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07.19.14 / Made Me Smile

covet garden home

How was your week friends? Ours was FULL. It was Steve’s first full week back to work after his appendectomy three weeks ago and somehow Layne contracted chicken pox. (?!) Luckily, it seems to be a mild case but it has limited what we can do. We spent most of our time hiking and enjoying the polar vortex. (Btw, polar vortex in March = no bueno. But polar vortex in July? Me gusta!) We also squeezed in time to work on the clubhouse. We should have it finished next week just in time for a sleepover before school starts back up. The new driveway is coming along nicely! As much as we enjoy a good DIY, it has been completely satisfying to watch someone else do the dirty work. I’ll post an update soon.

A few more things to enjoy this week…

*I’m devouring Covet Garden Home, a special print edition.

*Genevieve’s Renovation aired this week. Did you watch it? Our satellite is disconnected while the driveway is being excavated and poured so I wasn’t able to watch it but I’m dying to. I’ve always loved G’s style.

*No satellite = time to rent a movie. Steve and I finally watched Tiny. I think it deserves its own post.

*Loft love.

*House lift. Fascinating!!

*If I were in Boston, I’d be all over Robin Luciano Beaty’s solo exhibition.

*Origami in space.

effortless style in a beach house

*DwellStudio founder Christiane Lemieux shares her beach house and tips for effortless style. “At the end of the day, our interiors are just the canvas for great memories.” So true.

I hope you make a few memories this weekend. xo

images: 1) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking 2) Jonny Valiant

21 Comments

19.July.2014

Loved seeing the house lift. It’s a pretty common thing here in Queensland – a lot of the older homes (called Queenslanders) are built on stilts to help with ventilation and protect against flooding. Quite a few people now raise them even higher & build in underneath. You can also remove these houses and transport them by truck to new land if you want – it’s a pretty cool thing to see on the highway!

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19.July.2014

I’ve always enjoyed your posts. Can’t wait to see the new driveway. Btw, it’s “me gustA.” :)

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replied on July 19th, 2014

Dope, duh! Fixed ;)

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We just watched TINY too and I’m in love! I’m a travel nurse actually and once our house sells we plan on living in a trailer and traveling the country. Should be interesting with two cats and a dog but we’re hell bent on making it work! I’ve had so much fun purging and realizing what we don’t need.

And our cable is out so I’ve missed Gen too and I’m depressed about it.

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replied on July 19th, 2014

Ah, I’m so jealous! Traveling the country in a small “home” sounds so fun.

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19.July.2014

Yes, I did catch Gen’s show and it was wonderful. It is nice to see others that have to deal with unseen calamities, running out of money and having to find ways to make it work. Will be a regular watcher.

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19.July.2014

We know quite a few friends here in the Asheville area that live permanently in tiny homes. I don’t think I could do with less than 500 sq ft, especially with a toddler and a dog, but the idea is romantic. Also – I’d love to only have to CLEAN that much space every day. :)

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I loved the link to the interview with Genevieve. Her answer to the last question was perfect! Sorry to hear Layne is having to deal with chicken pox! Sending healthy vibes your way!

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I really enjoyed watching the documentary TINY too. It was interesting and inspiring and I agree it deserves it’s own post!

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20.July.2014

Love the links! But what made me want to comment was your ‘old school’ planner. Love to see I’m not the only one that prefers to use one of those over my iPhone calendar. :)

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replied on July 20th, 2014

If I don’t write it down, it doesn’t happen!

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20.July.2014

Aren’t kids vaccinated against chicken pox before entering school? Fourth grade seems like a pretty long delay. In any event, remind Layne when he gets older that he will need to get the shingles vaccine.

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21.July.2014

Hi Dana! I noticed your planner in the photo in today’s post and was wondering if you would share who makes it and/or where you got it. I have been looking for awhile for a small planner where the days of the week are laid out in vertical columns. Surprisingly, it hasn’t been as easy to find as I had expected. Thanks!

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replied on July 21st, 2014

It’s from Sugar Paper. I found it at Target!

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21.July.2014

I’m excited to hear what you have to say about TINY! I loved all the stories about different peoples’ lives (and obviously considered IMMEDIATELY moving out of my house and building my own for about 30 seconds), but the doc itself didn’t really wow me – something about the main guy’s girlfriend just irked me, I don’t know why!

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21.July.2014

Just watched Tiny a few weeks ago. I follow a couple tiny house blogs, I find it fascinating, and even though I have an average size house I definitely find myself paring down some. I started to get a channel called FYI a couple weeks ago, there’s a Tiny House series on it!

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replied on July 21st, 2014

A tiny house series?! I’M IN.

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21.July.2014

Thanks for pointing me to that gallery!!!
Couldnt afford one for myself but it’s nice to drool-ahem- admire.
BEAUTIFUL.

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22.July.2014

That house lift! So fascinating! I would be interested to see how expensive it is. It would be cool to see this in person, but would be too nerve wracking to ever watch that happen to a house I own.

I’m always interested to see how people live in those micro houses like ‘Tiny’ and am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the documentary. I thought living in a 1 bedroom apt with two adults, baby, and dog was a tiny living, but we practically live in a mansion compared to some of those houses.

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22.July.2014

I’ve been following the tiny house movement for about a year since we traveled to visit a friend who had built himself one, and we also just watched this documentary! LOTS to learn from limited space, and I think your house is a great example of making the most of a small space, even if it isn’t technically tiny! When we are ready to buy or build, we plan to aim for less than 1000 square feet for our family of three.

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Loooved Tiny. It was so so imspiring. Totally missing Gens reno right now, too. The house lift made me smile for sure:)

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