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Country Estate

Country Estate I spent some time at my parents’ house this week.  They have a seven acre country estate in Cache Valley, Utah that’s so beautiful!  I was helping them de-clutter and go through some of their stuff that they want to get rid of.  Every time I go up there, it’s so relaxing and peaceful.  It’s such a contrast to living in the city like I do, and it makes me realize how much I want that life.  The older I get, the more that slow life appeals to…

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Home Journal - The Turnaround House

One of These Is Not Like The Other

It’s currently the Parade of Homes season here in Utah.  Believe it or not, I’m actually working on the design of a home that’s going to be featured in the 2019 Salt Lake Parade of Homes.  Once the floor plan and visioning has been finalized, one of the first things I do is start designing cabinetry and picking out lighting.  To me, those two things are the defining parts of a house.  They dictate the style and aesthetic of a home.  As my mind is focused on cabinetry, knob placement,…

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Old House With Lots of Charm and Character

Old House With Lots of Charm and Character I posted a couple days ago about how our Winter preparations have begun.  Well, today we decided to have our fireplace professionally cleaned out because in the three years we’ve lived here, we haven’t done it yet, and we have a LOT of fires in the Fall and Winter.  I know how bad that is.  Because our house is almost 100 years old, there are lots of problems with it, and anytime we try to make improvements, it’s always more expensive and more…

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Mood Board - Wilma Magazine

August Mood

August Mood A lot of families go on vacation during the Summer, especially in August right before the new school year starts.  Wilma Magazine’s August issue covers vacations and travel destinations–whether that means in the mountains, on the sea, abroad, or even someplace exotic.  You’ll find all kinds of inspiration for your latest getaway. The August mood board above captures the theme of the Summer issue. Why Travel’s Important Anytime we take a trip or a vacation, it resets a button in our daily lives.  Just taking a break from work,…

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Winter Preparations Have Begun

Winter Preparations Have Begun I know it sounds crazy to say Winter preparations have begun at our house, but there’s only a few short months to prepare.  Every August, Andy gets a wood cutting permit from the Forest Service to cut down trees that are dead and on the ground.  The permit lasts until the end of October, so there’s only three months when we can get all the firewood we’ll need to heat our home for the Winter.  We do have a furnace in our old farmhouse, but we…

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