Planning & Measuring for New Window Treatments

Previously I shared that we are getting our house ready for vacation rentals here. As you can see below, we finally moved some furniture into the house, but the windows look a bit bare. It’s hard to tell, but the room currently has mini blinds in it. When the blinds are pulled up to the […]


Lessons In Landscaping (Let’s Learn Together!)

I’m going to start by saying that until recently, Scott and I haven’t had a reason to landscape the outdoor spaces surrounding our home. Having lived in Chicago for close to 10 years, we’ve been the happy renters of a third floor walk-up, and then the owners of a second floor walk-up. Both buildings have had nothing more than […]


5 Tips to Create Your Perfect Mudroom

Want to know a trend that makes me so excited? Mudrooms. Drop zones. Whatever you want to call them, they are genius. Older homes usually don’t have one, but that definitely doesn’t mean you can’t build one yourself. Today, I rounded up some great organizational tips for creating the mudroom of your dreams. I gathered […]


Give Your Shades the Spring Clean Treatment

It wasn’t that long ago that I was just talking about our winter care routine around the house, but over the weekend we took a long walk around our neighborhood without jackets. It’s downright smile inducing when that first lukewarm breeze hits your skin! Whether it was the air or the rejuvenating walk, Scott and I talked the whole […]


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, […]


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 It’s Still Cold Outside: Home Health + Happiness

It’s that time of year when most of the country daydreams of warm and sunny days, pulling on a pair of our favorite shorts, and packing up the beach bag. Although the first day of spring is right around the corner, a lot of us are still shoveling snow, wearing thick boots on the daily, and […]

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Organize Life Starting with Your Entryway

Organizing the entryway can be a bear, but during the winter months this task seems extremely daunting.  Maybe it’s the chill that wafts in through the door, the sludge that tracks inside, or maybe it’s all the extra layers we have to wear, but keeping the entry area organized can get overwhelming fast.  Before we […]


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 […]