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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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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Do or Don’t: Hide Book Spines

via My Paradissi I will come right out and say, I don’t like the styling trick of books facing backward on the shelf. Prioritizing beige over ease of access to books is squarely in the realm of impractical design. I hope it is a trend that dies soon. Now, I’m going to show you bookshelves […]

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Most Popular Pins

Design Mom’s 6 Secrets for a Smooth Move. I love the box-labeling system, though I have never been able to execute it. Each of my many moves seems to involve several boxes of “miscellaneous” things I waited too long to pack. 20 Modern Valentine’s Day Projects from Tater Tots and Jello Animal Cardigan “Make a […]

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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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Pretty Links

I am swooning over the handmade furniture in this Dutch home on The Style Files.   Kelli Kehler wrote Letting Go of Objects Connected to Grief and Lost Loved Ones for Design*Sponge, and it is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Nearly all of us face objects left behind at some point.   Last but not least, […]

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Drama-Free Dressing for School

For the first month of the school year, my husband and I had morning battles with our 6-year-old about appropriate school clothes for first grade. When we said, “Go get dressed,” she’d come out of her room wearing a leotard and ballet flats. Veto! And then we had an exasperating back-and-forth of which clothes were […]

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