The Two Month Triangle Quilt

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I started quilting when I was pregnant with my first in 2011. I have sewn for as long as I can remember, but quilting brings a refreshing element of creativity to the table. I went to school for apparel and can (in theory) make my own patterns, but it is a lot of work. With quilting, developing your own pattern is simple geometry that most people can do on their own.  (more…)

Nursery Letters by DENY Designs

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A huge trend right now in nursery decor (as well as home decor in general) is wall lettering. Usually used to write the child’s name above the crib, I have also seen some really cute variations including the words “sleep,” “grow,” and the phrase “read to me.” Since our nursery is a shared room between the two boys, I thought I’d go with a phrase instead of having both names up on the wall.

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My Favorite Pieces From IKEA’s PS 2014 Collection

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Yesterday, most calendars were marked with April Fool’s Day, but mine was marked with the additional celebration of IKEA’s PS 2014 collection hitting stores. You can view the entire collection (as well as the inspiration behind it) from the comfort of your own home here, but I’d like to share with you my five favorite pieces. (more…)

How to Paint a Perfectly Straight (and Level) Line

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I recently shared our staircase makeover, but I never really got into the details of how we painted it. For the most part, it was pretty standard: we spackled the dings and dents, sanded down the high points, cleaned and prepped the walls, primed them and painted them, but whenever someone comes over, I get the same question: How did you get such a crisp level line between the green and the white? (more…)

5 Ways to Use Emerald Green In Your Home

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! When I was in grade school, this was a time to dress head-to-toe in green and drink Shamrock Shakes at McDonald’s. As an adult, it has been a time to head to Irish pubs and drink green beer. This year, pregnant me only has to worry about wearing a little green so I don’t get pinched by a stranger.

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9 Household Cleaners I Can’t Live Without

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The weather in Portland has been unusually sunny this week and it feels like Spring came a little early this year. I am trying not to get too comfortable with the sunshine, since I know this is only a temporary preview, but it does get me excited for warmer weather.

On Monday I shared with you my Spring Cleaning Checklist and it got me thinking about cleaning. Over the years, I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two about a deep clean and have edited my utility closet to only the cleaning products I feel are absolutely essential.  (more…)

Hello Spring! Free Printable Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Hopefully you got the memo about Daylight Savings yesterday and you weren’t too thrown by the time change. The lighter evenings, Spring blooms and flower buds on our trees are a warm reminder that Spring is on it’s way. While Spring doesn’t officially begin until March 20th, I am ready to get a jump start with some Spring cleaning. (more…)

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