What's Up

Hey hey!! Hope you're enjoying this last little bit of summer! We've been to the lake and back and are home, working full speed ahead!!  Since we've been home, we've been trying to keep our place as neat as possible while it's been on the market, which is OH SO FUN with four kids + a dog.  I kind of love it and love living like this with everything finally done like normal people do, but hiding toothbrushes and towels and all that, not so much.  I think we're in a great spot with the house sale but I'll keep you posted.  I have to be honest, as we've had our place on the market and have been on pins and needles for the past two weeks, I've felt really strange about having it all "out there."  I've been blogging for almost eight years now and it's always been fairly easy and natural for me to share what's going on and I haven't felt very vulnerable about much... When I first started my blog, it had a very small audience- mostly people I knew or blog friends I'd made- and I felt like I knew everyone (obviously I didn't but that feeling was there) and I shared more personal pieces of my life.  I remember the blog post here from December 2008 in which I decoded to be really open on the blog.  As we've had more kids, moved several times, usually baffling people along the way, grown our business into something full time that supports our entire family, and taken on projects that I'm unable to share due to wanting to get them published, things have changed for me and in what I share.  My relationship with the blog has constantly evolved.   ...

02 Sep 2016

Our Finished-ish House

After buying and moving into our house last September, we are on our way again!  To say this year has been a whirlwind for us has been an understatement.  My book came out a few weeks after we closed on our house last Fall and had started the full home renovation project, so there was so much construction, design planning and traveling that it feels like it was only a month or so ago when we moved in.  But it's been almost a year, the house went on the market this weekend, and I finally have a "before and after" post to share!! ...

16 Aug 2016

FOR SALE!!


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10 Aug 2016

Our 80s Bonanza Bathroom Redo

So it's finally happening...  our 80s bathroom redo!!!  When I say "80s bathroom", I really mean "80s bathroom."  It's so bad it's almost good.  (My friend with a fashion line talked about doing a shoot in there.) Don't get me wrong, I mean this with no disrespect to the owners who built it... because back then it would have been amazing...  it's just TIME.) ...

13 Jul 2016

To Each His Own


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21 Jun 2016

The Lake & a Style Matters Podcast

I hope you're having a great week!  I just got back from a long weekend in Lake Gaston with the family and it is feeling like SUMMER!!!  We haven't all been away together since last summer and it was amazing to just relax and be outside, swimming, boating & fishing together.  The water's already warming up!!!  I loved waking up at the lake and swinging with the baby on the deck swings... ...

31 May 2016