Furniture Shopping on Craigslist and How to Strike Gold

When faced with the task of furnishing a new home quickly and inexpensively, Craigslist is time and again the place I’ve turned to to get the job done. Furnishing a home is expensive! And having furniture that is the right size/scale/style for your home is IMPORTANT. It serves big practical and aesthetic functions. I love […]

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A Potted Herb Garden

I am no master gardener. I like to see myself as playing the long game to a flourishing vegetable and flower garden in a picturesque greenhouse in our one-day backyard. But for now, we are renting. And while I usually don’t let my renter-status stop me from doing things, cultivating a full-fledged garden does toe […]

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Painting the Kitchen Cabinets

When we came to check out the duplex, I saw the kitchen cabinets and in my intensive visual scanning for all things on my wish list, they just read as white cabinets. This was a win! I checked it off the mental list and moved along. But then we arrived with all of our boxes […]

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Replacing the Towel Bar

I find towel bars to be 100% pointless and 100% infuriating. Were I to be commissioned by the towel bar association to coin a slogan for the towel bar, it would be as follows: Towel bars: where you put your towel if you want it to take up a ton of space and stay wet […]

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Goodbye, Apartment

We are fully out of our apartment and in Michigan with all of our boxed-up belongings, rolled-up rugs, and furniture looking for where it will go in our new home. Moving is proving to me once again that there is nothing quite like leaving a place to make you fond of it. Our last week […]

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Rental Shopping

I think looking for rentals is super fun. There’s no pressure to know how many bedrooms you’ll need in 10 years, or if you can live with those small closets for the long haul. Renting is a low-commitment way to try out different layouts and set ups and appliances to get a really good idea […]

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Looking Ahead to 2019

Happy 2019! I realize it’s already the second of the month, so whatever resolutions I’m making that I didn’t start on yesterday can basically be thrown out the window for the year, but I am goal setting and thinking about the year ahead anyway! There’s been a not-so-subtle shift in my enthusiasm about making new […]

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A Renter’s Guide to Holiday Decorations

Mini Christmas Tree in Nursery

Decking your halls can be tricky when your halls aren’t really yours. Between restrictions in the lease agreement, the issue of storage space, plus the ever-present knowledge that you may be in a different rental the next time the holiday season rolls around, seasonal decor in a rental can prove particularly challenging. Our Christmas decorations […]

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Choosing a Rug for the Living Room

Living Room Rug Options

We are having a rug issue in the living room. There’s a rug there. But it’s all wrong.  This rug was an impulse buy. I ran into Marshall’s just to grab a shower curtain and obviously had to look at the rug section and found this on clearance, and the next thing I knew, it […]

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The Perfect House

I think most people these days want a perfect house.  With so many renovation shows, home magazines, and Pinterest-worthy living rooms surrounding us, a perfect home becomes an easy idol. I find myself falling into this trap more often than I would like to admit. Thinking, “all I really want is bright white walls,” or […]

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