Finishing the Tile on Our Master Bedroom Fireplace

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A few months I tackled a renovation in our master bedroom. I finished most everything but my last big project was the fireplace. And just so you know, the fireplace was really ugly. And since I was the one that picked this out (like 19 years ago) I can say that, right?

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AROUND THE HOUSE // Planning a Photo Shoot

A few months ago I was asked if I wanted to participate in a Summer Home Blog Tour. There are so many bloggers that I admire participating in the tour and I can’t believe they asked me to join them. Needless to say, I am very excited and just so you know, the tour goes live on July 24th.

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AROUND THE HOUSE // Flea Market Finds

One of my favorite ways to spend a weekend morning is at an antique flea market. I have shared my thoughts about how to shop at flea markets in a previous post. I try to go to as many as I can because but I think all flea markets are great. You just need to know what to look for!

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AROUND THE HOUSE // How to Set an Outdoor Table

I love to dine outdoors. And since we live in Southern California it’s something we can do all of the time. But when it comes to setting your outdoor table there are a few things you can do to make your dining experience more enjoyable.

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AROUND THE HOUSE // Harvesting the 1914 Simons Brick

Seventeen years ago we undertook a major remodeling project in our home. We redid the entire back half of the first floor which included the kitchen, two bathrooms, the family room, my office and the back porch and patio area. We extended the family room out the back and added a covered porch and brick patio.

We planned out our vision, hired an architect and found a wonderful contractor. Things started out wonderfully and were moving along at a great pace. And then we got “the call”. The “call”?

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AROUND THE HOUSE // Old School Lockers

There is something about old school lockers that I love. Technically I don’t collect them. I only have three sets of them and I think to collect something you must have, say, five or more. So I just like them. I don’t collect them.

We actually have four sets of lockers in our house. When we did the big remodel in 2000, I wanted a set of lockers for the boys for all of their “stuff” that typically sat in our entryway. This included backpacks, sports equipment, and shoes. Tons of shoes. So we had these lockers built in the mud room. (And their names are cut out for ventilation. Which was a very good idea… boys!)

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