We’re ready to have people over in our backyard space now that it’s so nice out in North Carolina, and it reminded me of the elements that I think really create that perfect outdoor setting for guests. Outdoor entertaining, to me, is really about making people feel comfortable and special. Here are a few things […]

A friend of mine recently called me for ideas for hosting her in-laws, who will be in town for the holidays for four days. Together, we brainstormed what works when it comes to entertaining out-of-towners (aka it’s fun but low stress for you and not too tiring). We came up with a comprehensive list for […]

Over the weekend, I threw a baby shower for Brooke, our longest-held employee who’s more like family than anything. It’s been years since I’ve attended a baby shower, and much to my excitement, this was the first shower I’ve ever personally thrown!–Couldn’t think of anybody else I’d rather throw my “first” shower for than Brooke. If you’re someone […]

We’ve been focusing on outdoor spaces on the blog this month (if you haven’t noticed!) and today is a fun one–all about lawn games! You’re never too old for a lawn game! Both Chris and I grew up playing games outside and so of course we love doing that with our friends and family. Growing […]

Congratulations. You’ve made it to the final week of #CLJSummerSchool, “How To Fall In Love With Your Home in 30 Days.” We’ve been on a journey to find love with our homes and I’m so excited to make it this far, because this is where we get to reap all the benefits of our hard-earned […]


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