So, company’s coming! It’s that time of year, and I’m getting ready to host my family Thanksgiving Dinner. Should be great! I come from a storied history of huge holiday dinners. My mom, the consummate hostess, threw Thanksgivings where everyone was welcome: friends without family, visiting missionaries, extended-extended family, shut-in neighbors – I think we … Continue reading Get Set . . .
So, straight-up, I’m Norwegian. Like, I act Norwegian. Exhibit A: I dress in layers. Exhibit B: I own a garden gnome. Two, actually. Exhibit C: I say “uffda”* when picking up something heavy. And I can tell you what this is: Guesses? It’s a sandbakkel tin. Sandbakkels (pronounced “SONd-bockls”) are Norwegian molded shortbread cookies and … Continue reading Straight Outta Norway
So it’s a pretty classic scenario, really: the dryer breaks so you buy a spiffy new washer/dryer set as an unplanned (but money-saving in the long run, right?) solution. And now the rest of your laundry room looks downright hillbilly next to your new appliances. I mean, those babies are stainless steel! So I did … Continue reading Laundry Room Makeover, Part 1
My friend Leah owns an interior design business and has to make buying trips every six months. Poor thing. Whenever she comes back I make her tell me what’s up. What’re we going to be seeing next season? What’s new? A few years ago the forecast as “industrial” and “big beds” and “black”. Then came “blue. … Continue reading Great Brass
So, as I was saying . . . With a summer full of stress, both good and bad, I felt a funny emptiness inside. Simultaneously revved up and tired, and really “blah.” I was frustrated that all this worry and praying were tiring, but I had nothing to show for my days. As much as I … Continue reading My Surreal Summer or “What I Did on My Summer Vacation, Part 2”
I think it’s such a treat to have creative people in my life. Especially creative people that come from a different design discipline. When I’m fumbling around with my brand of creative projects in my head all day, I love to see something new, something different. Something that stretches my own ideas out of their … Continue reading Meet Holly Snelling
When we bought our lovely house several years ago, it was clean and white. White walls, white trim, white carpet. And it was clean. And then we moved in. Now, I’m not saying that we’re the dirty-nastiest family I know, but we’re not a family that’s going to keep a clean, white house clean and white … Continue reading Bring It, Dirt