your questions answered, pt.1, and a winner!!!

congratulations to kara!

you were chosen by as the winner of the $75 shop credit to the pleated poppy!

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ok, i got lots of really fun questions, so i’m going to have to break them up into sections.

today i’m going to address all the q’s about my house – here we go!

Hi! I am trying to convince my husband to let me put a white couch in the family room – inspired by you! My question is where did you get yours?? I like the sectionals online at IKEA but am unsure of the quality and love your white couch, thanks!!!

– i have 2 white slipcovered couches – one in my living room and one in the playroom/craftroom/studio.  our living room couch we have had for about 9 or 10 years and got it at larry st. john’s – they are like a pb knock-off place.  and the couch in the playroom was given to us by my brother when they moved to maui (tough life, right?).  that one is from ikea.  ok let’s talk quality: the older couch is a good quality and it wasn’t cheap, but a decent price for what we got – i think we paid about $1100 for it and its a sleeper sofa.  prices have most likely gone down since then.  i bleach my slipcovers so most all stains come out.  but the downside to bleaching is that the fabric starts to break down after awhile.  so the older couch is showing signs of wear for sure.  the ikea couch is fairly new.  the quality is not bad, especially for the price – i think under $500.  my only qualm is that the cushions don’t stay put – they kind of slip off the seat.  but newer models may not have that issue anymore.

Hey! I also have a white couch question. Where and what tips if looking for a slipcovered couch?

totally depends on your budget.  for me, comfort is number one, then price.  but in reality, i’m going to look for the cheapest and then see which if the cheapies is the most comfy.  i think that ikea really is a great place to get a white slip covered couch, especially because if your cover eventually wears out, you can get a new one for about $100 for some couches!  that is an amazing deal!

With small children, what is your cleaning schedule like? Do you do it all in one day or spread out tasks throughout the week ?

– i have to tell you that this question got an audible laugh out of me!  if you know me at all, it probably made you chuckle, too!  um, i don’t exactly have a cleaning schedule, per say.  its more like an event schedule – if i plan an event (playdate, host dinner, host a boutique, birthday party), then i will clean my house.  otherwise i try to pick up and the rest is just messy.  the question i get the most often is, “how do you do it all?”.  go back to this post and you’ll see that i just don’t.  i don’t do it all!  there is no way to get everything done in the day that i should, so i just prioritize.  unfortunately, my house is waaaaay down towards the bottom of my priority list.  but i do have the kids help out with lots of little things, so the burden doesn’t lie solely on me.

can we see your bedroom? did you ever finish it??  and have we seen all the other rooms? i’d love to see them! also – how do you organize your own and your children’s clothes?!

sure you can see my bedroom!  just go back to this post and NOTHING has changed. nothing.  so pathetic!

here are the other rooms:

guest/kids’ bath

master bath

girls’ room

silas’ room


kitchen and a little more

living room, although it is ever changing! (another post)

dining room – see any party post!

i’m seeing that most of the links above are outdated, so i need to get some new shots for you!

as far as organizing our clothes – ooh fun question!  but that may have to wait for another post.  part of my husband’s business involves closets and storage, so we have pretty closets.  well, not the girls – we somehow forgot to build a closet in their room (?how did that happen?), so they are crammed into a tiny armoire.  definitely pics soon.  now that will make me clean up!

How did you come up with the decor for your home? Did you start with things you already had, or did you base your design choices on what was already there in the house? Your color selections are so stunning–did you know right away that they were what you wanted to use in your home, or did it take some careful consideration?

we built our house 4 years ago, thinking we were doing a remodel, so we designed it to fit in the confines of the existing structure, plus some addition.  we also wanted to keep some of the original character of the home since it was built pre 1920.  but… we ended up having to tear the entire house down to the subfloor.  we decided to add back in all that character that we love about old homes – paneling, subway tile, built-ins…  all the fun stuff!  i have long been an avid reader or design magazines, especially those of older homes.

i would say my style originated when i first got married.  shabby chic was HUGE then and it just worked perfectly for me.  since we had almost no money and very little furniture i went garage saling, estate saling, and flea marketing every chance i could get.  almost all of our furniture was (and still is) used/vintage/thrifted.  in fatc, the only furniture in our house that we bought new is our couch, our bed, and our dining room table.  not too bad!  so eventually, all the white and softness of the shabby chic style grew a little boring for me, so i started adding bits of color – first really mellow colors, like those from restoration hardware – hence many of my paint choices.  but now, all that white, worn, vintage furniture is the perfect backdrop to my now punchier color scheme.  and it is also perfect for kids.  i don’t have any furniture in the house that would be worse for the wear if the kids we to crash into it or knock it over – not that that ever happens in my house ;)

Could you show a picture of the front of your house with the steps…I saw it on one of your party blogs and we are re-doing the front of our house…we need a serious cute character update!

yikes!  i can show just one pic, but our front yard is one area that we have seriously neglected.  even the people that love us most agree – its hideous!  our poor neighbors have to see overgrown jasmine, gnarly neglected rose trees, dried weeds for a lawn, and now 3 dead trees – awesome.  you’d all be so jealous, so i can’t even show the yard to you!


that took  ridiculous amount of time!

more personal and business questions will be answered soon!


