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How do you experience music?

by Jessie K on March 21, 2014

For the past 11 years, Jake and I have been listening to music through his Radio Shack CD boom box with detachable speakers he bought in college. This is a crime because we are both ardent music lovers (love it way more than other types of media). We haven’t gotten around to hooking up his rickety […]


It only took a month and a half, but we finally installed our new Dash & Albert stair runner over the weekend. Gah! This project took forever. It was one of those tasks that seemed like it should be easy (at least from all the decor blogs I read), but is actually quite involved. I […]


Are you guys getting sick of looking at my naked, hole-y stairs yet?  Yeah, me too. So I went ahead and scraped out all the soft wood puddy from the staple holes wondering what is wrong with me and look forward to refilling the holes with a hardening putty soon. But first, my interior decorator reader […]


An update on the stair runner

by Jessie K on March 4, 2014

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I still haven’t installed a new stair runner onto our steps. This project is taking me forever! Something about having a new baby and a husband who works his butt off outside the home makes my DIY home improvement projects more of a figment of my imagination. The first […]


Fun vintage brass

by Jessie K on February 27, 2014

Believe it or not, there is a brass unicorn underneath that layer of grime. I picked it up at a thrift shop for $2. Because no interior is complete without a brass unicorn, right? It took a little elbow grease and some brass polish but I got her looking mighty purty. I don’t have a […]


Getting closer…

by Jessie K on February 16, 2014

We’ve narrowed our stair runner choices down to the following four Dash & Albert designs, leaning heavily toward the Diamond black and white in the first photo below… I love how bold and graphic it is when paired with the Nate Berkus runner from Target at the top of the stairs. (FYI, we managed to […]


My stair runner woes may be ending

by Jessie K on February 12, 2014

I really do have the world’s most awesome blog readers and I am so lucky and grateful for the seven of you who tune in here day after day after day! Thank you! From the bottom of my heart, thank you! After I posted about my stair runner debacle the other week, one of my […]


Views from our place

by Jessie K on February 7, 2014

These photos represent my first walk around the property with Katie. It’s her first ever walk outside. Milestone! Jake and I have big plans for this place so we thought it a good idea to take lots of “before” shots. Here, you can see the chicken tractors and the Hen Hut on the left. It’s […]


Stair runner update

by Jessie K on February 4, 2014

In the wake of our recent stair runner installation debacle, I went to a carpet store to find out how much it would cost to install high quality, thick, wide, stain resistant carpeting on our steps. You know, the kind of carpeting June can spill grape juice on and will last forever and ever and […]


Stair runner installation gone wrong

by Jessie K on January 29, 2014

I had been looking for a black and white runner to install on our staircase forever and finally found one I loved at Target: Nate Berkus Arrowhead Runner in Onyx. The stuff he designs for Target is so great and it’s so affordable. It was exactly what I wanted — graphic, black and white, modern […]