Renovating when you have kids is a real-life thing we have attempted to work through, sometimes failing and sometimes coming out feeling like proud parents. We’ve had a few reader and listener emails come in regarding how we manage to update our home when we have two kids: Do you try to squeeze everything into nap time? Or after they go to bed? Include them? Switch off with your partner?
Over the 6 years we’ve been tackling our spaces with our girl(s) by our side, we’ve come up with a few tips and tricks we talk about in this week’s podcast episode! We’re also sharing a lot of funny fail stories and even interviewing other people in the same boat, including Mandi Gubler from Vintage Revivals who has managed to DIY even with a newborn in the house. I also share insight from Gwen Hefner, The Makerista and John and Sherry Petersik from Young House Love–all people who we look up to when we’re in the depths of renovating while raising kids. It can be a frustrating balance to strike, and their answers–and ours–might just surprise you.
You can listen to this week’s episode right here.
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We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
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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Over the weekend Brooke (our social media manager) and I went to the Parade of Homes in the Raleigh area and it was so fun to get a feel of how other people in our new area are living and living large! The purpose of the parade is so that home builders and designers can […]
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