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    As we speak, I kind of have a lot going on. Sometimes I find myself with my hands into several projects rather than focusing on just one at a time. Can you relate? There’s something about the sun shining that makes me feel as if I can conquer the world {or our home}. The good news? It’s all coming together and I have yet to melt down. Time to celebrate with ice cream. Apparently the sunshine also puts me in the mood to write. I wanted to share a little bit of what I’ve been up to along with a few favorite projects, recipes and other miscellaneous things I’ve been admiring lately.

    We just painted the “finished” portion of our basement and are preparing to have new floors installed. I also hope to add a runner on the stairs that lead down to them. After that, it might be a month or two before I finish it, but I look forward to it being usable for the girls to play in. I dream of them having a craft room, a large open area for them to play and potentially a school area, fitted with antique desks and a chalkboard like I had as a child.

    We recently removed all of the miscellaneous pegboard walls, a few awkward cabinets and lots of original exposed wiring that didn’t lead anywhere in our garage. After lots of mudding, it’s been partially painted and Chris and I are going to paint the floor of the garage to add texture and make it safer. We learned one too many times that it becomes slippery when wet! I still dream of a  peg rail, but I’m not sure it’s as practical as it is pretty. We will likely implement several storage and organization solutions in our increasingly crazy garage. It seems toys, tools and cleaning supplies are everywhere. If all goes well, we’ll be wrapping the project up next week. Wish me luck?

    Last year’s hail storm caused a significant amount of damage to our screened in porch, completely breaking the door that leads to the outdoor living room and blowing out a couple screens that were built into the porch itself. I’m hoping to take advantage of one of these beautiful afternoons to do the touch up painting and call it good. I’m ready to start enjoying them again!

    Finally, after months of thought and planning, I have a carpenter working on our breakfast room. As much as I love the natural light and the view, it has one large blank wall that even art couldn’t give warmth to alone. It seemed like such a great opportunity to add character, so, we’re adding shadow box molding. While sometimes we feel stagnant, I have to remind myself that we are making progress and with each project, our home begins to work for us, comfort us and reflect our lives.

    If you’ve ever wanted to pack a salad for lunch, but don’t know what to pack or how to keep it from getting soggy, this pack a salad post is filled to the brim with brilliant ideas.

    This enchanted garden makes me want to put a little effort into my own backyard this year.

    favorite coffee table books and thistle and roses

    I added another coffee table book to my small collection – Patina Farm. It’s so inspiring and while I’ve pinned some of the images months ago, serves as a template of the feelings I want our home to evoke. It’s also the template for our master bedroom. It joins two additional favorites, Habitat and The Great American House.

    Need spring decorating ideas?

    On repeat.

    On Instagram…

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    The prettiest armoire decorated for spring.

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    No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.


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