Category Archives: confessions

death by minivan

death by minivan

I’m here before you with sweaty palms and a lowered head while I move my feet awkwardly in a way likened to that of a three year old. Who just broke your favorite vase handed down through generations that your grandmother’s aunt’s sister gave you on your sixteenth birthday. Because today, I have a truth to share with all of you: {deep breath}

I drive a minivan.read more

the handmade home design services

the handmade home design services

We’re at a turning point here, at The Handmade Home with what we do. While you can always find us here in our little passionate corner of the www, we’re also ready to return to our love of helping others beyond the screen in discovering that hidden beauty in their homes.read more

the hard is what makes it great

the hard is what makes it great

Just a little reminder that life is a little bit of a fight. And a little bit of an adventure. And a lot hard. But the hard is what makes it truly great. {And a free watercolor printable, just in case your path looks like that right now, too.} league_of_their_own_artread more

changing your style

changing your style

changing_your_style

One reader wrote: The problem is, I don’t know what to keep, what to toss, or where to even begin without feeling just awful about it. Please help me?

A few practical tips and tricks for making the transition, when you’re ready to change your style.read more

the peanut butter game

the peanut butter game

i_am_seeking_i_am_striving

Every year, I’m all about the auld lang syne. There’s something about the sparkle and the promise and the excitement of a fresh slate. The freeing awesomeness that is all things new. The disturbing {for a control freak like moi} excitement in the unknown.

But somewhere, between the formative years of teenage-hood and now… I stopped making strict lists of must-have accomplishments. Because that’s what it had become for me.read more

rigby & fitz

rigby & fitz

puppy_love

I’m not sure any of this has an explanation, or that we can really give one. I mean, puppies. The end. Of all things sanity.

Because these fluffy gals are the cutest things we ever did see.

Meet Rigby + Fitz.read more

the weary world rejoices

the weary world rejoices

home_made_manger

The first Christmas… was probably the most imperfect event there ever was.read more

vulnerable hospitality

vulnerable hospitality

vulnerableI’ve been thinking a lot about the art of hospitality, probably for the past year. The idea of it. It’s something that southerners pride themselves in, and in our little culture, we run the high risk of becoming walking Stepford Wife stereotypes melded with the fried chicken Church Lady with a dash of Steel Magnolias. Something I find both strangely comforting and terrifying all at the same time.

It’s something I only thought I understood.read more

it only gets better

it only gets better

you_get_better_with_age

“Just so we’re clear,” I announced to anyone who would listen, “I will be celebrating 35, from here on out.”read more

confessions of a total christmas slacker

confessions of a total christmas slacker

forget_to_move_the_elf

I had good intentions, and that counts for something.read more

a good run

a good run

chloe40

He chose her that day, at the shelter, because she vaguely reminded him of his childhood dog. -We had a good run, Chloe.read more

the beauty of contrast

the beauty of contrast

the_beauty_of_contrast

Three simple ways to use it in your home, and why it should be your new best friend.read more

the best apology

the best apology

ctrl+zThe best apology ever, and how I’m working on doing a better job, myself.read more

things I’m too old for this halloween {ghosts of halloweens past}

things I’m too old for this halloween {ghosts of halloweens past}

halloween_ideas

Things I’m too old for this Halloween. And the ghosts of Halloweens past.read more

reboot

reboot

still_water

Because sometimes life can just be icky.read more

tablescape ideas

tablescape ideas

easy_tablescape_ideas

Easy tablescape ideas for the holidays!read more

define your style : finding inspiration with Dutch Boy

define your style : finding inspiration with Dutch Boy

studio_fall_peek

tips and tricks for defining your style + win a great sweepstakes from Dutch Boyread more

tips for choosing hardwood floors

tips for choosing hardwood floors

tips_and_tricks_for_choosing_hardwoods

how to choose hardwoods for your home – a few tips and tricks we learnedread more

confessions of a slow seasonal decorator

confessions of a slow seasonal decorator

living_room_fall_ideas

Another peek at our home in the fall and a few little confessions.read more

a good pair of shoes {part 3}

a good pair of shoes {part 3}

Cinderellas castle

A good pair of shoes – part 3.read more