Family-Friendly Living Rooms Really Can Look Good

One of the things that makes me incredibly sad is when I hear people say, "Oh, we're waiting until the kids are grown to have a nice home. For now, I just want cheap stuff that doesn't make me cry when they break it." First off, that's SUCH a long time to not love your home. Your home is your haven. Your place to relax and rejuvenate. How can you do that when your home doesn't make you happy?

Five Easy Steps to Cure Your Home’s Holiday Hangover

Five Easy Steps to Cure Your Home’s Holiday Hangover

That magical holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is one of my favorite times of the year. In our house, we put Christmas decorations up the day after Thanksgiving every year. (Mostly because I’m as excited as a kid about it.) 

By the time New Year’s Day rolls around, though, I’m just SO SICK of looking at it all. Everything feels cramped, cluttered, and overdone. I want it all put away. NOW. So, I pack everything up and spend about a week enjoying the clean emptiness left behind. The problem is—much like a new year’s resolution to go on a ridiculously strict diet—that feeling doesn’t last. What you really want is something fresh and new. 

So, what’s a girl to do when her home has a holiday hangover?

Avoid Construction Chaos - What to know when planning to build your home

Avoid Construction Chaos - What to know when planning to build your home

If you’ve never had to deal with the tragic quirks of a poorly planned house, you are one lucky woman. I’m guessing, though, that you’ve had at least one home with issues that make you wonder on a regular basis about the sanity of the person who came up with the house plans. And oh, lady, you’d better believe that I’ve seen some weird stuff over the years.