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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).

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*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

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

02.09.15 / Made Me Smile

cool cat

How was your weekend? We had decent weather. Decent weather = >40ºF + no snow + sunshine. Isn’t it crazy how warm 45ºF feels mid-winter as opposed to early fall?! We couldn’t bear to stay inside another minute on Saturday, so we took the kids to the park for a few hours then went out for a late lunch. Cheetah held down the fort lying on a floor register…next to the fireplace…in a ray of sunshine. It’s her Trifecta of Happiness.

More happiness…

*All my blog friends are making renovation plans! I love living vicariously through them…and them.

*The designer who inspired the wood cradle base in our bathroom has new biz digs and some pretty amazing projects in the works.

*What white paint, open shelving and a vintage rug can do for a kitchen.

*Have you ever wondered what Ikea’s birch cabinets look like painted?

*How to make coconut whipped cream.

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modern rustic cabin 3

modern rustic cabin 2

*The cabin of my dreams has casement windows, heated brick floors, a clever walk-in closet, a cheeky porthole window in the floor and a bed on casters with the option to sleep under the stars. *BONUS* – It’s a vacation rental!

*Here’s a little Grammy-related trivia for you: Rosanne Cash‘s daughter is the mastermind behind this renovated ranch in Nashville. (Read more about the project here.)

Keep on the sunny side, friends.

images: 1) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking 2-4) Jean Longpré