The real book-lover’s guide to styling shelves

Imagine my surprise when I found that a search on Pinterest for bookshelf styling tips returned a lot of results for people whose primary use for bookshelves is not to store books: some pins didn't even include books in their pictures, while other pins offered impractical ideas like turning your books spine-inward so that you can't see what they are or ever find anything you want to find.

DIY kitchen renovation for under $800

You don't have to spend thousands remodeling your kitchen—DIY it for $800 or less

When you buy an older home, you learn to accept that you will have to pick and choose the projects that get done versus the projects that will need to wait. Money and time and skill level inevitably dictate how much remodeling you can actually accomplish. So when Alec and I bought our first home, … Continue reading DIY kitchen renovation for under $800

The one vital secret to making your house a smart home

CoffeeCatDogKid | The one vital secret to making your house a smart home

Remember that Disney Channel movie called Smart House? Some kid wins a whole house—complete with artificial intelligence and total automation. Wouldn't that be nice! Of course, the house turns out to be evil, but who didn't watch this movie and think, I need that house! Eighteen years later and now Best Buy has a whole section … Continue reading The one vital secret to making your house a smart home

The ultimate 2017 resolution: simplify

CoffeeCatDogKid | The ultimate 2017 resolution: simplify

Have you ever sat down to write a list of everything in your life competing for your attention? Demanding mental or physical space? Dog, cat, baby. Husband. Messy house. Bathroom remodel. Back to work and childcare arrangements. Hair appointment. Oil change and car registration. Bill payments. Social media. Unfinished novel. Local and national politics. Netflix … Continue reading The ultimate 2017 resolution: simplify