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At the end of every year we like to share before and afters of all the projects we got done within the year. I just looked back at 2020’s end-of-year post, and giggled to myself because I was confident we would be staying in our last house for a very long time. Just goes to […]

Chris grew up here in southeast Idaho and I’ve lived here for almost 15 years (on and off) after being born and raised in Pittsburgh. We met and fell in love here. We had two of our three daughters here and we really thought we were going to be hosting their weddings in the backyard […]

It feels like the first Christmas in our home, but it’s really our second. Last year, we spent December living in a hotel while the big parts of our renovation were underway–replacing windows and walls and flooring. We moved back in on December 23rd and threw up a tree and some garland on the framed-in […]

Paint Color: Fading Twilight by Benjamin Moore, Rug, Lounge Chair, Acrylic Stool, Sconces, Pendant Light Art: Abstract Face, Portland, Charcoal House, Landscape – frame, Trees, Faces – frame We made a lot of headway in the music room this week and it’s been so fun and we have A LOT to share here, but today I wanted to […]


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