Weekend Links :: Friends, Family & Hometown Edition


Edie from Life in Grace , author of All the Pretty Things is coming to my house next/this week.  It’s basically a grown-up play date!

I am SO excited about her visit, we are going to be old ladies together and wake up early and go to bed early and wear comfy pants and laugh and I’ve been wanting to ask her 10 million questions about essential oils because I don’t understand things. So, we decided to bring you in on it and host a little honky-tonk webinar here at my house together!! Also we think webinars are fun because #nerds.

Want to join us? Sign up here.

john-cho-haley-lu-richardson-columbus-movie-sundanceA film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival about my quirky home town, Columbus, Indiana and it’s getting great reviews…

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…Emily & I grew up surrounded by buildings designed by architects whose importance I didn’t realize until I went to design school, heard their names, then went back to visit my hometown and realized that famous architects built all of those weird buildings that were the backdrop to our childhood. Our parks, churches, schools, public libraries, post office, weird sculptures, even the ice skating rink were all there on purpose and commissioned.

Even our elementary school was in on the fun, it had no stairs, just brightly colored ramps!


It’s so interesting to know our hometown is featured in a film like this, and also sad that I didn’t realize how unique the place was where we grew up, until I grew up and paid attention.

And then I read this quote from the man who made it all happen…

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And I realized the point of all this wasn’t so the kids or adults would be impressed or able to rattle off the names of the architects of all the buildings. It was just a belief that good design can have a positive impact on people. That paying attention to beauty has value. They were taking the time to build all these buildings anyway, why not make them amazing?


Ten favorite places in Columbus, including the birth of the conversation pit!

Welp. I finally saw ✨La La Land✨today. ?

A video posted by emily p. freeman (@emilypfreeman) on

My sister, Emily has one of the most visually lovely instagram accounts –featuring every day life beautifully, and when she played this song (click the image to play) it sealed the deal for me to purchase the La La Land soundtrack. Have you seen it yet?

large_ylxcdc106ikiarfthkcacasaacbA review of La La Land


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Lisa-Jo recorded a new class at my house — you’re gonna love it!


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Our friend Jamin Goggin wrote a book with Kyle Strobel–it’s the first book we pre-ordered this year (pre-ordering says so much about what you are looking forward to!) get your highlighters and washi tape ready for this one!



a little peek at our bathroom renovation… see you next week!














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  1. I didn’t know about the Columbus, IN movie! I also didn’t know you grew up there. In 2008, on our family road trip from Minnesota to Virginia, we took the southern route down Indiana and into Kentucky and over. I think I had read about Columbus in a magazine, so we spend a day there and took the bus tour to see the architecture. It was so fun and I am so happy to know about this little jewel of a town. I will have to try and see the movie.

  2. That was my elementary school too!!! for my 3rd through 5th grade years. 1981-1983 or 1984 something like that. I wonder if we were there at the same time? I thought it was a pretty cool school.

    • Natalei!

      No way–ok, the only math I can do is backwards–I graduated from high school in 1992, would that put us in elementary at the same time?

      • I graduated in 1990, so I think yes! I am a couple of years older :) I cried when I moved. I loved riding my bike to school. Go Sonics!

  3. Amanda Haverdink says

    Hi! Will the convo with Edie be made available as a podcast/ download after the official broadcasts? What are the odds– I’m not free any of the times! Love your blog– thank you for making the internet and my little corner of the world a little cozier, and a lot prettier!

  4. Love every single bit of this!!!!

  5. I didn’t realize you grew up in Indiana! I grew up in Indianapolis, and have lived in Bloomington for 10 years. I’ve mostly driven through Columbus, but you’ve convinced me to go visit now.

    And I often decorate for the pleasure and comfort of guests (we’re in college ministry, so we host a lot of gatherings) – I forget how much my decorating will influence my children while they’re young. Thank you for refocusing my efforts! ❤

  6. Sarah Ollis says

    Girl, I’m from Seymour! I go to Columbus at least once a week, because there’s not much in the way of shopping or good food in Seymour. Small world! Also I used to work with your cousin Jenny at a doctor’s office here in town. Sweet family!

  7. A friend and I are desperate to watch the movie about Columbus!! It sounds amazing! Could you please tell me the name of the movie? We’ll do our best to find it! (way over here in South Africa it might be tricky ;) )

  8. Love your blog…first time commenter. Kyle Strobel was one of my son’s groomsmen. Sounds like a great book! So, our friend is your friend’s friend? That makes us practically related!

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  10. Claire Copeland says

    I lived in Columbus and went to school there at Smith in 1981. I lived at Briarwood Apts. I am writing a book about my life- rather nonconventional and how I survived it. It begins with my coming to Indiana in June 1981. My name is Claire Copeland. Smith and the teachers, the class divisions and certain events- such as the end of the school year camping trip- play a large part in the early sections. I did not stay there but the time I lived there made its mark on me. Feel free to email or contact me. I am now in Middlesboro, KY. Do you remember Mr Lahr?

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