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evolution of my home | part 9 | the boys’ room

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And now it's time for part nine of my in-depth house tour, showing how our home has evolved over the (almost) nine years we've lived in it.  This is how the boys' room looks today... We have two boys who are 19 months apart.  They're now 8 (Marshall) and almost 7 (Calvin, the one with type 1 diabetes).  Yes, we have a lot of wrestling and have had many of trips to the emergency room that have  (read more …)

beginnings of a potting bench

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This has been the year when gardening finally clicked for me.  I'm not saying I'm great at it, but I'm trying.  I'm working at it...learning, wanting to get better, turning a black thumb to green.  Along with the interest in the garden and plants, I decided to spruce up our outdoor living space as well.  It's not much...just a deck off the back of the house.  It isn't covered or screened-in.  It's  (read more …)

evolution of my home | part 8 | the guest room

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First of all, thank you so much to all of my readers who have answered my questions from yesterday!  I have been trying to respond to all of them, but I haven't been able to keep up!  I am reading all of them, though, and I'm taking notes, writing down some ideas and I'm definitely seeing some patterns that confirm some things I've been thinking about.  Thanks for being constructive,  (read more …)

vintage-style barstools

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I can't believe that I've had new barstools for months and haven't shared the details until today!  I used to document every tiny change that happened in my house, but now that I work at the studio most of the time, my house is just my house, so I don't take pictures as regularly as I used to.  So, finally...these are the new barstools... A few months after we moved into our house, my mom and I  (read more …)

evolution of my home | part 7 | the three bathrooms

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And now it's time for part seven of the history-of-my-home tour when we look at all three bathrooms in my house. Let's start with the upstairs bathroom... This is the bathroom that's next to the boys' room and guest room and it's in the original 1940's part of our home.  It is teeny-tiny by todays standards.  I think there's no more than about 6" between the toilet and the tub and you can  (read more …)

a mirror, new plants & a sneak peek

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When I was shopping for the Lucketts Spring Market, I found this amazing mirror at a nice price.  I think it was about $20.  I was planning to sell it, but I was just so smitten with it that I decided to keep it.  I didn't know where I was going to put it, so I was breaking my own "rule", but I figured I could sell it down the road if I couldn't find a perfect spot for it.  I at least wanted to  (read more …)

evolution of my house | part 6 | the master bedroom

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...and now we're at the master bedroom in this "evolution series" and, oh my, it's a doozie.  This room made me want to hit my head against a wall for years.  It stumped me.  I kept making stupid, decorating decisions that I knew were stupid as I was making them.  I wasted so much time and money on things I wasn't in love with...all for the sake of getting it done.  Sigh.  Tell me I'm not  (read more …)

evolution of my home | part 5 | the family room

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And now it's time to take an in-depth look at the history of my family room.  This is an awesome space for entertaining and hanging out, but it's a bit of a tough one when it comes to arranging furniture.  It's long and narrow, with a bit of a strange traffic flow, so when I start getting the urge to shuffle furniture around, this room is usually where I start. Here's how it looks  (read more …)