House TalkN is a fun lookiloo at houses, houses, houses. It will answer pressing questions like, "When folks build a McMansion on a small lot, what are they compensating for?" or "Was the real estate agent drunk when they staged this house?" or "Why don't the Smiths' ever leave their drapes open when I am on a harmless walk-by?"

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Battle Of The Breezeway...The Finale!

Remember the battle of the breezeway? In case you forgot, here is the recap. 
My friend, journalist, and fellow house nut, Julie had a breezeway that looked like this:

My pal, designer extraordinaire, Karen and I went all ninja to get into Julie's breezeway. Julie dubbed the adventure "The Breezeway Horrors!"
Karen came up with an affordable design for the breezeway and we embarked on a road trip to IKEA. Tensions ran high when Julie couldn't make a freaking decision.

Several pals joined us for an "assembly party!" happened. Between vacations, work, illnesses and general life chaos, the breezeway took a backseat. Seasons passed and the breezeway waited...and waited...and waited.
Fall arrived and Karen called us all to attention. Because we fear respect Karen, we all pitched in for the last push. Counters were installed, walls were painted, paint was spilled, floors were stained, lights installed and pillows were fluffed. 
Here is a lookiloo at the breezeway FINALE!
The only request that Julie's husband made (husband and wife are both journalists) was to keep the newspaper machine. It became the color inspiration for the entire room. 
The bench provides a seat to pull on ice skates, cleats or winter boots. It also provides storage to hide clutter! 
There may or may not have been a fist fight over this lamp.
 Julie and Karen found an indoor/outdoor rug to add some patten to the space. Julie's brother in law put in many hours stripping and staining the cement floor.
The countertop will be a fantastic work space for the kids, a buffet for parties or a bar for Julie's loyal and deserving pals.
 Julie's sister surprised her with this moravian star light fixture. 
 At the end of this process, it has been fun to look back at all of the shenanigans that went into it. It was truly a group effort. A group effort of friends and family that love Julie and her family. Friends and family that were eager to give back to a friend that gives so much to everyone else.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What Does A Basketball Game Have In Common With My Sex Life?

My family loves sports. We play sports, we talk sports, we watch sports, we argue sports. 
It was at a basketball game that I realized the connection between a basketball game and my sex life. 
That's right. 
Meet me In The Powder Room and I'll tell you all about it. 

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What Does Your Dream Home Look Like?

My dream house is a brick colonial with a front porch. Visions of a summer night's happy hour dance in my head.
Take a lookiloo and tell me what your dream house looks like. Are you dreaming of a romantic, historic home? A swanky, modern retreat? Cottage Charmer? New construction all the way? Or, maybe you are a country girl dreaming of a farm house?

                                                                     Source: via Brandi on Pinterest
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Turning A Dresser Into A Gift Wrapping Station!

On Tuesday, I unveiled my very own mom office- 
THE MOFFICE 2! (I am a cold weather wimp and got tired of trekking the tundra to the original moffice!)
In the dormer of the moffice, I added my FREE empire dresser. It is now my "gift wrapping station!" Gone are the days of wrapping gifts in the dungeon basement on the ping pong table!
My handy dandy mug stores scissors, pens, pencils and markers.

 I like big bags and I cannot lie.

Where do you store all of your wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper, name tags, booze, and bows?

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My Very Own Mom Office- The Moffice 2!

I kicked my boys out of their room and relocated them as far away from my bedroom as I could. Don't judge me until you have smelled the horror that is soccer cleats. 
Their bedroom is now my mom office- THE MOFFICE 2! Trekking the 100 yards to the original moffice is not so fun in the freezing cold! 
My moffice budget was...well...$0. Here is a look at how I pulled it together with pieces I already had.
I used a pie dish and a mug to contain my clutter.
When my FIL downsized, we inherited his desk, credenza and these two chairs. I can't bring myself to paint the chairs because they have teething marks from when my husband was a child...and apparently, very hungry. Our own children added some handy dandy artwork.

Which set of pillows do you like better?

I'll be writing about this empire dresser later this week. Guess what? I nabbed it from a neighbor who was purging her house- FREE is a beautiful thing.

I went a little color crazy with this indoor/outdoor rug (purchased with hoarded gift cards) from Checkered Moon. You likey?
That's right. I've gone wild with color. I even spray painted my white lamps GREEN!
TA-DA! My moffice!
I almost had heart failure when I found this guy at my desk. I hope my "friends" realize that breaking and entering is a crime. 

How about you? Where do you work?

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Name That Movie House!

We played "Name That House" with my favorite houses here.
We played with spooky movie houses here.
We played with TV houses here.
We played with holiday movie houses here.
It's time to bring the funny with "Name That House" from a comedy.
Get your game face on and NAME THAT HOUSE!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

12 Days of Findings...Take 12!

I have had so much fun stalking featuring Findings Boutique for 12 Days of Findings! 
For the 12th day, meet shop owner, Ali Clapper. 

Ali attends to a young customer.

Ali is soon adding "mom" to her list of credits!

"Team Findings" Staff.
To take a lookiloo at all of our Findings Shenanigans, click here!
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

HouseTalkN is BoobTalkN...Again

I'm starting to see a trend.
I vlogged about boobs here.
I blogged about boobs here.
I humiliated myself about boobs here.
Today, I'm laughing about boobs here.
Maybe, I have a boob problem?
Meet me In the Powder Room and share your funny boob stories. Please...tell me I am not alone.
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Monday, January 14, 2013