Space Planning

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In February of 2010 I released an e-book called, Creating An Inspired Home. I wrote it to remind folks (and myself!) that even though decorating and renovating can be intimidating, and design plans always seem to twist and turn, it’s important to remember that there’s no truer place than home to shape and echo who […]

Industrial Chairs

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Well, things are still lookin’ pretty crazy around these parts- but that’s okay. Crazy = Progress when it comes to home improvement, right? A few folks asked about the metal dining chairs that showed up in the bottom corner of one of the kitchen photos I posted the other day… They’re called Marais A side chairs, and […]

Removing Ceramic Tile (Part 2)

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There’s a dryer in the kitchen… …and food on the piano. The word “dusty” doesn’t even begin to describe every. single. surface east of the plastic drop cloth that separates the kitchen from the rest of the house. Aw, heck. Who am I kidding. The whole place needed dusting before we even started this big […]

Removing Ceramic Tile

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When we first moved into our house, the kitchen floor was covered in dingy, gray ceramic tiles that weren’t laid very level, and had different-sized/badly-stained (because they were never sealed) grout lines running between them… So right after we moved in, we quickly covered it up with an inexpensive, dark-colored, laminate flooring we purchased on […]

Kit-Cat

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Hi. I’m Maximus Palmer, and my Mom thought it would be nice if I blogged about my new little brother, Kit-Cat, today. Yep. Apparently the kid is stickin’ around for good. I’m not really sure why they wanted me to announce the news though, because…well…the dude sort of weirds me out. I mean, he’s craaaaazy […]

Christmas Cottages

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Well, now that Halloween is over… …I thought I’d blog about a couple of Christmas-y magazines we’re excited about this year! The first one is Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas magazine… We actually snagged a couple of copies of it at Books-A-Million way back in September (man they start the season early, don’t they?!), […]

Classroom Map

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It seems like the older I get, and the more I work on this house, the more I feel like following my own design instincts, not set-in-stone ‘design rules’. Ya know what I mean? These days, it seems to pretty much all boils down to smiling. source ‘Cause stress and anxiety ain’t got nothin’ on a […]

Kit-Cat Update

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Kit-Cat did so good at his vet appointment the other day! He’s such a calm little boy. Me, on the other hand, well…I saw stars and had to sit down. Apparently I get faint at all doctor’s appointments…not just my own. I’m sure it had something to do with the up-close-and-personal visual of the vet […]

Tuxedo Cat

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Remember the little kitty I blogged about a couple weeks ago? Well, turns out it’s a boy, and I was so excited to be able to pick him up from the animal clinic the other day… (Click the play button on the video below to see him in action!) It only took him a couple […]

Camping In Wisconsin

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So…writing that last post was a pretty emotional experience for me, and thanks to you, reading through the comments required a few Kleenex’s too! If you left me a comment, THANK YOU. I can’t even begin to tell you how full they made me feel! The photos in that post were all taken at Camp […]