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Lately, I have been craving less on our walls. It’s part of the reason I added so much trim molding to our bedroom which not only looks great but is interesting enough that we don’t need much else. Or the mural in the study. And the paneling in the family room. Adding interest to the […]

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Salad is typically my least favorite way to consume vegetables, but there are some flavor combos that are so good, it feels like treating yourself even when the ingredient list seems ho-hum. This salad is about halfway to my mother’s “taco salad,” stopping shy of crunched up corn chips and a handful of delicious though […]

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When the kids go back to school, it’s a vibe, is what I’m saying. The house just feels different. Things are more organized. Our daily routines become more structured. And that initial back-to-school time just feels so wholesome. Do you know what I mean? F&B Stiffkey Blue | Lockers | Basket | Rug | Leather […]

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*This post is sponsored by ADT We lived in small towns most of our marriage. Places where you never really thought about getting a security system because everyone knew everyone. Wallpaper But as many readers know, in February 2019, we were coming to the end of a cabin renovation, and it tragically caught fire and burned down one […]

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In case you missed the announcement in our Love Letter, the wallpaper is officially installed in the laundry room, and I could not be ANY MORE IN LOVE! My ultimate goal for the laundry room was to create a space that is fresh, clean, bright, and a little utilitarian (the straight-laid tile floors definitely bring that). With […]

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Last week on Instagram, I mentioned how I thought it was important that everyone have a handful of side dishes that took 5 minutes and only a handful of ingredients to throw together, and required no cooking. Things that could just be thrown together at a moment’s notice. I also mentioned that I have about […]

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In case you missed the announcement in our Love Letter, the wallpaper is officially installed in the laundry room, and I could not be ANY MORE IN LOVE! My ultimate goal for the laundry room was to create a space that is fresh, clean, bright, and a little utilitarian (the straight-laid tile floors definitely bring that). With […]

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