How We Got Here: The Great Room

I love sharing before and after transformations of an area of our home under the hashtag #cljtransformations on Instagram (The new swipe feature has made the them even more fun), but rarely do here for some reason. This weekend, I pulled out my camera, referred to our before photos so I could match angles, and snapped a photo of this rarely seen angle looking from the kitchen into the living room and through the entry, all the way into the half bath. I took the same photo, standing in the same spot over three years ago, right when we moved in, but it looked vastly different: If you’ve been reading our blog for any amount of time, you know that our before and afters  progress photos don’t happen overnight, but rather, we consider each step a victory. Between these two photos, we: Tore up all the old tile and carpet and…

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How to Repair or Patch a Wall + Our Go-To Tools for the Job

Our stairwell has been through a lot over the years. From gallery walls and then no frames, to a new railing and the elimination of a DIY baby gate that was attached to the wall, the scars and gashes the drywall has seen in this corner of our house have been too many to count! Not to mention, our slight orange peel textured walls definitely throws a curve ball in the mix when it comes to patching. But, recently, we finally got around to patching where the old railing attached to the wall (a deep hole!) and where the baby gate attached (minor) and wanted to take you through our fool-proof method. First, you’re going to need a few tools in your arsenal to get the job done right. After 8 years of doing this, we swear by: 1. Fibatape. If you have huge holes or deep gashes, this self-sticking tape is…

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Casual Friday + Facebook Live Today!

We’ll be doing our first Facebook Live today at 11:15am MST, shopping for our new mattress! Join us here. This week got off to a rough start as we dealt with serious hackers from Japan. Within a matter of minutes, our site was redirected to a Japanese audience, they had set up shops under hidden pages and as we were frantically trying to sort through code, they took over the blog completely and we no longer had access. We have security in place, and had only had a minor hacking incident once before but nothing like this. I tried my best to keep my emotions together, says the pregnant woman, while Chris was on a frantic call with our host. All the while, we were getting messages from our readers, sponsors and clients letting us know that our site had been compromised–which we so appreciated. In a way, it let…

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The 11 Best Candles for Spring

Last week, when it was still cold and snowy here, I picked up this Water Lotus candle from Target (it comes in the cutest bowl container!) and it has such fresh and bright scent to it. With the first day of Spring next week (!!), we’re decluttering, cleaning everything top to bottom, shedding heavy throws from the sofas and beds, and lighting all of my favorite fresh scents. A good candle is my favorite way to change my mood, or our home’s mood and these are my top picks to ring in Spring! JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. You can click on the candles above to go directly to the purchase page (the lavender one in the center is my personal favorite and is on mega sale right now!), or click through below to read about each one! JavaScript is currently disabled in this…

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