1. Today your blog was just what I needed. I’ve been trying to clean and decorate my house but have been very discouraged lately. It was your words were written just for me. Thank you so much!!
    I have been having issues with your blog loading slowly. Thought it was just me.

  2. I love your pretty patio and awesome fence! I had lots of pots on my patio last Spring, but the deer eventually ate all of them. That fence would definitely keep them out.
    Your home is so warm and inviting.
    I love reading your posts every day. They cheer me up in these difficult times.

  3. My living room has become my “ nest”, my sofa bed stays permanently open, I love to relax here, with a ton of pillows, a book, a magazine, a seasonally appropriate candle burning, sometimes the kitties will cuddle and purr.
    The tv stand/ fireplace is going on a chilly day and I’m just in 7th heaven!
    Wouldn’t work for everybody but it’s my little slice of peace in this sometimes chaotic world:)

  4. Brenda, you’ve created the ultimate cozy living space in your home. I struggled to decorate my previous home and find myself struggling with my new home. I have done some things in my home that make me smile but there’s still so much I’d like to do. I know exactly what’s holding me back but I can’t seem to overcome it.

    I have not noticed any change in the way your blog loads.

  5. You are so right, Brenda, that we need to feel safe, sheltered, and comfortable in our surroundings, turning them into our havens of comfort and security. Those of your fans who live in states where the weather gets cold and drives us inside know the season is coming (it’s here now in SE WI) for getting projects done indoors, because it’s just not practical to be outside for hours on-end as we are during the summer in our garden/patio/balcony havens. I spend the bulk of my time in my den/library/office, which is the smallest of my bedrooms and has an awkward layout – not conducive to a guest room with a full-size bed. It’s due for a massive overhaul this winter. Lots of wonderful videos can be watched for inspiration and practical information on “how to” on Youtube where people create office spaces out of the tiniest little nooks and crannies and open spaces. Highly recommend checking out Alexandra Gater, the Lone Fox and Monica Mangin’s most recent series for Lowe’s, where she created a small but dedicated office/work space for people working from home in the corner of a living room. She’s full of ideas, as are the other two I mentioned. Can’t say I’ve noticed any slow down in loading your site, other than a few days ago but it may have also been due to my laptop downloading the latest Windows 10 updates, which seem to never end! No problemo, I just re-visited your link later in the day and it popped right up.

  6. I like the arrangement of books and items on your book shelf. I want to find a clock like yours.

    After six+ months of working from home, I moved all the office hardware out of the dining area, which has no window, to the spare bedroom next to a window. The natural light has been such a wonderful change; wish I had done it sooner. Even though I had to give up room on my sewing table for it.

  7. My daughter is converting one of her small extra bedrooms into her own personal gym for the winter. She is gradually making her investments in what she uses but what a savings already for her versus gym membership, not to risk infection and timesaver not out driving.

  8. love your home Brenda and the way you change things around. My home isn’t bland but is understated I think you would call it. I like to spend so much time in my craft room that the rest of the house doesn’t seem to matter much as long as it is clean. I cook every evening and Simon cleans the kitchen every morning, he does such a good job, far better than me because again I would be thinking how can I get out of here sooner to get back to crafting! I do make time for gardening in the spring and summer and just as you can shop your home to change things around a gardening blog I follow said ‘don’t forget to shop your garden for different plants that may have sprung up’ I never thought of that so I went looking and found a butterfly plant and a salvia plant that I certainly didn’t put there. I found that exciting.

    By the way I haven’t noticed any difference in your blog, (slower loading) or anything else recently.

  9. Hi Brenda,
    I have learned living small that you have to utilize every inch of living space to work for everyday. I am always amazed at how you have everything you need neatly organized and cozy. Your place is a beautiful sanctuary especially now with Covid. Have a great week.

  10. Such a great subject today. My daughter and I are in the midst of redoing things in the house. She’s painting a bookcase and a little chest and covering up that dull
    Brown! It’s her venture into furniture refinishing under my guidance.

    We have shopped the house and giving things new life. We even threw out our old very uncomfortable leather couch and are putting a daybed in it’s place in the great room. We have one in the dining room and really enjoy them.

    We may not be able to have anybody over at the holidays but our house will be clean and fun. I love that little chest you put by your desk.

  11. Brenda, You are so right. We need an oasis at home where we feel warm and hugged by our surroundings. I love all of your decorating ideas. I enjoy going back and seeing your changes over time. I’m sorry you lost so much of your original blog posts. I still see some of those pictures in my mind. I’ll keep coming back for new ideas. Sandra

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