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

closet purge

How was your week? Ours was rainy which = perfect purging weather. I emptied the kids’ closets and got rid of everything that was too small / broken / unloved / missing parts. Then I organized the items that made the cut and put them all back. It. was. awesome. (Except for the part where Mabrey decided to “help”.)

More awesomeness…

*Do you remember Jessica Helgerson’s tiny house? (How could you forget?!) Well, it looks like the growing Helgerson family is spreading out from their 540 square feet of living space to a farmhouse on the same property. You can find amazing sneak peeks of the renovation here under the hashtag #wildgoosefarmhouse. From what I can gather, the family moved in about a month ago. I can’t wait to see the finished space (more than likely, it will be a magazine feature) and I’m curious to know what will become of the tiny house.

*Luckily, Liam is much better at selecting homes versus fiancées.


*A rolling pedestrian bridge.

*A Fresh Thyme market is going in near our home. It looks amazing!

*Guess what I’m making with this.

*Living with less fosters mindful consumption.

*Um, you guys like coffee. Thanks so much for sharing your favorite brands and brewing methods. I’ve read each and every comment which has spurred some brewing research. Like many of you suggested, I hit up a local roaster (only two minutes from my house!) for suggestions and the freshest coffee beans I’ve ever encountered. I might not sleep all weekend.

Have a wonderful weekend! Don’t forget to make time for those happy little moments which add up to something greater.

images: 1) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking 2) Heatherwick studio



Your boys’ room looks good even when it’s messy. My little 2 yr old ‘helper’ poured out and mixed together all of our puzzles yesterday. Gotta love em.


What!? You are not making something with the broken stuff??


My husband needs a purging day!!


Making refrigerator refresher a la Remodelista? That’s my guess!


Mabrey did the same thing while I was purging!


Dana, this house reminds me so much of you. Even down to the curtains on the closet instead of doors. As always, love your style.


Dana, I’d love to know the name of the local roaster you used. Press? Ghostlight?


Boston Stoker!


I remember this house tour from a few years back! Loved it then, love it now.


There is nothing like the pain of stepping on a stray Lego piece!


Whoever furnished that house that Liam bought sure likes couches! I think I counted 12, including the outdoor ones! Yo!

You are the best purger I know. Wish I had your resolve – thanks for the encouragement in the form of lovely spaces!


I’m up in the Columbus area and we just got our first Fresh Thyme – I’m in love with it! They use a lot of local farms, have grass fed meat, a sandwich shop…its like a much, much lower priced Whole Foods without the holier-than-thou ‘tude.


Gah, can’t wait!