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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 in love with him now than when we first met […]

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the boys’ room {design board}

Three years ago, the boys’ room looked like this: But typical us, we decided to shake things up and move rooms around. First they moved into our large bonus room, and then into the back bedroom {still upstairs}. Don’t ask me why we feel so compelled to move entire rooms so frequently. It makes life […]

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our living room with the finished shingled fireplace

The best way for us to decorate our home is in phases – not always well-planned out, carefully calculated steps – more of a fluid figure-it-out-as-we-go type of decorating. Like you, we’re constrained by budget and thoughts of resale value and functionality for our young family.  We like a neutral space with lots of texture […]

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fireplace makeover {part two}

Last time we left off with the fireplace makeover progress looking like this: Cedar shingles along the top portion of the fireplace, a new chunkier mantle, decisions to be made for the fireplace surround. What probably would have looked best is something really simple and flat to balance out the texture up top, something like […]

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a fireplace makeover {part one}

I’ve been holding out on you. Last November we finally tackled our fireplace and gave it a makeover. I completely love it. Except like with most projects we do, indecision on the final detail set in and then life just kept going. Which brings us to today – seven months later – with a nearly […]

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solution to kitchen counter clutter

No matter how hard I try, the kitchen counter just seems to collect clutter. Paperwork, receipts, mail, sunglasses, random toys, cords, ipads, phones … it all accumulates right here. Ryan suggested that we find some sort of organizer to sort this mess. Then he went to the thrift store and found this beauty: He totally […]

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wallpapering with gift wrap {tutorial}

I often get an idea in my mind for a room {like, wallpaper for the back wall of the laundry room} and I search and search for what my imagination pictures.  Sometimes I find what I’m looking for; most of the time I don’t. Or maybe I find it, but it is way beyond my […]

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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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