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Inspiration: When a Bed is in Front of the Window

Dear Friends, On Tuesday, I mentioned my window dilemma in Reid’s room.  The bed in front of the window just drives me nuts but it inspired me to go looking for solutions.  I love to browse images anyway so this was just an excuse to lose myself in the hunt. Most of these involve window […]

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Space Challenge: Reid’s Room in Progress

Dear Friends, Today, I’m posting “before” pictures of Reid’s room and the “after” is barely even in the works.  I’ve got big ideas but some challenges as well. Reid’s room has been a blank slate since we moved in last May.  We placed his furniture, made his bed, and never really did much else.  I was motivated […]

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New Kitchen Decor

Dear Friends, Christmas came in February this year. Back in December, I picked out a couple of marble cutting boards as a gift from my parents.  They ended up backordered and I got them two months post-holiday.  Honestly, what is more fun than a surprise gift that you’ve almost forgotten about? I don’t actually need […]

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This & That Monday: deals, dinner, and a work in progress

Dear Friends, Happy Monday.  It is unusually exciting here because Mr. C is home after a looong business trip.  We did pretty well for the first several days but by day seven I was in survival mode. Kudos to all of the single moms out there. Or the Moms with husbands who travel on a […]

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Reid is Five: A Birthday Survey & Summary

Dear Friends, Reid turned five yesterday.  There is no question he is a big boy now.  However, that big boy still has a little boy voice and likes little boy things so we can save the tears for first grade when all of that stuff goes out the window.  I’ve got another year at least […]

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Family Room Update: Game Table + Conversation Area

Dear Friends, The just-right table is here.  She will forever be known as Three Hold Sally.  Some people name their cars- I name my furniture, especially when it has a story.  I’m so happy she is here and I must say Sally has settled in nicely. Those slipcovered chairs are a hot mess.  That is not […]

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A Tale of Three Tables

Dear Friends, I’ve been ready to slap my credit card down on two different tables for the family room.  Both times I was giddy with “this is it” only to tuck the plastic back in my worn wallet pocket.  First off was a Grandin Road table that had me at hello.  The minute I saw […]

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Naked House

Dear Friends, The giant cedar trees blocking the house are gone.  I’m a tree lover but these needed to go. They were overtaking our house to the point where I could feel it suffocating. The day after they were removed I drove right past my house because I didn’t recognize it.  True story. I’m so […]

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Shiplap Goodness

Dear Friends, If you binge watch HGTV, you are probably familiar with shiplap.  I vaguely knew what it was and that I liked it, but I’ve seen it trending as of late.  Old homes often have it but it is being used in newer homes and remodeling projects as well.  I see it often on […]

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Master of the Bedroom

Dear Friends, It is no secret that our master bedroom has never been a sanctuary.  I’ve talked before about it serving as a dumping ground.  Or a miniature storage facility.  I’m doing a better job of keeping the clutter out at this house but some of that stuff is just inevitable in our stage of […]

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