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Weekend Reading

Friday, June 27th, 2014

It’s been an interesting week around here, I’ve spent much of it looking at tile samples until my eyes glaze over. Also picking up extra power tools and packing dishes and furnishings to load up on the moving truck next week as we head out to the desert to start work on the house. We’ll be living there during the renovation journey (going back and forth between CA and NV) so it needs some furniture, there is much to do to get ready. I start to perspire just thinking about it all…

This setting looks like a better way to spend a summer day. I hope you are all squeezing in some serious down time this month where you do nothing but catch up on a pile of books and magazines followed by an afternoon nap.


mauldin designs 

A few more favorite links from the past week…

Speaking of Airstreams, this is one fab makeover.

Tropicalness. Yes please.

Questions to ask when you hire a cabinet maker.

Five myths of vinyl flooring.

I used this app today. Warning: very dangerous for your wallet.

How addicted are you to your phone? There’s an app for that too.

Trademarks for bloggers: how to and why you should do it.

Anyone can draw.

Such a lovely wine country wedding. (Congrats Crystal!)

Amy is a (first) class act.

A map of favorite fictional places.

The impossible task of ranking Meryl’s performances. I couldn’t possibly, she is consistently amazing.

Bronzer round up (#5 is my fave, smells divine).

How to travel around the world in 80 days.

Upcoming event! Next week I’ll be hosting a Twitter chat in partnership with Glidden to answer all of your paint related questions. It’s Tuesday July 1st at 7 p.m. EST/4 PST. Follow me and Glidden Paint on Twitter to join in with the hashtag #Gliddenchat to participate!

My fellow blogger and color expert Maria Killam is hosting a summer school webinar called Renovate with Confidence with a focus on choosing the right finishes when making upgrades to your home. If you have a bathroom or kitchen remodel in your future, you should definitely consider this course. Click the button below and follow the link to “Webinars – Summer School” to enroll! (affiliate link). It’s $100 off through Sunday.    

maria summer school


My latest articles at Better Homes & Gardens and My Colortopia:

metal wood mix

yellow paints

Mix These: Metal + Wood

Choosing the Right Yellow

Don’t miss the entire Color 101 series where the MCT team breaks down the basics on choosing any paint color on the color wheel. 

Summer movie recommendations! Both the Edge of Tomorrow and How to Train Your Dragon 2  were so great! (My kids made me watch the first one so I was up to speed, loved it!) I also saw Chef  last night which make me smile throughout, what movies are you loving lately?   


Weekend Reading

Friday, June 13th, 2014

I have been living out of a suitcase all week road tripping with the kids and our stops have been transient yet oh so fun! We landed first in Las Vegas for three days to meet with contractors and visit with my parents, today we’re headed down to San Diego since our oldest is graduating from UCSD tomorrow (that four years went by so fast!) Her furniture will be loaded up and she will follow behind us later, then we’re headed home to Northern California on Monday, such a crazy week, we’re covering a lot of miles!

One thing is for sure. Like Nester I’ve counted the number of summers left with my littles and I’m determined not to miss this one. I know it will be full yes FULL of the things we do, the camps, the activities, the barbeques, the travels, and add on top of that this new house project, and yet I’m sublimely relaxed at the notion that we will take it all in stride and one day at a time.

Meanwhile I’m storing up ideas for the future and can’t get enough of bold patterns like this Bungalow wallpaper by Thibaut, featured in an entry at Better Homes & Gardens, I love it!

thibaut bungalow wallpaper


More weekend links for you ….

Thanks so much Domino for including this site among the Best DIY Blogs, I’m honored!

I could move right in to this apartment.

Have you seen the fab new wallpaper patterns by Rifle Paper Co. at Hygge & West?

A clever pillow fluffing trick.

Interesting props styled for IKEA catalogs.

I’m loving Kyle Schuneman’s new sofa designs -hello Pacific in Royal Blue!

Honey never looked so good.

Things to avoid to be happy.

An insightful post on quitting DIY.

The power of handwriting.

Coolest school bus ever.

Bravo Ty, so fit at fifty!


I’ll be back home on Monday, have a great Father’s Day everyone!