All Posts By:

Brooke

  • Design Decisions, Kitchen, New House

    Vaulted Ceilings in the Kitchen: Pros and Cons

    We’ve officially found an architect to design our new house, which we’ll be talking about more in an upcoming article. In our initial chat with them, we discussed what we have in mind for the exterior and interior. One thing that is a must for me is vaulted ceilings in the main living area. I want it to run all the way through from the great room into the kitchen. Henry is on board for it in the great room, but not not so much in the kitchen. To help us come to a decision, we thought it would be a good idea to lay out some pros and cons.

    Updated April 26th, 2019
  • Building Tips, New House

    Our Planning Phase of Building a House

    As some of you already know, we are in the process of planning our new adventure, a new build. The planning process of a new home can be both very overwhelming and exciting. Along this journey, we hope to share with you different stages we are in. Sometimes its good to see what is behind the build and what actually goes into it. This will include the good, the bad, and even the ugly.

    December 13th, 2018
  • Christmas, Home Tour

    Our Modern Farmhouse: Christmas Home Tour

    As you know, keeping things simple is my style. Christmas decorations do not have to be over the top. In fact, you can give holiday cheer with just a few simple touches. This year I decided to go with more of a traditional theme.  I used greenery, red, black, and touches of gold to complete a more traditional look with a few modern touches here and there. Mixing in a few old and new pieces, I was able to create the look and feel I wanted within a reasonable budget.

    Updated December 13th, 2018
  • Our Life

    Our Story: A Love for Houses

    Our story all started with $10,000 dollars nearly 18 years ago. Henry and I had gotten married and was expecting our first child. He had just gotten laid off from a position as a web designer and I was teaching at a local high school. We didn’t have a penny to our name and as most young people after college, we were in debt. Henry’s uncle loaned us $10,000 dollars for a down payment on our first home. This was a “fixer upper”, but you would have thought we were buying a million dollar home!

    November 14th, 2018
  • Thanksgiving

    6 Tips to Make Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner Easier

    It’s our tradition to have both sides of the family over on Thanksgiving Day for dinner. Hosting over 30 people for Thanksgiving can be a little crazy and stressful. Considering we have done this for years,  I have learned a few lessons along the way. It should be a time of enjoyment not only for the guests, but for you and your family also. After the first year of trying to do everything myself, I knew I had to be more organized if this was going to happen again. Well, we have continued to host Thanksgiving every year! Hopefully these few tips will help you to enjoy hosting Thanksgiving as much as I do.

    Updated November 6th, 2019

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