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Thinking About : B&W Pillows

Hey Guys! If you've been following along, you know that I've been working hard on updating the sunroom off our master bedroom over the last few weeks. You may have noticed that the photos I shared last week mostly featured black and white pillows. You also may have noticed that all of those pillows are from my living room. That's how I roll, always moving stuff around my house and constantly redecorating. However, my living room is crying, and it needs its pillows back. I really love the look of black and white against the newly reupholstered navy sofa, and I'd like to find some new black and white pillows to add to my growing collection. Having accessories in the same color story makes rearranging my home super easy, which I seem to have a hopeless addiction to, obviously. Here's a list of my current favorite black and white pillows. I wish I could have them all, but that would be crazy, and I wouldn't have any money left. 1Black Mini Triangle Pillow from Ferm Living Shop 2Diamond in the Rough Pillow from Forage Modern 3Laplljung Cushion from Ikea 4Gran Cushion Cover from Fine Little Day 5Merry Mosaics - Cover me Up Cushion Cover from House of Rym 6Maze from Target 7Pendleton Wool Pillow from Robin Cottage on Etsy 8Mountain Pillow from Thief and Bandit on Etsy 9Gent Cushion from Marika Giacinti Get the Scoop [...]
in Decor, Inspiration

Thinking About : Fences

1 | 2 Hey, Guys! The old man (aka Jeff) and I have a house-to-do-list chocked full of big ideas, budgets and timelines. If all goes according to plan, we'll be getting a new backyard fence this summer. It's a big landscaping year and I am so excited! I just recently started day dreaming about fencing options. Looking at fences, backyards and gardens has been a great cure for my winter hangover, I'm getting excited for spring and feel like I can confidently say that it will happen... someday! A little background info: We currently have a four foot fence around the backyard, and it's great, especially with the kids. The current fence isn't anything special though, it's a simple chain link fence with green plastic slats. Let's just say that I've been trying my hardest to ignore it for the past four years. Our house is sandwiched in between two rental properties, not ideal, but we live in the city and it is what it is. One of the rental properties is owner occupied and we are lucky to have a fantastic relationship with that neighbor. Unfortunately, the full time rental property doesn't make for the best neighbors. Over the years we have had been lucky enough to have some super friendly neighbors as next-door-tenants, but there has also been some really awful ones. Since we have no control of our ever changing neighbors, we'd like to build a privacy fence on that side of the yard, maintaining the four foot fence around the rest of the backyard. I have concerns about building a six-foot privacy fence; Get the Scoop [...]
in gardening, Inspiration


Hello buddies! I have been avoiding something for awhile now. It's one of those things that I know will most likely be simple, it's just the starting that's hard. What can I say? Avoidance is easy. Here's the deal, I want to recover the mid century six-cushioned sofa in our sunroom. The sunroom is located off the master bedroom upstairs, it's the room that sold us on this house. It seemed like the perfect place for us to hide away from the kids and hang out at the end of the day. Unfortunately this room never became that for us. We furnished it quickly and inexpensively after we moved in, and since then not much has changed. About a year ago we threw an old green rug down on the floor to help insulate it during the colder days, since then it has become a dumping ground for stuff that doesn't have a home. I'd really like to make this room into the room we always hoped it would be, not the room that seems like an afterthought. Also, the above photo was taken when I was trying to make it look good, it does not look like that now. As always, budget is a big factor for me, I want to update this and make it comfy on the cheap without spending a ton of cash. We have two pieces of furniture currently in the room. The orange upholstered vintage swivel chair has potential to be that fun bit of color in the space. I'd like to play off of it and add a blue graphic rug. We also have the six cushioned sofa which is the ideal proportion for the space, I don't think I could get a better sized sofa if I tried. The Get the Scoop [...]
in Around the House, Decor, Furniture, Inspiration

Think Warm Thoughts

Yo, guys! Holy crap, it’s -17º here right now in MPLS with a -41º windchill. When the weather was this cold two weeks ago I was sure that would be the worst of it for the rest of the winter, you know, something to feel like I checked off the old "I made it through this GD winter list". That's something us Midwesterners are good at, looking at the bright side of a bad situation. "It's only -1,000,000º today and I can't leave my house because my face will freeze off!" Too bad I was so so wrong about the last cold snap being the worst of it - I'm longing for single, or even - dare I say it, double digit temps. After the new year, winter becomes a mind game, and we have to have small victories in order to feel like we are advancing towards spring. Half the country is experiencing colder than normal temps today and since it's all about making the best out of a bad situation, I thought I would warm up your day with this little nugget. If you’ve got a flower garden it’s time to think about ordering seeds! That’s right guys, seeds! Doesn’t that make your day a little better? I’m sharing this good news with you because last year I waited until March and a few of my favorite flower seeds were already sold out. I know it's not even February, but get your seed order in today and have something pretty to look forward to! I have favorites for my yard, both pictured above. I love Zinnias and Dahlias for my sunny spots. Both make great cut flowers and are so easy to grow. Both come in a variety of heights, Get the Scoop [...]
in gardening, Inspiration

Greenery, Please!

1 | 2 Hello Friends! Oh man, it's cold over here! As a life long Minnesotan, I've never experienced cold like this. Besides taking the trash out, I have not been outside for the three days. Here in Minnesota, the temperatures are insane, if you haven't heard we've been experiencing wind chill temperatures hovering around -45º. The house is uncomfortably dry, the outside air temp is so extreme that our second floor is too hot, and our main floor is too cold. I'm trying to regulate the temperature by using a electric space heater (something I've never had to do before) and have been boiling pots of water on the reg to add moisture back into the air. It's all kind of nuts and surreal. One of our cars isn't starting and I can feel the beginnings of another cold virus coming on. Being pent up like this makes me so antsy. I want to start projects but don't have any plans, just lots and lots of ideas floating around my head. This of course, makes me feel incredibly overwhelmed and I quickly jump to the conclusion that my life is out of control. I know, it sounds a little crazy, but if I can't have a handle on the regular day-to-day stuff, nothing seems possible. I have always had a knee jerk reaction to the changing of the seasons, but this year it's caught me by surprise. I'm feeling a bit depressed, and isolated, and am waiting desperately for something to lift me up. Finn's school is cancelled today, and we are hanging out with our little friend, Elsa. Her school is cancelled too, and it's good for us all to Get the Scoop [...]
in Inspiration, My Life