• The roundabout way to let light in

    One of the biggest challenges we’ve found in our current home is adding light, in all forms. I’m talking natural light, actual lighting, and lightness to balance out the wood. Today, we’re tackling natural light. We have a mid-century craftsman style home set on seven acres surrounded by gorgeous pine trees. It’s dreamy. But, it can also be dark, especially on dreary days, and in Central New York, we see a lot of those. When you enter the house through the front door there is a large staircase right in front of you and just beyond that, a long wall separating the front and back of the home. I am all about first impressions and this wasn’t a good one. I lived with it for a few weeks and all of a sudden the aha moment came – let there be light! 

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  • Nixon 2.0 For President

    I’ve always had an affinity for the red, white and blue. Patriotic pride pumps through my veins and with a last name of Nixon, we get asked about our relation to the President on the regular. Funny story. When my mom was pregnant with me she was so sure I ...

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  • Hunting in the Paper Mache Forest

    If I could snap my fingers and have the entire house painted, renovated and curated, I’d do it. OK, that’s not true. I say that I’d like it all done in an instant, but the truth is, this is the fun part. Now. When everything is in disarray and I spend ...

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  • Before You Paint Your Molding, Try This

    You know I didn’t see our current home before Jon pulled the trigger, right? Thank goodness. Because I would have vetoed it immediately. Frankly, I wouldn’t have scheduled a showing after viewing the photos online. He’s a brave soul, no? It was dark. It looked cold. It was lifeless. (insert flatline ...

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  • CEO-O: Chief Expert of Online Ordering

    I’ve just crawled out from under roughly 198 moving boxes, and must be a glutton for punishment because the boxes keep coming and it feels like me and the post lady are besties. I am, however, #1 on the hitlist of the UPS guy (and my wonderful husband). I feverishly tear ...

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  • Our Moving Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

    Well, we made it. Nice to meet you new home. From telling friends and family that I didn’t get to see our house until after the closing, I found out that this is not really the norm for most. People were appalled. What if you don’t like it?! Let me say ...

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  • The only box you need to pack

    For about two months before the stork brought home, the crazy midwife (who was texting throughout my entire 23 hour labor) delivered, the arrival of our sweet Grey Mitchell Nixon, I had a “go bag” packed. It had all the necessities, or so I thought. As a first time mom, I had ...

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  • Pack Picks: For the Pups

    We are t-minus 3 days until the big move and I don’t think anyone is more excited than the #NixonPack. It has been five years since they’ve been able to run in a proper yard and I can see their little paws racing in their puppy slumber in anticipation. This next ...

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  • The most important factor when buying a home

    There are so many factors to consider when buying a home. If you’re like me, you have a list of must-haves and a wish list of bonuses. You have a budget you need to stick to, maybe a school district you’d like to stay in. All of those are important, ...

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  • Surviving a cross-country move with 5 dogs & a baby

    We’ve moved ten times in the course of our relationship, but this one is the most difficult move to date. Not only are we packing up an entire house, two adults, five dogs and moving halfway across the country…this time we’ve added a toddler to the mix. The countdown board ...

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