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Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful. -Hazrat Inavat Khan

Whether you’re building a home, or making a home, it’s the most important place on earth! It’s where your memories are created and your people gather. We have  built and bought homes in the past, and both have unique challenges and joys. I hope some of our experiences and tips will help you navigate your own home projects.

Tiny Homes 101 with a Dallas Tiny Home Builder

Tiny Homes 101 with a Dallas Tiny Home Builder

Tiny Home living is foreign to me Having recently moved across town, I am acutely aware of how much STUFF we have. It's...a lot. At any point during the packing/unpacking process, I was ready to walk away and just start over. But... we have 3 dogs, a 10 year old and a...

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How to choose lighting for your home

How to choose lighting for your home

There’s something about a dazzling crystal chandelier that makes my heart flutter. I get all gah-gah when I see the sparkly rainbow that it throws against the wall. Add something unexpected like wrought iron or a splash of color and I’m a goner, totally mesmerized. I...

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Our new home!

Our new home!

I made it. I survived our entire family being sick the week before we moved. The week designated for packing -- which did not happen. Much. I survived the move while having no voice and green gunk oozing from my sinus. I survived my computer melt down the following...

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Chez Perot – Week 12

Chez Perot – Week 12

So my builder Adam calls this morning and says, "I was checking out the concrete they poured for your back patio extension last night and wow, looks like a really big coyote left a paw print in it." Yeah... I knew about that. The Princess Cupcake and I went to check...

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Design Your Own House : Granite, Tiles and Paint!

It’s killing me that I can’t go to the house today because today, they are installing our granite. Wheeeee! I can’t wait to see it. I have nearly forgotten which granite I chose – I hope it looks good (insert nervous laugh here). Here are a couple of photos I took to...

Reloved Furniture

Annie Sloan could not have come into my life at a better time, seeing as how I am on a mission to relove our current “meh” belongings to make them perfect for our new house. I guess I should clarify. I am truly obsessed with Annie Sloan’s line of chalk paint and...

5 things never to put in PODS

Five things you should not put in your PODS or any portable long-term storage containers. So… it’s been 2 months since we PODS’d in the hopes of putting our house on the market. And after 2 months – and still not putting our house on the market (we’re building...

Refurbish Old Furniture – A Fuzzy Makeover

The thing is, when you’re moving, you want everything to be perfect.  Like Pinterest perfect and Houzz-worthy idea book ready. And that means getting rid of a lot of stuff, and even reloving some neglected stuff to make it look new again because you only want cool...
Update on Chez Perot

Update on Chez Perot

As you know, we’re building a house. So last Friday, this is what our house looked like inside: Roughly the same as it’s looked for the last few weeks. I’ll admit I am becoming a bit anxious. (And hateful towards our PODS.) The kind of anxious I can only liken to...

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Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety

I now know what separation anxiety feels like. No fewer than 8.6 times a day, I go into my office looking for something that 5 weeks ago, I loaded into a PODS and it disappeared into never, never land. Each of those 8.6 moments is another realization that my stuff is...

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How to Build a House – New Build Checklist

How to Build a House – New Build Checklist

Building a house is a mind-bending and thrilling experience but there are a lot of decisions to be made, sometimes in a very short amount of time. If you have never done it before your very first question might be - how to build a house? Where do you start? The...

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So You are Building a House

So You are Building a House

After 11 years of complaining that our current house is too small, we decided to pull the trigger before interest rates went up again and buy a house. Except before we started looking at existing homes for sale, we just “went to see” some new builds in a golf...

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Confession: I have a lighting obsession

Confession: I have a lighting obsession

So the Pink House is installing a new chandelier. They posted a picture of sweet Nan’s hubby adding crystals to it this morning and my heart just skipped a beat. I had to see it -- as I might have a slight fascination with chandeliers. Well, hanging lights in general....

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