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When I tell you my jaw hit the floor when we rolled out the mural wallpaper…I mean I squealed out loud! The music room in our last house was kind of a pass-through room. It was small, and the only thing that could really fit in it was a piano and guitars, so we added […]

The Music Room Becomes the Study + a Mood Board

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Anchovies get a bad reputation. I blame the 90s Ninja Turtles movies, but whatever the reason it is unjustified. Just because they’re fish, doesn’t mean that what you add them to will taste like fish. They are a seasoning, like garlic powder. If treated right, they add depth to a dish without drawing attention to […]

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Something I’m working on this year (besides having more fun), is dialing in on my routines! I’ve learned that any time I want to start implementing a new habit or resolution in my life, it’s most likely to succeed if I attach it to my already successful routine! Routines over resolutions! Years ago, I started […]

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In January it’s really common to talk about upcoming trends, and I have done this in the past (2021 trends here)! It’s fun for me to see what’s up and coming, and to experiment with new patterns and colors that excite me. Being a trend forecaster can be tricky when I really try to preach making […]

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The very first thing on our 2022 Project List is “install wallpaper and more in the music room.” We’re installing a 360º mural in here (this week!), and in the meantime we’ve been hard at work building in wainscoting and chair rail on the lower part of the walls. I was actually toying with the […]

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You want to know what I love about Valentine’s Day? It’s in February. And a couple months after the holidays, when it’s still so cold out–I really appreciate something to look forward to and celebrate. I used to think that it needed to be a day of grand gestures, and bouquets of flowers, but Chris […]

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In January it’s really common to talk about upcoming trends, and I have done this in the past (2021 trends here)! It’s fun for me to see what’s up and coming, and to experiment with new patterns and colors that excite me. Being a trend forecaster can be tricky when I really try to preach making […]

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