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Brown Paper Packages

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most crafty person in the world. I mean, I like to do little things here & there, but overall, it’s just not me. However, something I do love to do is wrap presents. I just think it’s fun to give people something that’s really beautiful. […]

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Tina - I LOVED the pom pom wrapping! So cute, and she LOVED your gift:)

Gail - OOOHHHHH April. I loved this gift so so SO much. It’s already a top contender for best baby gift I’ll receive. You are such a wonderful friend and, even more, so incredibly THOUGHTFUL for knowing how much these books have always meant to my little travel-loving heart.

Love you to Sasek’s Moon and back!!! xoxoxo

APRIL - Thanks, guys! I had fun making it & it makes me so happy to know how much you loved & appreciated the books, Gail. I love giving gifts :)

Maya - What a perfect gift for Gail! Loving your photography on this blog too April!!!

Happy Friday! - […] Kickin’ up brown paper packages tied up with string. […]

Amanda - perfect gift wrapping idea, i always seam to be late for a birthday party with no wrapping paper in the house… but we do have a crazy stock of brown paper bags on yarn! great blog
thanks

Drink Up – Old Thyme Collins

Last summer I had a version of this drink at one of my favorite restaurants, RedSeven. Unfortunately it was only a seasonal offering so I haven’t had one since. I finally decided to just try to figure it out myself & see how it goes. I’m happy to report that it was a total success. […]

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Hollie - I’ll be over for one asap! I’m loving your photos – I think shake it up is my fav :) Awesome post, April!

APRIL - Come on over! Just bring a lemon because I just ran out ;)

Inside My House – Bathroom #1

Here’s the first room in my home tour. It may seem weird to start with a bathroom, but it’s probably my favorite room (design-wise) in my house right now. It’s still not 100% finished, but then again, it probably never will be. I’m always changing, adding or removing things in my rooms. It drives my […]

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Gail - Wait…WAIT…is that WALLPAPER BORDER ON THE TUB?!!!! Insanity. And I love your tile flooring in there so much, I could be served dinner on it and be happy :)

Maya Laurent - Wow April! This is amazing!!! I’m with Gail…what was up with the wallpaper on the tub?! The yellow tub is perfect with the white tile. Love!

Tina - WOW that is the most amazing before and after EVER! Beautiful job:) Did you find a tutorial on how to paint your tub online?? I have a claw foot tub in one of my bathrooms also and it desperately needs a face lift – would love to know how you did it!

jesszwo - April, your bathroom is crazy rockin!!! LOVE it. And this site? So awesome! Can’t wait to keep up with it.

Courtney - April- I love the pictures!!! The tutorials over the designs and how you put everything together is fabulous! You have such a great sense of style!!!! Can’t wait to see more of your blogs!!!

APRIL - Thanks for all the love for my little bathroom! You’ve totally warmed my heart :) To answer the burning question, yep, that’s wallpaper on the tub, believe it or not. We have a pedestal tub in the upstairs bathroom that had wallpaper on the base of it. Who knows? I’m just glad it came off :)

@ Tina – I’ve seen tutorials online before on how to paint your tub, but honestly, I just primed it and then painted it with 3 coats of regular wall paint. It really could’ve used at least 1 more, but I was over it at that point. It’s not completely smooth, but I think that’s part of it’s charm.

jenn - That is an AMAZING transformation!!! You’ve got a house with great “bones” and you’re able to see the potential. Gorgeous! And the pull-chain toilet…totally awesome :)

Jen Z - This is gorgeous!!! I love your sense of style and the difference between the before and after is amazing. :)

Inside My House – Living Room » a study in CONTRASTS - […] usually a little crazy looking, this has always been my favorite room in the house, well, until the bathroom came along, that is. The only thing that I’d change is the wall color. This was the very […]

Tonya - Just saw this on Apartment Therapy. WHAT a transformation. Great job!!!

caitlin - What color paint and what brand did you use? Did you use different paints on the wood and on the walls? I love this room!

Chelsea V - This was my grandparents’ house! (I can verify my last name in email for you and You’d have no doubt ;) ). I hope you don’t find this creepy, but in this crazy small social media world Gail’s post about your vow renewal showed up on my Facebook news feed and as soon as I saw a picture of the barn I knew that was it. I found your blog and indeed it is! I could go on about that house but yes, my grandma is a nut for wallpaper and my grandpa was very good at hanging it so they covered the house. Of course he probably only gave into the tub border to stop the nagging. :) I’m so happy to see that you kept the toilet! Are your kids afraid of it? We used to be terrified and would pull the chain and run. Anyway, sorry for such a long comment and I hope it doesn’t come across as stalkerish but it is blowing my mind to see the house updated. I have so many memories there and I’m glad your kids will get to grow up there and make their own!

carly tati - Hey April,
I’m not sure how I ended up on your bathroom post just now, but anyway, I am absolutely cracking up over here about your before pictures compared to the after photos. So different! Nice work!
Cheers
Carly

Pretty Tumblers

I bought these tumblers (technically labeled as stemless wine glasses. Whatever.) at Target over the weekend and thought they were too pretty not to share. There are actually 4 to the set & there’s also a blue/green set as well. They’re acrylic, so they’re perfect for having a drink outside in the summer without worrying […]

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Jen Z - Oh, I LOVE the colors in those tumblers. AND I love the photos, particularly the first one. :)

April - Thanks, Jen! I love the colors too – so fun & slightly retro.

Dinner: A Love Story – The Book

One of my favorite blogs is Dinner: A Love Story. I love reading about their adventures in cooking for their family of four. Plus, their daughters are voracious readers, just like my son Jack is & so I love discovering both new & old book titles through them as well as just hearing their reading […]

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Hollie - I love their blog & cookbook too! Can’t wait for the next one…

April - Aren’t they both great? I think I’m way more excited than I should be for a cookbook ;)

Hollie - Well I read cookbooks like others read novels. I love them!