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Entry Wall “Slow Design” Makeover

Last year I wrote this post about my decision to leave the interior design industry and embrace “slow design”. That means taking time to let things come together organically instead of rushing around trying to get all-new-everything to create the perfect space. It also means that our home is a work in progress, and I’m…

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How to Minimize Waste in the Bathroom

I first learned about the “zero-waste” movement after reading an article about how Lauren Singer, founder of the blog Trash is for Tossers, managed to fit all the waste she had generated over the course of several years into a tiny mason jar. I was really inspired, and wanted to start my own journey towards…

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Kitchen Renovation Part 4 – The Big Reveal

Are you ready for the big reveal of our kitchen makeover? If you’re not already caught up, be sure to check out: Part 1 – Before + Design Plan Part 2 – Construction Begins Part 3 – Construction Progress and Design Finishes Things were starting to come together by the end of Part 3. The…

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Paper Towel Free – It’s as Easy as 1,2,3!

When Adam and I moved in together last year, we decided to go paper towel free at home. I was nervous at first because it seemed like a difficult change. I was accustomed to using paper towels regularly as napkins, and to wipe up spills. But actually, it’s been much easier than I thought. Paper…

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Kitchen Renovation Part 2 – Construction Begins

Welcome back to Part 2 of our kitchen renovation project. Check out Part 1 to see where we started. Today we’re going to dive right into the construction, and I’ll tell you about some of the boring, but necessary details it took to get started. Step 1 – Getting Approval Depending on where you live, you…

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Kitchen Renovation Part 1 – Before + Design Plan

Hey friends! Today I want to share with you the details of my kitchen renovation project. I must confess that this was not a particularly “sustainable” renovation project. After working for nearly a decade in the interior design business, one of my biggest concerns was the amount of waste generated by construction and renovation projects.…

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Thrift Store Chair Makeover – Part 1: Stain and Seal

When I lived in New York City, I worked as an interior designer for nearly a decade. I’m still passionate about creating beautiful spaces, but I grew frustrated with the wasteful nature of the design industry. With clients these days expecting faster turnarounds, and more bang for their buck, the “fast furniture” industry is booming.…

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