Before & After: Our Upstairs Landing Turned Reading Nook

Before and after makeover reveal: Awkward upstairs landing transformed into cozy reading nook and home library. I teamed up with @bhglivebetter exclusively @walmart to revamp this awkward loft area at the top of our stairs — don’t you think it makes the perfect reading nook?? One of my 2021 goals is to reduce my screen time, so creating a library of sorts is the perfect way to dive into that love even more. Shop the post and learn more about how it all came together on #BHGlivebetter #walmart #betterhomesandgardens #AD
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I’m so excited to share my first makeover of 2021 with you today! I have a huge reveal coming for the rest of our main, open living space, but I am way too impatient to hold off on sharing at least SOME of the cabin’s new look. In an afternoon, I was able to revamp this awkward loft area at the top of our stairs — while also creating a reading nook to help bring one of my 2021 goals to life. I’m a big reader, so creating a library of sorts is the perfect way to dive into that love even more! Plus, almost everything came from the  Better Homes & Gardens collection exclusively at Walmart, so it was an affordable makeover to pull off.

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About the last few weeks…

all about the tree falling on our cabin in the North Cascades after a wind storm

WOW, ok I did not realize I’d be taking this long to get back to the blog after my holiday break. Looking back, this might be the longest I’ve ever gone without posting here since I launched in 2012! Bananas. But I guess that’s what happens when a whole lotta life happens all at once on top of a major case of burnout. Since this is my first post of the new year, I wanted to take the time to share a bit of what’s been happening and why I’ve been MIA so long.

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Happy Holidays & Cya Next Year!

indoor christmas tree forest and lit garlands on banister in a PNW cabin

UPDATE: Hi again… it’s actually January 4 right now and we are STILL working on our cabin painting projects from the holidays. Because of that, I’m taking a few more days off from posting here on the blog so that I can keep working on those projects and getting them wrapped up. Stay tuned for new posts soon!

Admittedly, it feels a little early for me to publish this post… but the truth is that I’m really burnt out and just lacking so much inspiration. I’m ready to be done for 2020. Totally un-unique statement: this year was a freaking DOOZY and I need some time off! So before I take the next couple weeks off, I wanted to thank you SO very much for being part of my journey and supporting this blog. You’ve helped me meet some of my business goals this year that I wasn’t totally sure would happen after everything screeched to a halt in March. And for that, I am so incredibly grateful! Honestly, having such a kind, supportive community has made all the difference in this dumpster fire year. So thank you and I hope you have a truly wonderful, magical holiday season and a happy, healthy new year.

I’ll still be posting a TON over on Instagram — especially as we work on getting the cabin painting and decorated. If you don’t already follow me there, head over for daily updates!

I will see you in 2021!

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How to Prepare Your Home for the New Year

The holidays are almost upon us, but have you given thought to how to prepare your home for the new year? These 4 tips are easy & make a difference!

I know everything is all about the holidays right now, but honestly… I’m a bit holiday-ed out. I love the twinkle and the decor, but when it comes to talking about it, I’m burnt out. Sorry if that makes me sound like a grinch! It’s been a doozy of a year, to put it mildly, and all I want is to step into 2021 and hope for better. For me, my sense of happiness and grounding comes from my home being more settled. Even though we just moved, I’m already thinking of ways to prepare our home for the new year and wanted to share those thoughts with you, as well. I hope this post inspires you!

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Orange Spice Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Recipe)

Orange Spice Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Recipe) with meringue mushrooms, swiss buttercream, candied cranberries, candied rosemary and more! a fancy and traditional holiday dessert recipe

Well, we did it. We have finally arrived at December. After the year we’ve had, I decided that this month’s recipe should be a decadent treat that I think we all deserve. A dessert that will delight any crowd: an Orange Spice Bûche de Noël (or if you’re feeling a bit more pedestrian, a Yule log recipe). In years past, I have made every kind of complicated holiday dessert or treat imaginable…. gingerbread houses, croquembouche towers, even cream puff swans. Still, nothing has delighted folks quite like the whimsical forestscape of a beautiful Bûche de Noël. While a more traditional Yule log is usually chocolate, I assure you this orange spiced variation will be a delicious break from tradition.

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Lavish Gifts to Spoil Your Loved Ones (or Yourself)!

The Must-Have, Luxurious and Lavish Gifts That They'll Love! Gift Guide for Christmas & Holidays 2020 via #giftguide #giftidea #giftgiving #gifts #presents #christmaspresents #christmasgiftideas #christmasgift #skincare #wellness #beauty #skincaregifts #beautygifts #beautybuff

I regret to inform you that this might be my last gift guide that I share this year! I’ve curated so many and I truly hope they’ve been helpful for you. Today’s list is a personal favorite of mine: luxurious gifts! Sometimes you just want to go above and beyond by giving a loved one (or yourself!) a present that is over-the-top… and I approve! It’s fun to splurge every once in a while. So today I wanted to round up some luxurious gift ideas to inspire you.

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Treat Your Furry BFF to These Super-Cute Gifts for Pets

Charming and adordable gift ideas for pets including dogs and cats! #giftguide #giftidea #giftgiving #gifts #presents #christmaspresents #christmasgiftideas #christmasgift #stockingstuffers #affordablegift #budgetfriendlygiftideas

Now that the tiny zoo has expended to include 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 11 chickens, I felt like it was appropriate to do a gift guide for pets! We always get the dogs new toys (and some catnip for the meow) every year, but there are just sooo many cute things out there now! I simply had to share.

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