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In the past year, we’ve had Better Homes and Gardens in our home twice to style and shoot content for two publications, and lemme tell ya: I’ve learned SO MUCH by watching the pros work, dang!  The first time they came was for a Christmas shoot [see behind the scenes HERE], and this time the […]

Two years. Two years since I nervously hit “publish” on my very first Cotton Stem Instagram photo and held my breath.  Two years since I said “yes” to the Nudge from above to try something new, to take a risk, to put myself out there.  Two years of learning, failing, trying again.  Two years of […]

Oh my goodness, YOU GUYS. Look at this!! It’s our home as a dollhouse!  Can ya even?! My amazingly talented friend Jackie from Sawdust Angel spent over 50 hours handcrafting this miniature version of our house, and I so wish you could see the attention to detail in person!  She did such a fantastic job, […]

*This post is sponsored by Urban Outfitters – Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog! Hey friends! Partnered up with Urban Outfitters to show y’all a simple way to move decor from season to season, only switching out a few items to bring a fresh vibe to any space!  In my opinion, […]

*some affiliate links used in post Hey guys! Wanted to share a bit about our girls’ sister bedroom with double bunk beds!  You know what’s funny?  We moved into this home for more space, including bedrooms for each of our kiddos…but they want to share with each other instead!  For awhile, there were two iron […]

(Gorgeous cover image captured by @laureltracehome) Hey guys! I thought it might be helpful to those of you considering attending the Haven bloggers’ conference next year to hear about my first experience!  From their site: Haven is a “design and DIY blogging conference open to all who are passionate about blogging, do it yourself projects […]

Hey there! Had lots of Q’s about these simple embroidery hoop wreaths I whipped up for the gallery wall, so I thought I’d put together a quick and easy DIY post for you guys!  Love adding a touch of whimsy and texture to the walls in my home by suspending unexpected decor or having it […]

Hey pals! Thought it would be fun to show y’all the super duper simple way I formulate a color palette for a room I’m designing or redoing, and maybe this simple trick can assist ya as you create beautiful spaces in your own home!  All you need is to identify your base/existing colors, add pop […]

Hey friends! Last week, I was honored to be invited by Hunter Fan Co. to visit Austin, TX for a week of design, great eats and all kinds of fun!  Get a bunch of design lovers in one space for a week, and we for sure left feeling inspired beyond measure.  Here’s what “designer summer […]

Hey guys! Wanted to give you quick how-we-do tutorial for installing a gallery wall!  Gathered up lots of fun farmhouse style signs mostly old and some new….and I’m loving the vibes!!  Finished up this area today in our entryway which is across from our dining room, and I’m loving all the positive words of encouragement […]