• Couch Potato

    One of our guilty pleasures during nap time is to catch up on all of our favorite magazines or scroll through Instagram for design inspiration. There’s so much goodness out there sometimes it gets overwhelming, right? Without fail, the pages I always flag first are the ones of dreamy living spaces with inviting nooks for chatting and white couches. Gosh, I love a nice white couch. Upon further inspection though, is that baby puke in the corner of that cushion? Black dog hair from the lab who’s claimed the spot for a nice afternoon siesta? No, you don’t see it?! Oh, must just be my house. Right. I can’t have a white couch and probably never will because we have dogs, a baby, a love of wine, snacking on the sofa, a zest for life.  And you know what else? I don’t see a TV on that page. Not only can this family have white couches, they don’t watch television? That can’t be real life. And that’s my point. You can pin all the decor inspo you like from your favorite designers, but most of them don’t design for real life. They design for clients who don’t have time to watch television, have a clean up crew for the inevitable wine spillage, OK, let’s face it they probably don’t even live there.  Here’s what we want you to be honest about when you start pinning:

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  • My husband came home with a…house.

    Jon and I bought our first house when I was just 21. Most people have dreams of owning their own home for a multitude of reasons. The American dream, starting a family, visions of that white picket fence…ours was for the Pack. We were in a tiny little apartment with ...

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  • Tuesday Tip: No Outlet

    You might be thinking “prop photo” when you see the kitchen above. Actually, this was a real day when I was enjoying my favorite green smoothie and prepping dinner. Ahh, all that fresh farmer’s market bounty has me craving summer. But if you were thinking “props” you weren’t entirely wrong. Look ...

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  • Salvage Statement

    I’m all about the thrill of the hunt. I am constantly flipping through magazines, window shopping, pinning and scrolling Insta for the latest and greatest in home design and decor trends. It feeds my competitive side because I must have that oddball item no one else has (yet) and I’ve got ...

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  • White Lies SELL

    We’ve all told a little white lie before, right? No judgement. I actually resolved to tell less of them in 2017. Working on it! Buttt for the purposes of this post, and for selling your home, we’re going to ask you to tell just a few.

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  • The Mural of the Story

    You’ve heard wallpaper is a nightmare big commitment. We covered that, right? I’m still a fan in most cases. But what about a mural? When and where does that work in your home? For us, it was never something that we remotely entertained until I was pregnant with our little ...

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  • I like your accent

    I’ve never been a big fan of an accent wall. OK, that’s not entirely true. I’ll clarify. I am not a fan of a single wall painted a different color, just because. I’m even less of a fan when it’s a dining room wall and a bad shade of burgundy. ...

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  • If walls could talk, they’d beg you to keep them

    The most recent #NixonPack house was a total gut. I was several months pregnant and looking back, that may not have been the very best time to completely renovate a home. My husband and the whip marks on his back would agree. Kidding! (Okay, half joking). We bought the house from ...

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  • Meet the Pack

    This is the #NixonPack. Well, the partial pack if you will – we’re missing the tiny human and are in great need of an updated family photo. But for a second let’s imagine an overworked Dad wrangling four large dogs, each pulling in an opposite direction (squirrel!), while this tired ...

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