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Big Fat DIY Chandelier FAIL.

metal leaf garland

Sometimes DIYs go swimmingly, your whole world is rocked and you develop a false confidence that if you can make lights like this… You can do ANYTHING! “Bring it on, world!,” you shout from rooftops! And sometimes, you think you have a brilliant idea and this happens. Yeahhhhhh. That was supposed to be the DIY […]

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Couch versus kids: Thoughts on a white sofa

White sofa: why they're the best choice for small kids

It seems like every time I post a photo of our living room, I get several bewildered emails asking how we have white couches AND small kids – at the same time – and whether I’d recommend it to other families. My answer is always a haughty: “what do you mean? Do your kids make […]

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DIY Precious Stone Knobs — Anthropologie Knock-offs for (MUCH) less


Guys, life has been SO HARD lately. We built these jewelry drawers for my closet… And then I embarrassed myself in the last post when I made the velvet lining for the insides. But all this time, when I wanted to open the drawers, I had to reach under them because there were no knobs. […]

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Velvet Drawer Liners & the Minnie Mouse Dress

DIY velvet or felt drawer lining

You know a DIY project has spiraled out of control when you find yourself in your half-finished closet wearing an ’90s-style velvet Minnie Mouse dress and ankle socks. What happened?! How did my life come to this – shoulder pads and a Minnie Mouse applique?! Like all the important downward-spiral milestones of our lives, this […]

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Building Drawers and Overcoming Crises

DIY custom closet drawers

Sometimes, when you’re DIYing, things go wrong… like you realize you mis-measured or that you married a difficult woman. This was one of those times, for Andy. With the closet all painted and the popcorn ceilings removed… it was time to make some drawers for my little jewelry station. This is the plan for that […]

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Repairing drywall like a BOSS, a little video and a touch of time travel


Um, pretend like the last post didn’t happen yet for a minute. Pretend like you didn’t already see the ceiling of my closet painted and finished: Because today we’re blogging backward and rewinding a bit. I seriously don’t know what kind of operation we’re running around here… blogging the middle of things before earlier things. […]

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A million coats later…

Right side closet painted

Hey, guess what you guys did! You voted VATW into the final round of the Apartment Therapy Homie awards! I can’t even believe how silly it looks on that list with “legit” blogs. It’s definitely a one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-other situation. I don’t care what happens in this last round of voting. I’m just so thankful to you […]

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On decorating with family photos, taking risks and breakin’ rules

Create an eclectic, mini gallery wall!

First, thank you guys a million for taking the survey in the last post and for voting! I’ve been reading through the survey responses and I’m so inspired by your ideas and feeling some serious freedom and excitement for the future. I’ll explain it all in a post soon where I tell you what my […]

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Blogiversary #3, and a call for questions!


I know valentines day is over, but would it be awkward if I still give you guys a teddy bear holding a heart? …since a teddy-bear-holding-a-heart is the ultimate sign of love and devotion, plus I know how much you’ve been wanting one. Yes? It would be awkward? Because it’s always awkward to give someone […]

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Closet Progress and Olympic Dreams


Are you watching the winter Olympics? I have a confession to make and it’s really embarrassing. Every time I watch the Olympics, I get this unrealistic confident feeling that I could totally be there, competing, if I just tried at any of these sports. Like, I’d probably need about two weeks of good, hard practice, […]

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35 ways to save money


Thanks to Dave Ramsey’s ELP program for sponsoring this post! After my post a couple weeks ago about how we paid off our house, I got lots of questions about how we budgeted and what we did to stretttttch a dolla, so I came up with this little list of a few ways we’ve found […]

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Decorating 101: The Cheater Formula to Decorating a Blank Room

Bek Design

At the precise moment invisible flu germs were weaseling their way into Andy’s body, I decided to abandon my slothful ways and finally start exercising again. As a result, today we are both lying around, helpless, unable to move our appendages. So not much is happening on the closet front. Don’t be mad, though. (If […]

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Giant Floral Wallpaper: Yes, Really.

Anthropologie Peony Wallpaper

We’re trying to get this closet project knocked out, but progress has been slowed by Snowmageddon 2014 in Atlanta. People have stormed the stores; our supplies of bread and milk are gone; hope is dwindling. At least three inches have fallen already today. I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is YES. Despite the […]

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Plannin’ out my closet

closet layout plans and ideas!

After reading the comments on the last post, it sounds like you guys all have problems with closet disorganization. Seriously guys. You need to get it under control. You’re an adult now. Juuuuust kidding. This is a safe place to confess our pajama-pant-towers. Here again is *my* closet, if you missed it last time. YES! […]

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The end of shame (and the beginning of our next project)


{WORD. I had NO IDEA the incredible response the last post would get! I’m blown away. (By the way, I updated that post with the video of us on the radio, if you missed it.) I’m going to do a little series on how we saved money and budgeted, and answer some of the questions […]

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