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a love note to our house

    This week we celebrate our wedding anniversary.  I was going to write a mushy blog-post-love-note to my amazingly talented, handsome, smart, funny, wise husband for all to see, but instead decided he’d probably rather not the world know how thankful I am to be more… Continue Reading…a love note to our house

    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… Continue Reading…laundry room idea board

      details of the giant hanging window in our entry/dining room

        It’s one of the most unique {and coolest, if you ask me} things in our house: this oversize salvaged window hanging from a barn door track that separates the entry from the dining room.

        I’ve never really blogged about it. What?! Sorry for the oversight.

        Adding the window to the opening between the rooms accomplished exactly what we wanted … it created a definition of spaces, but also keeps things bright and open. Plus it adds personality to our ordinary home. That’s our favorite part.

        From the front door, you can still see through into the dining room and beyond.

        We found the perfect window at our favorite local salvage yard {Second Use – for you local Seattle-ites} for about $80.

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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 – what do you know – the L wall moved across the hall to its new home.

          Hidden in there are the thermostat and light switch that before stuck out so obviously.

          A good before and after is always fun, so here you go:

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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… Continue Reading…steppin’ up

            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?… Continue Reading…a problem spot