Love the Home You Have Cover {& Better Homes & Gardens!}

Love the Home You Have Cover {& Better Homes & Gardens!}
Ta da! 

OH MY GOODNESS, you guys, my book actually looks like a real book! It has a cover! And it is SO CUTE! Behind the scenes for like the last year and a half of my life I’ve been writing THIS book! And the truth is, this book has been a work in progress my entire life because I’ve lived it. I just didn’t know it would be a book.

Between the pages of this cover, I’m sharing my house stories (the awkward, the humorous and the lessons learned), my heart for the home, my journey to contentment with what I have. I share all the ways I am inspired every day to embrace gratitude and to pour love into the home and life right in front of me.

I can hardly believe all my words will be in a book, but seeing that cover makes it all the more real! The book is due to be out on March 31, but you can actually pre-order now on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! And I guess in the book world it’s helpful to us if you are so inclined to order early :). Eek!

I’m just finishing up book two (of eight), which has been a fun one, I can’t wait to share more on it as soon as I can. I’m also in the process of writing the third book already (crazy, right?) that will be a big huge full color photo book with ideas and all sorts of tips and encouragement for the home and it will be out next fall, just in time for our fall nesting! I feel like I need to pinch myself that this is all happening!

Love the Home You Have Cover {& Better Homes & Gardens!}

Meanwhile, in a related pinch me now moment, remember a year ago when my kitchen was being photographed for Better Homes & Gardens? Well, I almost forgot about it, too. But a few weeks ago I got an email from the editor who gave me the happy news that my kitchen would be appearing in this November issue of Better Homes & Gardens, which will arrive in mailboxes shortly! YAY!

And not only that, but they invited me to share how I love the home I have by featuring a few projects we’ve done around our house! I’m so honored to have the opportunity at Better Homes & Gardens. They’ve been so wonderful.

Go check out my post (it will be live sometime today!) on Style Spotters for BHG and if you get a chance to peek at the magazine or buy it on the newstand, let me know! I haven’t seen it yet myself so I can’t wait to hold it in my hands. If you have the digital version of the magazine, I think you can even hear an interview with me about my kitchen, so, lucky you heheheheh. {rolls eyes}

Thanks again for all of your support (and patience with me in being slow with my posts sometimes, I’m trying but I am sometimes fumbling to stay on track!)! You all are the best. Really.

My Home Office: More Progress!

My Home Office: More Progress!

So this spring I mentioned some updates I was working on in my home office. Well, as always, things are slow going (as anyone who has a life and a normal budget will probably understand, those overnight TV makeovers take months in real life heheheh). But, I recently made some progress and I am pretty excited! A few of my plans changed a bit since I last updated you.

Originally I was saving up to get a new desk and then I was going to move my old desk to the left wall and turn it into a console table. Well, somewhere along the way I decided what I really wanted wasn’t a new desk but I wanted to take out the wall to wall carpeting and put in hardwoods to match the rest of my house. I loved the new striped rug from Lulu and Georgia, but I was able to move it to my family room and it looks awesome there! The brown carpet had seen better days (i.e. four dogs in the past few years have added to the wear and tear). Hardwood is just so much cleaner than carpeting and it goes with everything!

Because my office is so tiny,  I decided to take the plunge and get the hardwoods and keep my desk as a desk. I could not be more happy with that decision. The hardwood transformed the room in every way! I love it.

My Home Office: More Progress!

I still haven’t repainted the room. My intention is to repaint it either the same color or slightly deeper (the navy looks so good with the curtains and now with the lighter wood floors!), with a flat paint to minimize the textured walls which are not my favorite. Eggshell finish is great in the rest of my house, but for some reason these walls have a heavier texture and I think flat will be better in here.

I rearranged the room to have my desk on the left wall instead of in front of the window. I also moved a couple of pieces of furniture out (one went to our church and the other went upstairs to our TV room) and I added a couple of new pieces that better serve my needs. I’ll tell you more about the secretary and hutch tomorrow!

To the left of that piece, I found two flat file drawer units from IKEA (Alex Drawers) that were the perfect and affordable solution to flexible office storage. I have some plans to customize them a little bit and of course I’ll show you what I have planned soon.

My Home Office: More Progress!

Here is a pulled back view of the new arrangement. The Pottery Barn desk I’ve had since my old house is now on the left wall. Even though I really enjoyed being able to look out the window, I feel like this arrangement works better for me. I feel a little less on display to the neighborhood :) and I really wanted to be able to use the wall space above my desk for an inspiration board. By removing the tall cabinet that was originally on this wall, I now have more room for a light and bright inspiration board above the desk (which I don’t have yet.)

The little Target bench by the window floats around the room for extra seating or when I want to kick back and put my feet up.

My Home Office: More Progress! So this is the desk where I’ve been sitting every single day talking to y’all, not only through the blog but now also in the lonely business of book writing where none of you can hear a word I am saying until the books come out. We’ll have a nice long chat then, okay?

My Home Office: More Progress!

And because I know you all would like to remember how crazy this room was in the beginning (excuse the mess, eh hem), this was when it was in transition from swine to navy a few years back.

My Home Office: More Progress!

Finally, here’s a look at how the floors flow now between my office and the hall. I LOVE THAT! You can see Lily is hanging out trying to catch a breeze, it’s been really hot here lately! In case you’re wondering, my printer is on a stand to the right of that plant (I know everyone always likes to know where all the practical equipment is, and mine is just right out in the open).

Tomorrow I’ll talk a bit about the new secretary and hutch! PS. Here’s a little blast from the past. This is my desk in our old house when I first got it in 2008. This desk is still serving me well :) Note that the lamp on the desk is the exact same lamp that I now have on my new file drawers with an updated shade, ha! In a related note, the gold and crystal chandelier in my current office has traveled with me through many houses over the years. I really do keep using what I have for years whenever possible. The rug and cabinet are now in my daughter’s new townhouse. You can see the old house before and after budget office makeover post here!

My Home Office: More Progress!

My Home Office: More Progress!

For my FAQ about my Hickory floors, click here!

Sources (none of the items are sponsored, but some are affiliate links):

Wall Color: Rich Navy by Glidden

Floors: Natural Hickory by Mohawk (mine came from Lowe’s)

Curtains: Anthropologie (my color just sold out, but there is a new color which I love here)

Desk: Pottery Barn

Bench: Target (seems to be sold out sadly!)

Desk Chair: Restoration Hardware Martine Arm Chair (got this on a huge discount because of a flaw I could easily fix)

Corner Chair: World Market

My Home Office: More Progress!