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I’m a little behind on the post-Christmas get-things-back-in-order agenda.Taking down the tree and re-storing our minimal decorations (we seem to have fewer each passing year) was the easy part.  The hard part has been disciplining myself to stop painting and focus on putting a few things back out so it doesn’t feel quite so barren.How this translates?  Move all the decor and accessories from our storage closet and place each and every one on the dining room table for consideration.Those accessories have been on the table since last week.  Bless.That’s my new favorite expression by the way.  Bless.  You really don’t need more than that.It suits a variety of situations.  Today I focused on the living room, beginning by simplifying the wooden shelves in the far corner.  You can read about how we made these shelves here.Using the dark wood/creamy combination I love, and the book page wreath I DIY’ed…

It’s official.  I’m a sucker for creamy antiqued white and dark wood tones.  Married.  Like peas and carrots.I really DO try to break away every now and then.  I TRY to sample new styles and designs with say, brighter colors or lighter wood tones.  Remember my hot pink bathroom scare?But my cheatin’ heart veers back around every time.I’m completely smitten, ya’ll.  Take this staircase gallery wall for instance.  One of my favorite home projects to date. All that creamy, dark-wood goodness welcoming me home every day?  Well now, it quite nearly makes me swoon.I’m not opposed to adding a little green and blue occasionally, but you’ll notice that even in our Hawaii gallery wall, the key ingredients are still, you guessed it, creamy whites and dark wood tones.Why is this observation of my creamy white/dark-wood-tone love so important to embrace?  Because if you love beautiful interior design as much as…

The other day I showed how I used a $10 paint dropcloth from Lowe’s for inexpensive curtain panels in my foyer.  Today I’ll show how you can take the same size dropcloth (6′ x 9′) and make 6 pillow covers following a super easy tutorial.I’m not a girl who buys shoes.  I buy pillows.  The problem is, pillow shopping in Alaska can be a journey of frustration since stores rarely carry patterns in my style, the covers often can’t be washed, and the cheap poly-fill inside clumps in no time at all.  I have started noticing more down-filled or down alternative pillows locally, but rarely do I find patterns or styles that work in my home.  In addition, to order pillow covers online can be $40 or more, and you still need to buy the actual pillow! Enter paint dropcloth and stencils: My inexpensive, personalized solution to pillows that match…

Way back in the dark, cold Alaskan winter of 1990, my then-fiance and I made what seemed like a very grown-up decision to become product distributors for a little multi-marketing business called Amway.Maybe you’ve heard of it? Terms like product pick-up, SA-8, Artistry and ‘going direct’ became part of our daily vocabulary as we joined hundreds and thousands of other hopefuls on a journey we believed would ultimately free us from the drudgery and mediocrity of what Amway referred to as the J-O-B.By April 1991, we were out.  With sighs of relief and our eyes opened wide, we determined there had to be a better way to succeed that didn’t involve awkward, manipulative presentations with trusting friends, surrender to up-line whose ‘Biblical’ standards were frighteningly similar to a cult, and the intense pressure to always be more, do more, dream more, sell more.We were 19 and 20 years old.  Truthfully? …

I thought I would pop on this afternoon to show a quick before and after of a desk I refinished a couple months back.  My son and I found this desk at the transfer site one day in poor shape, abandoned, and upside down.  My three kids stopped questioning long ago when I suddenly rubber neck, back up the car, and excitedly announce, “I need your help!” I like to think I’m implementing important life lessons in #budgetshopping, #usingwhatyouhave, #humbledumpsterdiving.The blessing is that my boys are becoming so tall and strong, I rarely have to move my own furniture anymore.  The bigger blessing is they do it with servants’ hearts.Most of the time.This piece is currently for sale and longing for a new home.  Check out my All Mimsy page on FB for more details!

Oh ladies, are you reading Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love yet?  My-oh-my does that girl know what it looks like to juggle expectations and sarcastically examine impossible standards in today’s world.Listen to her observations on Balance.  As in, “Dear Woman of Today, how DO you balance work and family and community?””Balance.  It’s like a unicorn; we’ve heard about it, everyone talks about it and makes airbrushed T-shirts celebrating it (I would add that everyone paints a wooden sign about it), it seems super rad, but we haven’t actually seen one.  I’m beginning to think it isn’t a thing.” For the Love, Jen HatmakerHave you, for the love of Moses, ever considered that Balance may just not be a thing?  I tell ya, pondering that thought for the last 12 hours has me feeling downright giddy.  I think Ms. Hatmaker may be on to something.    In celebration of this ‘Balance Illusion’ we women so readily accept and…

I’ve wanted to build one of these tomato cage Christmas trees forever.  This year, I was determined to make it happen.  Let me share with you how SUPER easy this was to do…and inexpensive compared to what you would spend to purchase one already potted and lit.First, I found a couple tomato cages at Lowe’s.  I bought these last year during the Christmas season;  I just asked where they stored out-of-season gardening supplies and the clerk led me right to them.I didn’t bother to secure the cages into my pots as I assumed the weight of the greenery would keep them in place.  These pots already held soil from summer plantings so I just turned the cages upside down and placed them on top of the soil in the pots. Next, I secured the tops with wire to make a pointed top for my tree (Fireman always has a roll of…

One of the most daunting projects on my Sixteen Days of Getting my House in Order was painting the cabinetry in our kitchen.  I finished the week-long project early-mid October, so we’ve been living with white cabinetry for six weeks now. My overall six-week-in evaluation?  I cannot believe the difference white cabinetry has made in this space.I thought I would share more details about my process in this post, and also give an update on how the paint is holding up in our busy family kitchen.First of all, there were a lot of beautiful things about the original kitchen, specifically the warm tones of the wood stain and the textured travertine backsplash. However, as we’ve worked to make this home more our style, the dark colors in the kitchen began to clash more and more with the brighter, whiter spaces we were developing in the remainder of the house.  (Plus, although you…

Today I’m sharing a little DIY project because it’s been awhile.This year, more than any other, I am committed to savoring small moments during the Christmas season.  I’ve found that these moments can sneak up on you when you least expect them.  Here are a few from our weekend:Roaming through Santa Claus House in North Pole with the kids and stumbling upon a video of a lady painting glass ornaments from the inside.  Captivating! (To clarify, the lady wasn’t on the inside, but her paintbrush reached inside the ornament.) Turning to see my two teenage sons carrying the very heavy Christmas tree box up two flights of stairs…and realizing it was no longer heavy for them.  My heart filled with gratitude and thankfulness for two strong, maturing young men in our home.  Watching my daughter open the first Christmas storage box and seeing her eyes fill with delight at the light-up…

Okay, I’ll admit it.  When I originally committed to getting my house in order in Sixteen Days, I truly believed I would be done by Labor Day.Please don’t laugh.Have you ever experienced one of those seasons in which it felt like each circumstance and event was strategically lined up for the sole purpose of challenging your personal resolve and commitment?  In spite of best-laid plans, sky-high inspirations, and truckloads of work ethic, so many things came flying your way that you finally had to throw up your hands in the air, take a gulpy deep breath, and do the one thing that is ultimately.so.very.difficult.Surrender?The thing is, in the midst of surgeries, septic issues, broken garage doors, red-eye flights, bladder infections, a very sick dad, and a deeply-loved family member working her way through her own life-altering decision, one Scripture verse keeps running through my head over and over again.We can…