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    amazing! thank you so much- your blog really inspires me.

    for my white couch- i got it on craigslist- i picked an Ikea model where i could buy a new slipcover for cheap…

    so my Ektorp (from Ikea) was $100 on craigslist- and then I bought a new white cover from Ikea for $50- so all told my couch looks brand-new and cost $150!!!! :-)


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    I LOVE the look of your blog, it’s gorgeous. And I’m so jealous that you get to go to TCC next week! Someday… :)

    Anyway, I’m a recently new follower and am so excited to read more of what you have. Your ‘about me’ page is like me to a T. I also love white bedspreads and recently bought a PB duvet cover that’s super colorful and I like it, but I have to take it off every now and then to get a break from the pattern and enjoy the serenity of the white comforter. I’m thinking of cutting the duvet cover’s seams, sticking in some batting and just quilting it into a nice little quilt that I can fold at the end of the bed.

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    Thanks for sharing, Lindsey! Great info :)

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    THANK YOU! The front of your house is so super cute! I appreciate you sharing your life like that! YIKES is right!…..glad someone else says YIKES!!

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    Oh, you have NO IDEA how comforting your post about not getting everything done is. My house looks a lot like that right now too. Don’t get me wrong, I get a lot of stuff done, but like you, my house is lower on my priority list than it should be. I go through stages of wishing I was less artsy and more neat-freaky. : ) But when it really comes down to it, I’m pretty comfortable with my somewhat disorganized, artsy self… Anyway, all that to say that I identify and feel glad that I’m not the only one in this boat.

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    Oh, and our yard and neglected garden patch? Let’s not go there…I prefer to think of all the cute little upcycled, appliquéd baby bibs I finished last week. : )

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    just so you know, I was at your house for the boutique last week, and didn’t even notice your “hideous” front yard :)

    Your home is beautiful, and the boutique was so full of goodies! Wish I could have stayed longer and spent more…perhaps next time :)

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    It is a relief to hear that you can’t do it all, and it sounds like you are like me with the cleaning schedule or lack of one! LOL
    I checked out the link to your kitchen, we are doing ours at the moment, it is gorgeous, I love it!

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    LOVE the white couch with the cushions!! Love the look, thanks for sharing a great blog!

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    I’m am very inspired by you to do white couches next. I would LOVE it, but I didn’t think it was possible to have white couches or bedding when you have kids? All my friends would think I was crazy. What are your thoughts / tips / etc. on that?

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      my theory on white vs. any other color: you can bleach it! you can’t bleach any other color, and believe me, my couch needs bleaching with 3 kids. hope that helps!

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    I love white furniture. Haven’t taken the plunge yet, but look forward to it!

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    I just have to say how much I like you! Your way of event planning instead of housekeeping planning is exactly like me. I have never heard anyone put it quite that way. I love it! I have 5 children 7 and under and it is impossible to do it all so I let the house go a lot. I have always felt ashamed of that, but now I have a kindred spirit. I am sure there are many that are like this, but would never show it. You are the first blogger I have seen be so unapologetic and open about it. How inspiring and real of you!!! My front yard is also one I have let go lately. Thanks, Love you! Also addicted to your WIWW posts. I look at every link!

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    Hi Lindsay-

    I love the “girls” bathroom and I was wondering if you would happen to remember the name of the color paint. I absolutely love it and think it would be great for my daughters bathroom too.


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      that is one of the few colors i do remember! its form home depot and form the disney collection. its called christopher robin’s swing i think!

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    Thanks for sharing your home with us. It is beautiful! And thank you for being willing to be real!! None of us can do everything, and as women we tend to beat up on ourselves so much. Thank you for showing the real you, it’s lovely!!

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    I love love love your couch. I saw a very similar one at Ethan Allen, but it was a little bit too ouch for my budget. I really want a white sectional for my living room. Your comment on being able to bleach it vs. having to just wash any other color made lots of sense to me, and my husband when I made him sit next to me while I read that part out loud. :) I am wearing him down. Any day I am going to find my perfect white slip covered sectional in my price range. Any thoughts on a couch vs. a sectional though?

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    I did a post on my blog with the things I bought with my $75 credit. Can’t wait to get them!!!!

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