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Margaret’s Small-But-Mighty Home Office Nook

One thing that my very first styling boss impressed upon me was the need to wrap up the day with a tidy desk and working space.  (It was part of this post a couple weeks ago, too.)  No matter how crazy the day or how many clothes were strewn about in the closet at noon, come closing time everything was in it’s right place.  She said it was the only way to start a new day fresh and she was right.  When we  were touring Margaret’s West Austin abode, we couldn’t get over this organized office nook that she created in her …

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Home Tour: Lauren’s Warm and Modern Austin Kitchen

While Lauren Cunningham describes her chic, neutral kitchen as “warm modern”, we all describe it, as the kitchen we wish we came home to each night.  The white oak plank floors and milky marble countertops (that were sourced in China with her designer, Claire Zinnecker, no less) in this undeniably warm modern kitchen seem to instantly lift your mood and put you at ease.  The strategically placed appliance pantry keeps the room feeling uncluttered and airy while still practical for the needs of every day life. Not to even make …

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10 Things You Can Do with Paint

You might recall that prior to us buying a house, there was almost zero home content on this site.  It wasn’t that I wasn’t interested, but renovations aren’t cheap and neither is (most) furniture, so as long as we were living like nomads hopping from one apartment to the next, I didn’t see a reason to really commit and invest.  That all changed when we bought our first place, though.  We did small updates like the kitchen and big renovations like our bathroom and some rooms that just needed new furniture… …

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How to Style Your Kitchen Shelves Like a Pro

If you’ve been a part of this community for awhile, then you’ve definitely heard me wax poetic about how I want our house to feel.  There’s something about the long, sometimes arduous process of building from scratch that gives you plenty of time to think about things like how you want your house to look and feel and smell even.  What’s the vibe?  I’ve always wanted our house to feel like a retreat, a place of calm… which is sometimes easier said than done with two little kids. I’m embracing simplicity more than ever as we …

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