Monthly Archives: October 2017

AROUND HERE: OCTOBER 2017

Around here we have been… WATCHING the change of the seasons. The weather the last few weeks has been absolutely gorgeous. Fall in the Midwest is one of the most beautiful scenes to behold. The leaves slowly turned bright colors, then fell to the ground. The temps are now dipping and we experienced our first…

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DIY FARMHOUSE PLAY KITCHEN FROM AN OLD DRESSER

For over 4 years, my husband and I were ‘boy only’ parents. With 3 young boys, we had plenty of trucks and action figures, and a giant stash of Legos. We knew all about Thomas the Train and how to allow the boys to rough house without getting injured. So when we prepared to adopt…

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HOW TO DECIDE WHAT SIZE HOUSE YOU SHOULD BUILD OR BUY

It’s no secret that houses come in all shapes and sizes. From mansions to tiny houses, and everything in between – there is a house that’s perfect for everyone. You may be wondering WHY there is such a discrepancy in size. Are all rooms in a mansion even used? How can people who live in…

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TRENDING IN HOME DESIGN & DECOR: BUFFALO CHECK PATTERN

If you’ve scrolled through any design and decor accounts on Instagram lately, picked up an interior design magazine, or watched any of the popular HGTV shows, you have likely noticed a bold check pattern that is showing up more and more. From upholstered pieces to tile work, it’s been featured everywhere! First considered a HOT…

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DIY FALL CENTERPIECES INSPIRED BY NATURE

This season in the Midwest has me enjoying the last bits of warm weather, basking in a splendor of colorful falling leaves, and preparing for the long indoor hibernation that is to come. I found myself wanting to bring the outdoors in – to savor the beautiful ambiance of Fall just a bit longer with…

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SATURDAY SKETCHBOOK: EXTERIOR SPACES

I thought it might be fun to get the Saturday Sketchbook feature up and running again, as a way to show all of the readers of this blog the progress I am making on the design of our family’s home – Arrow Hill Cottage. The drawings, plans, and 3d models are still pretty rough –…

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10 HOME DESIGN TIPS FROM THE 2017 TOH ‘IDEA HOUSE’

You probably know ‘This Old House’ as the PBS TV show focused on bringing dilapidated old homes back from the brink of despair. They make it look easy. So easy. The show has been airing since 1979, and is still going strong. I was introduced to its glory by watching episodes every Sunday with my dad…

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RAIN GUTTERS

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red. Before you know it, the temps will drop; And sadly, so will the leaves. It is a beautiful, magical sight; But if you own a house that has rain gutters, you need to know that those small, colorful…

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SMALL BATHROOM REMODEL IDEAS: MAKEOVER TAKEOVER FOR BILL & VAL

As I mentioned in THIS POST – some fun new features were added during the website re-design, including the member only benefit that I am calling MAKEOVER TAKEOVER. Simply put, it is a FREE digital home design consultation, available to anyone who subscribes to this website.  Give me a few photos of a trouble space…

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FALL DECORATING IDEAS : DESIGN INSPIRATION FROM INSTAGRAM

Happy October everyone!  Here in the Midwest, the air is quickly turning colder and Fall is starting to show its true colors. Literally. Multi colored leaves are falling from the trees. Pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks are being harvested from the fields to be displayed in cute little farmers market stands. While preparing to decorate…

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