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11.24.14 / Made Me Smile

blowing out the candles

What day is it? Ha! I feel like the past week was a total time warp. We returned from vacation to a snow-covered house, continued working on the bathroom, celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary, cheered Everett on in a musical performance (he got to speak into a microphone and now that’s all he wants for Christmas…a microphone) and celebrated my birthday, too. Steve and the kids shooed me out of the house on my birthday. They did the grocery shopping and when I came home dinner was in the oven and a big fat chocolate mousse cake was in the fridge. They gave me handmade cards and sang “Happy Birthday.” It was the best. Really, any day that involves chocolate mousse is the best. Am I right?

More good things…

*Someone in Cincinnati just scored this MCM gem. (Because I know someone will ask, it wasn’t us.)

*I grew up living in a barn house. Inside, it looked like a typical house but the exterior was very much a barn complete with red metal siding and a metal roof. So I’m always intrigued when I come across family homes that resemble barns. Case in point.

*SeeingĀ other homeowners’ freshly painted cabinets never gets old.

*Why minimalist interiors are good for you.

austin home tour

*This house in Austin is my jam.

*A herringbone ceiling.

*550 square feet of whoa! (Totally worth the 13 minutes if you have them to waste.)

Have a good one! I will be sharing details of our vacation along with house-related gift guides over the next week or so. I hope you all have plans to spend time with your friends and family this week!

images: 1) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking 2) Sarah Natsumi



I was just going to ask if you would do a post of your “favorite things” or gift ideas as well as favorite toys like you have done in the past. I have 2 boys as well and like to keep toys to a minimum at our house. It has been very helpful with my Christmas shopping in the past:)


Ooohhh….I second that. Our daughters are around the same age so that would be very helpful.


Kirsten has MANY awesome videos of tiny houses. I’ve been following her for a few years.