Shop Small, Shop Local

Is anyone else kind of over Black Friday? It used to be fun to get up at 5 am and hurry to shop the deals, but now “Black Friday” starts on Thanksgiving Day (or earlier!) and, to me, that takes the excitement out of it.

But there’s also another reason that Black Friday has lost its allure for me. Over the past few years, and especially since I became a small business owner myself, Charles and I have come to the realization that it’s so important to support our small, local businesses. We have shopped almost exclusively small and local for all of our Christmas gifts for 3 years now, and it has actually been incredibly rewarding!

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Black Thumb? Try Artificial Plants!

Confession: I have a black thumb. The only plant I’ve successfully kept alive for any real period of time is a cactus. And even that has been touch and go at times. So for me, fake plants that look real are the perfect way to add some life to a space.

When I was planning our staircase makeover in the One Room Challenge, I knew I needed to add pops of color to the space. I love our classic white trim and taupe walls, but they needed a little sprucing up (pardon the pun). And what better way to add liveliness than a plant?

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ORC Trend: Black Interiors

Have y’all had a chance to tour through all of the One Room Challenge reveals yet? I spent a good chunk of time over the weekend looking through not only the reveals of the top 20 designers, but also through the guest participants, and let me just tell you…these challenges just get better and better!

I noticed a lot of trends in these new spaces, but the one that really stood out to me was the use of black…black paint, black tile, black countertops…it was all there. So today I thought I’d share some of my black favorites.

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One Room Challenge – Stairs & Hall – The Next Steps

Well the One Room Challenge is over and we can all take a breather. But as any homeowner will tell you, the work is never done.

If you’re not familiar, the One Room Challenge is an event hosted by Linda at Calling It Home and House Beautiful where 20 designers make over a space from start to finish in just 6 short weeks. You can catch those designers each Wednesday, and the rest of us link up on Thursdays. I did my first Challenge last Spring and my second last Fall. And last week, I revealed my latest Challenge: our stairs and hallway!

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Update: 30 Before 30

Last week I turned 29. Just one more year until the big 3-0 and I’m feeling pretty good about it. It’s funny how priorities constantly change as you get older. My 20-year-old self would have guessed my 29-year-old self would be married with one or two kids, working part time while staying home with the kids part time, and living in our college town. I’m married, but that’s about the only similarity. And you know what? I am SO happy!

Once I gave up trying to fit my life into the perfect little square box I had always imagined, a world of new possibilities opened up. I feel settled for the first time in my adult life, and that feels great.

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One Room Challenge – Stairs & Hall – The Reveal!

It’s finally here! Reveal day!! It’s time to show you what I’ve been working on over the past 6 weeks in the One Room Challenge. 

If you’re not familiar, the One Room Challenge is an event hosted by Linda at Calling It Home and House Beautiful where 20 designers make over a space from start to finish in just 6 short weeks. You can catch those designers each Wednesday, and the rest of us link up on Thursdays. I did my first Challenge last Spring and my second last Fall.

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