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Flowers from the Cutting Garden



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Do you like to garden?  I do. My mom has always had the most fantastic green thumb and incredible gardens. On the weekends we used to go to the garden store and come home with all kinds of flowers for the garden. I can still remember walking up and down aisles and aisles of flowers picking out my favorites. I never lost that love and to this day I want to take home almost every plant I see. Which is funny because I can keep outdoor plants alive but tend to kill houseplants. Don’t ask me why that is.

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Yesterday, Nikolas and I spent most of the day raking up the remnants of autumn from the side yard. We gathered up FOURTEEN bags of leaves and old dead weeds. That part of the yard has been oakley sunglasses cheap left relatively untouched by us as we focused on other parts in the yard. It’s a mess. It’s is rocky, hilly and grows weeds like I’ve never seen before.   I have so far refused to take photos of it. It’s that bad.

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As I was raking and raking and raking some more I got to thinking about how I’d love to have a cutting garden somewhere. We’ve planted a lot of flowers around the yard but none solely dedicated to bringing indoors. I always feel torn about whether I should bring them inside or leave them outdoors to enjoy.

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Wouldn’t a garden solely dedicated to bringing in armloads of flowers into the house be perfection?

The top 3 images I took on a trip last summer the bottom image via Ann Kearsley design.

Finally, Your Favorite Blogger Homes All in One Place



Do you love looking into the homes of your favorite bloggers? Of course, dont we all? I think the first time I ever saw a glimpse into the homes of a blogger was way back when Dooce renovated her first home. That was back in the days before I had discovered DIY blogs.

So if you’re anything like me Cheap Oakleys Sunglasses Outlet then I have something really great I want to share with you today. Last week I had the chance to catch up with a new friend of mine Shannon from AKA Design. She has a seriously awesome new site. When I first saw it I had one of those “Why hasn’t anyone thought of the before?” moments.

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It’s called Blogger Homes and it is where bloggers go to share their homes one room at a time. There’s some really great inspiration over there and the best part is it’s all organized and easily found.


So if you love looking into the homes of bloggers go over and take a peak and if you’re a blogger go submit your own room! There’s tons of inspiration!

PS: Shannon’s also featuring my bedroom today over on AKA designs and Blogger Homes, go check it out and don’t forget to tell her I sent you 🙂

5 Easy Ways to Update Your Outdoor Space



Happy Monday friends. How was your weekend? Our was kind of crazy and not in the normal kind of DIY crazy we’re used to. We had a wedding on Friday in a castle! It was so much fun. An early 3rd birthday party for my little guy on Saturday and we celebrated his actual birthday on Sunday. We let him roam around the toy store picking out toys, a 3 year olds dream. It was a blast. But do you ever feel like you need Monday off to recover from the weekend? That’s so me right now.

This weekend also gave us our first glimpse of impromptu summer BBQ’s and warm lingering evenings spent on the deck. We’ve done our fair share of sprucing around here; from building decks and outdoor bars to potting plants. I’ve learned a few things in a short time about make the outdoors an extension of the in. Here are five of my favorite easy ways to add spruce up an outdoor space without breaking the budget.

Outdoor pillows can add color and softness to the otherwise hard lines of an outdoor space, making if feel a lot more plush and homey. Try mixing texture and patterns the same way you would indoors and layer them over a neutral sofa for an easy way to change out the look should the mood strike.

Some of my favorite places for Ray Ban outlet outdoor pillows are Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs, World Market also has a ton of choices at a good price point. Or you could sew your own. Last year I recovered my old cushions with some outdoor fabric and reused the stuffing. It was such a great way to get the look without the price.


Beach Inspired: Blue and Green Living Room




Can we talk about the Living room for a second? Specifically, adding a few new colors back in. I love the new white walls and frames we put up (even though they still don’t have anything in them) but I kind of got sidetracked on finishing off the room when we spontaneously decided to remove the wall one day. We love it and there is still the whole thing of fixing the sheetrock and adding in a  few moldings to contend with.

Removing a Wall 04 Back when I first painted I  put together this mood board that I thought would work well in the new space. I’ll save you some time from clicking over because I’ve completely scrapped that idea. Although I still really do love that light. That’s what I kind of love about mood boards, you “live” with a few items together before committing to them. While it was good it just wasn’t making me feel excited to get started on it. I took that as a sign to scrap the whole thing and start over.

Wanna see? I’m loving this one a whole lot more.


Kitchen Remodel: Small Update or Complete Gut Job?



It’s inevitable, once we start one project in the house the ideas start to snowball and take on a life of it’s own. Predictably that has happened since opening up the wall between the kitchen and living room.

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We’ve always planned to remodel the kitchen since we bought the house 3 years ago. But one thing has lead to another and it has stayed larger the same. Honestly we could never decided between a moderate spruce up and a larger full renovation. Opening up the wall has shed some new light and made the room feel so much bigger. We’re really getting antsy to make this space our own.


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