home
We didn’t want to expand our price range, because we had other plans for our time and money -- other than working for a mortgage. So we decided to save the money, and build our own.
in

Mar 31, 2014 at 6:00pm | 88 comments

bed
Posting a picture of the princess bed that I currently sleep in is how I got to writing about décor for xoJane in the first place.
adulthood
Whenever I actually have aluminum foil on hand I feel pretty great.
in

Jan 17, 2014 at 10:00am | 181 comments

shoppables
Because the art of subliminal mind control begins with layering home scents.
home
Yes, I'm doing it of my own (slightly conflicted) volition. But that doesn't mean it's not scary, man. (And yes, kind of exciting, too.)
learnvest
For many Americans, buying a house is the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. And, after a down payment and closing costs, their finances can be in a state of shock. But the siren call of decorating your new home is hard to resist.
in

Sep 30, 2013 at 2:30pm | 35 comments

home
home
You might recall that I wasn’t even all that interested in home ownership. But a project like this just seeps into everything, almost like an obsession you can’t quit (really, you can’t or we might have tried at some point).
in

Aug 15, 2013 at 6:00pm | 56 comments

renovations
I looked at moving in to our incomplete house mostly like a camping experience, which is fun for a weekend but… a whole month? Two months? Three months?
where to live
I'm never fully satisfied with where I'm living. When I'm there, I want to be here. When I'm here, I want to be there. Why's the grass always gotta look so much greener?
diy
Do you ever think about your toilet? Do you even like it? Whittling things down to essentials, it turns out a toilet is pretty much house MVP.
in

Jun 20, 2013 at 5:00pm | 55 comments

home
A cornice is another one of those things that seems FOR REAL boring. When things are boring, it’s hard to spend money on them, like laundry detergent or floss. But you have to because dirty clothes and rotten teeth.
in

Jun 12, 2013 at 5:00pm | 79 comments

home
I've finally figured out how to clean my house mostly using stuff you could eat in a zombie apocalypse.
in

Apr 23, 2013 at 5:00pm | 57 comments

home
I’ve been going to the bathroom in a Home Depot bucket for months at this point, usually in my future bedroom closet.
in

Apr 19, 2013 at 5:30pm | 78 comments

home
It’s weird being in a house for so long that doesn’t actually have any walls, or bathroom even.
in

Apr 10, 2013 at 5:00pm | 64 comments

commune
There were always hoards of weeks-old dirty dishes stowed behind couches, plentiful parties, and reggae. So much reggae.
home
Even if we had wanted to give up, we hadn’t quite figured out how to.
in

Apr 2, 2013 at 12:30pm | 112 comments

cleaning
Sometimes it really boggles my mind that I am somebody's mother and therefore am culturally expected to nag members of my household to keep our living spaces clean.
in

Feb 15, 2013 at 12:30pm | 52 comments

home
Wanna get the look of your favorite movie applied to your very own abode? Good news -- we want that for you, too.
in

Feb 5, 2013 at 12:30pm | 88 comments

neighbors
Sumo baby’s parents and I had a few terse back-and-forths in coming months, but there really wasn’t anything that could be done: The building simply has good-for-nothing insulation and babies can’t lawfully be caged.
moving
My husband is all about carefully wrapping and boxing things, and I'm prone to throwing stuff in the back of the car, unboxed and unlabeled, and then being heartbroken when something breaks.
furniture
My husband and I recently celebrated a big-time first for us: we bought a couch.