where do all the pencils go?

A little-known fact about Rob and I: we are aspiring singer-songwriters. Scratch the aspiring – we ARE singer-songwriters. We can make almost any household situation into a song. And the more frustrating the scenario, the more inspired the tune. Most compositions are created spontaneously yet flow from deep within. Our […]

DIY design: earrings on a wire

What do you do when you own approximately a trillion pairs of earrings? …When they’re getting all tangled, mixed up, and separated from their twins in your otherwise trusty jewelry box? Well, this of course is a very tragic problem and one for which there are only two solutions. 1) […]

de-sigh-n month has arrived!

Happy De-sigh-n Month! You might be wondering: why the sigh? Well, this is because I am a conflicted person. Let me try to explain… The realm of interior design brings me a great deal of joy, But it also brings me pain. I already have far more things than I […]

sod or seed? the answer is here

Guest post from Suzanne @ Inspire; to breathe Oh yards! Trees, grass, and flowers: so many opportunities for beauty, and so many opportunities for…disaster. I have been reading Suzanne’s blog, Inspire; to breathe for a while now and have been continually impressed by her positive attitude and her sense of […]

two year house-iversary

Two years ago today, July 3, 2010, we moved into our house. So the Fourth of July was our first full day here. That night, we sat on our front porch watching fireflies flash on the yard, and fireworks flash above the trees in the distance. I sipped some red […]

diy: welcome to the enclave

(NOTE: In order to get in the right head space for this HIMP Month installment, please read the title of this post in the voice of Axl Rose singing, “Welcome to the Jungle.”) Weird thing about our house: we don’t really have a useable backyard. It’s narrow, sloped, and adjacent […]

interior paint: white to…white

Thankfully, our house was in pretty good condition when we bought it. Though it was built over 45 years ago, it was not really a so-called “fixer upper.” And the inspector sang its praises after he did a lengthy walk-through. Strangely, however, the walls were in far from perfect shape. […]

The Dark Underbelly of Home Improvement

or: When Home Improvement Makes you Hyperventilate or: Home Improvement Projects that you are Unexpectedly Forced Into or: Home Improvement Projects that have no Style Aspect and Are Therefore Not even Remotely Fun or: When the Plumber Estimate Increases by 1000% in the Course of Seven Minutes or: Fun Fact: […]

diy: guest post from Tori @ The Ramblings

I am honored that newly-married, uber-funny, super-mama Tori, of The Ramblings, agreed to do a guest blog on her experience with DIY-ing in honor of The Home Tome’s Home Improvement (HIMP) Month…She just moved to a new house: based on what she recently tackled with her Very Bloggy Wedding, she’s […]