This quote from Claire Donohue- a decorator in July’s House Beautiful– really inspired us: Get rid of stuff. Choose one set of dishes for all occasions, one saute pan, and one set of glasses- those stemless wine glasses work for juice, cocktails, wine, milk. Live only with what you love and use daily. Think of it as a different kind of abundance. It’s easy to get caught up with wanting more than you need (and buying things you’ll never use), so even though we’re always posting about steals & deals, it’s nice to sit back and remember that the most peaceful places and spaces always demonstrate that less really is more. Here’s to living light!
Tiffany wrote to us in hopes of a kitchen & family room makeover with worldly style and a splash of modern appeal. Here’s her letter: A friend sent us the link to your blog and we love what you’ve done to your house. Our current dilemma is the family room/kitchen- since it’s one big room, it’s a challenge to make things look cohesive. The family room is long and narrow with only one full wall (where the TV is in the pic) and we’ve had a hard time with window coverings. Should we do curtains or frame the windows and do shades? Can’t decide. We like a worldly look (think Pier 1 and World Market)
If you’re looking to swankify your space, now’s the time to do it. We just stumbled upon Target’s Fab 500 sale and they’ve selected their bestselling items and marked them waaay down. So if you’ve been meaning to replace your old couch or dining table, add an arm chair to your conversation area, or gussy up your bedroom on the cheap, now’s the time to make your move. But the sale ends this Saturday the 19th, so ya better get down to business. Here are a few of our favorite finds. They’re so gosh-darn gorge (and inexpensive to boot) we almost can’t believe our eyes. First this $599 tufted sofa (with free shipping no less).
All this wedding week chitchat must be making you hungry, so you’re cordially invited to sink your teeth into a few of our delectable wedding day dishes. Perhaps our most daring DIY feat was completely nixing the idea of a caterer in favor of taking on the entire wedding menu ourselves. I know we sound cuckoo-for-cocoa-puffs, but there were a few major reasons behind our seemingly insane decision. A lot of catering companies require a separate prep area and our modest rancher just didn’t have the space. And we also thought strangers dressed in black peddling hors d’oeuvres in our backyard might be a little odd for our intimate affair. But most of all, we’re
And now for the juicy wedding week DIY decor that you’ve all been waiting for. From the moment people arrived, we wanted to make sure they felt comfortable and warmly welcomed. So we created a handy dandy little wooden welcome sign with a hand painted message for our guests. And thanks to the sandwich-board construction (two pieces of wood secured with simple hinges at the top), we were also able to paint a cute departure message which said “Thanks for sharing our special day, please grab a glowstick to light your way to the car” along with a galvanized bucket of white glow sticks to help people navigate our semi-dark street safely. And we made
Today marks the one year anniversary of our swanky DIY backyard wedding… so we thought a wedding week was in order. That’s right, we’re dedicating this week to sharing all of our crafty and creative ideas for not only a swoonworthy backyard wedding, but a fun and festive gathering of any kind. So don’t tune out if you’ve already tied the knot, we’re gonna bring you tons of affordable, personal, and unique decorating and entertaining ideas fit for any par-tay on your own turf (even if it’s just a romantic evening for you and the hubby). So sit back, relax, and don’t worry about having to catch the bouquet. First the basics. We got married
We’ve often been accused of loving our house more than some of our family members, but in today’s soft real estate market, many people who are less than enamored with their home and itching to sell are feeling the squeeze to stick it out until the market improves. And a recent article in Money magazine caught our attention by pointing out how futile it can be to loath your current home in this “spectacularly lousy time to put your place on the market.” The article went on to encourage people to embrace their current home and make specific changes to create their dream home instead of attempting to sell their home with sale prices down
We’re back with yet another burning question for you guys. And it has to do with open, common areas vs. separate, private spaces. Do you prefer an office with walls and a door, or a desk in the corner of a family room? What about when it comes to washing and drying? Do you favor a room devoted solely to laundry, or a laundry corner in a den or other informal family room that facilitates relaxing between loads and folding while watching some tube? Here’s a rarely seen angle of our very own den. You can see that we created a laundry nook a few feet away from our seating area in the foreground and
I don’t think you’d be able to stomach any such mustard after one peep at this Reader Redisign sent in by Annastazia. But before we get to the stomach churning before, here’s her letter: Hi John and Sherry- I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and am so envious of both your talent and your ranch home! Stairs and second levels are overrated if you ask me. I thought you should know that your bedroom design totally inspired me when I was stuck about what to do with our own bedroom. With low angled ceilings that slope as low as four feet from the ground and very small rooms, furniture placement and design