Laundry Room Hamper Project

Laundry Hamper Liner

I started working on a couple of laundry area-related projects last week. The space leads to and from our master bedroom (which still has mustard walls, by the way), so we pass through it several times every day. This first project isn’t as much fun as the one I’m going to blog about next week, […]

Living Room Update: Partition Wall (Part 1)

Partition Wall | Living Room | Cottage Style

“A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It should smile at you and create fantasy.” -Juan Montoya Well, I promised to blog about how the new partition wall was coming along today, so here’s a post about where we’re at! First, here’s the inspiration photo-drawing I put together in Photoshop […]

Adoption Update: Our Referral Letter Is Ready!

Kevin and Layla Palmer

“And as the dawn breaks and the clouds clear, in an open space, together we will run.” -Steffany Frizzell Suzanne and I hit another estate sale Friday morning. Two, actually. The first one was in Deer Creek, a neighborhood about 15 minutes from ours. I’m still giddy about the ($20) painting I found in the kitchen… […]

Our Suitcases Are On Stand-By

Spray Roses

“If you smile when you are alone, then you really mean it.” -Andy Rooney I’m on another avocado kick. Did you know they’re actually considered a fruit? Yep. Apparently they’re a (single-seeded) BERRY. #whaaaaaaa? #ThingsIDidn’tKnowUntilIWas40 I went through an avocado phase at one point last year too. Seems like I moved on to Honey Crisp apples after that. Or […]

The Best Yes

Lysa TerKeurst | The Best Yes | Dayspring

“We have to slow the rhythm of rush in our lives so the best of who we are can emerge.” -Lysa TerKeurst I’m reading The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst right now. Kevin found it at Lifeway and surprised me with it for Christmas. (Dayspring) It’s about making wise decisions in the midst of endless demands, […]

Oh Hi, Cottage!

Ojai Living Room | The Polished Pebble | Cottage Style

It’s hard to believe it’s already been almost 4 years since I first blogged about Kelley’s Ojai cottage. At the time and her husband had just purchased the place, and they were just starting to fix it up. Here’s a look back at the “before” photo of the exterior… …and here’s how it looks today. […]

Mismatched Nesting Tables

Side Table | The Lettered Cottage

“I felt like I was an arrow, pulled back and ready to be launched into something big.” ―A.B. Shepherd Kevin and I had to update our medical exams yesterday. It’s been 18 months since we first had them done as a part of our (adoption) home study, and our first set is to expire in […]

Hope Heals Home Tour

Easter Brunch | Hope Heals Blog

“Reminders of beauty and hope and healing should be woven throughout the fabric of our lives, especially in our homes.” Katherine Wolf I’m so glad so many of you enjoyed e-meeting Katherine here last week! If you have a chance to attend one of her and Jay’s Hope Heals events in person, you *must* go. You will be […]

Hope Heals

Hope Heals Tokens

“I want to communicate to you that I don’t hang out at that place of fear…of questioning what *might* happen. I think there’s something profound about hope. I think there’s something so meaningful when you cling to something beyond what you know and understand. And when that’s in there, deep in your head and in […]