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One of my favorite things to do when I visit a home design blog is to click on the Home Tour page and gaze at all the marvelous photos of other people’s homes.  You, too?  This is not a new obsession: Even pre-children, Fireman and I used to frequent local Parade of Home tours for the sheer joy and pleasure of walking through newly constructed, beautiful homes.  What I love most about Home Tours is that they reflect the styles, personalities, and stories of the families within.  Tours are a personal, private glimpse into other homeowners’ lives, and although we find much to admire in other homes, we often realize that in many ways, we all deal with the same dilemmas in our homes.  Things like mudroom chaos, inefficient closet organization, pantry storage issues, and paint color mishaps.  In the end, although a Tour can be gorgeous and photos stunning,…

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…

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…

One goal I had in mind when I set up my Sixteen Days of Getting My House in Order was to rethink our household food storage.Our kitchen is not large, and therefore does not offer many options for food storage.  One way I’ve worked around this dilemma is to repurpose furniture pieces as food storage areas.Just this morning we finished “moving in” to one of these repurposed furniture pieces and I quite simply can’t believe we didn’t do this sooner. We have needed a designated space for snack items, lunch prep things, plastic utensils, and party items (think birthday candles, candy sprinkles, etc.) for a long time.  This hutch sits directly in the midst of our dining/kitchen/living rooms which makes it an ideal storage place for these items.  The only thing is, when we tried to use it without adequate shelving, it ended up looking like this:I’m sorry you had…

A few weeks back I shared some updates I was making to the command center wall in our kitchen:  I painted stripes on the wall, repainted the plaque from my sister, and changed the border of the dry-erase calendar from black to an antiqued cream.I mentioned that I needed a box or container for holding the markers and eraser that we use regularly for the calendar, so I’ve been keeping my eyes open for something to fit that space above the file folders ever since.  A couple days ago I found my solution at JoAnn’s.When I saw this unfinished box, I knew it would be just the right size to fit above the file folders and to the right of the light switch.  I was worried it might stick out too far from the wall, but the charming mesh sides swooned me enough to go with it.I sanded the box…