About

We’re the ones who constantly wear paint stains on our clothes. And sometimes, in our hair. We began our adventure together as college sweethearts, and after a decade of marriage, 3 offspring, and a mortgage later, it’s like we woke up one morning, in the tropics of Alabama still covered in sawdust when the realization hit us: This is our life.

At The Handmade Home, we believe in beautiful, genuine, and approachable design for all. We’re creating a haven for the every day with affordable ideas, fresh solutions and one of a kind looks with an abode that is realistic and attainable. From our exciting adventures, accomplishments and most definitely our failures, we love an inspiring approach to life, design and simple family centered fun. When your home is a created by you and reflects who you are through the process, how can you not help but love it?

So, if you’ve been reading for a while, welcome back! And if you’re just getting started, nice to meet you! Pull up a cozy seat with a blanket and some sweet tea-and let the fun begin!

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A glimpse of our philosophy in a post of the past: 

Let me start by saying, a few years ago I turned the big 3-0. And I’ve embraced it. I think I may even be going through a bit of a rebellious stage. {I know, right? Cue the gasps} You see, I’ve always been a people pleaser. Not only that, let’s add southern to the mix and we can up the ante to about five times the normal potent strength of people pleasing potential. I’m the one who never said no, the doormat who was angry after the fact, and the oldest child who tried to make everyone happy. I was exhausted.

But this isn’t a counseling session, and my point: I realized those attributes extended to every area of my life. Including the choices I made when decorating our home. I was limiting myself, and I wasn’t brave enough to simply go for it. I wasn’t even really sure what to go for. {tiny violin} As I’ve grown, I’ve achieved the most delightful results: I no longer worry anymore about things I wish I could do. I simply start doing them. I’m no longer inhibited by what-if-the-new-owner-of-my-home-doesn’t-like-this-itis or the acute my-sister-in-law-won’t-approve-syndrome. And as a result, I’ve never been happier.

I’ve learned to be passionate about what I really love, and by embracing it, I pursue it. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t just make up my mind one day. It’s been a slow process of training myself to think differently. Much of that has to do with the fact that I finally know who I am as a person.

I have a new motto :

In turning this page for myself, I’ve seen a lot of this same syndrome in the people I help with their own homes. There are millions upon millions of people out there, simply paralyzed with doubt, fear, and unnecessary questions. Stuck in design limbo because they doubt themselves. It’s like we all need someone to tell us it really is all going to be amazing.

What if that someone was yourself?

As a result of conquering my own personal demons, here are three of the main guidelines that I stick to for my own spaces, and for helping others design theirs.

1. Follow your instincts.

Some of you are all, “Yeah. Well, duh.” But did you hear me? I said your instincts. Not anyone elses. For instance: your mom’s. Mom’s opinions are great. Until they start telling you what you can or cannot do with that piece of furniture she GAVE you from 1985. It’s composed of laminate and that looks like it fell off the back of a bean truck, but would look incredible, mind you, with a fresh coat of white paint. Only she forbade you to paint it. Why? Because she’s your mom and that’s what she does. Only this isn’t 1985. You are an adult. Listen to yourself. Do what you love. Or else you’ll never enjoy a cohesive, beautiful home created by you. {Obligatory disclaimer: my mom is actually very supportive of my painting ventures, and not everything needs to be painted. But I hear this a little too much from clients.}

I’m still undoing some of my I-bought-this-when-we-were-first-married-because-this-is-what-you’re-supposed-to-do, outright mistakes. We get so caught up in the projected ideals of others, that we forget the practical. In that process, we sacrifice what WE love. We should never have to sacrifice that in our own homes.

My husband and I woke up one morning, and decided we wanted to build a wall for our back porch, to turn it into an additional room. So we saved, and built. At the last moment, I also decided I wanted stripes on the planks of my walls. I listened to my instincts, and I went for it. And we love that room. Not my mom. Not my mother in law. Us. We do.

2. If you don’t like it, change it.

It’s really great that you spent 1200 dollars each on those dark bachelor club sofas circa 2007. {I may or may not be throwing up a little in my mouth as I refer to myself} Now that you’ve come into your own taste, and you’ve decided it’s not for you, what should you do? Sell them. Then use those funds to buy what you really want. Be savvy and resourceful and smart with your moolah, and do what you feel passionate about to create a home you love. After all, aren’t those couches considered value-less if you don’t love them anyway?

