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laundry room idea board

Like most large households, ours produces a massive amount of laundry. And like most moms, doing that laundry is far from my favorite task. I have found in my limited research that most laundry-doers fall into one of these categories: 1. you are forced to do laundry when you realize the kids are out of […]

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how switching out lights can make a big difference

Like most homes built in the last 10 years, every single ceiling light fixture in our house looked like this when we moved in: Admittedly, it’s not the worst light fixture in the history of light fixtures, but it’s pretty boring. One simple way to update a space and add style and interest is by […]

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the wall of l’s moved across the street

Remember when I asked for help with this problem wall? You all came through. Great suggestions. My talented friend Darlene even did a little mock-up of her suggestion: Isn’t it lovely? I sat on the ideas for a bit – none of them feeling just right. Until one day, I started moving furniture around and […]

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steppin’ up

When you live in a house with little ones, sometimes practical things {like step stools in the bathroom} are essential. I was growing tired of seeing our perfectly-functional-but-equally-ugly plastic stool in the guest bath and so I was excited to find this wood version at IKEA. It actually is quite attractive in its bare form, […]

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displaying books in the playroom

One year in college my best friend {and roommate} made fun of me because I brought with me a few of my favorite children’s picture books.  Not only did I travel with them from Seattle to LA, but I proudly displayed them on our coffee table.  And I’m not talking about sentimental books that I […]

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a problem spot

I have a problem. It is not particularly big or of great importance, but it has bothered me for, oh, six years now. Here it is: What were our builders thinking putting all of these switches, thermostats, outlets on one wall with such random placement? From the front door, this is what you see going […]

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new curtains for the entry

Like many new construction homes, our front entry has a nice tall door and sidelight windows on either side. These are great for letting in natural light during the day, but not so great for privacy in the evenings. It was Ryan’s idea to hang curtains – brilliant! We originally hung white IKEA panels, but […]

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things I like: ferns

I have a slight love affair with ferns.  Their bright, fresh color, delicate texture, slightly wild arms going every which way … they add just the right feel to my otherwise neutral rooms. {in my office} {on the front porch} {in the kitchen} {in my favorite little nook of the house} {and on the coffee […]

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what’s on your coffee table?

Have you ever noticed in beautifully decorated living rooms that the coffee tables are always accessorized? {via} There is usually a collection of books, flowers, candles, maybe a tray to contain odds and ends. {via} {via} {via} I know life in a photograph is much different than real life. Especially if you have little ones […]

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the kids’ bath needs some style

Our upstairs bath looks like this: Basic builder-grade everything. This is considered the kids’ bathroom, but since we moved our master bedroom upstairs last fall and made our downstairs bedroom into a media room {great use of the space but I do miss our own bathroom!} we now all share this bath. It is a […]

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our mudroom

We bought our house 5 years ago based off a floor plan we found online.  One of our favorite features was this mudroom. It connects the garage to the rest of the house and is such a great dumping ground for our busy family.  The only negative about the space is that there is no […]

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the stockings are hung {our house tour}

Have you seen all of the gorgeously decorated homes around blogland? It has been so fun to see how each person fluffs their house for Christmas.  Today I thought I’d share our home with you. There are plenty of photos ahead, so I’ll keep the words to a minimum. Enjoy! Merry Christmas from our {finally} […]

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office desk

A few weeks ago I showed you my new office desk in it’s raw state. At that point I was thinking I would add a skirt. But once it was sanded primed painted {two coats of Sherwin Williams Cashmere paint in Rushing River} given a band of white grosgrain ribbon and some silver nail head […]

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Let’s talk about refrigerators for a minute. This is what ours looks like: In a world where stainless is the preferred choice, ours is white. But that’s not what I want to talk about. Have you ever noticed that refrigerators in magazines are always bare? They don’t have random photos, calendars, invitations, school work & […]

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popping in on this saturday morning

Happy Saturday! I’m not regularly a poster on weekends, but the kids are busy watching saturday morning cartoons {which are no where near as wonderful as I remember them being when I was a kid. Whatever happened to the Jetsons, Dennis the Menace, Strawberry Shortcake? Those were way better than weird shows like Horseland and […]

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our backyard

We moved into our current home five years ago. We had just sold our darling, but major fixer-upper {or perhaps tear-down} 1920’s bungalow and were beyond thrilled to have a new home {read: without rodents and a sagging foundation}.  At that time our eyes were so engaged by the large rooms, functional kitchen {with a […]

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ahhh … that’s better

A month or so ago I posted photos of our not quite finished living room. As I was looking at the photos after I posted, I felt like it looked way too cluttered. It doesn’t help that there is a cord hanging down from the tv, but the shelves looked knick-knacky and needed to be […]

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our bedroom

Why is it that the master bedroom the last to be finished? Experts always say that you should create a bedroom space that is comfortable and private to honor your marriage. But oftentimes the master bedroom consists of a hodge-podge of furniture, a dumping zone for laundry and a very undesirable place to relax. Here […]

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