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Life is Beauty Full, Not Perfect.

Lately I’ve wrestled with whether this blog is a worthwhile use of my time. On one hand, I love when I get an email from someone who came across a DIY project here and felt empowered to take on a project in their own home. Maybe I’ve never told you this but I chose the […]

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Transform a Leather Ottoman with Chalk Paint

Hey Friends! Okay, I’ve FINALLY got a chalk paint tutorial for you. (Kayla, I know you’re out there cheering because you’ve been begging me for one for months.) If you’ve never used chalk paint before, this is a great project because it’s fast and you won’t use even half of a sample pot of Annie […]

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How to Hide a Doorbell Box

There isn’t a lot of sleep happening around here these days with a hungry, little six-week-old and a super-helpful three-year-old who insists on being up with me to help with the baby. I’ve discovered that if I can stay up until about 2:00 or 3:00 AM and keep myself busy in between those first feedings […]

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Repurposed Armoire into Peek-a-Boo Changing Table

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This is the tale of a $50 entertainment cabinet that has served three different purposes in as many years. First, I refinished the cabinet in a pretty gray-blue, installed shelves and used it as a pantry in our old house to solve our food storage woes. When we moved last summer, we no longer needed […]

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White Ikea Ektorp Sectional Review: One Year Later

Last week, I tried to convince my brother, Josh, to buy an Ikea Ektorp Sectional. He and his wife, Megan, are expecting their first baby in October so I felt like it was my duty as his older sister and as a new second-time momma to pass down my sofa-buying wisdom. I often rave about […]

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Eli’s Vintage Americana Nursery

Hello Friends! I apologize for the cobwebs on this little, old blog but these last few weeks have been so busy trying to prepare our home for Baby Eli. I’m 37 weeks today and our house feels like summer, which feels like Eli. I know that must sound crazy but from the moment I had […]

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5 Ways to Decorate with Ikea’s $2.99 Rug

Hey Friends! Do you have an Ikea near you? We’re a little over an hour away from one and I don’t know if that is a blessing or a curse. On one hand, if it were closer, I’d be even more broke than I usually am but then, can you imagine the possibilities of just […]

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Frugal Friday: Reader Bedroom Makeover

With everything that has been happening at our house this week, I was so grateful when Kate of Albany, Oregon wrote to ask if I could give her a few ideas for redecorating her bedroom. I haven’t had much time to work on any of my own projects and honestly, needed the break away from […]

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Refreshing Your Bedroom on the Cheap

I have a confession: I love hotels. I love the feeling you get when you crawl into a big, plush bed. I love pulling back the drapes and filling the room with light. I love feeling like I’ve found a quiet corner of the world to unwind. In our home, our bedroom is anything but […]

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Frugal Friday: How I Shop Thrift Stores for Decor

My husband likes to tell me that I have Pottery Barn taste on a Thift Barn budget. It’s true. Whenever the Pottery Barn or Ballard Designs catalogs get here, I wander off to a quiet corner of the house and linger over the pages. Sure, I fantasize about just going online and placing an order […]

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