We moved into a brand new cookie cutter home circa fall 2007 and it had a cookie cutter kitchen. Some people would be perfectly happy with that kitchen. Nothing was wrong with it, except the fact that I hated it. I’m not an ingrate, so it took me two years of ideas, and an entire additional year of fear to get over it, and paint that kitchen. Yep. That’s three years of listening to unimportant nonsense before I dipped the brush and took the dive.

What was I worried about? The future owners of our home. What if someone didn’t purchase it because they didn’t like it? What if painting our cabinets “de-valued” our house? {cue hyperventilation}

And then I started thinking, what if I died, and never got another kitchen? What if the end of the world was just around the corner and I left with kitchen regrets? It sounds dramatic, but we aren’t really guaranteed tomorrow. Death trumps future buyers, and I would like to know that I enjoyed myself with my family while I had it, my last ever kitchen. My only regret: not doing it three years sooner. If anything, it makes our house a real home, just for us.

It was about a week after that, before I tackled the laundry room, and thus began the domino effect of changing over what I always felt kinda “meh” about. I’m in the process of doing three rooms, now. It’s a lot of work, and thinking, and projects and chaos, but in the end, its all worth it.

Now I’m on a mission, and we’ve never been happier in our home.

3. Make it.

If you can’t afford it, if you can’t find it because you saw it in some hoity toity fancy shmancy article… make it. Even if you can afford it, make it. Sometimes out of imitation arise the best creations. If you don’t have the capabilities of making it, be resourceful and savvy to go for what you want. I found a welder to make our coffee table. And an upholsterer to redo a stellar Duncan Phyfe. If you don’t have the funds to hire out, you have your mad skillz. Trade, beg, and borrow. If it’s something you feel passionate about, you can find a way to make it happen. Whether its curtains sewn for the perfect space, a handmade coffee table, or that piece of forgotten furniture instantly spruced with a fresh coat of paint…

Just go for it.

 

With the handmade option, unique details which truly make a house a home are created and in turn, a beautiful abode for your family. Gone are the days of to-the-trade only. With books like undecorate, blogs like Ana White, and never ending inspiration at the touch of a finger, people are thinking outside the Pottery Barn box. It’s a handmade revolution, and it only continues to grow. If we want a truly unique home, its a wonderful option to embrace.

To see more of our before and afters, click here. To read more about our approach to home life + design… click away! Also, be sure to check out our entire FAQ’s page, here. 

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Those are three basic guidelines that I find myself sticking to daily, and reminding others that “the rules” circa 1993 no longer apply to our spaces. Forget your inhibitions, and do what you love in your own home. Be a rebel and don’t worry…because it really is all going to be amazing.

Go for it.

Ashley + Jamin : The Handmade Home : creating a haven for the every day.

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140 Responses to About

  1. abra says:

    love the new name/look, and just you guys in general! i don’t think i have ever commented, but i sneek around here quite a bit, time to show my face, er, blog name. :)

    and now i shall snoop around some more for some great inspiration!

    –abra

  2. moddybee says:

    first my little girls and my middle name are Malone!! the only people i know with the name malone are family! It was my grandfathers name! ok, i am also going to give a shout out to you on our (my sister and i) blog! i love your envelope picture! thanks for sharing! I am now follower!!

  3. Renee Sweeny says:

    Would love to subscribe to your blog updates daily! Thanks! Love your work and creativity the Lord has clearly blessed you with!! Keep at it and enjoy!!!

  4. Isabel says:

    I must know where to get your daughter’s ADORABLE polka dot dress! I totally know this has nothing to do with your DIY home decor blog (which by the way you’re a rockstar) but what mommy of a little girl wouldn’t want to see their sweet thing in that cuteness
    !

  5. Ashley, I’m loving the new blog name but with the same brilliant gal behind it!
    xo
    Kate

  6. Love your website and DIY ideas! I will have to steal some! My husband, who went to school with you, told me about your site and said it was right up my alley. I have a site too, I don’t post much these days, but I have a couple DIY baby girl ideas I can share. Have a great week!

