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SNEAK PEEK | WHY I CREATED A RETREAT IN OUR RENTAL

Over the past five years this space has seen lots of transition and style changes and we’ve done our best to create spaces that feel like “home” even though it’s not our ideal…home.

 
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It’s funny, because before moving to our current neighborhood, my husband and I would often drive to this area and go to Chili’s ( we’re super fancy). 

Unbeknownst to us at the time, we would be buying the house down the street. I never wanted to move outside of the city. I loved the convenience of being 25-30 min from Chicago. Plus, I had imagined getting a home that was move in ready.

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A LAYERED BEDROOM REFRESH WITH REVIVAL RUGS

Recently I partnered with Revival Rugs and decided to give the one rug that I chose a try in our bedroom.

First, I guess I should start with the beginning: I have seen Revival and others touting the brand for a while and I loved what I saw. They offer wide range of vintage rugs in an array of sizes, colorways, and styles.

 

A FAMILY’S DREAM BECOMES REALITY IN THE MOST UNEXPECTED PLACE

#mywholehome

Meet Jessica Mariano or Jess, for short. She’s a good friend of mine and I’ll do my best here today to unfold her story of home but I think Jess does it best…

 

RESTORATION HOUSE BOOK | PRE-ORDERS + A DOSE OF REALITY

lifestyle + inspiration

It’s official, friends. My book Restoration House is available for pre-sale now! Whoo, hoo!

I am both elated and terrified at the same time. This book coming available to the masses sends shivers down my spine and gives me all sorts of emotions about the weeks…

 

D.C. Historian Doesn’t Allow Square Footage to Steal Her Shine

#mywholehome

It has caused me to become very intentional about everything—from how I spend day to prioritizing goals to traveling. I actually wish that I had been this intentional with my life much sooner…

 

100+ WOMEN OF COLOR YOU SHOULD BE FOLLOWING

Rog and Bee Walker of Paper Monday via Tailored Heritage

I’ve expressed a bit more lately the gap that many of us (and you) are beginning to see (but not because it just began) in the blogger world where women of color are concerned and some of my thoughts on why…

 

WHAT I AM READING RIGHT NOW + WHY

BLACK HISTORY MONTH + BEYOND

photography | Carly Bish

I feel like I’ve been having babies for the entire last season of my life and either nursing or pregnant for the rest and while I realize that’s a complete exaggeration but also something that many of you mama’s out there will relate to, it’s nonetheless the way I feeeeeeelllll…

 
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A SOUTH CAROLINA NATIVE MAKES AN ETERNAL MARK AT HOME

#mywhole

My husband and I scooped up our dream home near our hometown several years back. It’s got farmhouse vibes and was built in 1890. It sits on a few acres and we’re living the dream with some chickens and a rope swing..

 
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A DALLAS ARTIST MAKES HOME HER CANVAS

#mywholehome

We bought this home from the original owner and it was in original 1980s condition. It was sold as a “tear-down” house and didn’t even have listing photos! We bought it as-is because I knew it was well-built and I could see its potential.  We have never bought a “move-in-ready home” and sometimes I think we are crazy for that! But only sometimes. Because slowly transforming a home into an expression of your love for your family is what I’m all about.

 
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WE’RE DOING IT AGAIN

#mywholehome series

PHOTOGRAPHY | TIARRA SORTE PHOTOGRAPHY

…I am so excited to share more home stories with each of you here on the blog as we dive into taking a more in-depth look into the homes of bloggers and friends from Instagram to the internet and beyond….

 
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WHY I’M NOT A DESIGNER

AND HOW I AM LEARNING TO EMBRACE THAT TRUTH

Over the 7-8 years that I’ve chosen to go the home decor, interior styling, DIY -route I’ve had countless people ask me what I do. Typically when they find out what I do, the response is usually always the same…

 

MY FAVORITE VINTAGE RUG SOURCES

AND MAKING A DECISION IN MY OWN SPACE

photography + design | The Vintage Rug Shop

OMG you guys. Why is choosing rugs so freaking hard. I mean, I know what I like. At least I think. Then, I start looking at all the rug selections online and

 

5 LIES WE CANNOT AFFORD TO BRING INTO 2019

MY NON-RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Welcome to 2019, friends!

As you surely know, this is the time of year that everyone’s making resolutions and setting all sorts of amazing goals. I’ve never been much of a goal setter…

 

FINGER FOODS + DRINKS | WHAT TO SERVE AT YOUR NYE PARTY

ENTERTAINING

PHOTOGRAPHY | TIARRA SORTE

 
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A SEATTLE FAMILY FINDS PURPOSE IN HOME

#mywholehome

 
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TERRITORY + A GIFT GUIDE FOR THE NEUTRALS-LOVER

HOME + LIFESTYLE

About a month ago while perusing the internet, I stumbled upon a wonderful “new to me” brand called Territory

 

AN ARIZONA FAMILY TURNS A BARN HOUSE INTO A DREAM HOUSE

#mywholehome

I’m so excited to introduce Lexi and her crew to each of you today. She is a successful business owner who loves pretty (as you will see) as much as the rest of us but even more important and what I’d like you to focus on as she shares below…

