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Asking too much + modern quilts

Close-up of triangle quilt

One time, I saw a fancy light fixture, and asked Andy if he could make one just like it. The result was this: But what it took to get to that point was about two weeks of Andy locked in a room with only a marker and a whiteboard, running his hands through his Einstein […]

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Decor for the birds, and I need your help!

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Remember how we’re creating a cozy, comfortable bedroom in a safe house for victims of sex trafficking? Yes? I hoped you would, but I thought I should probably recap that, like every episode of Grey’s Anatomy. “Previously, on View Along the Way…” First a quick note about the last post. We talked about how we’ll […]

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Safe house layout and inspiration

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I’m SO excited about this project, guys! We’re going to be making over a bedroom in a safe house for victims of sex trafficking. This will be the first place they come when they are rescued off the streets of Atlanta. They’re coming out of a life of abuse and exploitation, for the first time […]

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What we’re going to do together next: the Safe House

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Do you remember being 11 years old? You were probably in 5th grade, learning what a prime number was, still trying to get a handle on what all this puberty business is about and, if you were me, not understanding most of what happened in Forrest Gump. You were innocent; you were fragile; the world […]

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The fiddle leaf fig trick: how to keep your tree strong and healthy

how to grow a fiddle leaf fig tree

I lost weight this week guys. How much do four wisdom teeth weigh? That’s how much I lost. …and I’m going to keep it off! Also I look like a chipmunk, but I like to think it’s charming and adorable, like a real chipmunk. (It’s neither charming nor adorable.) So you know how I viciously […]

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A little sewing machine story

Using a Singer Quantum Stylist 9600 sewing machine

So, no big deal, but my entire world was rocked this week and nothing will ever be the same again. If you’ve been reading here for any amount of time, you might know that I have an adversarial relationship with my sewing machine. It mocks me, you guys. I’m not imagining it. It coos to […]

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Is love enough? — New curtains for the office

Patterned curtains and a colorful rug

Remember back when we made this bench out of a headboard for the entryway? (I accidentally just typed “remember when I made…” And then I laughed and erased it, because no.) I showed you my growing collection of fabric swatches I was considering for the office windows, just off the foyer: I decided on none […]

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Painted linoleum floor: an update!

How to paint vinyl floors

Thanks for all your brilliant ideas on the last post! You guys are geniuses, I tell ya. I haven’t made a decision yet. Still considering all the new ideas you suggested! A couple years ago, Andy and I got a harebrained idea to try painting the ugly linoleum floors in our laundry room. I’ll just […]

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The snowballing mirror dilemma

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SO MANY DECISIONS TO MAKE IN THE MASTER BATHROOM. In case you missed it, this is my stupid bathroom. I took this photo this morning, so THIS IS REAL LIFE, y’all. Ain’t pretty. In the last post, we settled on the vanity cabinet situation. We were considering replacing the existing cabinets with a smaller premade […]

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The question of the vanity

Bathroom design plan - vanity smaller than the wall

Are you a planner? I’d shake my head vehemently NO to that. I am not a planner. I wing it and hope for the best. I jump in with both feet and trust that everything will work out, because doesn’t it always? That’s what you call unwise optimism, to an absolute, undeniable fault, wrapped in […]

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My STUPID bathroom

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So we have this master bathroom. We bought it like this: Then we demoed it. Removed the popcorn ceilings, took all the junk off the walls and mudded over the holes so it’d be ready for paint. Just when we had it demoed to the PRECISE point of maximum ugliness, we screeched to a halt […]

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Flower crushing-mega-death-destruction art project

Materials for DIY crushed flower art

I don’t know what it is about little boys, but they delight in destruction. Weston builds elaborate, tall towers of blocks or legos just for the one second of BLISS that comes from knocking it down and watching it all crumble to the ground. In that second, he is so alive! The world is HIS! […]

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Easy no-sew diamond curtains (Anthropologie knock-off)

DIY anthropologie pheasant eye curtains!

Remember many moons ago when my friend Erin and I surprised our friend Jill with a low-budget room makeover while she was on vacation? …and I was all, “BRB with the curtain tutorial!” Sorry. We got a little distracted with the whole master bedroom paint situation, then Andy and I went out of town last […]

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Master bedroom paint reveal!

Best dark blue paint colors: benjamin moore hale navy hc-154

Thanks to my ol’ buddy Benjamin Moore for sponsoring this post! I mean, I just can’t understand why every single person doesn’t have a blog. It’s the best thing in the history of ever. Exhibit A: you guys, with your epic advice and helpful opinions on my last post. You’re all my favorites, and you […]

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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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