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Thoughtful Whole Home Designs

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How to host your first thanksgiving without losing your mind. All of my secret tips…

Party Basics: Hosting Your First Thanksgiving

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Easy tips for a room your guests will love. If you build it, they will come…

Getting Started: Guest Room Ideas

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Learn about Cottage Style for your exterior, including lots of ideas and sources.

Know Your Home: Cottage Style

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How to create a home office on your own terms with ideas and sources to get it done.

Getting Started: Creating a Home Office

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Easy ways to add some mossy olive green to you life.

Color Love: Moss Green

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How to attempt exterior updates to your first home, with tips and tricks (and sources!).

Curb Appeal 101: Your First House

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How we shoot our annual holiday card portraits in our backyard, and why we do it.

The Happiest New Year

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Easy and thoughtful give ideas for 2018!

West-South Gift Guides Are HERE!

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What brought me to this point and why I do what I do.

Nothing changes, if nothing ever changes

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Bespoke online design experiences customized to you and your home's unique needs.  Get answers to all your questions, see your home's potential and find the best sources!

Online Design Consultations

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The people you hire - and how you work with them - can make or break your project.  Get tips and tricks for finding a great team and the best ways to work with them to make your project a success.

How to Find and Work With Trades


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