 
Image via  Domino

Image via Domino

I’m getting back into the swing of things in the world of DIY and I’m pretty sure next year’s gonna look completely different around here wehre that’s concerned. Come along as I share a few of my favorite…

 
 

A TACOMA PHOTOGRAPHER EMBRACES THE SPACE SHE’S IN

#mywholehome

Our home has evolved so much over the years. We've raised babies and toddlers here, now we have 3 teenagers and a first grader. The look and feel of our home has changed with every age and stage. When we moved in to this 100 year-old home there were so many things that needed updating, cosmetic and otherwise…

 

small space living

best side + coffee tables for small spaces

I think we’ve gone through a billion arrangements in trying to figure out how to make a small space feel large and I’ve settled for now on using our ottoman as a coffee table which isn’t a bad deal if you ask me but I’ve had some requests recently on Instagram

 

BEST HOSTESS GIFTS

Okay, maybe I lied. Maybe these gifts won’t get you invited back to the party next year but since gift giving is less about you and more about the person you are giving it to, we can all agree that these are surely gifts that will make your hosts feel thought of and loved.


 
PHOTOGRAPHY | TIARRA SORTE |  @TIARRASORTE   HOME | THIMBLE + CLOTH |  @THIMBLEANDCLOTH

PHOTOGRAPHY | TIARRA SORTE | @TIARRASORTE

HOME | THIMBLE + CLOTH | @THIMBLEANDCLOTH

How many times have you scrolled through Instagram or Pinterest and struggled with the images you see believing that the life being portrayed in those images is a far cry from what yours may look like ?

 

5 WAYS TO PUT THOSE VINTAGE FINDS TO USE IN YOUR HOME RIGHT NOW

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Okay, so if you've followed me for a while you know that one of the reasons this little gig was even named RH was a tribute not only to God's restoring of my own life BUT to honor my love for vintage and antique findS…

 

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2018

I am so excited to share some specially curated items with you today that I know you guys are going to love not only taking a look at yourselves but sharing them with friends and family as we approach one of the busiest holiday seasons of the year.

 

If you’re a list maker who finds joy in checking things off or the order of the day, I admire you. Some days I want to be (like) you.

 
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I started this series almost four years ago over on my other blog before I switched things over here. I gave it a go for months as I felt I was led to and then after about 6 months, the desire and the passion or felt need to continue with the series fizzled and I was on to other things…

I started this series almost four years ago over on my other blog before I switched things over here. I gave it a go for months as I felt I was led to and then after about 6 months, the desire and the passion or felt need to continue with the series fizzled and I was on to other things…

 

BEYOND THE PUMPKIN

Simple Fall + Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration

I’m all for decorating my home and setting the table with things that I already have in my own home. Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE buying new things but when I AM buying those things, I typically try to purchase items that are basics and that I can use beyond just one season…

 
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A SURPRISING FRIDGE TRANSFORMATION

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FALL TABLE INSPIRATION

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I've always loved coming together and bringing new and old friends around the table. I really don't think I could have said it any better than Alice Waters. She truly, in the above quote, encapsulates why coming around the table with others means so much to me…  

 
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FRIDAY 5 | FALL FAVES

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I thought it was so cute, yesterday on my IG feed someone suggested I do OOTD posts. I don’t think I will be doing them consistently any time soon but there’s no doubt that I love creating not just in homes but on my own body with my clothing…

 

GALLERY WALL INSPO + MY DILEMMA

We live in a rental. We can't touch anything in the home we live in. No new flooring, no new cabinetry, no new wall colors-nothing. Now, if you're reading this and you're a creative like me who loves changing the aforementioned more than you change your unmentionables then you understand my plight. Couple that with an architectural design that isn't exactly my own and it COULD be a recipe for disaster…

 

FRIDAY 5| LIGHTING

Photography and Bathroom Design | Stacy K Allen

I've been on the search for the perfect sconces for our walls in our little cottage and since we are renters with definite restrictions, I’ll be needing a plug-in option vs. hardwire…

 

OLIVE BAR CHICKEN from THE MODERN PROPER

With all the busyness the fall season brings, I am always looking for ways to cut corners but not taste. This recipe from The Modern Proper 100% delivers in every way and I HAD to share it with you guys. It’s officially my new favorite…

 

MONDAY MUSINGS

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So, yesterday I was driving along, minding my business when all of a sudden I realized that it was October 1. Now, I know that fall officially began a couple of weeks ago but for some reason, in my mind, it's really not fall until I see change in the seasons. The trees begin to fade into beautiful hues of red and golden browns and yellows and the temps truly begin. Around here, that's usually right around October…

 

I feel like that title is a little misleading. Mostly because when I say hard in the title it should actually read “really hard like can’t get outta the bed and you feel like you’re dying and you’ve lost it all…hard”. The past year was pretty rough for me. It's been a year since I've written anything not related to my book…

 

 

MEET KENNESHA

Hi there, I'm the creative behind Restoration House and I'm glad you are here...

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