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.

How to make your bedroom feel like a luxury hotel room

CoffeeCatDogKid | How to make your bedroom feel like a luxury hotel room

Are you ready for some bedroom talk? I've always skimped a bit on decorating my bedrooms. I buy the clearance rack bed-in-a-bag, then I call it good. But this time I wanted to do it right. I'm a home-owning, dog-and-cat-wrangling, soon-to-be-working-mom adult, and I deserve a place where I can shut the door on the … Continue reading How to make your bedroom feel like a luxury hotel room

The secret ingredients to making your house a home

CoffeeCatDogKid | The secret ingredients to making your house a home

Isn't it funny how a few coats of paint (okay, maybe a few dozen all-told) and a few new pieces of furniture can turn a stranger's old house into a home that feels like it's always been yours? Alec and I have lived here for about two months now. And although it felt right from … Continue reading The secret ingredients to making your house a home

December with the Downs: Christmas decorating on a budget

CoffeeCatDogKid | Christmas decorating on a budget

December brings a lot of joy to the Down home: Alec's birthday, our wedding anniversary, and Christmas, all in the space of a few short weeks. Last year every ounce of our attention went to planning the wedding and our subsequent disastrous cross-country trek. By the time Christmas rolled around a few days later, we had … Continue reading December with the Downs: Christmas decorating on a budget