Category Archives: Books

Are You Missing the Mi’X’?

Eddie Ross for Ballard Designs

My husband, as an Algebra teacher, is always teaching his students to “solve for X.”

It takes work, and you HAVE to think.

There are rules to finding it, but within those rules there are different approaches to that problem.

The X is unknown. The X can change. But, the “X” is what make things great. 

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Is it Love or an HGTV Crush?

Cover Blog Pic“I think I need subway tiles and a farm sink in my kitchen.”

“I definitely need some word art.”

“Mid-century modern would look so great in a bedroom. Or maybe a bohemian look with a Moroccan wedding blanket.”

“Ooohh, look at those French cafe chairs.”

The more we see something, the more we think we like it, and the harder it gets to discern what our TRUE loves are… Is the farm kitchen REALLY my style, or do I just like it because I’ve seen it on Fixer Upper? 

How can we tell if we are truly “in love” or just having an “HGTV crush?”

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Friday Favorite: a well lit place

Beautifully curated and well lit room.

A beautifully curated and well lit room. ~from Heirloom & Knot

I just finished reading Amy Poehler’s Yes Please. Besides being quite funny, the book is surprisingly introspective. She reflects on her choices in life, the good ones and the bad ones, and questions a lot of the choices our society is currently making.

I especially loved her chapter called “The Robots Will Kill Us All,” which points out the way technology, specifically our phones, is completely changing us.

It made me think.

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Wait for Me! – SERVES as an entertaining read

The cover of  WAIT FOR ME by Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire

The cover of WAIT FOR ME by Deborah Mitford, photograph be Cecil Beaton

“My father… was famous for having read only one book, White Fang, which he enjoyed so much he vowed never to read another. When they were first married, my mother was shocked to realize that my father had read only one book. She persuaded him to listen to her reading aloud some classics, starting with Thomas Hardy. She chose Tess of the d’Ubervilles with its descriptions of farm and heath land, which she thought he would enjoy. When she got to the sad part, my father started crying. ‘Oh, darling, don’t cry, it’s only a story.’ ‘What,’ said my father, his sorrow turning to rage, ‘do you mean to say the damn feller made it up?’ I was born after the days of White Fang and never saw my father open a book.” -Deborah Mitford Cavendish, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Wait For Me

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Advice from 1913

Elsie de Wolfe- the first lady of interior design

Elsie de Wolfe- the first lady of interior design

The first lady of interior design proclaimed, “This is what I am always fighting in people’s houses: the unsuitability of things. They see something “pretty” and buy it…Then when they have treated each of their rooms in a different color [and in a different style], they wonder why they always fret going from one room to another.”

Despite having said this in 1913, it is still true today. It is timeless advice. Continue reading