Category: Home & Entertaining

Goodbye, Sweet Girl

“It came to me that every time I lose a dog, they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog and I will become as generous and loving as they are.” – Anonymous 

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A New Year

As I get older (cliché, I know), I find that each passing year brings more self-reflection. When the page turns from December 31 to January 1, the feeling of wiping the slate clean and refocusing is so comforting and reassuring. 2015 was a mixed bag. It was full of travel and adventure and success (good things), but also intense pressure and professional transitions (challenging things). And that stress and pressure seeped into my personal life (less-than-ideal things). 2015 was ...

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Basement Renovation: The Home Stretch

And by home stretch, I mean we are having carpet installed on the stairs on Wednesday and then we are officially DONE. At least with the renovation part. Next up is the accessorizing part (some of which has already started).  Bdecause I can’t keep you waiting any longer… PICS! But first – remember how beige the basement was before we got started? Woof. So here’s how this played out (via Instagram). First, it got messy and dirty: Then the building started: ...

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Our Wedding Flowers

Our house is currently a mess of sawdust, paint, primer, assorted flooring samples, miscellaneous fixtures and appliances as our basement enters the third week of construction. Let me just say that it has not been quite as fun as I thought a renovation would be. I LOVED the whole “design it and buy all the things” part. I am not loving the “living in a construction zone” part.  So we’re taking a break from basement adventures today to talk about WEDDINGS! ...

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Basement Reno… Let’s Do This

It’s more than a little embarrassing that it’s nearly been a month since my last post. Tsk, tsk… I know.  Throw in one weeklong trip to Dallas for a super fun video shoot involving gourmet food for work. AKA the best work trip ever. Plus a crazy workload, a traveling husband, visits with family, a slightly crazy gym schedule as I try to get back in shape and train for a sprint triathalon (which I may have signed up for after one too many glasses of wine… ...

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A Budget-Friendly Closet Makeover

Let me preface this post by stating that I’m really lucky to have a pretty sizable walk-in closet. And I get it all to myself.  But before you start thinking this is what I walk into every morning… (That’s Yolanda Foster’s closet for you RHOBH fans… And we can all dream together.) … This is the reality: (Yes, I have a bit of a shoe problem.) As much as I love the ample space and storage, I have been less than excited about how blah it is. And, while ...

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Basement Renovation: The Inspiration

If you’re following us on Pinterest, you’ve probably noticed an influx of basement inspiration photos pinned among the usual collection of delicious recipes. When we met with a contractor two weeks ago to talk about our basement renovation, I pulled up some of the pics to give him an idea of what we’re going for. I’m always drawn to a sort of rustic meets modern meets traditional style (that makes sense, right?) and my inspiration pics are predictably full of natural ...

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Silver Lining

Let’s be honest. Discovering that, oh, 100 gallons of water had been cruising through our living room into our basement thanks to The Great Aquarium Disaster of 2013 was horrible. Not only did Brian lose years of hard work, but our living room lost a beautiful piece of art. Like nature that was also art. We were both pretty bummed about it for the first few weeks. But now. Well, we’re trying to find the silver lining. It turns out that the silver lining is realizing this is as ...

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