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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

The Dutch Door is Here!

Y‘all. Remodeling is a slow process. I know I’ve said that a time or two, right? ;). So instead of continuing to say it’s slow, today I can actually give you an update on one of the projects that is actually not in progress any longer!

Now, I am still going to do an official reveal of this hallway and Dutch door installation on a beautiful sunny day because I really want to do it justice. I will style the hall, hang up some art, take all the pretty pics, fancy angles and before and after shots and everything. :) I’ll put together all the details on the door and have answers for questions you might have.

But you have been so patient I thought you guys might like a preview of one of the first finished projects right now :).

Remember how many times and how long I dreamed about having a Dutch door? I can’t believe the day has arrived. We really have a Dutch door as our front door. :) She’s a beauty!

Remember what this hallway looked like before? I love its new look. You might remember we changed out our lighting, too, to these great lights from Barnlight Electric.

And yes, there is another Dutch door in our kitchen! EEEE!!! :) It’s so adorable. I can’t wait to show it to you, too. I won’t be giving a preview of that door though because I really want you to have the fun of seeing it with the finished kitchen. Soon. Very soon.

When you remodel, the last thing that usually happens is they go over a “punch list” with you. That’s the stage we are at. A punch list is just a list of everything that is left to complete. Every remodeling project will have a few last details that need to be finished or touched up near the end, not just mine :).

Sometimes there are still a few important installations you are waiting on (in our case, we are waiting on our custom round window trim, final details on our new archways, and still have to complete the thresholds in the doorways), and often it’s just little things like fixing a wobbly outlet or a misaligned door latch, adding some caulking or paint touch-ups.

When you hire a company to do your remodeling, you make sure each detail is finished before you send off the final check. But timing-wise, you are at the mercy of the contractors who are coordinating schedules and juggling projects, so sometimes it can take awhile to get each detail completely done.

I wish everyone was out of my house right now so I could just putter around in the kitchen, but today it’s like a party around here. I’ve had an electrician, a painter and two contractors hanging out with me. :) So like I’ve said, we really are so close, but still inching towards the finish line. I’m not just stalling or dragging my feet, I promise.

Hallway and door details:

  • The door color is Ozark Shadows by Benjamin Moore.
  • The hallway paint color is Swan White by Glidden (although the other white walls in my house are painted Simply White by Benjamin Moore and we may eventually paint this hallway the same color).
  • Our door knob is Baldwin and the latch is Deltana.
  • If you missed it, see the rest of this hallway’s before/progress makeover here.

Hope you enjoyed the little peek at the front Dutch door today!

PS. I mentioned in my post yesterday that I was going to tell you guys a personal story of mine today about the background motivation that prompted me to want a healthy and chemical-free home, but I ended up deciding to share more than expected so I need a little more time to complete it. I’ll link to it when it’s done, though!For those of you who are interested (like I am) in creating a happy and healthy home and want to know how essential oils can support both your emotions and physical health, I am sharing a fun little five-day Instagram mini-series starting Friday that you are invited to! I hope you’ll follow along with us on Instagram at @pureandlovelyliving. You can also find the series on Facebook here starting tomorrow.

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