My Lake House: Before & After

  I moved to a little rental house in the summer of 2019 which was walking distance from two of my favorite lakes in Minneapolis. It was a 1170 sq ft duplex that needed a lot of elbow grease and came with a litany of small annoyances, so to reframe the challenge I dubbed it […]

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My Best Advice for Navigating Divorce

  Thoughtful people, including my friends, colleagues and acquaintances, and even customer service representatives, offered heartfelt condolences when I informed them of my divorce. I felt awkward, because by then I had already shifted into renewal and optimism. Getting divorced was the final step in a deliberation and uncoupling that had gone on for years. […]

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How to Make a Peace Table at Home

I made a Montessori Peace Table for my home, and I am happy to report that it has worked to decrease conflict and increase peace. A peace table (or peace corner) is a space dedicated to grounding thoughts and feelings, practicing meditation or silence, and resolving a conflict.

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Moving House: the Emotional Weight

I am well-practiced in the rituals of moving house. I tend to belabor the process with emotional exertion. As every item in my home is sorted, the evidence of failures form into piles. A deluge of procrastinated tasks is released from drawers and closets. Just as each of my four moves in the last five […]

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Play Kitchen Inspo

      This play kitchen is one of those things that is for my kids, but really it’s for me. All three of us (me and my six-year-old and my three-year-old) had the same reaction when we saw it: gasp!…stare in admiration…pretend to stock it with delicious food.

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My Kids’ Girl & Boy Shared Bedroom

When we moved in, their room was painted a sad yellowish cream with beat up white trim (which still looked wildly better than the red from the listing photo), and the owner offered to have it painted any neutral color. I chose a bright white because the room gets great light, and I knew there […]

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My Ideal Life Vision Board

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” — Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Trendy or not, I love the KonMari Method. It’s less about organization or getting rid of clutter, and more about exercising your intuition to create your […]

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Christmas Mantle

I threw together my Christmas mantle this morning. I’ve had my eye on eucalyptus-draped mantles this year. I may decide to make it fuller, but for now I have a few branches. I love that it is no maintenance. The branches dry out quickly and beautifully. When I take it down in a few weeks, […]

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Before & After: Kids’ Art Station

My family moved into our current house in January 2016, and the first thing I did was set up a kids’ art and homework area in what was formerly a breakfast room.

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