  7. Laura Hunter says:

    Just found your site today…via hookedonhouses.net. Imagine my surprise when I click on the link and find Jamin Mills staring back at me. He may not remember me, but we went to middle/high school together years ago, and I just had dinner with Michael’s wife last night. Shannon and I have been friends for several years. Didn’t know you guys had a blog, or that you were DIY folks. :)

  8. Hey Laura! Hilarious! I’m sure he remembers you. I’ll have to tell him you stopped by to say hello! It’s funny, but a lot of our high school friends are starting to find us. It’s fun. Thanks for letting me know you stopped by!

  9. this is random. but your mom wasn’t a music teacher was she?

    • Laura Hunter says:

      oh yes, she still is. This is her last year…I guess she taught both Michael and Jamin, although I didn’t remember that. She’s retiring this year (teaches where Shannon used to).

      • OH. MY. WORD. PLEASE tell your mom I said hello. She taught me for six years at Valley Elementary, and is still to this day, my very favorite teacher of all time. Ask her if she remembers Ashley Malone. I would love for you to tell her hello for me. I LOVED her!!!!!! I’m having a spazoid attack over here. ;)

  10. Sherry West says:

    Just clicked on for the very first time – very interesting – I will be visiting again. Excited to see your husband’s name – Jamin. My Jamin is 13. We don’t find someone very often who shares his name! Love it!

  11. Bobbie says:

    I am new here and came to this site to see how to make the pillows, step by step but can’t find the directions!!

  12. amelia says:

    i am SO over the moon in love with your blog! i happened upon it through someone’s pinterest post. i am so excited to add you to my favorites and follow you! your freebies are INCREDIBLE and i’m so excited to download and frame some of them! thank you!!! did you create these pictures yourself? BEAUTIFUL
    amelia

  13. Netty says:

    Thank you SOOO much for your philosophy! I am one of those “paralyzed” people who coulnd’t make ANY decisions and just left my house as is and SOOOO unhappy with it. I actually couldn’t sleep at night, and STRESSED about what color to paint my living room, and what color sofa to buy. It was like my first-born was at stake! Sheesh, thanks for expressing how important it is to lighten up, and go with your instincts. I’m excited to make decisions and JUST GO WITH IT, especially now that I have enough courage to DIY or thrift something instead of spending oodles of money on something that I’m not 100% sure I will like in 5 years!

    Mostly, thank you for your honesty. It makes all the difference in the world to hear someone as talented as you report that you’ve been there too, it wasn’t pretty, and now you’re free!!!

    God Bless,
    Netty

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  15. Brooke says:

    Just saw you on the Nate Berkus show! Awesome Fun!! Congrats

  16. karah says:

    i love your blog! saw you on NATE!:) best wishes in all your creative endeavors! i love your home!

  17. nancy says:

    Loved, loved, loved your home on the Nate show!!! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home with the rest of the world. I’m not very hands on when it comes to making my home unique, so thanks for the “how-to” instructions. You are my new best friend!

  18. catalina says:

    Hi! I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’ve just found your blog and I can’t stop reading it! I study industrial design and loveee to create new things from old ones, specialy for my house. I wish to have such a great home as yours in the future.
    Congratulations for your work! I don’t know if I’m using the right expression in english, but your work is something to look up for, to be inspired. :)
    catalina

  19. Becky says:

    Hi Ashley!
    I have been reading your blog nearly everyday, for the past couple months and love it. Today was my first time reading your about page and I am completely, 100% inspired. We have only owned our home for a few quick months but there have already been many moments of hyperventilation and times of paralyzed fear. My husband can help bring me off the edge during these times, but hearing a fellow blogger who has taken leaps of faith, truly makes me laugh at the fear. I want to start all of the could-be-crazy projects right now. Thank you for such great guidelines!

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  21. Pat Smithson says:

    Read about your blog in the Decatur Daily and love your site. Great ideas, I must
    share with my daught and daughter-in-law.

