Minimalist Dining Room Tour

Our living room and dining room all are “open concept”, so it is one large room. Yesterday I posted a tour of our living room, so today I’m giving the rest of the room tour. In the dining room sits a “Library Table” that my maternal grandfather made. It’s a solid slab of redwood and…

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Minimalist Living Room Tour

Many times over the last year, after readers have browsed our kitchen tour, I’ve been asked to post other areas of our home. Because our home is small (1132 sq. ft.) it can be challenging to really capture the essence of it, but this morning I decided to buckle down and give it my best shot.…

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How to Have a Special Christmas Day Without Gifts

A reader asks: Thinking about Christmas this year and I’m trying to minimize as much as possible. Growing up, christmas was spent in a pile of presents. Since my kids won’t necessarily have that, do you have suggestions of traditions and activities for Christmas Day that will make memories and help us to not miss…

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Storage Ottoman, Necessary or Not? Reader Question

Question: “What do you think of getting a storage ottoman for the living room to keep the kids’ blocks in? I’m keeping their toys upstairs, but I’d like to keep some books on the bookshelf and blocks downstairs so they have something to do down here without hauling toys up/down the stairs. Right now they’re in…

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