Real Life in a Wanna Be Modern Farmhouse

modern farmhouse 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


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 […]

6 Decorating Mistakes I Made in My Home in 2015

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UPDATED: I started out with 4 Mistakes, but then I added two more, carry on.. I’ve been creating a home for 20 years in 14 different homes–mostly rentals, three we owned. I love home making so much that I wrote a book about it and even taught a class. So imagine my shock when it […]

Weekend Links :: Minimalist Edition


DIY Fireplace Makeover // Centsational Girl Honey I blew up the kids // Chris love Julia Tour this Sweet Rental Cottage (the Honey Pot) // Hooked on Houses A month of minimalism tips // the minimalists The Cozy Minimalist course closes on Thursday. If you’re January-ing like the rest of us and ready to evaluate […]

The Only 2 Tips You’ll Ever Need to Keep Your Home Tidy


For those of us who hope to keep both our house and our sanity. Every year I become more of a Cozy Minimalist. I want to have a homey, pretty house using the least amount of stuff to get the style I love. Two quotes have guided me as I continue to work through my […]

Lessons From A Small House :: Why Our Counter Stools Were All Wrong


My house teaches me things. Every house has and usually, if I pay attention, I can learn a lot about what is and isn’t working by simply paying attention to how people are using our home. stool source Shortly after we moved in I purchased four of these metal and wood stools. I love them! […]

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