When You Don’t Know Where to Start in a Space

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For years I collected pretty things (mostly bargain bought) and set them around, but ignored how our family truly used our home and how I needed our home to serve us both in form and function. When a room felt off or unfinished, I’d put a band-aid on in the shape of a new $20 […]

When a Round Dining Table is a Great Choice

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You’ve probably noticed our new round dining table. I’ve been thinking about getting a round table since we moved in two and a half years ago. Here are three reasons it worked out well for our space. 1. Circles + Squares = YES Even though the dining area technically only has two walls (one of […]

The Organizing Mindset for Moms :: Beyond Creative Lego Storage

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  After almost 19 years of mom-ing (y’all our oldest is graduating next month!) I’ve learned a few things about keeping a sane house while raising kids (3 boys in my case). Over the years I’ve found all sorts of information about the top ten ways to store legos. But I couldn’t find the top […]

2 Porch Additions that Made All the Difference

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Ahhh, porchiness. I’ve wanted a big porch throughout all of our 14 different homes and this one has the best one ever! A pair of patio doors open up (they both open which is great!) onto the porch and makes our house feel so large on nice days. The only downside to having double doors […]

Real Life in a Wanna Be Modern Farmhouse

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realtor.com mfmb the faux martha source Those are my dream houses, this is my house… August 2013, the day we closed on the house I took this photo this morning. So far we’ve removed the shutters, painted the door (but I’m saving for a pair of wood doors with lots of glass) and taken out […]

5 Things People With Tidy Homes Don’t Do

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Besides me, there are three teenage boys, a husband, a dog and two cats living in our home. And I’m the messiest of them all. After years of feeling bad about my messy habits, I’ve learned how to embrace the mess and I’ve also learned how to have a tidy(er) home.   I have a […]

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