  22. Lisa says:

    Your words are just what I needed to “hear”. Inspiring. Thank You

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  25. Lucy says:

    Glad to meet you. Wonderful advice. I too just “go for it”. It can always be redone if you don’t like it. Most of my home is furnished with flea market, thrift store or garage sale finds. I am a sewer so my ugly old 80′s couch has been slipcovered. So you see…. it CAN be done with just a little money. I have made it MINE and I love it! Thanks for all the inspiration.

  26. Linda says:

    You have become a daily part of my online life! I find myself snooping around on here quite a bit lately and I thank you for your honesty and creativity! I am now on a roll with painting some furniture pieces that have been sitting in my basement collecting dust. You also have inspired me (much to my husband’s dismay) to lighten our home and move away from the dark tones and colors. So glad I found your blog:) Thanks!

  27. Violeta says:

    Hello,
    U have sincere fan from Lithuania (just find on map where this country is.. sorry for my english.. :))
    Your ideas are so warm and cosy. Today in morning I found your web and i didn’t go to work… I just forgot about rest of my world, because your ideas are everything I dreamed about. But at the same time, I was afraid to do or change anything.
    Now me and my darling have a lot off inspiration from u.
    Firstly we’ll make a loft for my youngest princess (my husband is exited of how simply you did it), then we’ll do some amendments in our kitchen, and of course – chalk board paint will take place in our home :)
    Good luck for all your familly,
    Violeta

  28. Natalie says:

    I stumbled upon your site and I LOVE seeing your projects! Thank you for the inspiration!

  29. Rachel says:

    <> I love it and think about all the stuff WE love– not mom. not MIL. US! Glad we aren’t alone in that regard. Just stumbled upon your blog and am already in love!

  30. Nancy says:

    I’ve never responded to a blog, but had to leave you a message. Your site is fantastic!
    Loved your philosophy and improvements you’ve made on your home. I’m embracing
    that same enthusiasm and currently redoing some of the rooms in my house. You’ve really given me some great ideas! Thanks for sharing them.

  31. Becca says:

    I LOVE this post! I feel like I am just at that point in my life. I just turned 27 and am just so over caring what other people thing and being a “people pleaser.” It is so liberating to just let loose and be yourself. Your home looks GORGEOUS and unique and inspiring. Thanks for the great post :)

  32. Cristiana Myers says:

    Hi Ashley,
    I am not real sure I have ever posted anything on your blog, not sure why because I follow you here and on pintrest. But just wanted to say you absolutely adorable and I love everything you post. Your blog is so full of wonderful ideas and inspirations. Thanks for taking the time the blog. Btw, you had me in stitches over the slip cover on your couch, I am so sorry that happened but like you say never, ever again!! I learned a lesson from you. :) Your new couch is fabulous.

    Blessings,

    Cristiana

  33. Brooke says:

    So inspired by your blog! I have the same way of thinking…life is too short…live with what you love! I recently recovered my sofa in a very light stone color almost white. Sometimes I don’t want to even sit on it because it is too pretty. How do you keep your white furniture clean with children?

    • Hey Brooke!

      Well, the only thing I really had that was hard to keep clean, was my slipcovered sofa. But I suffered a loss in the shrinkage department recently, so that’s all been taken care of. You’d be amazed at the difference between a simple white, and an off white, or a fabric with texture, like linen, as far as how easy it is to keep clean! ;} I hope that helps!

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  35. Katie says:

    ABSOLUTELY adore your site!!! I am a teacher and love the freebies (letters, number, pictures ) Fabulous !!!! Was wondering if with you alphabet if you had other letter fonts for a few of the letters !!! Also, would love to be emailed updates daily as well !!! LOVE THE SITE and IDEAS!!!

    Thank you so much !!!!
    Katie

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  37. I love your website, and your motto! I’m a huge yardsaler, and I couldn’t agree with you more that you can find ANYTHING! I’m always surprised by what I find. One site I’ve been using that has made yardsaling so much easier is http://www.yardsalesearch.com (I’ll try and link!). I love it because it maps out a route for me. Just wanted to pass that along. Can’t wait to read more on your site :)

  38. Christine says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog, thanks to Twitter (big surprise, right?) and I must say, this whole post inspired me! And, I must also say, you don’t look nearly old enough to have a hubby, those three gorgeous kids, and a dog! I would have guessed you just graduated high school! LOL! Made me feel old! (And I’m only 33.) Anyway, nice to “meet” you and I will be browsing your site…. OFTEN! :D

  39. amanda says:

    Just found your blog. Love your make overs!

