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Best Benjamin Moore Navy Paint Colors + Decision 2014

Choosing navy blue paint colors

(I know I still have much to tell you about Jill’s makeover! We’ll return to that shortly. First I need help making a decision so I can move forward with other things in the meantime. Stay tuned!) When we first visited our house to consider buying it, Andy and I both felt that the master […]

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Save the books: how to style a bookshelf for actual book storage

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I must speak out for the books. Someone is hiding them from us! All those volumes mankind has been printing for the past hundreds of years since the invention of the printing press — oh yes I did just bring up the invention of the printing press and no I don’t know when that was […]

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Just a little flash-mob surprise makeover reveal. That’s all.

DIY Anthropologie Pheasant Eye Curtains

Imagine if you left for vacation and your living room looked like this. Then a week later, you walked back into your house and it looked like this. What if you were expecting to see this: But instead you saw this: What would you DOOO?!! Jill did this: And smiled a lot, and cried a […]

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Jill’s Surprise Makeover: Painting + Furniture

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How to be the worst person in the world: invite all your friends to a painting party and then not come. I was all, “Lol, jk guys. I’m sick. You can still come and paint Jill’s living room though.” I didn’t mean to be a terrible person, but in what was the most awful timing […]

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Decorating 101: Space Planning (and more on Jill’s surprise makeover!)

Creating a symmetrical layout

I’m excited to show you guys Jill’s flash-mob surprise makeover results! But I thought we’d start with a little chat about how we handled her room layout. Let me just forewarn you that the furniture, rugs and finishes in these little layout sketches are all horrible and not at all representative of the design for […]

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Jill’s surprise makeover: the plan

Transitional living room design plan

Two hours of pushing with no medications, not so much as a tylenol: that’s how my firstborn came into the world. He looked like a grumpy old man with pointy elf ears, and dang if I didn’t want another one almost immediately after. I forgot the puking-with-every-contraction part of labor, and felt myself romanced and […]

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Rock the House-iversary: Tips for first-time homebuyers

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Thanks to Dave Ramsey’s ELP program for sponsoring this post! Six years! That’s how long we’ve left our master bathroom unfinished. I mean, that’s how long ago we bought our house. (Here’s our house story and what it looked like when we bought.) We were such babies then! What did we even know about anything? […]

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New rug: in which I call a truce with Andy’s feet

Soft jute chenille rug

When my daughter turns 30 and is allowed to begin dating, I’ll tell her to marry a man just like her daddy, except she needs to test his feet. She needs to make the man she loves walk on a jute rug and see if he can do it without crying. It’s just that I […]

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Garage Door Drama!

Garage doors after

These are important life lessons we learned while installing garage doors for the first time: Always check the weather first. But don’t believe anything it says. Because it will rain the second you get all your stuff out into the driveway. Installing garage doors is a very DIY-able project. Or, it can be a snowballing […]

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Raise the roof!

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You can say what you want, but there is nothing more delicious in this entire world than silky, bouncy toddler pigtails. It’s just that I’m completely powerless against them. WHY DIDN’T ANYONE WARN ME ABOUT THIS?! The cuteness drains me. If I was a real blogger, I’d have a good transition here so you felt […]

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Top ten power tools for the do-it-yourselfer

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When Andy and I were first married and living in a TEENSY little rental house with a burnt-orange kitchen and a burnt-orange fireplace and a burnt-orange bathroom – yes it was as beautiful as it sounds! – Andy started teaching himself woodworking. That’s where this little table came from. It was his first-ever attempt at […]

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How to budget + answers to money questions

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Thanks to Dave Ramsey’s ELP program for sponsoring this post! The first month after we paid off our mortgage, Andy and I each got to choose a splurge. It was also my 30th birthday, so I asked for a splurgey turquoise leather handbag that I love so much we affectionately dubbed it “The Precious.” (As […]

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Easy wire word art

Easy DIY wire word art

Well hello there. Meet my little wire word art. You kinda already met the concept, in Erin’s nursery: When I showed you the wire words over Erin’s crib in the room reveal, I got a lot of questions about how she did it. SO EASY, you guys. The little “hello” took us about five minutes. […]

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How to make a DIY Faux Fur Rug (!)

This is genius! How to make a faux fur rug!

I like to think I am a girl of moderate intelligence. You know, the kind of girl who can follow a recipe and end up with food that’s moderately edible. Turns out I’m the opposite kind of girl. I don’t know what’s going on, guys, but it’s been one pinterest-recipe-fail after another lately. I’d totally […]

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Reveal: Anselm’s Itty-Bitty-Budget Super-Personal Moody Neutral Nursery

Accessories for a boys nursery

At church last weekend I got to hold this squishy little man, breathe in all his newborn baby-ness and watch his sporadic pacifier smiles. I think there might’ve been a sermon, too? I don’t know? I will hold all the babies and stare at their faces. So hard. That’s my friend Erin’s baby boy, Anselm, […]

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