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Living Room Refresh, and A Lighting Hack!

Shortly after we added the darker plank wall to the living room, I started craving something lighter on the floor. Although we still really LOVE our indigo Baxter rug, we rolled it up and put it in storage for now (maybe it will be a fall/winter thing? We’ll see.) and unrolled this beautiful, moroccan-inspired, budget-friendly rug out. You can a lot of different places, but we ordered the 10×14 size right here. For the price, we are all beyond impressed with the quality. It feels soft and cushy underfoot–soft enough to for the kids to roll around and play on–even though it’s a synthetic material. We’re using a standard waffle-like rug pad underneath (the same one we had before), but if you wanted even more cushion, you could definitely add a rug pad designed to do so. We also did a little rearranging. We moved the full-length mirror that has bounced between our bedroom and…

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Real Life: What’s on Our Kitchen Counters

We’ve done a tour of what’s inside all of our kitchen cabinets (way back here), and although you’re probably used to catching peeks at what we keep on our kitchen counter, I thought it would be fun to give you more of a detailed impromptu tour! After all, what we leave on our kitchen counters is what we likely use the most or like to have at arm’s reach. A friend had just dropped off some flowers for Greta after her surgery and besides throwing the mail from the island to the adjacent dining room table, these photos aren’t staged (I’m really wishing I would have plucked Greta’s play tea cup from next to the cookbooks among a few other things). Just from a random day last week when the sun was shining on our kitchen. (I linked the products under each photo for easy reference.) On the far left counter,…

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5 BIG, Area Rugs for Cheap (And the one we chose for the Living Room!)

Lately, I’ve been talking (mostly on the podcast, I think) about changing up our living room rug. The truth is, I still love the big, blue beauty after 3 years, but I just feel the need for a change.  Something lighter? More neutral? After adding the planked accent wall, it has felt darker and heavier than I want for the main area of our home. Chris was on board for the change, but I’ve been hesitating because I don’t want to spend $$$ on a 10×14 rug–and I was convinced they were all so. much. money. Our current rug, the Indigo Baxter rug from Crate & Barrel, was $1500 and worth every penny. It’s plush and soft and after all these years, it’s still in phenomenal shape. Now, all the 10×14 rugs I was drawn to (including the one, I really really wanted) were closer to the $3000 range–which was just too much for us with two…

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5 Tips for Keeping Area Rugs EXACTLY Where You Want Them.

A few months ago, we layered a really gorgeous vintage rug (from here) on top of our FLOR tiles in our entry. While we loved the character it added, and the extra layer of dirt camouflage, we struggled with it constantly bunching and moving around on top of the FLOR carpet squares. Often resulting in a look more like this: I ended up rolling it up for our big Halloween party so it didn’t become a hazard, but I was determined to keep it in place without excessive straightening every afternoon. Whether you’re layering area rugs, or putting an area rug over wall-to-wall carpet, or just laying an area rug over hard flooring, here are the top 5 tips and methods for keeping them exactly where you want them. 1. Rug pad The most obvious is a rug pad. We have them under every area rug in our home to help them last longer…

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A Guest Room Update + Our Favorite Things to Include

This post is sponsored by The Bouqs Co. Enjoy 20% site wide, for a limited time, with the promo code at the bottom of the post! Over the last few days, we’ve been working to get our guest room in shape for our family that is arriving this Friday for the holidays! You can see all the plans here.The room is not complete yet, and I’m not sure everything will arrive in time (only stressing a tiny bit about that), but I thought we’d give you an update on how things are progressing. I once read that a guest room should make guests feel at home, but also like they’re away. Cozy, clean, and minimal with a few special touches. Here’s how we’re accomplishing that. This was Greta’s old room and the 3/4 Rose Quartz pink walls got 2 coats of Farrow & Ball’s Wimborne White. We actually had a gallon leftover from the…

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Christmas Around the House

We’re excited to share with you a little peek into Christmas around our house. It’s not a part of any official tour, nor was I asked to decorate my house–it’s just what we like to do to make this time of year especially magical for our girls. We have 2.5 trees (in the playroom we put a little white metal led tree–does that count as a half?) and splashes of the season sprinkled throughout the rest of the house. You can find the everyday sources for everything in our home right here. The Reading Room We kept the tree in here minimal. It’s pre-lit, tall and skinny and from Lowe’s. It’s the kind where you can plug in the three sections together and it also plugs in the lights–pure magic for me and Chris. There is a little log reindeer next to it, you can barely see, but the girls love…

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A Few Updates in the Entry

To know me, is to know our entry will never be done. It’s alway evolving. So, don’t take this post as, the entry reveal. This is more of a–we’ve made a lot of great updates in the past couple months and here is what it looks like now. The first big change was this long vintage runner from The Vintage Rug Shop. I love the layered look over our FLOR carpet squares. Even though the FLOR squares are washable, the runner adds an extra element of camouflage, too. Charly can’t resist it. The second change was adding three more of these hooks to the back wall. While we added a coat closet, off the laundry room, to our home last year (can you believe our house never had one?), it’s still nice to have a place to conveniently hang our every-day gear–backpacks, jackets, diaper bags. Four hooks for a family of 4 should…

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12 of the Best Flocked Christmas Trees in Every Size

Last year, we got a slim flocked tree for the living room, and I fell in love with the lightness and whimsy. And a lot of other people must have fell for it, too, since this photo circulated all through Pinterest, our readers have tagged me a number of times on Instagram when it popped up in their feeds (thank you!), and even Target picked up the image. For reference, in our living room we have 8 ft ceilings and a 6.5 ft tree, most similar to tree number 6 below. Flocked trees are magical and don’t need a ton of ornaments to make them look that way, either. I love this example of two side by side for a big impact! For a tree like this, you’ll want one like number 4 or 11 below. Or, if space is limited, a smaller one (like number 2 below) still adds so much…

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A Kid-Friendly Christmas “Mantle” in the Playroom

This post is in partnership with Lowe’s. Since this is the first holiday season that we’ll have the playroom/family room completed, we wanted to deck it out a little bit since we spend so much time down here. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to visit Lowe’s headquarters and peek at their Holiday collections that are available at Lowe’s stores this year–right now!, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some things. Almost everything you see here is from Lowe’s and if you mouse over the photo, I linked to all the products directly to the Lowe’s site. This little corner was also featured in TABLE magazine’s winter issue (on stands now!) where I was able to share a few tips for decorating a mantle, even if it isn’t a mantle. If you don’t have a fireplace, a piano, credenza, sideboard or even a shelf can be…

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A Ceiling Mount Curtain Rod

I think we’ve covered just about everything from the girls’ room, but one question we keep getting over and over is regarding the curtains and the unobtrusive curtain rod we chose. So I thought dedicating a short post to the setup would be beneficial. Since the bunkbeds and the wardrobes went all the way up to the ceiling, I really want the curtains to carry the eye up, too, especially since they are one of the first things you see when you walk into the room. We worked with Martha & Ash before on the curtains that were in our living room and then the guest room. They are made with such quality materials with attention to detail, I knew I wanted the same luxe, thick curtains for in here. I sent for a variety of color swatches and landed on light pink with a Euro pleat across the top. Greta gasped when…

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