In case you didn’t know, August 21st is a pretty major day for a lot of people as there will be a total solar eclipse–the first coast to coast one in the US since 1918! Amazingly, our little town of Rexburg is almost directly in the center of the “path of totality” and one of the most desirable places to experience it. We’re talking about how this has impacted our community, and what the city is asking of homeowners – some things you might not expect.
We also talk about how to embrace the dents, dings and patina that come with living in a home, and share a few stories about some whoopsies we’ve had in our own home.
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Listener Question: How can I embrace the “lived in” feeling of my home?
To go along with this question, we discuss:
• The guilt that comes with only posting pretty pictures
• Maintenance only gets you so far – your home will have dings and dents
• Chris’s head-in-hands mistake in their last home
• The Great Mod Podge Incident that we thought ruined our new carpet
• Mindfully choosing finishes that age beautifully
Game: Home Terms You May Be Using Incorrectly
Julia gathers a few home-related terms, referencing this article, we may all use interchangeably (like renovate and remodel), where they actually mean completely different things. She asks the differences between terms and Chris & Preston take turns trying to figure them out.
Hot Topic: Home Depot & Menards Facing a Class Action Lawsuit
We have a quick discussion on a current (ridiculous) lawsuit that’s been brought against Home Depot & Menards regarding standard 4×4 and 2×4 measurements of lumber.
Can’t Get You Outta My Mind
Preston: Quincy, Preston’s 3 year old son, recently started swimming lessons and Preston shares some thoughts about watching your first child branch out and learn from someone other than he and his wife.
Chris: Many of us have multiple devices that need charged, but not enough plugs by our beds. Chris found a solution for their situation, freeing up space on their night stands and sockets in the wall, as well, with this amazing Apple watch/iphone dock and charger we both have now.
Julia: We all have plants we try to keep alive in our home (some of us less successfully than others), but the real kicker is forking over how much money?! for a good looking planter. Julia shares her thoughts on her favorite budget-friendly alternative, the basket (HouseSevenDesign does this flawlessly–see below) or even a tall, woven hamper!
She also gives pointers for finding a good one and what you need to make sure it doesn’t leak.
Some of Julia’s favorite baskets/hampers that could also be used as a planter!
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We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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Befores, afters, mood boards, plans, failures, wins. We’ve done a lot of projects, and they’re all here.
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Even when you don’t want to rip down a wall, you can make that space in your home better. Right now.
Last week, Chris and I had the incredible opportunity to travel to London for work. We were invited by Williams Sonoma and William Morris and Co to preview their newest collaboration and the inspiration behind it. It was my first time in London and although it was a quick trip, they brought us all over […]
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