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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

Life Lately on Instagram

Lights from Barn Light Electric

Hey friends! I was thinking about how many little snippets of life and home I share on Instagram every week (our family has several accounts we enjoy sharing on just for fun!). I know you all aren’t on Instagram and you’re actually my favorite people, so I thought I’d just share some of the images from last week.

These are just phone pics, but it’s fun to just share bits and pieces of life or things I’m working on. I find that snapping a photo keeps me focused on being mindful and grateful in the moment for all the beautiful blessings in life.

For the first time ever I ordered a pretty set of dishes. I mean, I’ve always bought pretty salad plates but I usually just stick to white dinner plates. I’ve never bought a set of dishes. Can you believe it? Frugal mama here. But my heart leaped for joy when I saw this set of blue and white dishes and we were really in need of new plates, so it was a match made in heaven. They had to be mine. Can’ t wait to set a spring table this year with these beauties!

My husband is a musician. We met when I was nineteen and I didn’t think he was really my type. Then he wrote me a song and played it on his acoustic guitar for Valentine’s day. We’ve pretty much been together every day since (you know, all ten years since then. JUST KIDDING, it’s been a couple decades longer than that). Differences could have pulled us apart but they have made life richer and sweeter.

These eggs are incredible, they are far and away our favorite (well, unless we bought some fresh from a farm locally I suppose!). I made our traditional Dutch Babies for brunch yesterday with them and they tasted better than ever. And the packaging is adorable, yes?

Life with dogs is never dull. Jack keeps us laughing.

Diffusing is a dream. If you are still thinking it’s weird or you don’t get the whole essential oil thing, I’d be happy to share and explain it to you. Seriously, they make such a huge difference in my emotional and physical health and overall well-being. I haven’t been sick all winter. You can email me anytime or follow our Pure & Lovely Instagram account for more details.

Painters are coming this week to paint our window trim. Then I’ll finally be able to take the reveal photos and show you around our kitchen! Give me a little bit of time to get those photos done, but in the meantime I will be showing your our new flooring downstairs! There is so much to show, I’m excited to share these updates.

I don’t know how I got so blessed to have two girls who are are not only wonderful daughters but have grown up to be my best friends. We have a weekly meeting to catch up on all the happenings (often at a local coffee shop or restaurant). One of my daughters works with me full time (Courtney) and I’m dreaming of the day I can bring my oldest daughter Kylee on board full time, too. She works with us one day a week now and I LOVE having them both around!

Leo is getting so big! He’s about the size of Lily right now, but maybe a little stockier and heavier. He hasn’t had his puppy hair cut yet, but will soon! He’s such a sweetie. And check out his mom’s (my daughter Kylee) new sofa (above)! Remember her red couches? She’s been buying her first grown up furniture and it’s darling. I’ll have to get her to post an update :).

We’re expecting! Not a baby, but a new leaf on the fiddle leaf. He’s still growing like crazy!

OK, so if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to have four doodles in the family (only the white pups live with me but the others hang out here as much as possible!), let me just tell you it’s a mix of pure joy and laughter and chaos. Jack looks like he’s about to take flight there with his ears.

Book: Love the Home You Have

I’m so excited to be finishing up some of these projects around our house. While I love the excitement of projects, I feel so much less frazzled when we aren’t doing them. Remodeling makes life feel a little too chaotic for me. So as we round the corner from “project phase” to more of a nesting phase, I am starting to feel like I can breathe a little more deeply.

It’s nice to be finally putting stuff where it goes, getting rid of stuff we know we don’t want and just feeling like we can put our house together and relax. While we have a list a mile long of more projects we want to get to, it’s nice to take a little break and just enjoy what we’ve done so far.

Like I said, dogs keep us on our toes. :)

You can follow along with our Instagrams below:

The Inspired Room

Pure & Lovely

Jack the Goldendoodle

Doodles at Home



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