Upstairs & K’s closet makeover

Though this entire house is in want of painting, I told the kids I’d start with their rooms first. Miss K was first in line since she cares the most about what her bedroom looks like. I warned them all that this would be a slow process as I was able to find time to work on their rooms ....more

Office space with the Ikea Alex system and Linnmon table tops

Our master bedroom has this 10′ long niche that we thought would be perfect for some dedicated office space for me. I made do at first with my old desk but it wasn’t (and hasn’t ever been) super functional; I often ended up with stuff strewn all over the bedroom. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw a quick snap of the after ....more

Door: ill advised, but mostly done

I am happy this is nearing the finish line, and I’m pleased with how much better it looks, but this is marred by the deep and abiding knowledge that I have basically tortured and abused myself for no good reason. I say again, it would have been better to just buy a new door. Of course, I don’t know what is involved in swapping out a sidelight, probably the whole flipping door / trim, EVERYTHING would have to come out and E and I would have ended up wailing and gnashing our teeth in the fetal position on the floor in the process ....more

I’m usually good at making decisions…

… Especially snap decisions. I’m thinking too hard about this one which is making it difficult to proceed. Saturday should have been full of work on this darn front door ....more

Door colors

Okay guys, this is a craptastic mockup, but I wanted to be able to see the door design through the colors. You’ll have to squint to ignore the stuff I still need to sand off. The charcoal and grays are reading more blue in this particular mockup ....more

Weekend warrior-ing: bigger

While I don’t know that I would have chosen to paint a front door this shade of blue when the house is cream colored with orange and gray stones, it’s not a bad color in and of itself. The primary problem was the terribleness of the paint job, which is a common theme in this house. I asked the rental agency to replace the door, but got a big fat no ....more

Weekend warrior-ing: starting small

Project #1: Privacy film for the master bathroom window. I figured we’d start with something easy. Well, I actually started by painting my daughter’s room, but more on that later ....more

The unmaking of grand plans and embracing the unknown

Home Sweet Utah? This is a lengthy update, but it’s long overdue. I should have found time to post in pieces as this was all going down, but with the move and how long it took to get internet at the new place, a big old novel will have to suffice ....more

Homeschooling while working from home full time

This past school year was a new adventure for us in homeschooling. With my husband working full time outside the home, and me working full time in it… juggling kids and school was quite a trick. Towards the last part of our second semester, we finally landed sort of accidentally into a good routine ....more

11 Tips for managing a team of creatives

I wrote this as part of my previous post, but it made it way too long. So here is partish-twoish: I understand the need — or at least the want — for measurable benchmarks when managing a team of workers. I also understand that it’s probably a bit nerve wracking for a boss / manager type to write checks and send them out into the void not knowing if a worker is spending company time on Netflix ....more