Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Hi everyone! Welcome to the weekend, we’re finishing up a DIY project that’s been lingering for a long time and we’re finally completing it, I hope to share that next week.

Also I finally watched Downton Abbey, Episodes 1 and 2, how nice to see the Dowager back at what she does best: “interfering”. Edith’s dress, wow, so stunning! I loved that nursery scene with Nanny West and the one with sweet Carson comforting Mary… what are your thoughts on the season so far? No spoilers please!



More links loved this week …

Mind your manor with these Downton decorating tips for the home.

How to build an impenetrable snow fort.

Kitchen appliances to be designed in partnership with Nate Berkus!

Keep them alive: office plant care tips.

These amazing pools look especially good right now.

I’m dying to try one of these patterned paint rollers.

So cute! Little kids who have mastered the game of hide & seek.

And a peek at Target Threshold for Spring (my faves)


My posts at BH&G:



A More Efficient Kitchen

Colorful Solutions for Clutter Control

I also wrote about four simple ways to bring the outdoors in over at My Colortopia…

Have a great weekend everyone.


Weekend Reading

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Hello all, are you getting back in the swing of things now that the holidays are over? I woke up with so much energy for a new year of exciting things and a resolution to continue an attitude of gratitude and pursuit of serenity that began late last year and still continues.

Something came over me in autumn that made me more relaxed and confident about the future, and that was taking pressure off myself to define success by the world’s terms and instead define success by my own terms. It didn’t come from any self help book or eye opening article, there was no lightbulb moment.

I just realized over a period of weeks that ignoring the noise of the world and seeking serenity in small doses of daily happiness found in my personal life instead of online created a calm I haven’t felt for years. I determined it truly is about attitude and choices – changing your focus and thoughts to consistently positive ones and saying no to the things that don’t work for you leads to a healthier approach to living and daily contentment.

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I’m sharing it today only to encourage you too to find your own sources of contentment and believe in your vision of happiness. Ignore all the excessive “you should be” or “you need to” lists of things to do according to others and instead set your own personal goals no matter how big or small that define your own success.

Here on this blog, 2014 promises more posts about what I’m passionate about: sharing beauty and inspiration through decorating and design articles; offering encouraging words through emails or comments; spotlighting creative people in the DIY, design, and art community; continuing features over at Best of DIY and the Best of the Blogosphere series (it returns in 2 weeks!); and in between all of that conversation, more home improvement and DIY posts of our own as Matt and I dip our toes back into the real estate fixer upper market. I’m excited for a year of great things.

That said, here are a few links loved this week…

Start this year with a wall of wisdom for daily inspiration.

January writing prompts for bloggers.

I’m sad to see the VW camper retired, are you?

One couple’s 40 years of Christmas portraits.

Quotes from greats to inspire greatness.

These IKEA cabinet upgrades look fun!

A desktop wallpaper for January and beyond.


And my articles over at Better Homes & Gardens:

red around the house

clean and organized

Red Around the House

Clean + Organized in 2014

What resolutions, passions, or pursuits are important to you this year?