    I’m buying a house and since it’s a little ol bungalow with lots of panel. I will be doing a lot of my own work. I’m thankful for pinterest!

  40. Emily says:

    I am so excited to have found your blog yesterday via 320 Sycamore. You have such a great philosophy on life and decorating which I hope to achieve myself. You house is gorgeous and I love all the projects and makeovers. I think I might be here all day!! Happy Friday! And thank you for the great inspiration.

  41. Alison says:

    Your blog is great! You are so creative. My husband and I bought a house about a year ago. Decorating has been difficult as I have been struggling to find our “style”. Over the last few months I have realized we don’t fall into any style category – and that’s ok! I am liberated by not trying to put our family into a pre-fab box of knick knacks and fabric patterns. My rules now for my home: 1. If we don’t love it, it goes. 2. If we can make it, we do! Thank you for your blog.

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  43. Howdy! I JUST watched YOU on the Nate Berkus show and as soon as the episode was over, I ran to my computer to check our thehandmadehome.net! I have to tell you that I love your style and your approach at doing what makes YOU happy and not letting the influences of others sway you from listening to your heart. L.O.V.E. your bravado! Keep on creating and smiling. You have a beautiful family and God
    has given you many talents that are amazing.

    Kindly,

    Becky
    PS: I made a trip to Montgomery in 2010 to be a speaker at Maxwell AFB. The people there are so nice!!!! Everybody was “yes m’am!!” I live in California and it is so different here than there.

  44. So glad to have found your blog!! LOVE your style!!!!

  45. Thanks, Ashley. Anytime you expose yourself creatively, you feel a little vulnerable and to receive such positive feedback, it really means a lot .

  46. Nina says:

    I love your style. It’s what I’ve envisioned for my home.

  47. I have to say I’m totally impressed. Looks like the last decade has been good to you an Mr. Mills.

  48. Trinity says:

    I’m absolutely in love with your home! You’ve done such an amazing job of making it look great, but also comfortable enough to curl up and take a nap. I just found your blog via Nicole at Me & the Moon and am now your newest follower. I’m so excited to read more and check out more of your handiwork.

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  51. LOVE this!!! I have a dark cabinet kitchen and I REALLY want it white, but my hubby is so against it…not sure where to start with that one;)

  52. tiffany says:

    I work for 6 radio stations in Louisiana. We are trying to build a playhouse to be auctioned off for St. Judes. Do you have any plans you could send me.

  53. Lynn says:

    I’m loving your style. I’m loving your sassiness.

  54. Natalie says:

    Just came across your website while searching for kids bedroom ideas and I was SO excited to see that your husband’s name is Jamin. Mostly because that is my husbands name too! We have never met another Jamin so it is very exciting to virtually meet one. Anyways, thought I would say hello. HI!

    Natalie (& Jamin of course)

  55. WOW! I am completely inspired having read just this About page. Not just by the breathtaking photos of your home, but by your…mission statement.

    My boyfriend has two kids and I am making the slow but exciting transformation to step-mommy to a brilliant 5 year old and a 3 1/2 year old who is ready to take on the world. I worry a lot about the fact that I don’t have the design instincts to make a real “home” for us – at 32, I’ve never had kids, I still rent apartments, and I’ve never painted a wall. We are looking for houses and I really, really want to make our new home a real HOME.

    Reading this nudged me towards an epiphany: our home has to be what makes US happy. Just me, Dustin, Ryan and Corbin. And with a site like yours for design inspiration, I think I can do this. Thanks so much, Ashley! I’m feeling a little more ready for this.

  56. lillian says:

    Thank you for helping me see the light…literally. Those mustard-ish curtains really help diffuse light into a room. I’d never considered that color curtains before, and I’ve been considering curtains for about two months now since I moved into my new apartment. For a sun lover with only one window that lets in good light, this is quite a break through.

