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A Clean Look


I am tired of having so much "stuff". I have been dreaming of getting rid of all the extra and only keeping what I feel is stunning or practical. In other words only having my favorites around. Granted this also stresses me out, because then I will see home much money I have wasted over the years. I think the garage would be our biggest tackle. It's all the things I was saving for our next house, which may not actually happen, or decorating clients that I no longer take on. I would love to have only three large cabinets for party supplies that I use over and over, tools, gardening supplies, and things I buy in bulk like paper towels, plus our bikes and that be it. Actually get it to the point where the two car garage can fit two cars. Our bedroom would be the next tackle. It also houses our office and the amount of "stuff" stresses both the Mr and I out. Unfortunately in our petite house we have no other place for even a desk. My goal is to get rid of all things not deemed necessary to run our photography business or our home. I am hoping my current shelves will then be able to hold everything necessary and add cabinet doors to hide it making for a clean look. Have you seen Panyl's that you can add to the standard ikea door fronts? I would love a rich wood grain look for added texture. I would add an oversized family photo plus some leaning art removing my inspiration board that I rarely change, besides the messiness of it drives the Mr bonkers. Then I would put my overflowing amount of design books, which are completely necessary since I got rid of all my magazines,  stacked on top. We also dream of adding hardwoods to this space mostly because it would help with my allergies. I am really liking Jenny's DIY and think it could add the character I like for so little money. In a dream world I would add a fun chandelier instead of our fan, but I must say the fan is somewhat of an addiction.

chandelier | DIY hardwoods | bookcase door | shelf wood door panels |face art | girl in sea art



This week has been a whirlwind. Yesterday I finished up our taxes to be sent to the accountant. I am always so nervous I forget a huge number somewhere. I am so thankful I am done. It is one of things I HAVE to do, but never really want to. Anyhow onto more important things, KJ turns 7 this weekend! Tomorrow is his first class party at the park, Saturday is his family party, and on Sunday he gets to fly in a little plane for his first time. He is out of skin excited! He wanted his hair cut before his big day so we were quite happy when Evan had an opening. He says she is the only one that cuts is right. I must agree. For now I am praying for good weather and having fun celebrating my boy. Can't believe my baby is seven! Hope you all have a great weekend!



Last night, as I sat to blog after quite a full good day, my internet was moving as slow as molasses and as I was about to give up in frustration I came across this image from Miranda Oaks home in Vogue forever ago. It made me stop and breathe as I day dreamed about getting my hands in the soil and growing flowers and veggies once again. I am hoping to prep my beds this week or next depending on weather. Now if only I could have my very own potting shed like this. I am pretty sure the fam would never see me though.


Lamp Love...

Have you seen Serena & Lily's new lighting? Oh my, it's good, really good. I could imagine the scones above as bed side lamps or mounted on either side of sofa.

I desperately want this for my front entry lamp. Now to start the new lamp fund! I just adore the simplicity of the design. It comes in a double sconce and floor lamp too. Be still my heart.


This & That

Yesterdays work from home day went swimmingly! Okay so at first it was a rocky start. KJ has some sort of learning disability that we are having him tested for when he turns the required 7 which is next week. It has been a hard year school wise. He had yet to pass a spelling or phonics test and and can't read much at all and that is with hours of studying. Well, as I was about to give up yesterday I had a moment where I thought if I wrote all his test words on a post it and then read them out loud could he put them in order. He can!!! Huge victory. I then took them out for lunch and ice cream to celebrate and as we were sitting there he starts to spell out ALL his spelling words one by one orally. I in turn started jumping up and down and crying and basically making a fool out of myself, but I just could not contain my joy! I praise the Lord for His insight and FINALLY finding something that just may work for KJ. We needed a glimmer of hope and even though I know this is not a cure all at least it gives me the courage to press on.


The work out clothes I wrote about the other day came in and I am in love!!! They are of good quality and the leggings were thick which I LOVE. Even the white top is not see thru. The prices really can't be beat in my opinion.

My addiction to stool like side tables is going strong. Thinking of adding this one as a plant stand or maybe this one. EEK, can't decide.

Tiffany posted a business casual look that I love. Oh, and I took the pics which makes it extra fun. LOVED getting to shoot in a new location.

I saw this swimsuit at Target the other day, but they didn't have my size in stock. Thought it was cute though!

Remember my hollow core door DIY? Well I LOVE what Amber did with hers. It makes it perfect for indoors and is so very budget friendly. Mine may be getting a make over now.

So this straightener went on a 24 hour flash sale. If you click on the flash sale tab at the top of their site and scroll down it will pop up. It ends at 2:00pm central standard time. I also used a code REWARDS25 for another $25.00 off. I have been borrowing my sisters and LOVE it. It will now match my beloved blow dryer.

One thing I love about blogging is the connection I've made with other bloggers over the years. I am uber excited about Bryn's new baby and went completely gah-gah over her nursery sneak peak. See what I did there?