Thanks for the love on our new Kitchen reveal last night guys! Many more angles to share soon! Bringing it back to our #leclairwestmount project tonight for another view of the ensuite vanity and shower. Stay tuned to our stories tomorrow as we install our Glebe project! 🤗
I’m reminded how hard transitions can be the moment we start the real conversation of creating our next house. Since we’re in a month of transparency and among friends, I’ll be completely honest, this time around, just the mention of moving makes me start to sweat and I feel my heels dragging into the ground. I find myself coming up with all kinds of excuses to stay. I love drinking coffee on the back porch and listening to the creek after a big rain, how inviting the living room looks at night with the soft glow of the fireplace sconces, the way the moon peaks through the windows above our bed and playing with the boys in the “treehouse” on Saturday mornings. But truth be told, we feel the nudge. You’d think we are pros, that it must be easy, but it never is. Transitions are hard, they take time, you’ve got to hold space for every feeling. After all, how can you start the next chapter if you never end the last? #thecollectedcountryhouse
I am so humbled by this little home of ours. I feel so lucky to have a husband who supports my dreams. My dream of doing more, living more, loving more, growing more. Without Jake this idea of living tiny would have never happened... let's face it he did fund this crazy idea of mine. Our camper renovation may not be completed but this is home and I love it! ◀️ B E F O R E ▶️ A F T E R
Our dealer won this rug during at auction that we got to witness on our trip to Marrakech and we put our claim on it THE SECOND he officially won it 🙌🏼 We are completely smitten with the incredibly unique color palette, just wait until you see the whole thing on Wednesday 😉
You know it’s officially cold weather season when you have to turn on the radiant floor heat in the kitchen. 😩 Installing that was one of THE best decisions we made when we renovated - no cold toes over here! 🙌🔥
What’s one decision you’re SO glad you made when you were renovating or decorating your house?
These mid-term elections are so important. Many states have deadlines fast approaching to register to vote. I just went to vote.org and in less than 2 mins I found where I was registered (✋🏻 MICHIGAN!), and I got an absentee ballot emailed to me instantly! Super easy and super fast! The first step in change is to vote! I’ve included a link in my profile to the website 🇺🇸🙌🏻
I’m a firm believer that you can fold in seasonal and holiday pieces into your decor in a way that feels natural and doesn’t appear out of place. Our home is light, neutral and airy and I wanted a fall refresh that wouldn’t sacrifice any of that soft clean look.
I’m sharing all my secrets for achieving that light and bright fall look in your home on my blog today! Link in bio!
Sometimes my house gets so messy that I actually clear everything out and then only bring half back in. And on those days I get to photograph our entry. Because usually the kitchen looks like a hurricane went through it... #corremariehome
When we approach a project, there is always this underlying tension to pick out and decide the far off details when we have to get trough the basic, boring, structural things first.
We spend an incredible amount of time on the front end making sure what we plan structurally will roll out into successful design implementation of all the interior details and decorations on the back end. We love the phrase "you can't put lipstick on a pig" and although there are always things we have to work to rectify on the back end, we put a lot of time on the front end to minimize those things.
So for all the clients who hate the boring side of things.... hang out for a bit and I'll get back atchu when all the fun stuff starts to happen. Promise it'll be worth the wait.⠀
How I feel about: a perfectly sunny fall day where all you need is a sweater. About the sound of laughter all afternoon from an over-the-door basketball hoop Griff and I thrifted for their room today for 99¢. About ending the day as a family making s’mores before bedtime. 😍 #hiphiphooray#thesearethedays
I found this vintage landscape painting and some old books today while thrifting for the first time in a long time! Those are two things that are always on my list. I also found something I’ve never seen before, and I now that I’ve flipped through I might have to go back for more! I found a @betterhomesandgardens issue from Christmas 1942. All of the advertisements and columns are somehow related to the war, and it was fascinating to read a lifestyle magazine from that time in history. I paid $10 for it, which I found out is equivalent to a TEN YEAR subscription to BHG in 1942😂🤷🏼♀️ It was sobering to read through all of the stories and advertisements geared towards women during the war. So many ads encouraged taking care of the things you already owned because resources were being directed toward the war and materials were scarce. Instead of “buy our stuff!” the ads said “here are tips to take care of the things you already have because we can’t make any more right now.” The letter from the editor said that this issue would promote a simple Christmas, with less frills and decadent meals and fancy gifts, because the days of plenty were still far away. We are no longer in an era of financial depression or wartime, but those principles should remain prominent in the way we care for our homes. My generation has never experienced a lack of resources or material possessions on that scale, and our culture of advertising and influencers seems to be getting louder by the day. What if we said “no more”? What if we embraced the spirit of contentment and resourcefulness that women in the past have been forced to embrace, but we did it joyfully and intentionally? I was intrigued and moved by this 1942 issue full of frugality and simplicity, and it made me wonder what a wartime woman would think if she read an issue from today. This space is an invitation to thoughtful homemaking, and I want to encourage the resourceful, content, and frugal spirit of the Better Homes & Gardens woman past. Will you join me in the pursuit of thoughtful homemaking that says “no” to the culture that insists we spend spend spend? I’d love to begin a new era of contentment in the design world.
It’s funny how you get really excited to be somewhere else on an adventure but when you are on said adventure you pine for the simple things at home, I can’t stop thinking about how nice it would be to see my parents in #harrogate right now even though i’m in LA meeting crazy ppl who offer me free cinema tickets and stays in their house in Mexico... siiiilllllyyy (pic from the spare room at my dad’s ❤️)
I’ve always had a weird pet peeve about the term “work life balance” because even when you’re working, you’re still living. I prefer to see them as two parts to a whole, rather than separate spheres. ⚫️⚪️ I mean, it’s easier to balance one ball than it is to balance two. Anyone feel this way? What does your work look like within your life, rather than outside of it?
Been busy all day installing this pretty home office 😍I LOVE install days but man this gal is tired! Lol Being my own handyman is hard work (but I do count it as my workout/cardio so it's like an extra bonus) 😅💪🏼💁🏻
😍We changed this guest room/office to a clean and crisp office space where she can focus on her event planning. Swipe to see the before and head to my stories to see the whole room and the cool DIY desk/ shelves she and her husband made 🙌🏼
Managed to tidy the house a little during the long weekend. I also did some planning for the trip to Melbourne in a couple of weeks🐨🇳🇿for the very first time! I know pretty lame but I’m very excited! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m looking for some recommendations on what to do in Melbourne or food that must be tried and maybe some greenery places that I must visit?! Would love to hear from you guys! Please leave me a comment or DM for your recommendation! Thank you ✨
I’m currently looking at a very damaged screen thanks to this little one. I thought I would leave my phone on the table outside while we were working in our veggie garden over the weekend. When I came back a couple of hours later I found it soaking in bubble mixture. The Apple store is too far away so I’m persevering the best I can through a streaky and dimly lit screen. Note: this photo is unrelated and she is not currently running for her life. Just.