5 for the road: me before you

So we are off to our first college visit this morning. All I can think is….how can these little faces be ready to look at colleges?? We are starting by going to our “home”…The University of Dayton. It is just a couple hours north of here…easy day trip and one that the kids have grown up learning about. I know that they both have a strong desire to go there….but it seems the college landscape is a whole lot more competitive now. We know that over the next year and a half that we will be looking at a LOT more schools. Odd to think that 2 short years my kids will be adults….sigh….


That book that I told you about a few weeks back has been made into a movie…and it looks soooooooo good. Those things never turn out as good as the book in your head…but I do love that they use actors that aren’t as well known…

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How to build a shelf in a nook space

I realized the other day when I was trying to get rid of some pictures on my computer that I never shared with you this simple woodworking project that we did in Emily’s room this past summer. She has a small little nook in her room that we weren’t really sure what we would do with it. Originally we thought that a dresser may fit well in this space but the window frame is a little too close and does not allow much room especially if you have to open a drawer. So what we thought we would do is build a small floating shelf to have a little makeup area.  It’s nice because it’s right next to the window so it provides some natural light. Pretty easy project and a great use of a odd little nook area.

how to build a shelf in a nook space @cleverlyinspired (3)

(color on the walls in her room is Ballet Slippers by Valspar. We used rustoleum Weathered Grey stain for the shelf.)

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DIY Instagram Photo Prop free download

Hey yall! Soooooo we SOLD the lakehouse! We went back and forth a couple of time with our buyers and the deal was good enough to settle. They are a cash buyer—a young family ready to make some fun updates to the house and make it their own. We hope to close this month so I will be going down there to gather the rest of our things. It is bitter sweet…but I would say more sweet than bitter. We are thrilled that another family will start to enjoy this house and the lake—while we start to concentrate a bit more on making the beach house fit our family better. All good things:)

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5 for the road: full circle

You all know…at least my long time readers do…that I grew up projecting with my dad every weekend. He traveled a lot during the week because his job required it….so weekends were precious to him. We would tackle my mom’s “honey do” list together….I learned how to use a drill, a hammer, paint a piece of trim…install carpet…there was no job too small for us. Back in the day…Bob Vila’s “This Old House” was a huge TV hit. He was really the pioneer of the DIY revolution. Even in high school I loved watching him and his team fix things on old houses. So you can imagine my excitement when a member of his PR team from Bob Vila website contacted me and asked me if they could feature my DIY light from back in August of 2012! #thankyoupinterest YES!! So…throughout February you can vote once per day for my DIY industrial light…I need your help—there is some stiff competition (I’m currently in 3rd place!)


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Birch Lane Durham Sofas: they arrived!

The sofas are here! The sofas are here! That didn’t take long did it? I was so excited to receive the call that the sofas will be delivered on Monday between 12 and 4. They arrived promptly at 12:30. I wanted to share with you how they arrived and what I think of them so far. A few have you had commented about the deal that I got on them so I wanted to share our experience.  Now mind you, we have not had them in the house for more than a couple days but I wanted to share with you our overall all first impressions. Here is a few things that we have noticed…..


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