Last week my kids and I returned from a parade at their school. Teachers waved, we honked and chatted/yelled from 10 or more feet away. We all teared up, it had been the first time most of them had been in the car since school had closed due to the pandemic a few weeks earlier. As we drove home, we passed our local donation center. What we saw left us sad, disappointed, and upset. Yet I wonder if ... Read More about Donations in the Face of a Pandemic
Last summer we completed a large scale renovation to open up and update our family room, foyer, and downstairs bathroom in our 1910 house. The goal was to gain more room for our family to gather, brighten the space, and also preserve/add in vintage charm. Before we started, the room was too narrow to fit our couch and we ended up on the floor or spread out among different rooms. Many of you ... Read More about Before and After – 1910 House Living Room
This post originally appeared in a shortened form on our instagram account, @whitehouseblackshutters. Follow us there for a real time look at what's going on in our house, renovation projects, and life. If you would like to continue to see these short form posts or more posts on this topic, let us know in the comments or by commenting on instagram! I don’t *only* find God in a church. He ... Read More about God Walks Among the Pots and Pans
We recently completed another successful round of the 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS™ decluttering challenge and the second year of our email course, our membership surpassed that of last year! It's amazing and crazy to see the number of participants grow each year; I'll never tire of hearing stories of how a simple decluttering challenge has challenged lives. Thanks for all your support, inspiration, and ... Read More about 1910 House Renovation Plans and Timeline
When you're working with a small home, it can be tough to fit everything you need into the space you have. In this home I've had to create storage where there is none. Then also evaluate everything and see if those items are truly *needed* or if they should be donated to someone else who can use them. (Learn more about 40 Bags in 40 Days here.) Each month I work on a challenge to MAKE ... Read More about Simple Home Office Organization
I’ve been taking it easy these past few days after having baby #6, our precious Nora. Doug and I had some time to reflect back on all that 2017 had to offer. Once we started making a list of everything that happened, we laughed; to say that it was the busiest year of our lives would be an understatement. So many projects and things happened that I didn't share on social media or the blog, I would ... Read More about Looking Back on 2017!