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How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

Posted by Andie on September 10, 2018

I live in Richmond, Virginia, and it turns out that we have a category 4 hurricane headed for our area of the country this weekend.  YIKES.  The storm projections continue to change.  We aren't sure how directly impacted we will be, but one thing is certain- we will be seeing a LOT of rain, and possibly power outages and flooding, at best.  Costco was literally out of water this morning, and the food on the shelves at the grocery store is flying fast, so it's safe to say most people are in full blown panic mode!

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Design Trends That Need To Go Away Forever

Posted by Andie on September 9, 2018

Most of us can all look back on some of the design decisions we've made over the years and cringe in regret, horror, and disbelief.  "What in the world was I thinking??!"  "How????"  It happens to the very best of us.  And news flash: it's just going to keep happening!

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How To Pick The Right Paint Color

Posted by Andie on September 8, 2018

Raise your hand if you've ever picked out what you thought was the perfect paint color, only to realize it was a gigantic mistake AFTER painting an entire room said color.  ME!!!!!!  We were painting the nursery for my first baby, and I was so excited I couldn't stand waiting or testing or doing any of that silly prep work- so I found a beautiful gray, painted the whole thing- and BAM.  With the direction the windows were facing, and the way the sunlight streamed into the room, I woke up the next morning horrified to find that the nursery was no longer gray.... it was purple!  I kid you not.   I learned my lesson.  Now, I never skip the research stage of selecting paint.  Here are 3 tips to help you in your quest to find the perfect color for your next paint project...

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The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Posted by Andie on September 6, 2018


Baking cookies is kind of my thing.  In fact, some might call me a cookie snob.  I prefer the term connoissuer instead.  For years, I was convinced that I had the very best chocolate chip cookie recipe in all the land----- and then I tried these cookies I'm about to share with you.  HOLY COW THEY BLEW MY MIND!!! 

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Pretty Gallery Walls

Posted by Andie on September 5, 2018

There is something about a well put together gallery wall that makes my heart sing!  Sadly, all gallery walls are not created equally though.  Anyone can throw a dozen picture frames on a wall and call it good, but it can be difficult to get it just right- looking complete without feeling too busy or nauseating.  You know what I mean?  It's tricky, at best.

While gallery walls have been deemed as "trendy" in the past, if you do it right, they can be timeless and classic and wonderful.    Here are a few tips to get you started on creating an amazing gallery wall in your home....

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Ceiling Fans: Yay or Nay

Posted by Andie on September 4, 2018

Ceiling fans get a real bad rap in the design world.  Many designers view ceiling fans as a huge design faux paux and no no, but I completely disagree.... especially if you live in a hot or humid climate!  My ceiling fans are literally my saving grace- I wouldn't be able to survive without them any time of the year!  I love pretty design, but I firmly believe that function and comfort should always come first!

I will admit, historically speaking, they haven't been the prettiest things in the world--in fact, bulky, outdated, dusty, and hideous are words that come to mind if I'm being really honest.  The good news is that ceiling fans have come a LONG way over the past few years.  They come in so many different finishes and styles, and many of them are reasonably priced- there is something for everyone.  I'm covinced that ceiling fans are a NECESSITY in every home!  Check out the beautiful examples below to see how ceiling fans have moved from gross to gorgeous....

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How To Style Book Shelves

Posted by Andie on September 3, 2018

A beautifully displayed book shelf might appear to look effortless, but chances are it was very carefully curated and not haphazardly thrown together!  It can be tricky getting it just right, and so here are 8 steps to help you style your book shelves like a professional designer...

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Monochromatic Rooms

Posted by Andie on September 2, 2018

A few weeks ago I posted a blog about monochromatic walls, and today we are taking it a step further: whole entire monochromatic ROOMS.  If an entire room based on one color sounds boring to you, don't worry- you are not alone!  It might be a surprise to learn that monochromatic color schemes are a lot harder to execute than they sound.  Good designers will go to great lengths to take what sounds stale and lifeless and actually create a visually interesting room-- with just one color!  Here are two tips to help you put together a fantastic monochromatic space...

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Stacie's Fresh Salsa Recipe

Posted by Andie on September 1, 2018

Today you guys are in for a real treat!  In my opinion, there is no better snack in the world than chips and fresh salsa, and my sister's salsa recipe is arguably the best I've ever had!  And that's saying something because I'm a salsa junkie.  She graciously agreed to let me share her tried & tested recipe with the world, which is a real blessing for humanity.  I'm not even trying to be sarcastic here!  Whip this up in no time with the last of your fresh, garden tomatoes, and you will love me forever....


How to Stock Your Pantry

Posted by Andie on August 31, 2018

You know that feeling.  You're in a time crunch throwing together dinner and you're positive you have everything on hand...only to find at the last minute that you are short 1 or 2 essential ingredients and have to make a dreaded trip to the grocery store.  Isn't that the worst?  It's basically the story of my life.  In an effort to live a simpler, less frazzled life, I'm on a mission to create a well stocked pantry.  I found an awesome guide made by Eating Well that gives you a run down of some of the best items to keep in your pantry so that you're ready for anything! If that means no last minute trips to the store with three babies, I'm in!  Check it out...

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