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02.22.15 / Made Me Smile

snow day

Yesterday it snowed, snowed, snowed. For 12 hours straight! The fridge was full and we had no place to be so it was kinda nice. The boys played outside with the neighbor kids for a while then came inside to thaw by the fire. We read, watched movies, listened to music, worked puzzles and got caught up on laundry. It was a cozy, lazy Saturday but I’m really looking forward to warmer weather.

A few more things to pass the time on these cozy, lazy days…

*Homemade play-doh that makes your house smell like a spa.

*Basement dreams.

*So what if your current home isn’t your dream home?

*A <$300 bathroom refresher.

*Today’s weather.

*For fun, in the dead of winter the kids and I browse realistic real estate finds in an area of New Zealand where Steve sometimes travels for work. The kids’ choice (hello pool). My choice (minus the carpet, plus paint on the brown cabinets and new light fixtures).

emilyseeks

*Emily’s instagram feed chock full of old, local houses. Many of them are abandoned. Save all the houses!

*We binge-watched Cosmos and got completely sucked in. The kids loved it. So, so awesome.

I hope you’re having a warm weekend whether it’s spent indoors or out!

images: 1) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking 2) Emily Griswold Whitmore

powder room before

Whenever a H*T reader wins a product or piece of furniture, I’m always curious to see where it ends up in their home. Most of the time I never receive a followup email with images included. I completely understand. These things take time and life is busy. Believe me, I get it. So when this happy lil’ powder room showed up in my inbox last week, I was giddy! Back in the fall of 2013, Chloe won a credit to purchase wallpaper via a giveaway I hosted. She chose Mountains Sunrise by MissPrint and lined the walls of a closet-turned-powder room. The results speak for themselves.

wallpaper powder room

wallpaper powder room

wallpaper powder room

wallpaper powder room

wallpaper powder room

So cute! I can only imagine what it must feel like to be a guest and open the door to the loo. Such a fun surprise! You can read more about Chloe’s powder room on her blog where she shares the DIY wallpaper installation and how to hang items without ruining wallpaper. Chloe, thank you so much for passing along photos of your wallpapered powder room.

Resources of note:

wallpaper – Mountains Sunrise by MissPrint
light fixture – Amazon
soap dish – gardenia soap dish by Signature Hardware, oil-rubbed bronze
towel hook – solid brass hook with porcelain knob by Signature Hardware, dark oil-rubbed bronze
mirror – HomeGoods
stool – DIY
basket – HomeGoods
acacia wooden tray – Target
plant (faux) – Target
art & frame– Ikea
candle – Salt & Sundry

P.S. – House*Tweaking is a finalist in the decorating category of Better Homes & Gardens blogger awards. If you want to, you can vote here through March 30th. If anything, at least go scout the other blogs. Such amazing talent! And, as always, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read. Mwah.

images: Chloe Joy

02.16.15 / Made Me Smile

layne birthdoy 10

We celebrated Layne’s birthday last week. He turned 10 and he’s the most intelligent, witty, handsome and sweet young foodie I know. If you ask him what his favorite thing to do is he always answers “read or eat.” In fact, he’s mastered doing both simultaneously. He doesn’t like being in the spotlight so pictures of him are few and far between, but I was able to snap one of him just before he blew out the candle on his cake tiramisu. (Like I said, foodie.) He has the dreamiest blue eyes and wears an entire shoe size larger than me. Hug your babies, folks.

Back when we adopted Cheetah, the vet guessed she had been born in January or February of last year. As soon as Layne heard, he offered to share his birthday with her. So we celebrated Cheetah’s first birthday last week, too. I need to write an update on life with Cheetah but she’s pretty much the best fluffy thing ever.

Some links I came across whilst pretending my ten-year-old is still a baby…

*I love a good renovation. Even more so when it involves a metal roof, unique interior finishes and right-sized living in weird Austin.

*A happy lil’ hallway.

*A cheeky midcentury house tour featuring real life kids…and a lizard! (Read the full story here.)

building walnut farm

*I just discovered Building Walnut Farm’s instagram feed and I’m hooked. It’s raw and natural and beautiful.

*Interior design cliff notes.

*And since it was Valentine’s Day on Saturday and we’re celebrating all things love…

On the first day of third grade, I had a cast on my arm. The girl assigned to sit next to me asked to sign it. Best friends forever, Sara she wrote. And when you’re eight years old, that’s enough to seal the deal. We were best friends and inseparable for several years right up until our early high school years. Life happened and we grew apart but we always remained friends. This weekend Sara gave birth. As a surrogate. For the second time. I’m so proud of her.

I hope you felt the love this weekend!

images: 1) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking 2) Building Walnut Farm