Montana de Oro Beach Itinerary (With Or Without Kids)!

Here I'm sharing our itinerary (plus Montana de Oro beach recommendations!) from our first trip to this state park, which was on the clearest, perfect, most gorgeous day ever—thus we fell in love FAST! 🥰 Thus, we've returned to Montaña de Oro almost too many times to count for a good dose of rejuvenation or when we've just needed an eyeful of stunning natural ocean beauty after living in California suburbs. 😊 (We share more…

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Folding Ironing Board Hack: The Genius Built In Drawer Hidden in Our Cabinet!

Looking for something better looking (and even more hidden to the eye) than the standard built in ironing board cabinet or folding ironing board on the wall that so many people do? We created a hidden space for our built-in, hide away ironing board drawer in our closet...within another cabinet! See exactly how below! Once upon a time, there was a woman who hated to iron. Her process looked something like this: Pull out ironing…

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Two Final House Tour Videos!

Take one last look around "Our Big California House" with everything inside it! We took these videos after staging the house to sell, right before showings and the house sale. And if you have any questions about any furniture or items you saw, we've sourced them all in Our Shop! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Fmk6-2_cj4&t=54s PS: You can view the downstairs tour here on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSV02cEN5oQ&t=14s PS: You can view the upstairs tour here on our YouTube channel. Help…

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Kitchen Appliance Storage Drawers: 3 Smart Steps to Size Them Right!

Looking for kitchen appliance storage drawer or cabinet ideas? Here we're sharing all about our appliance drawers in our kitchen (plus how we did it in cabinets too so you can compare)! Ah, kitchen appliances. The bane of our existence in the kitchen, yes? (Both as homeowners and as designers.😆) Because appliances aren't exactly eye candy, we naturally want to hide them...yet we still want them super-easily accessible, right? While Matt and I use our…

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The 1 Easy Item We Got So Our Family Could Explore Even Cooler Places!

We felt frustrated we couldn't do longer bike rides with our young kids, but this one inexpensive solution has us getting out everywhere now! * This post contains affiliate links which are at no extra cost to you. Family Adventure with Less Work for the Parents = Pretty Much Our Dream. :) Those of you who follow our Instagram stories will have seen us biking more often, both in our local areas and on trips.…

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7 Fast Tips for Staging A House for Sale Yourself (Before and After)!

We recently sold our house for FAR over the asking price suggested by the realtor—without having to hire a professional staging company!—and today we're sharing our tips for staging a house for sale yourself! Alternative title for this post: Our House Never Looked So Clean! 😂😂😂 Some days, Matt and I wondered why we didn't just sell our house ourselves and save mucho dinero.😆 Because we didn't need a realtor help to tell us how…

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STOP Wasting Your Time + Money Buying Decor and Furniture…

Before you buy decor or furniture for any room, you MUST think through this essential step! How to determine your design priorities?  How to determine how you use your space? How to determine what you actually need to buy? Empowering, thoughtful, and smart, our full color 35+ page Expert Room Design & Layout Guide is foolproof, clear, and to the point!  It was designed to help you get the results you've always dreamed of for…

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Library Ladders: Convincing My Client They’re a Genius Add!

One of our clients has a standard builder-grade home and is trying to figure out how to make it rejuvenating to her. She has great taste but is a busy doctor who needs a refreshing space to come home to. She also wants her kids not to spend a lot of time in front of the TV. This client had an extra room downstairs she didn't know what to do with, and so one of…

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How to Hide Pool Equipment: 3 Tips for What Works Best!

Today we're sharing our experience with hiding pool equipment in our backyard! We've got ideas on how to hide pool equipment in a variety of ways, plus how we attempted hiding our pool equipment with plants before working with, not against, our wall! Our story starts 7 years ago when we moved into our big California fixer-upper with the smokin' fine backyard! (OK, well...it wasn't smokin' hot yet—as you can see in our first backyard…

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5 Fun Things We’ve Hidden to Make Our House Look “Clean”!

I understand why people on the internet think I must be a cleaning maniac when they look at photos of our house. It doesn't look cluttered or dirty. It looks simple and tidy! A lot of things are white or light-colored. So it must be clean, aye? Here I would like to produce my best Villainous Mastermind Laugh slash Just-a-Giggle-Plain-and-Simple because if you have ever really been inside my home and you look closely you…

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