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  58. Sarah says:

    This sang to me. All of it. For the past 5 years, I’ve been living with the ‘future buyer’ mindset. Recently, I stopped caring. It’s not their house yet. And perhaps the next person will be more likely to buy it because we gave it some character. Despite the fact that we will likely sell our house and move into the next chapter of our lives the next 2 years, I am going to enjoy it NOW. I just discovered your blog, and am better for it.

  59. Linda says:

    I am so glad that I came across this site! After looking at the font inspiration, I started to meander through and WOW I am totally impressed by your vision and what you have created in your own home. I am impressed and inspired. Thanks.

  60. Lisa Yates says:

    Just found your blog through pinterest. Reading it for half an hour made me feel happy! Lovely ideas and I love your positive attitude…thanks for brightening up my day! We just bought and moved into a lovely but slightly tired-looking home which has been rented out for the past few years and just needs a bit of love…I’m sure I’ll be back for ideas! Lisa

  61. People pleaser – check. Never say no – check. Angry after the fact – check check. I just found your blog via The Nester. I’m in love. You’re house is spectacular. Going to get me some hot chocolate so I can saddle up and read everything.

  62. I just came across your blog literally 5 minutes ago but I am hooked on it already thanks to your “About” page. Your philosophy really spoke to me and I’m so happy for reading it. For some reason I have that fear too, but I’m going to work on getting over it. Your home is beautiful because of your philosophy and I know mine will be too. Thanks!

  63. I have recently hit 40 and work for the government jobcentre which is not fun. After 20 years there decided must get out. Set up own business and now want to revamp rest of life so can leave day job asap. This article has inspired me as sound very like you in lots of ways. It is nice to confirm and the pictures are fantastic. If my house can look half as good I will be happy. Just discovered your site and will be logging on from now on. Thankyou.

  64. Lezlie Butts says:

    I probably just missed it, but did you tell readers where you got that awesome egg/basket artwork in your dining room? Just found your blog and I love it.

  65. Tina says:

    Your home is beautiful! I have always hated white walls, but I love the way you have decorated your walls and it makes me rethink the white!

  66. Yashmitha Padayachee says:

    Wowser:) love this blog . so makes me think of my life with my husband, hes a building contractor, and im prett crafty if i do say so myself!, so we pretty much do all our renovating on our own as well. paint on our clothes check, in our hair check lols. thanks for an amzing blog that will kep us going through our our renovating :)

  67. Kate Quigley says:

    My mom Kirsten Quigley just showed me all your creations. My favorite one is the tree house……, i wish you could transform our tree house into that! I loved looking at your sight. I love to paint and make new things.

    Kate Quigley (and Claire Quigley)

  68. Helen says:

    I came across your blog on Pinterest and I am so pleased I did. I’ve just bought my first home and I have loads of ideas and dreams for how I want it to look but have been feeling a little apprehensive and timid about starting. Your blog has given me a lot of encouragement. Your home look beautiful x x

  69. Jordan says:

    Hey there everyone
    I have been looking to buy some rugs lately.. anyone know any sites?
    I’ve heard about Rugman.com? Any experiences there? :)

  70. Christina says:

    Which paint color and brand did you use for your cabinets? Your kitchen looks beautiful.

  71. MaggieMay says:

    I just found you by looking at the blogs that Kate at Centsational Girl reads. I read your About Us and almost got teary. I live in so much fear of doing the wrong thing with MY house. But it is MY house. And why shouldn’t I change things to the way I would love for them to be?! Reading your story and simple philosophy of “what if this is really the last place I ever live?” may have just sparked me to be completely fearless about creating my home. I love how you transformed a house you bought into your home. A place that when people walk into it, they know YOU live there. That is my new goal. When someone walks into my home, I want them to feel that I live there with my family. Because this is what Maggie’s house would look like. Thank you for being fearless first and inspiring us to do the same!!

  72. Robin HockmanTrhock says:

    I love the egg painting! Saw it in an earlier post and wondered where you had gotten it. Amazing! I don’t do Facebook or twitter but pinned it on pinterest.

  73. monica ford says:

    not sure if this is the correct place or not, but i just found your site and have to say i love it!! i’m a graphic designer and for some reason decorating my house wasn’t a high priority until my ex left me with a lot of repairs to make on “our” house. i started with our bedroom, had to get him out of there, it felt great!!! now i am on to the kitchen, i have spilled wax, the kind you put in a melter, all over my floor. it is a porous linoleum. how do i get that up? or is that even possible?
    i have tried the bag and iron thing but there is still some on the floor . . .

