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I’ve been itching to paint our front door ever since we had our exterior trim painted back in May. I picked a color (Farrow & Ball De Nimes) and we applied for HOA approval (it’s a long process and one we’ve had to do a lot…) that finally came in a couple weeks ago! I […]

Everything You Need to Paint A Front Door

Entry stairwell at the North Carolina House

This is the check-in point in the week where you can see how far you’ve come with our Home Styling 101 summer school course! How are you feeling? Maybe you’ve moved some items around in your mudroom or ordered something new for your front porch. Or you’ve added an inviting scent to your entry and […]


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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here and it’s my favorite time to stock up on everything from clothes, to luggage, to home decor. I’m sharing my wish list with you here so you can load up your cart and save big! Apparel – Tops Apparel – Bottoms (A few other options) Accessories Beauty (A few […]


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This post is sponsored by Neighborly, Your Hub for Home Services As we’ve grown older and busier with kids and life, I’ve gotten smarter about what projects we want to tackle at home ourselves and which ones we like to hire out. And there are some tasks I’ve never even thought to tackle myself and […]


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This week, we kicked off our summer school with How to Style an Entry, and now we want to give you the tools to do so! I always advocate shopping your own house first, and hopefully, you’ll find some things you can use there. But I also love to add something fresh which can give […]


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Yesterday I kicked off our Summer School with an introduction to how I approach styling every space in my home. If you missed that post, be sure to go back and get the foundations so you are ready to tackle one of the most important — yet often neglected — areas of the home. This […]


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I recently got an email from someone that asked, “Where do you go for new design inspiration?” She went on to say, “I use Houzz and lots of popular sites, but I feel like I’m stuck in an algorithm and keep seeing the same things.” I know the feeling — it’s so easy to get […]

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