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How I Make My Bed

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Did you ever read that study about making your bed?

Apparently, it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself first thing in the morning. Completing that small task gives you instant gratification and sets you up for the most productive day. It also quells the OCD habits some of us may have… ok, ok… it quells the OCD habits I HAVE.

Anyone else out there practically twitch when they see an unmade bed?!

Needless to say, I like a good bed and I know a little somethin-somethin’ about how to easily put one together. I have a simple formula to the madness and stylish bedding combinations that will set you on the right track to a well-made bed.

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Plant Lady

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For years, I’ve always been known as the Black Thumb of our household.

Give me the heartiest of plants and I’ll show you how to kill it.

Overwatering, underwatering, too much sunlight, too little sunlight…I’ve pretty much done it all. However, with this New Year I’ve made a resolution to change all that. I’m determined and motivated to finally become that weird plant lady that names her house plants like members of the family and has occasional conversations with them without shame.

Goals, people. Goals.

For a few months now I’ve been researching different plant types and care instructions and have a game plan to add a bit of greenery (yes — it WILL stay green!!!) to our new house. I’ve narrowed it down to 4 different styles of plants that each have their own unique personalities and style — just like us.

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My Favorite Online Resources For Home Decor

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With each passing day we’re getting closer and closer to completing the renovation house. As we near the finish line, my attention has shifted from construction projects and finishes, to the details that make a house a home.

Home decor is always a fine balance between save and splurge. I’m not talking about the large scale furniture staples that anchor the room — those you should always invest in, in my opinion. I’m talking about those smaller tables, decor, accessories and design elements that make a house feel warm, inviting and a lived-in extension of you and your family.

As we move into this New Year, many of you have been looking for ways to give your home an easy (and inexpensive) refresh, so I wanted to share with you some of my best home decor online resources for those on a budget.

Read on, and find out exactly what to buy where and where to buy what… you just may be surprised with what you find!

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How I’ll Be Organizing My Closet

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When it comes to interior home design/renovation, I dare to say that the closet is probably high on the list of priorities for most women… maybe even some men, too!

I’ve never had a huge closet and that’s been fine. Even with this massive renovation and a 5th bedroom conversion into a master bathroom, laundry room and closet, our master walk-in closet is not super large. What it IS is functional, bright and the best possible use of space in our 1960’s-built colonial.

While this space is important, it’s also one of the last rooms addressed so budget is critical at this stage. It seems I have quite the conundrum on my hands, huh!?

To pimp the closet, or to not pimp the closet… THAT, my friends, is the question.

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How To Pick The Best Window Treatments (Without Going Broke Or Crazy)!

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Did you know that in some countries and cultures, a New Year is welcomed with new window coverings?!

Honestly, I’m not sure quite why… but it’s a fact. I swear, I didn’t make it up.

In my case, I’m also starting off 2018 with a reluctant focus on window coverings — I’ve got 14 of my own to contend with at the house! No matter how many homes I style (my own and clients’), window treatments are probably my least favorite part of the design process. I partially blame this hatred of blinds, shades and curtains on the price.

Ok, I fully blame this hatred on the crazy cost!

Window treatments are one of the most underestimated and overlooked decorating expenses. If you like to feel an enormous pit in the bottom of your stomach and possibly throw up a little in your mouth, just go price out custom window treatments for an entire house. Unfortunately, not only are window treatments a practical necessity (privacy, light control, heat efficiency) but a home can look sad and unfinished until the last piece of decor is beautifully hung in place.

No one wants a sad and unfinished home. So here’s how to fix that — without going broke.

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Mid-Renovation Home Tour: Master Suite, Laundry Room + Kid’s Bathroom

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Happy Thursday, folks.

As promised, I wanted to give you a little more insight into our current state of renovation. I’ve been stopping by the house daily and the last few weeks have been chock full of change.

(Did you have a chance to check out the downstairs progress yet? You can read all about it HERE!)

This time, we’ll turn the renovation home tour focus to the upstairs!

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Mid-Renovation Updates

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Renovations are definitely a rollercoaster.

Your weekly emotional state can swing wildly depending on a number of factors (progress, project hiccups, finances, deadlines, etc.). It’s not uncommon to feel feelings of excitement, trepidation, frustration and joy simultaneously.

To be blunt: it’s one hell of a ride.

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The Great Coffee Table Challenge

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When it comes to renovation and home design, some decisions come very quickly — “Uhhh, YES please make my closet as large as possible with a bright window!“, while others can take a bit more time to process.

In the case of my family room coffee table, even 2 months after starting this home renovation project, I’m still in the “processing” phase.

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Renovation Wishlist // 01

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As we move along with our renovation — 7 more weeks to go! — I’m starting to really dig into the nitty gritty of the furnishings and accessories required once the finishes finally go in.

Man, it’s a doozy.

If I could give anyone willing to undertake a whole house renovation some advice, it would be this:

While the majority of your budget should be allocated towards the renovation itself, add another 15-20% for those often overlooked, yet very important details.

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