  74. M says:

    You two are amazing! I love, I mean LOVE your beautiful space/designs!
    Wow! Thank you for sharing…blessings M

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  76. holly says:

    I love everything you’ve done! I actually would love meeting u:) u sound just like us. We have 3 children as well and love all hobbies…even the ones I’m not good at;) so impressed! Gives me lots of inspiration!

  77. Linda Rogers says:

    Love your style.

  78. Nancy says:

    Thank you ladies for all your amazing and inspirational posts. I found you a few months ago, I think via Centsational Girl…and subscribed via email. Love seeing your email everyday. We just moved into our new home and I find myself looking at all of your pics for inspiration :)

  79. Jennifer says:

    I was curious about the picture that shows your refrigerator. Did you paint it with chalkboard paint? If so, could you explain the process? If not, where did you get it? It is so cute.

    Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.

    Sincerely,

    Jennifer

  80. OK. I am inspired. This is awesome and such a good reminder to just go for it! I LOVE the permission to let go of a purchase you regret. I know so many people that build their rooms around a couch that they hate just because it was $$. And I am definitely too sexy for my laundry. :)

  81. Susan Pridgen says:

    Good for you! I turn 60 this October. (but I’m not old ! My friends and I laugh and talk about how ridiculous it is that we’re “turning”. We wonder when we will feel mature.) The aging thing is a whole other book. I’ll try to stick to this subject which is,Good for You! At age 30 you already realize what took me,and most around 50 or more years to learn. Your home is YOURS ! It should be a reflection of how you see yourself and the world. Our home is a scrapbook of the trips and events of our lives. Everything has meaning and tells the story of our family. Friends always look around and say,”Wow, I notice something different each time I’m here!”(not a hoarder,promise). You are in your home 100% of the time,others maybe 1%, who you gonna make happy? Stay true to you and you’ll always enjoy coming home. (When we come back after a trip,we always look around and say how much we love our house.) You are fortunate your husband is a true partner! Your home is just wonderful! I can only imagine what a fun person you are! You have such creative ideas and I love your style! You are right,”it’s all amazing!”
    Most sincerely,
    Susan P.
    P.S. My husband walked our daughter down the aisle to “Forever Young” -I noticed that on one of your afters. You,my dear, on on the right track!

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  83. I LOVE reading about your design philosophy and the journey of making your home somewhere you love to be! It piggy backs so well on your Designing out of the Box session at Haven. I’ve been on that same journey for a while and am still processing it all, but isn’t it freeing to just do what you love and not worry about the dreaded word “resale” or what if someone doesn’t like this? Thanks for sharing, Ashley :)

  84. Jill says:

    Just stumbled across this blog from Pinterest (via your Watercolour Art party post as I am planning my daughter’s 5th Birthday) and have to say I love your style! Love your inspiring words too…re: to just be brave and “go for it”. We’re currently working on updating our 1970′s split level and I think I will be back for more inspiration! Thanks!

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  86. Kathy says:

    Love your style and your attitude. :)

  87. Britney says:

    This is the most amazing blog!!!! You are an inspiration of exactly what I want my home to look & feel like. Thank you!!!!

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  89. LaTonya says:

    I voted for you!!

  90. Gillian says:

    So so so love what u have done. I have never followed the rules but agonized long, longer & longest. Good on u, You are an inspiration to all. Keep it coming!

  91. Joni says:

    I am so excited to have found your blog! You are speaking to my soul, both in your encouraging words and lovely, fresh style. I’m going to paint those stripes I’ve been dreaming about, first thing tomorrow!
    Blessings to you and your family.

  92. Zeza S says:

    Your beautiful site is my inspiration every time you open it!
    Thank you very much for your advice and motivation.

    Greetings from Croatia!

  93. GENA says:

    I LOVE YOU SITE!!!! THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT TIPS AND WAR EAGLE!!!!

  94. Wendy Chen says:

    I’ve discovered your website by accident whilst looking for calendars. I love the ideas, comments and humour.

    Keep up the fantastic work.