all that glitters

In case you missed the announcement two weeks ago, we’re now running weekly giveaways!

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Each tuesday, we’ll put together an assortment of favorites to give away. We definitely want you to enter to win (and there will be plenty of chances for that!) but I also hope the collections inspire gift ideas, color combinations, accessories for your home or office and introductions to new great products. This week’s collection is called: ALL THAT GLITTERS


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how to paint a piano

Furniture purists … avert your eyes. This is a post about how I changed our perfectly fine piano from glossy mahogany to white. Did I ruin it? Maybe. But do I love it 1000 times more? Yes. Yes I do.

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I posted a mid-progress photo on instagram and was surprised by how many shared the desire to paint their piano and also questions about how to do it. So here it is – all my steps, tips and encouragement for painting your piano.

First, a little back story. We inherited our piano from my grandparents but it is not a piece that holds any particular sentimental meaning. From the day we brought it into our house six years ago, I’ve wanted to paint it. There was a trend a few years ago when everyone was painting their pianos mustard or aqua and I was so tempted (especially by this photo), but just never felt committed to any one color. Years passed and the piano always felt dark and not right for our style until a few weeks ago when I came across this photo and it was jut the push I needed.

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