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Behind the Scenes: Let's Chat about Direction & Mindset

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Behind the Scenes: Let's Chat about Direction & Mindset

Today, I want to give you an honest look at my reality, behind the scenes of Owl Creek, and the path I am on. I'm doing this because I feel that before we venture any further together on this journey, I think you deserve a little more of the "why" behind the content. I certainly don't want the connection between the content and design to be confusing or for you to feel like you're in the wrong place.  I'm going to be super honest here: the last few months I have been annoyed and disappointed (to say the least) that...

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Joanna Gaines, Thank You

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Joanna Gaines, Thank You

Joanna Gaines is my spirit animal. It's no secret and I don't try to hide it. And no, I'm not ashamed to admit it. I can't help but love the Gaines', just like the rest of America. Their energy is endearing and their designs are gorgeous. They certainly inspire me, well beyond their design aesthetic. For mother's day I asked my husband for one simple gift: The Magnolia Story. Of course, he did not disappoint. I have read more books in the first 6 months of this year than I have in the last 5 years put together. I have always...

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Real Life Design: Slow Progress is Still Progress

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Real Life Design: Slow Progress is Still Progress

Let's sit down and have a chat here, you and me. Grab your coffee and get comfy because it's about to get real. I know those design shows get your down about your own home and seeing your high school besties' brand new renovation plastered across Facebook doesn't help. It gives you design envy. You start to get critical about your own home. You wish you could knock that wall down or gut that bathroom but you just can't afford it right now. Yes, you're going to save up for it, but God only knows how long that will take....

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Color Story: Aqua Sky

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Color Story: Aqua Sky

My obsession with aqua sky all started with a Kitchen-Aid mixer--it was love at first sight. I knew that I wanted to add the mixer to my wedding registry but I wasn't 100% what color. And then I saw it and it was seriously beautiful.  I wasn't sure anyone was actually going to buy it for me, since they are generally pretty expensive. But my amazing sisters and their husbands came through and bought me probably one of my favorite gifts ever. I'm sure someone somewhere (probably my mom) has a picture of my face when I opened it--pure shock.  At...

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Design Envy? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions

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Design Envy? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions

Design envy is real and it can hit you hard. Whether you're at your friends house enjoying coffee in her newly renovated kitchen, watching the latest Fixer Upper reveal, scrolling through Pinterest, or double tapping your Instagram feed, sometimes you stumble upon a design that just stops you. You are entranced by it's beauty and are instantly envious. You find yourself wondering why your own space doesn't look like that.  Then you start hating on your own space. Constantly comparing it to that perfectly styled interior shot (that probably doesn't look that clean and organized on a day to day...

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