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

Hack your house’s charm with built-in Ikea bookcases

CoffeeCatDogKid | Hack your house's charm with built-in Ikea bookcases

Not everything is just how you want it when you buy a house—some of what you're looking for you might find, but some you don't. Kelsey and I absolutely wanted lots of storage for books in our house, and we both love how built-in bookcases look in those mid-century homes. Our little rambler, built in … Continue reading Hack your house’s charm with built-in Ikea bookcases