For so long I was convinced window treatments were not needed throughout the house. “It looks clean and minimal! Don’t cover the trim!” I would say. But then one day recently, I swiftly switched sides. Window treatments all the way! The reason for the switch is we have new neighbors who use their back porch all. of. the time. Our kitchen windows are two feet away from their back porch, which puts them in clear view of us a little too frequently for my comfort.

The clear view inside our house does not bode well when it’s seven in the morning and I’m attempting my near-daily, half-naked run back to the laundry room to grab some underthings. I’ve done one too many an army crawl under the kitchen windows, if ya know what I mean.

Now I can make my morning mad dash in peace! Yay for shades!



These are the same shades we used in the bedroomTuscan Bamboo Roman Shades from Overstock (affiliate link) — and we have been so impressed by their quality, their price and the huge range of widths and lengths they come in. They are not 100% privacy blinds, but they do help. Aaron says they “pixelate” the view versus totally block it, haha.


Now, for the super observant ones, you may have noticed another change in the above photos. My IKEA round table has been blessed with a marble top! I love IKEA but their white MDF chips so badly and that was the case with this table. It was gross and it always looked dirty. Marble to the rescue.

Here’s a close up of the table top:


You want to know the best part? It’s faux marble contact paper from Design Your Wall. The joy of marble without the pain of cost. I have seen this contact paper used on other blogs before—Kirsten’s side tables are my favorite—and it looked easy enough to install. It’s really just peel and stick.


The roll comes in a 18″ width, so I needed three strips (and two seams) to cover the ~40″ top completely. The seams are there but easy to overlook. Can you spot the one below?


The veining of the “marble” is beautiful and matches my backsplash perfectly.

So there you have it, new blinds and a new faux marble table top.

It feels good to make progress, however slow it seems these days. I’ve got more of the same shades in a box waiting to be installed in the laundry room and living room.

I’m in Dallas for work for the rest of the week, so it’s going to be quiet here again. So sorry. This whole full-time job thing plus a blog feels nearly impossible sometimes, but at least I can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Hope you all have a great week.

Much love,


p/s: Overstock had nothing to do with this post. I paid for the blinds myself. I did ask Design Your Wall for the marble contact paper, which they sent along free of charge. Thank you Design Your Wall!



I’m Back + Fall in Love Room Challenge

Well I didn’t mean for that to turn into two weeks away from the blog! But sometimes down time can be good. It certainly felt good for me. There just hasn’t been a whole lot going on around here project-wise, which means there’s not a whole lot to share.

It’s not for lack of want or need… it’s more a lack of motivation! I always operate best when I have a deadline to work towards, so I threw myself in the ring to participate in the Fall in Love room challenge. The concept is simple. Myself and 17 other bloggers have all agreed to finish one room in our home by the week of November 3, when we’ll all reveal them to the internets.


I bet you can guess what room I’m choosing for this challenge—the laundry room!—because I’ve already talked about the plans.

And believe it or not, some progress has actually been made. I wish it was super fancy progress that will make you ooh and aah but I have to admit, it’s just the boring functional stuff. The over-the-door ironing board has been removed and new, full-size ironing board has been installed on a rack in the basement stairwell (yay small space living).


I also removed the DIY striped shade and am waiting for the new shade to arrive. I’m going to use the same roller shades I used in our bedroom. While I was at it, I ordered shades for the entire house (we still had four windows with no shades, with neighbors just two feet away) so I’ll have an update on that for you too.


Oh, and did you noticed the brass door hinges have been replaced with oil-rubbed bronze ones? That switch was so that the hinges would watch the ORB door knob. Super thrilling stuff I know (but makes me weirdly satisfied to have them finally matching).

Here’s the rest of the bloggers participating with me!

Bliss at Home

Thanks so much for being patient with me. I’ll be back soon. I want to share my Seattle trip with you!




So that’s the deal. Participation for the sake of motivation.

Looking for a New House… And Then Not

In the past two weeks, Aaron and I have toured a handful of houses on the market. I look at the MLS nearly every day (and have for many years) but for whatever reason, we took it a step further and actually walked through a couple of homes. It was all very exciting.

The photos you see here are the actual homes we toured. If you’re local and you want details I would be happy to provide but it feels weird putting the link to their listing here? Most of these are still occupied…


4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 3 levels, exposed brick in kitchen

I’d be lying if I said we are completely content with our current home. We’re struggling with the size of the house and the neighborhood. The size: living small is great (especially financially) but somewhere along the way I’ve started to yearn for more space. The lack of space feels so confining and claustrophobic at times. And then there’s the neighborhood. I would love a neighborhood where I could feel comfortable and safe walking the dogs alone. I would love to be able to forget to lock my doors and have it be no big deal.

And we toured many homes that could give us just that. Lots of space (a real craft room! more than one bathroom!) and in much better neighborhoods.


5 bedrooms, 2 bath, Amazing Back Porch, A Driveway!

But then something happened.

You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you’re really excited about something but deep down you know it’s not the right thing to do? That’s the feeling that we got when we were in these houses. At first we thought it might be the house, but it quickly became clear that it was because of us!

The truth is… we’re not done loving our current home. Sure, there’s not a lot of space to stretch in this home, but what we realized is that it has given us a different type of space. The space and freedom to travel, the space to pay off our debts and heck, the space to spend time living instead of maintaining (minus that whole gutters thing) and cleaning.


4 bedrooms, 2 baths, Double Staircase, Brand New Kitchen

Who knew it would take a couple of beautiful homes to remind us that our current home is the one we truly love. The freedom and comfort we feel here is hard to match.

We spent a lot of time this past weekend showing our home a little love. We cleaned, we shined, we de-cluttered. I think the laundry room refresh will further reinforce our newfound focus on this house. So yea, we’re gonna stick it out here a little longer. I think we’ll know when it’s time to move on.

Anyone else start to get serious with a home search to then realize it wasn’t the right time?

Wishing everyone a smooth and semi-painless Monday. :)