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Botanical Art / Runner / Lights / Door: Ozark Shadows BM / Walls: Swan White Glidden

Hope you had a good “spring forward” weekend!  I have actually been having one of those busy weeks/months/weekends (all of the above) where everything was colliding and deadlines happened all at once.

I was out of town last weekend, so I spent this week and weekend mostly trying to catch up again. But, that’s what’s it is like sometimes when you own your own business. You can go away, but the work doesn’t! I just need to press through and get it all done and then I’ll love my job again. :) Ha! Honestly, though, I love my job even when it is a busy season.

Do any of you own your own businesses? Any bloggers? I’d love to hear what you do in the comments!

Many of you seemed to enjoy the post where we shared a variety of snapshots from our family’s Instagram accounts, so we thought we’d make it a semi-regular thing! I don’t want to promise that I’ll keep a schedule because in ten years of blogging I haven’t been able to keep up with a schedule very often, ha. But, I’m thinking semi-regularly on Sundays I’ll do a round up of our Instagrams and sometimes even other informal home and family updates that we haven’t shared anywhere else.

I want to keep you all in the loop. I feel like social media expectations have gotten a bit out of control lately, so I really like posting here best. :) You guys are my favorite.

I ordered new framed botanical art for our entry hall and I just love it! It brings in just enough green to interest to make our entry feel more complete. You can get a look in the top photo, I’ll show more soon.

Mug Rack / Kitchen Details

Jack is all smiles about the new kitchen. He seriously loves it. I think he felt excluded from the kitchen when the contractors were here, so now he wants to be in there because he can. He’s a funny dog. Do you follow him on Facebook? You can find his adventures here.

Curtains / Quilt Lamp & Mirror: Ashley Home Store / Striped Pillows / Polka Dot Pom Pillow / Basket

My girls and I worked on a fun project this weekend for the launch of my new book Simple Decorating. Apparently Amazon has already released the book, but we’ll still have an official launch to celebrate closer to April 1st.

On Fridays both of my girls come over to work with me and so all four doodles were at our house. They had a blast sprinting through the yard together, it was doodle heaven. But because our weather hasn’t been good, they got super muddy and every dog had to have a foot bath before they could come inside.

Rattan Daybed  / It Is Well Sign / Cable Knit Rug / Leather Couch

 It was crazy around our house, but the dogs really love playing together!

Wall sconce

I shared a little video this weekend on my Instagram story of my wood and glass diffuser that plays music. You might have seen it in my house before. This diffuser is amazing, it makes me feel like I’m at a spa every day. You can read about the products I use and why I recommend them and get a diffuser kit of your own here.

Rattan Daybed / Velvet Charcoal Pillows / Other pillows mostly HomeGoods & Target

This is Lily’s spot every single day. I can’t blame her, I’d be there all day, too, if I could!

The cutest measuring cup stopped us in our tracks in Anthropologie downtown last week. My girls each got one. I wish I got one, so it’s on my wish list now.

Public Service Announcement: I just discovered Anthropologie is also selling Rifle Paper Company oven mitts and aprons. YES.

God paints such lovely skies and landscapes outside our window every day and every evening. It’s always different, always changing. It reminds me to pause and appreciate the beauty right in front of me!

Photo from my daughter Kylee’s InstagramDoormat / Rifle Paper Co & Keds Shoes

We are working on giving you a peek of our side patio (the one outside of our kitchen Dutch door). It’s still not done yet, but this Friday on the blog I have a little post I’m doing with Birch Lane where you’ll see how the Dutch door and white brick looks from outside the kitchen. In case you’re wondering, I think it’s looking cute, even though it’s not all done :).

Once our weather is more cooperative I’ll be outside sipping coffee and planting pots out there every morning, I’m sure of it. Has spring arrived where you are yet?

Photo from daughter Courtney’s Instagram / Sofa

So, Leo (Kylee’s pup and Bella’s “brother”) is getting bigger! He still hasn’t had his first puppy haircut so his hair is quite fluffy. Clearly he’s still as darling as ever, though.

Striped Bench

And speaking of darling, Jack has already claimed our new dining room bench for his own. Honestly, as you can probably tell, he makes himself at home all over the house.

So my goal for this week is to get back to giving more details about my kitchen! You guys had so many great questions and I’d love to answer them. Talk to you soon!

You can follow along with our Instagrams below:

The Inspired Room // Pure & Lovely // Jack the Goldendoodle // Doodles at Home // Kylee // Courtney

New Family Room Flooring – The Reveal

Welcome, friends! I’m so excited to finally be able show you the progress in our lower level family room, featuring our beautiful new Mohawk flooring! If you missed the before post about this room yesterday, you can catch up here. We are so pleased with our floors and how this room is coming together.

The new flooring was installed the week before Christmas! Our house was in chaos that week with all the projects we had going on at the same time, so I was thrilled about how quickly the flooring was able to be installed so we could get on with the holiday festivities. The transformation was literally a one-day makeover. I know! It was a dream. If only every other project was completed in a day.

Since these floors are pre-finished, there is no sanding or staining or sealing after installation. (You can look back at the installation photos in the before post). So if you are looking for one of the fastest and most significant improvements you could make to a room (in addition to paint!) I’d definitely recommend considering Mohawk’s pre-finished flooring. It’s so gorgeous! This is our second home with Mohawk flooring (we loved the Mohawk pre-finished wood floors in our last house, you can find them here).

Remember where we started with the swine-colored walls, pink blinds and old carpet? Fresh paint and new flooring does wonders to provide a nice backdrop for a room, doesn’t it?

Flooring makes up such a significant portion of any room that when it is updated, the entire look and feel of the space improves right away. I’m so in love with the natural more rustic texture, the matte finish and warm tone of our floors (they are the Concertina laminate flooring in Smokey Chestnut). The look feels traditional, but still up-to-date.

The new flooring actually makes it feel like we added on an entire new area of the house because we are so drawn to this space now. The warmth of the flooring is so inviting for a cozy family space. It feels comfortable, cleaner and more stylish, so we definitely enjoy being in the room so much more than we did before.

Besides the new paint and flooring, we did get a cozy new sofa awhile back (we sold our big sectional when we moved). I’ll tell you more details about the sofa in a future post, but it is from Interior Define and we love it. The wood Persian rug has been in our family for years. You will probably recognize everything else in the room, we are just using what we had at this point! We still have more to do in this room, but it’s nice that it already feels great to be in it just as it is.

We had family coming from out of town just days after the install, so the floors were christened right away with all types of holiday activities. The floors held up beautifully as we moved furniture around, four dogs ran in and out of the house with muddy feet, and as kids and family ate meals and hung out together playing games. We really needed flooring that was not overly sensitive to everyday use, and they’ve already passed every test in our book!

The wall behind these chairs is the brand new wall we installed. The other side of this wall is our new office, which I will show you in an upcoming post! (I’ll show you the before and afters of the wall addition, too, so you can get better perspective on how this room has changed overall).

Let’s look back one more time at the before and after shot, shall we?

Besides the new wall that was installed (more to come on that), we’ve painted the swine-colored walls and fireplace (Simply White Benjamin Moore), added some trim around the fireplace (to fill in big gaps between the brick and the drywall), removed the pink blinds (still thinking about what blinds we’d want down here) and installed the new Mohawk flooring. So much fresher!

We still have more things we’d like to improve or add in this room over time, of course, but we are definitely happy with how far its come over the past few months.

Thanks to Mohawk for providing the beautiful flooring for this makeover.

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