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2 Tips for Making Laundry LOADS easier.

This post is sponsored by Persil ProClean, now available at Target! Laundry is the one chore we have always struggled to stay on top of. Okay, I dreaded it. Since our laundry room renovation, (check out the before and afters here!) the functionality of the space has improved 10 fold. But this year, I made it a goal of mine to not only get it done, but learn to enjoy it. If I can love vacuuming, or a freshly scrubbed sink, or cleared counters–surely I can learn to love laundry, too? My mom, on the other hand, absolutely adores laundry. It’s her favorite job and surely that gene is somewhere in me. When I shared with her my goal, she shared with me her two laundry-changing tips that helped her become a laundry queen and they are slowly helping me achieve my goal. TIP #1: Wash clothes by type For most…

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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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Top 5 Tips for Cooking With Kids

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron While Chris cooks 99.9% of all the meals around here, he doesn’t always do it alone. A lot of Sundays, when we all want time to go a little slower, he enlists Greta as his “sous chef” (tiny chef!) and they make the meal together. This past Sunday, it was our Butternut Squash and Fontina Calzones from our long-time sponsor, Blue Apron. The meal, from prepping to licking their plates clean, was a huge hit. Since sometimes cooking with kids can be an exercise in extreme patience, today, we wanted to share a few tips on cooking with kids to make the experience more enjoyable for everyone. 1. Let them be involved in the meal planning. Whether they are going to help cook the food or not, we’ve learned pretty early on that if our girls are invested in what we’re having for dinner…

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10 Tips For Buying Home Furnishings Online

We live in a pretty remote area of the country, in a small town in Idaho. So while we love to support our local economy through grocery shopping, eating out, and frequenting the hardware stores 8 times a week, when it comes to furnishing and decorating our home, I would say 90% of it comes from online shopping. I’ve realized, although it’s becoming more and more the norm, it’s still a scary thought for a lot of people to buy a sofa you’ve never sat on, or a mattress you’ve never slept on, or a front door you’ve never seen in person–all things we’ve purchased online in the past year. In this week’s podcast (Ep. 15) we talk about how we’ve navigated shopping online (including talking about our newest couch!), but I wanted to jot down the top ten tips I’ve picked up over the years when shopping online for home…

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Quick Tip: Remove Your Jackets!

File this under: Something you could do right now that would instantly update your shelves. I was reloading the shelves in the reading room after Halloween–truthfully, Thanksgiving day–and it was all looking so busy. I didn’t have the energy or time to really redecorate the shelves that day, but I did something simple that changed everything. I removed the dust jackets on all of our books! Here’s a quick sampling of the impact: Ahhhh, so much better. Each book now has one solid color instead of a myriad of colors. It just looks so much cleaner and streamlined. I’ve heard of people framing their jackets, or even wallpapering with them. I put mine in a box for now, but will probably end up just recycling them after a year or so. Do you have the jackets on your books still? I thought, why in the world do I still have…

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New Knobs + A Tip for Always Finding the Best Price

The new hardware for our doors arrived over the weekend and so this little makeover chapter has come to a close. A beautiful, fresh close. Here’s a reminder of how our doors were looking before we dove into spraying them with a coat of white paint: And now, new knobs, too! We went with a simple black (okay, oil rubbed bronze–but from a distance black) knob with a squared off backplate. There’s a push lock on the side of the knob for privacy, too! I love how these feel a little special without being fussy or ornate. There was a question last week on whether we considered any other knob besides a black one. Yes! We actually looked at an antique gold one, similar to the knob we put on our last home’s pantry, but we soon realized we really wanted a nice sized backplate for our doors and these…

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PSA: Instantly Fix Your Burnt Out Christmas Lights

We put up our Christmas tree over the weekend, which isn’t really news. I think most people did, right? It’s not really even “blog worthy.” We used silver and gold bulbs we had sprinkled with sentimental ornaments we’ve collected over the years. But, this post is about how every year our pre-lit tree sends us into a fury of frustration because we have dark spots where lights aren’t working when we plug it. You know! Like this: Like, the whole top of our dang tree this year. My parents came over for dinner and noticed (even with our attempt to hang an extra string of larger lights in the dark places–haha!) and my dad let us borrow this tool that fixes mini lights instantly. “Witchery,” I said. And it kind of is. I mean, it blew my mind. All you do is use the built in scanner to determine which…

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(Re)painting the Great Room + Tips on working with Swatches

Several weeks ago, we posted a photo over on Instagram of a few swatches painted on our great room walls. We stared at them for a while, probably too long because we ran out of time to actually paint the walls before our Halloween party. Now the project has resurfaced again and with Thanksgiving next week, I am absolutely getting it done this week. From top to bottom: Aloof Gray, Gray Owl, Horizon, and Silver Thistle Down. And yes, I always paint my swatches in alphabetical order so I can be sure to keep track. Horizon was immediately nixed for being too light; something we’re trying to get away from. The truth is we like our current color (Clark+Kensington’s Richland) that we picked out and painted over dark dark brown/black just over a year ago. It’s a warm and neutral off-white. It brightens our whole house without feeling cold. However, something…

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Frosted Window Spray vs. Etched Window Film

We knew after we hung our barn door in the great room, we’d want to frost the windows. The door leads to our future laundry/mud room which sounds like a potentially messy combination even if we plan to add as much storage and organization as we can. And until that point, it’s a construction zone of missing drywall, baseboards and exposed studs. We have used frosted or “etched” window film  (this one!) with great results on our last home’s pantry door. Although I liked the process and result, I felt like it was my duty to try out the other product for doing the job–frosted glass in spray form. I cleaned the glass thoroughly and taped off the edges of the wood, although I will say that step is completely irrelevant. There was no frosted specs or film that showed up in any of the surrounding area. I did notice the counters…

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Honey, I Blew Up The Kids | Tips for Making Engineer Prints Look Their Best

I mentioned in yesterday’s post we were switching some art around in the living room. I purchased a few new prints that I’ve been eyeing for awhile and we are moving the main art wall to the larger wall behind the couch in the coming weeks. And while I love art, I love our girls more (obviously) so I wanted to make sure we had a prominent place for some photos of them, too. I was worried framing a bunch of smaller photos and creating a gallery would be busy and compete with the adjacent wall when we’re done with it, so I went for my favorite–engineer prints. Update: I got these printed at my local Alphagraphics. They are nationwide so maybe you have one near you, too? Staples also prints these for a similar price. The process is the same. This isn’t my first time using engineer prints, (check…

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