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Style Tips for Your Mudroom and Laundry Room

Mudrooms and laundry rooms are, by definition, utilitarian rooms. When I was growing up, I didn’t know anyone who had a laundry room or a mudroom. The washer and dryer were in your basement or your garage. No matter where it was, the room was almost always unfinished without sheetrock. Nobody made these spaces nice, livable, […]

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Preparing a Rental Vacation Home

Have you ever dreamed of living some place different? We have been going to the mountains of North Carolina for vacation for 30 years. For a long time, we’ve talked about having our own place there when we retire. We planned to wait until we retire to buy a house, but decided that if we rented it out […]

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Organized & Pretty: Spring Cleaning Idea Roundup

Springtime means blooming flowers, beautiful weather, and cleaning—lots of it, right?! I distinctly remember dreading spring when I was growing up because there was about a week when my mom made all of us kids help with spring cleaning. As a kid, you think it’s pure torture, but now I totally get it. Once a year—or […]

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When to Jump on a Trend

The thing about fashion and interior design is that it’s always changing. Here’s the cycle: You start seeing a new look. You can’t decide if you like it yet. You wonder if it is a flash in the pan. You wait. It’s still around 18 months later. You decide this trend is for you. You replace […]

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Stir Crazy? Plan Your Projects Now!

While Arizona is pretty beautiful right now, I realize we are the rarity. With most everyone spending so much time inside, I think it makes us a little stir crazy. But instead of focusing on that, let’s use the time inside to think of new projects! Hop on Pinterest (see my board here with Bali), check […]

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Try This: DIY Your Own Window Trim

Our bedroom renovation has been coming along nicely, bit by bit, piece by piece. Dare I say … it might actually turn into a room we love to be in? Since I last shared our new windows with you, we’ve DIY-ed trim, a deep window sill, and checked ‘Our New View’ off the list! It’s come a long […]

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5 Tips to Create Your Media Room

I’ve never had a house big enough for a dedicated media room, but it’s definitely on my wish list for someday. I like the idea of keeping the TV out of the living room, and having a separate space for movie nights and big events like the big football game coming up this weekend. Whether […]

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Let the Window Planning Begin!

Scott and I have been hard at work renovating our almost 130-year-old house for well over two years at this point—and I mean hard. Weekends and weeknights are dedicated to most things home, including everything from painting walls and tiling floors to refinishing our favorite vintage finds (to name just a few!). To this point, we’ve spent the majority of […]

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5 Decorating Resolutions for the New Year

Happy 2016! I love the fresh start of a new year, and I always enjoy the ritual of New Year’s resolutions—reflecting on the past year, and setting goals for the one ahead. That said, despite the best of intentions, resolutions often fall to the wayside within just a few months. So this year, I decided […]