Real Life in a Wanna Be 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

I have a high tolerance for disorder. Until I don’t. Two years ago we moved into this fixer upper. It’s a much smaller house than we had before and I could no longer hide my messy ways or sweep them under the cowhide rug, if you will. I started paying attention to how those Tidy […]

6 Decorating Mistakes I Made in My Home in 2015

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! […]