About Tracie

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge.

Reclaimed Wood Platter Rack (DIY Shelves)

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My love for old trim parts is deep. I have used these pieces in several projects throughout the past 4 years. These reclaimed wood platter racks make great use of old trim parts. They are really art unto themselves—along with whatever you happen to place on top of them. In our new dining space….we have a large wall that was just crying for … [Read more...]

Fall Entertaining Inspiration: Let’s go pinning…

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Oh my goodness it was a beautiful fall - like weekend here! I was sharing lots of fun fall ideas over on instagram. It was fun to pull out some fall things and spruce up the house a bit. So many great ideas out in blogland. ...and on pinterest! There isn’t a doubt…Pinterest is here to stay. It is this generations form of inspiration and a fabulous … [Read more...]

crossing paths….

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It is funny how paths cross. I met my husband while passing in the parking lot outside our dorms at UD. He looked up and said “Hi darlin..”  Sidenote: "darlin" will always work....especially in a true southern accent. Always... in case there are any college age males in the audience...cue crickets:)  Another sidenote: strange to think if we were … [Read more...]

All Day Marinara Sauce

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  Making your own big batch of marinara sauce makes you feel like a rockstar. It is very easy….you can spice it up or down…salt more or less…and when you family comes home at night they will smell the goodness and realize that you are indeed the rockstar mom that you have been telling them you are all these years. Win win right?! So, the … [Read more...]

Barn door becomes coffee table…

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Hi all! Did you hear that this winter is going to be colder than last….that is what the experts are saying. They must be wrong…right (she says while hands shake…). Oh the humanity!!! So try to soak in these last few weeks of hotness mmkay?!? One of my all time favorite projects that we have completed was our Barn Door Desk. It was a perfect … [Read more...]

Repurposed Ladder into Office Organizer

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You know that I would never pass up an old, beat up, done-it’s-time wooden ladder. I have had this one for several years. It was the best $25 I have ever spent…..I adore it.  It was leaning against the wall in my new office area since we moved in….as if it was just waiting for a new purpose….”please, use me again!” Well little ladder…your wish has … [Read more...]

Tomato Cobbler

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Did you have a good weekend?Pretty low key here..we made it to the lake to clean up a few things and grab some furniture…Happy end to summer I guess. It seemed that this one kind of passes us by…although I am ready for fall. I kind of like the hibernation that fall brings. I am really an introvert about 8 months of the year….and I love the quiet … [Read more...]

what would you say?…

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Every time…hopefully without fail…---before my kids walk out the door to go off and be kids…they leave with the words “make smart choices” echoing in their head….so much so that when I left a few weeks ago to go out with friends my daughter said to me, “make smart choices mom…” hilarious…note taken… Being a teen is hard. There are days when I … [Read more...]

Quick Mocha Frappe

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It’s kind of hot. I suppose it should be…it is August. Sometimes it’s too hot for coffee….dare I say. There are about 2 weeks in the late summer when I switch to iced coffee. I still need that jolt to wake me up…but I just cannot drink a hot drink. This super quick mocha frappe is just the ticket for these hot hot days of summer. My friends at … [Read more...]

cool finds…

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Hi all….we’ve been porch sittin a bunch lately. It is funny…because we thought that we would be using our screened in porch the most…but we have been really loving the front porch. We found a fabulous end-of-season couch at a local shop called Summer Classics. The blue adirondack chairs are from overstock.com….they all look like they were made to … [Read more...]