Posts from ‘house’

Dec
20

It was so much fun decorating the house for the holidays. It took so long to remodel, decorating for the holidays was the ultimate payoff! Ever since I was a child, I dreamed of hanging Christmas stockings from a fireplace mantle. We never had a fireplace growing up, well not much of anything for that matter. It makes me appreciate the comforts in my life today so much. And it’s a dream come true to decorate our gorgeous reclaimed mantle and custom shelves for the holidays this year. 

With a wreath where the clock hung and garland laced with lights, reindeer stocking hangers and beautiful stockings. I re-purposed our candle pillars and added in red flicker candles. And lots of blankets and pillows and Santas and our little tree with colorful lights. It’s such a cozy, colorful room, especially when Jason builds a fire most evenings.

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Feb
10

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed we’ve been working hard to update our house the last few (okay 9) months. Jason bought our house about six months before we met and didn’t put much time or effort into decorating since he knew at some point I might want to be a part of that equation. 🙂

About six months after we married, I started working with my friend Michelle who is an interior designer (Chelle Interior Design) to begin transforming our main level into a functional space that reflected our family and felt like home. We planned through the fall and started the hard work right before the holidays. We’re not quite finished yet – we still need to add drapes and electrical outlets and more decor pieces… but I’m excited to share some of the progress we’ve made.

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Nov
29

Have you checked your dryer vent lately? No, I don’t mean the lint trap that you should clean each time you do laundry. I mean the vent that leads from the back of the dryer to the outside. Did you know that many house fires each year are blamed on these dryer vents being clogged or dirty from lint? This can put you and your family at a serious safety risk. Most web sites I’ve checked say you should clean them out once a year.

A couple of years ago, I had called a service repair company to check on my dryer, as it was taking a really long time to dry clothing and I feared something was wrong with it. The man who checked on it said it was working fine, but he cleaned the lint out of the venting, which may have been making it run less effectively. I noticed a difference right away. He didn’t show me how much lint he removed and I hadn’t really thought about it since then.

Recently I’d become worried that my dryer wasn’t working as well again. But instead of paying someone to come out and check on it again, I decided to buy a lint brush so I could do it myself. I found a few different options at Home Depot, but ultimately decided to the get Everbilt Dryer Lint Removal Kit. I liked that it had multiple sizes of brushes and a vacuum attachment. It was about $25.

I finally got around to it today and am so glad I did! I was seriously shocked to see how much lint had built up in my dryer and dryer vents over the last couple of years. I’ll share some of my tips here and some pictures in case you want to give it a shot.

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