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Well friends, if you thought last week was light in content, you’ll love this week. We are SUPER light in content this week, and by that I mean we’re focusing on getting that room brightness at max exposure wherever we can, using every trick in the book. Some of these tricks include: 1. ALL the mirrors 2. Lamps lamps and more lamps 3. Get rid of shady stuff 4. Go back and forth a million times on where to judiciously use a little white/light paint… You can see what I mean about mirrors and lamps in this glamour shot here: Getting rid of shady stuff was a fun step for Scott this week. The french doors at the front of the room lead to a little covered porch on the far end of the front of our house. We’ve primarily used it for storing wood, and the sizable stacks of…

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[ interior inspo via Eaton DC hotel ]   The first week of the ORC has flown by, and not only is this post late (had every intention of posting Thursday morning), it’s also a little light in content – at least in terms of appealing images! It’s that awkward stage of the project where you’re waiting on one or two key things before everything else can follow (for us, it’s waiting for the carpet install)…so it’s a bunch of hurry up and wait in terms of big-picture room design stuff. Regardless, we’ve been busy with lots of prep work, finalizing plans, and apparently procuring lamps – my two faves from Brightech arrived on Saturday, and they’re just as awesome as I hoped they’d be. And then I found a real weirdo lamp on Craigslist that everyone hates but for some reason I SUPER love…which brings me to the “meat”…

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  I’ve posted about our family room before, so if you’ve been around for a while, you know it’s got some “unique” characteristics that tend to inspire a love/hate reaction. The wood paneling is gorgeous, solid, and….well…not for everyone, the room only has technically ZERO windows, and the floor currently sports a nice yellowy-tan wall to wall carpet situation. So I’m forever trying to dream up ways to brighten and lighten the room without going for the nuclear option of painting all the gorgeous wood white! The idea of a lighter sofa was appealing, since it’s the largest piece of furniture in the room, and we’ve been talking about replacing the carpet since we moved in, so when I found out Interior Define was interested in a collaboration, I jumped at the chance to get this room in a happier, brighter state. And call me crazy, but when I found…

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HELLO BEAUTIFUL. If you follow me on Instagram (and lets face it, you’re reading this because you clicked here from my IG post or story), you’ve probably seen a peek or two of Milo’s nursery…and if so, you may or may not have seen THIS GORGEOUS WALL HANGING that’s keeping diligent watch over all of his poopy diapers. It’s one of my favorite elements in the room, and it’s even better in person than in pictures! I was so thrilled to be able to collaborate with the talented Sarah Harste, a fiber artist from nearby Columbus, OH, who worked with me to create a custom piece perfect for his room. The process was so easy from start to finish, and I thought I’d share a little bit of my experience with you guys in case you’re interested in a gorgeous one-of-a-kind piece for your home. In our initial discussion, Sarah…

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The title of this post refers not just to a physical place, Joey’s home, but also to a heartbreaking reality – that our sweet Joey Bear is now home in heaven. This past weekend we said our final goodbyes, remembering and celebrating him together with Sam and Sara, friends and family. The pain and the loss blur so many of our thoughts these days, but the fierce and bright light his little life brought – along with so much love and healing and hope – keeps shining. The koala picture hanging in their living room above, a gift to them by our dear friend Melody, is symbolic of Joey (baby koalas are known as joeys, hence his Joey Bear nickname), and a beautiful representation of his sweet and continued presence in their home. Once again I’m fighting the temptation to keep these thoughts to myself, knowing every grief journey is…

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How do you communicate something when words seem so inept and inappropriate? This is today’s conundrum, just added to the long list of how’s and why’s that have accumulated over the past few weeks. I want to talk about this – or feel like I NEED to talk about this – but it’s so impossible to express. 3-year-old Joey, a sweet little friend who we love so very much, is living out his last days. He’s been sick for a long time, and we’ve known these final days would come eventually, but knowing doesn’t prepare you for it. His parents, Sam and Sara, are dear friends of ours. They’re living a nightmare I can’t comprehend, and their story belongs to them. All I can do is share what belongs to me, how Joey’s journey is changing me and devastating me and healing me at every turn. When I wrote about…

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No, the toilet pic here isn’t supposed to be a hangover reference, though I admit there are some aspects of this process that make me so nauseated I feel like hugging a toilet bowl. Bear with me. (If you must know…I chose this pic for this post because the lovely painted wallpaper in the botanical baño just celebrated her first birthday, and she’s still so excited about her debut on Design Sponge this past Monday…sorry, her words, not mine.) Thursday’s post about our infertility journey was a big one for me. SO, naturally, I’ve been thinking about it and dwelling on it and mulling it over and going crazy with the “yikes, you said that?”s and the “maybe you went a little too deep”s and, my personal favorite, “what on EARTH do they think of you now??” But being a longtime fan of Brené Brown, I recognize these thoughts for what…

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I’m not quite sure how to introduce a post like this. It’s tough to try to summarize our infertility struggle in a nice neat package you’ll want to read, so bear with me. I’ve imagined writing about this for years, and always thought it would be amazing and beautiful to tell the story of how we became parents, looking back at a long journey of waiting and hoping and praying, with our prayers finally answered. I’ve been excited to write that story, knowing it would all be worth it by then. But this isn’t that story – that story isn’t our story, at least not yet. We are looking back on a long journey of waiting and hoping and praying, but that journey stretches out ahead of us, too. Our prayers haven’t been answered yet.  I hate that infertility is such a meaningful word to us. I hate that we’re…

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Eeeks! Design Sponge has been a HUGE inspiration to me over the years (as I know it’s been for many of you), so of course I was beyond elated when they asked to feature a tour of our home. One of the things I’ve always loved about DS is the fact that they embrace REAL homes, featuring “normal” (hehe, until now!!) people living in cozy, inviting spaces. I’m not sure 10-years-ago-me would’ve ever thought our place would be a “Design Sponge” home…but thanks to all of you amazing friends and family who’ve helped make our home what it is today, I’m ecstatic to be able to share this tour of our home with you guys! CHECK IT OUT: Scott & Susie’s Design Sponge House Tour

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If you know me at all, you know I talk a lot about my friends, and I like to brag about the things they’re up to and how amazing they are. And I know that might become obnoxious to you after a while (THANK YOU SUSIE WE ALL KNOW YOU LOVE YOUR FRIENDS), but here’s the deal – I firmly believe that who we are as individuals is highly influenced by the people we surround ourselves with, those we interact with day in and day out. And I don’t know about you, but I want to surround myself with people who make me better, who inspire me and make me want to be everything I’m capable of being. With that said, let me point out a few of the things in today’s version of the living room that take it from “just okay” to “way freaking awesome” – at least in my…

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