Catching Up: Lately

Hello, friends! Thank you for your grace as I’ve been juggling a few extra projects and not able to keep up with as many updates as I want to. I love to keep busy but it’s been a little crazier than I can keep up with lately. :) (PS. if you missed my post yesterday on creating continuity in your home decor style, you can find it here).

Here’s a quick update on some of the things I’ve been working on!

I have a brand new book manuscript deadline coming up in just a couple of weeks (cannot wait to tell you about it, I think it’s going to be one of my favorites!).

I’m working on a new book launch (Simple Organizing will be out next week, yes, writing a new book and releasing a book at the same time is a bit difficult, ha!!).

Plus we have quite a few exciting projects going on around the house, I hope to have a little spring update for you very soon.

We are working to finish up a few outdoor projects! I’m so looking forward to spring, so I’ll be sharing quite a few projects outside this year. We’ve got something totally new in our backyard that will be completed soon, so we are super excited to show you!

Also, we’re FINALLY getting a new gate for our side yard (long story but this side yard has been the longest project ever. Literally, we’ve been waiting TWO YEARS to have it complete, here is my gate inspiration post).

Catching Up: Lately

Just for laughs, here’s the view our neighbors have been enjoying for the past year. Cool gate design, or dog barricade? Hmmmm. I bet the neighbors aren’t quite sure what to make of it! We’re very classy.

But at least I’m proud to say that we’ve finally eliminated the blue *fitted* sheet from my son’s window (if you missed that confession, check it out here)! We have brand new shutters and they look fantastic, so I can’t wait to take some photos and share them (as well as my bedroom makeover, my new bed came and I just love it!).

Catching Up: Lately

This year we’re actually launching a few of our very own home products! The first set will be our two rugs with Dash & Albert / Annie Selke. We received the sample of the striped rug with the Swiss cross trim (above) and we’re pretty thrilled with it (excuse the rolled edge, I was so excited to see it in the kitchen I didn’t even wait for it to relax).

We got this opportunity through YOUR votes for our rugs during the contest, so I cannot thank you enough! I have loved Dash & Albert rugs for as long as I can remember, so this is truly a dream come true.

Catching Up: Lately

Above was our Photoshop mockup for the competition, I think it looks pretty close to the real deal (below!)

Catching Up: LatelyThe real deal!

Catching Up: Lately

Both of our rugs will be available for anyone to buy soon! I’ll keep you posted on details.

Hope you are having a great week! I have family coming to visit us for Easter so I’m doing some spring housecleaning right now and I’ll also be taking photos of my master bedroom makeover this week. Can’t wait to show you how it turned out :).


  1. Sandy

    WE have lots to look forward to seeing with the changes. Now, I am impressed that your dogs wouldn’t try to get out. My Golden would not, but my Springer would have found a way to break that barrier.

  2. Laura Fox

    Congrats on the Dash & Albert rugs! Looks fantastic! That’s so exciting for you!

  3. Franki

    This home is your most beautiful…yet!! Adore the rug (which I voted for..tee, hee)

  4. Dawn Scheurich

    Love, love the rug!!

  5. Brenda

    I hope that rug is available in Canada!!

  6. Katy

    Your home is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing

  7. Diane @ An Extraordinary Day

    What? Another book? You are amazing!!!
    Melissa, the rug couldn’t be more perfect!!
    Love the way you roll… ;) What we do for the love of our furry friends. :)

  8. Debbie - MountainMama

    How on earth do you find the time to do everything you do, Melissa??? Looking forward to seeing the updates!

  9. Deanna Rabe

    Friend, your rug looks wonderful!

    I love your honesty and down to earth personality! I love how to talk about waiting until you have the funds to do a project. Its real life for the majority of us!

  10. Christine

    I noticed the rug in the opening picture and have been waiting for them to come out. Just BEAUTIFUL! (I voted for it also). Anxious for the new updates. Happy Easter!

  11. Kathy Cheek, Devotions from the Heart

    I am also wondering how you find time to do everything!

    Looking forward to hearing about the new book project!

    My first devotional book is coming out this fall, by a smaller publisher than yours, but I am thrilled and nervous at the same time.

  12. Marilyn

    Thanks I need all the de clutter/organization help I can get..


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