...because home doesn't happen overnight.
02.01.15 / Made Me Smile

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The photo shoot stars aligned yesterday! The final piece for the bathroom arrived. Steve returned from his work trip. He and the boys got out of the house in the afternoon while Mabrey napped. The light was decent. My camera battery was fully charged and the bathroom was clean. You know what that means? Yup, the bathroom reveal is happening this week.

Until then…

*House & Home’s hit list. (That Ikea kitchen! I could totally live in a cube, too.)

*Two real Ikea kitchens.

*Great space planning ideas in a narrow living room with a corner fireplace.

*Love these built-ins with both open and closed storage.


*Hey lil’ etsy shop. You’re cute. (Full house tour here.)

*On my nightstand: Essential Oils for Beginners, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, The Bluest Eye.

*One neighbor, “Well, I hope he’s going to repaint it after the Super Bowl.” Hehe.

I hope you have a happy, lazy Sunday.

images: 1) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking 2) Ninelle Mikula

01.26.15 / Made Me Smile

mabrey watercolor

It’s only Monday and this week is already feeling a bit “off.” Steve is out of town for work and our schedule is all over the place. We woke up to snow (nothing close to blizzard proportions) and Mabrey and I spent the better half of the morning clearing the front walk and driveway. We managed to squeeze in some creative time. Mabrey is really into watercolors at the moment. (They’re 90% water, 10% color. Hehe.) I am crazy grateful for these little people who remind me daily that life offline is so important. It makes me a better everything.

So I’m writing this post after having put the kids to bed. I’m in my pajamas. Cheetah is curled up at my side. I’m half-listening to her nose whistle and half-watching the Australia Open, trying to stay warm. It feels like home.

A few home-related links in case you’re cooped up trying to stay warm too…

*A “365 day a year” home.

*A thoroughly satisfying junk drawer before & after.

*A writer’s cozy retreat.

*How to paint stripes on a concrete floor.

ikea kitchen raw

*The successful juxtaposition of sleek Ikea cabinets against raw materials.

*A unique garage conversion.

*Things empty nesters want parents of little ones to know.

To my friends down under, happy Australia Day! To my friends in the northeast, be safe.

images: 1) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking 2) Dustin Aksland

01.18.15 / Made Me Smile

cajun stew in the works

How was your week? Ours was spent tackling a few little projects around the house and mostly just trying to stay warm. One afternoon Mabrey helped me make the cajun stew from Martha’s One Pot cookbook. (…while the hood vent’s grease filters were soaking in soapy water.) It was soooo good. The perfect comfort food for a chilly evening.

Some comfort links ;) …

*An Ikea kitchen for kids.

*Woven wall hangings are all the rage but have you heard of soundweavings?

*In the future we’ll heat our home with…sweaters?

*A timeless tuxedo kitchen.

annabode coffee station

*The cutest lil’ coffee station. (The rest of the house is pretty cute, too.)

*Anyone looking for a historic house near Cincinnati?

Happy long weekend!

images: 1) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking 2) Anna Smith