Making it Lovely

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Updating the Dining Room

My sister-in-law had a rug in her family room that used to belong to my mother-in-law, and now that she’s redecorating it’s ours. I’ve always liked it, and the colors are ones that I tend to gravitate toward — rust orange, pink, olive, and blue on a warm neutral base. (This rug has a similar color palette and feel.) Ideally, for maximum...

Style: For Leaving the House, or Not

Should we do a style post? Sure, that’s fun! I haven’t been shopping much, have you? I did have a very strong desire to wander the local plant nurseries and find things to bring home that I may or may not have gotten around to actually putting in the dirt, but alas, that early spring planting window closed. I did get one new dress recently though,...

Honor Roll

Well, a post in the format of my Honor Roll posts, but perhaps not deserving of the descriptor. I have been sharing on Instagram while being quiet here, and for that, I apologize. Below are a few links that were shared in my IG Stories, but I’m also including them here. I stand in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. You will find no shortage...

Birthdays and Foster Cats

Eleanor and Brandon both celebrated birthdays last week. There were phone calls and Zoom meetings with friends, and the best surprise birthday serenades from the sidewalk. Earlier today, we returned the favor for another family member’s birthday. We sang and danced in front of their house to YMCA and I maybe drew a fake mustache and dressed like a construction...

One Month In

My children live in a blanket fort city that has fully taken over the library. It seems pretty magical, really. The kids have taken to e-learning well but they miss their friends. We’re all looking at a lot more screens than usual, and there was snow to play in today. We do have a couple of birthdays to celebrate soon and we’re trying to figure...

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is Lovely

What should we talk about today? Because I only want to talk about Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You in? I started a separate Instagram account (@ACLuluLovely) dedicated to Animal Crossing about a year ago. It started as a test, to see how far only hashtags can take a brand-new account (turns out about 100 followers, though it is admittedly...

DIY Roman Shades

If you are looking around your home for some projects to keep yourself busy, maybe some Roman shades are in order? Fully functional Roman shades! None of this faux business (which I have made in the past and will say are far easier). Now here’s the thing: I’m not great at working with fabric. I don’t want to give you a sewing tutorial for something...

Fidgets for Anxiety

Everything is upside-down and not normal, and asking a breezy “how are you?” seems a little funny. But, how are you? We’re getting through as best we can. Oak Park was the first municipality in Illinois to issue an official Shelter in Place order, which is in effect starting today through at least April 3. If you’re working from home for the...

Honor Roll

Picture for @bonytt taken by @annakernphotoPink does love brown! Oof, this article on Millennial decorating trends. People are not thrilled, but is it accurate?I won’t be buying it (because if I’m going to spend frivolous money right now, it’s going to be on the Animal Crossing themed Switch I’m hoping I can find on the release date), but this vase...

An Alternative Version of My Daughter’s Room Makeover

Eleanor and I had initially thought we would paint her room blue. She chose dark blue when she was five, and five years later still liked it but was ready to lighten up a little. Maybe something like Farrow & Ball’s Light Blue or even De Nimes? Then she decided on purple and the color scheme completely changed. But do you want to see what...

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