I stepped outside today and the weather was so brisk that I had to walk back inside and grab a sweater.  This my friend, is my happy place.  I grew up in the Midwest and have always appreciated everything our four seasons had to offer.  Now that I’m an adult I’m still experiencing all of the seasons’ unique […]

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Dear Reader, I would like for you to close your eyes for just a second.  Now picture a world of vibrant colors and complete fantasy, one that includes cobblestone roads, plush green trees, and the most luscious flowers you’ve ever seen.  I imagine that you’re pretty sure this is can only be a dream because […]

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  • Courtney - Susan! Oh my goodness. I am sitting here reading this and am so touched by your words. You are such a wonderful person and sweet friend Susan and I just adore you so much. Thank you so much for this post sharing your heart and my book with your readers. You are a treasure to me. xoxReplyCancel

Happy Summer!! Hi there guys! I am so honored to be invited to join a tour with her, as well as all these other incredible ladies, including our incredibly talented host Kristen from Ella Claire Blog.  If you’re visiting me from her blog and you know exactly what I mean, stunning! So welcome, I’m so […]

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This post is sponsored by World Market, all opinions are our own. Ever since I can remember I have been a fan of World Market. I love the rustic old-world, bohemian vibe that wonderfully aligns with the style I love to decorate with.  As you can imagine, we were beyond thrilled when we were contacted […]

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  • Catherine - Love this space! It looks so good! Can’t wait to hang out there and enjoy summer with you and the family! 💕ReplyCancel

    • susan - That makes two of us!!! xoxo love you!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - I love this space and would spend all my time there. I went back to year 1 and 2 and love how the space has evolved. I tried to find more info on the fern art work but didn’t see any reference to it, would you mind sharing the details of this piece?ReplyCancel

    • susan - Hi Kathleen,

      Thank you for your sweet words! The picture is actually from Homegoods, I hope that helps you out some!

      Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

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Good afternoon, Friends! Thank you for stopping by today!! I am so excited to share a company that has literally transformed our home, Romabio! Our home is made of solid brick, which is very beautiful but its natural color just wasn’t for us.  It was dark and didn’t show off our 1920’s bungalow in all […]

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  • Merri - This transformation is amazing, love the the lime wash. And the floor painted black, I never would have thought of that! Did you make your mat? Also would you mind sharing where you got the potted tree? If it’s faux, that is…I do not have a green thumb.ReplyCancel

    • susan - Hi Merri, Rob here. Thanks for commenting. SQ picked the black and it’s pretty cool. Hides dirt a lot better than the white we had. She didn’t make the mat. I’ll ask. The tree is a gig from home depot. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Robbin Williams - Good morning Rob and Susan. Can you share where you purchased both the doormats and also their sizes? Thank you both.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Love the limewash! Am considering this look for our red brick home. I am curious…how long has it been since you painted the house and how well has it stood the test of time and weather? Have had several painters respond to this process with skepticism and I’m nervous to take the plunge.ReplyCancel

    • susan - Hi Amy,

      Rob here helping SQ keep up. We applied the lime wash last summer and it looks great. It’s held up very well. The wash isn’t actually paint, which would chip off over time, but rather a “stain” that absorbs into the brick. So I imagine the painters are basing their opinions on what they know and are simply not familiar with Romabio’s product. If you go to their site it actually explains how it works much better than I just did. 🙂

      RobReplyCancel

Hi friends! Thank you so much for stopping by today! This tutorial has been much anticipated by many of you.  Sorry it has taken some time to get it out! Lately I’ve been working on a lot of projects – both professional and personal – that I’ve had to work through.  With everything going on […]

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I’m a little bit embarrassed for you to read what I am about to write. Because as an influencer I am so very guilty of several components of what’s to follow. But lately I am feeling tired. And by lately, I would say this past year especially. Tired in all forms of the word, physically […]

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  • Diva Odete Kreszl - Thank you for your transparency and honesty, something we need more of these days. As an empty nester I can now look back and see how much precious time was wasted on my perfectionism, the struggle to always maintain the perfect home. Hopefully young women reading your words today will realize that while all the pretty pics are fun to look at they don’t always represent real life and know that it’s ok to not always have it all together. Now I worry less about the perfect decor in order to have more time enjoying my grandchildren. You’re absolutely right, the first photo of your daughter is precious and captures a special moment!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle O - Kudos to you!!! Both photos ARE perfection!ReplyCancel

  • Angela - I wish i was a good writer…..do you follow Nesting Place? You should give her blog a look she has the perfect mix of the perfectly imperfect home and i think for the most, people appreciate that so much more….it shows a little more truth i guess. I guess blogging, when a blog and a home is as nice as yours…. it’s like reading a magazine where everything is perfect but I find reading a blog is a little more personal with comments and interacting with the person who writes the articles and people love the real life in blogging and pictures, I read it time and time again in the comments section. Anyway hope you understand what i am trying to say. I think you captured a beautiful shot of your daughter in her pj’sReplyCancel

  • Dee - Well this is my very first time reading your blog and I found it very insightful. It really made me think about the Lord and how we sometimes try to hide all the messiness in our life from him and we don’t take things to him in prayer, and we don’t confess our sins and shortcomings, and we try to do everything on our own and take leadership where really he needs to be having Lordship. So thank you for this post and the authenticity that went along with it I do appreciate that so much!ReplyCancel

  • Karlene - Wow! What a beautiful and heartfelt post! I was touched that you were comfortable sharing such honest feelings. Wasn’t it interesting that the photos would show such dramatic different settings? The innocent one truly shows how the beautiful surroundings makes such a comfortable home! It is scary the pressure social media can put on people, good for you to see the differences and choose to be “honest.” I was much more drawn to your original photo than the staged one, and yet your home was identical in both!ReplyCancel

Hi guys!   If you follow along on Instagram, you guys know that recently my father passed away.  As you can imagine, that has been an emotional rollercoaster for me and my family.  I won’t go into details about that journey here but it was absolutely necessary for my family’s sanity for us to spend […]

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  • Amy - HI Susan,
    I’m sorry for the loss of your father. Losing someone you love is an ’emotional roller-coaster’- as you said. Though I know you will see him again one day and that he’s a lot closer than you may realize.
    I enjoyed reading your post and looking at all of the pictures you shared on your blog. You are a really good photographer. And what a beautiful place to ALL be together.
    Well, I wish you and your family well. With Sympathy, and Best Wishes, Amy.ReplyCancel

    • susan - Thank you so much for your kind words! And I feel the same way about him still being close!ReplyCancel