Summer Picnic Time

One of the greatest things about being back in Northern Utah is the weather.  It’s cool in the morning and evening so dining outside is beautiful. I take my coffee on the deck. It’s an extension of our living space and sitting here smelling the natural scents of our surroundings is relaxing. I love that…

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Room with a View

After several weeks of shifting gears in my life I am finally getting around to posting an update. Although, there is not much in the way of decorating or refinishing furniture, I have ventured into working outside of the home and have had little energy or “craving” to take on any home improvement projects here…

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Dated Bathroom with Cottage Accents

Hey Friends! I am slowly trying to decorate each space in our home and share it here on the blog. The latest is our bathroom. So many things need to be updated in this house, including the bathroom, but in the mean time – I am making due. Our layout is pretty “funky” – behind…

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Cottage Contemporary – What is that to you?

Our house is a contemporary style but my decorating style isn’t necessarily that way, except that I like clean and simple lines. (and except for the iron doilies above and inside the door – a little old fashion) I can see a ton of potential with this architecture style, though. With simple lines and lots…

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Breakfast Nook

Do you have one area in your house that serves as a “drop zone” for EVERYTHING? This is ours. No matter how hard I try to make my kids use their desks for homework or install conveniently located hooks for coats and backpacks – it all ends up right here either way. If you see…

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Natural Accents in the Family Room

After the Christmas decorations are all put away it’s fun to bring in natural winter accents from outside. Some of my favorite items to bring in are twigs, pine cones, fresh greens and logs. I admit that little tree is not real but it looks enough like it. I do like to clip greens from…

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Old Bench Love

Are you in love with wood benches like I am? Before Christmas I found this bench that maybe went with an outdoor picnic table in a previous life. It was red and nicely aged. Since I wanted to use it inside I painted it a color that goes with my neutral color scheme. It sits…

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Loft – Office

Welcome to our office. This space is open to nearly the whole house. It’s a loft area on the second floor of our home. Our desk and file cabinet are here along with a lot of books & junk. Near the bedroom, it makes a convenient place to do bills, browse favorite websites  or check…

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First BIG Snow 2015

Hello Friends! Check out the snow on our deck. Isn’t that so amazing? Do you remember our fire bowl scene from last week? What a different a day makes. The snow came in on Sunday night and it’s still going on & off. It may seem like an over reaction to some of you but…

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Drop Cloth Slipcover to the Rescue

Let me tell you about this sofa… A little background – my kids are having a tough time adjusting to their new school (like I have mentioned before). Sometimes I let them take a “mental health” day off. To be honest, I really enjoy their company so it’s a relief day for me too. One…

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Our Christmas Tree is Up AND Lit

A quick nod to Thanksgiving in my Christmas tree post. Hi Friends! Are you getting ready for the holidays? I never feel quite prepared when it all begins but I am super excited to celebrate with my whole family this year (except one brother who lives in AZ). I am an early Christmas decorator, which probably adds…

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The Kitchen at Our UT House

Here are a few pictures of our kitchen. The wood floors and cabinets are natural in color, which actually stays cleaner looking than darker wood even though I love a rich dark floor. This is a great entertaining house, which we need to do more of. Two french doors walk out to the deck looking…

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