From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch, you guys! We hope your week has been all that you’ve needed it to be as we embrace the last week of Summer.  

I know a lot of you went back to school this week so I’m definitely sending lots of love and hugs your way as you navigate it all.  

It’s been a great week here thanks to all your encouraging comments about the shed to studio office makeover.  I seriously can’t thank you enough for your kinds words! 

Truthfully, I was totally on the fence about pressing publish on that post because the pictures weren’t exactly pretty and we had just been handed an $1100 repair estimate for a small leak around the chimney and I didn’t want to come across as dramatic ?  

I was able to take a few days to regroup, plan content for Fall, and just catch my breath from the past 6 weeks and it really helped. 

Without a doubt though, your comments got me through this week and I appreciate it so much.

A Few of Our Favorite Posts from Around the Web this Week…

Wendy Blackband of Blackband Home and Design was named as one of Traditional Home magazine’s rising stars! Check out her portfolio here. 

A resort-ready retreat on St. Simons Island.

There are so many layers of beautiful texture in this home tour Park and Oak: The Lake House by Park and Oak.

The Sarah Bartholomew Collection for Mainly Baskets Home is positively dreamy.  You can find more from Sarah’s design portfolio here. 

This Etsy shop has prints that remind me of the new Magnolia wall art line and Studio McGee art at a fraction of the price.

I love the way Just Destiny created this fabulous nook in the hallway.

Garden Design: The 17 Basic Elements Everyone Should Know 

This edible garden tour is gorgeous.

The best and worst foods for gut health, according to Kelly Leveque 

25 Breakfast Recipes You Can Meal Prep For the Week 

25 Delicious Morning Drinks to DIY at Home 

Free 10-Minute Workout For When You’re Short On Time 

30 Summer Outfit Ideas (because let’s face it, it still feels like summer for most of us no matter what the calendar says)

18 of the most charming small towns across America, according to Country Living. Did yours make the list?

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Self-Discovery Journey: Books We’re Reading…

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This month, we’re reading Love Does by Bob Goff and every day it feels like the best little pick me up!

Next month, we’re reading, Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy because I can talk myself into anything and out of everything and I’m thinking maybe some of you feel that way too.  

If you’ve missed any of our other books, you can find them here:

July – The Art of Showing Up: How to be There for Yourself and Your People by Rachel Wilkerson Miller  

 June – Get Out Of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts by Jennie Allen

We also added,  Be The Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison in June.

May – The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming by Sally and Sarah Clarkson.  

AprilRhythms of Renewal: Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose by Rebekah Lyons 

MarchThe Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P Freeman

FebruaryThe Compound Effect by Darren Hardy 

January You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You by Jess Connolly 

Watching Lately…

If you’ve been following along, my sister Jamie recently created a YouTube channel for her company Kaion Lifestyle and Fitness.  

We’ve worked on 3 videos together now and while it’s totally out of my comfort zone, it’s also been a lot of fun.  

Our latest video is all about one of my favorite topics on the planet, How to Get Organized! 

It’s a subject I could literally talk about all day. I wish I were playing when I say, I find myself reorganizing the home decor book section at Barnes & Noble whenever I’m there.  It’s like I can’t help myself. If I ever decide to retire from blogging, you can find me at the Container Store he he ?

I was so chatty at the end of the video it got cut off a bit. But embracing imperfection has basically been my life goal this year so we just went for it and published the video anyway ?

You can catch up on our first video, Decorating 101: Part 1 here and Decorating 101: Part 2 here! 

On the Menu this Week…

Week of August 23 – August 30

08/22 – Saturday Jerk Salmon with Pineapple Salsa 

08/23 – Sunday Eggplant Rollatini 

08/24 – Monday30 Minute Greek Shrimp Grain Bowls 

08/25 – Tuesday One Skillet Mexican Beef and Rice with a side salad

08/26 – Wednesday Asian Kale Crunch Salad 

08/27 – Thursday Insta Pot White Chicken Chili 

08/28 – Friday –  Sun-Dried Tomato, Spinach and Ricotta Grilled Cheese 

08/29 – Saturday Foil Packet Spice-Rubbed Fish with Watermelon Salsa

08/30 – Sunday Easy Freezer to Oven Chicken Parmesan 

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

75 Best Cookie Recipes 

A Few Things We Spotted Online at Target and Amazon This Week…

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NotebookWood ChandelierAccent ChairBallet Flats 

Arched Brass Mirror CandleLidded Rattan BasketWreath 

French SoapPlaid PillowArriving HomePumpkins 

DoormatBotanical Prints * PulloverWood Slices 

If You’ve Missed Anything from the Archives or the Blog, Here’s a Peek at What We’ve Been Up To…

Metal Shed Makeover Progress Update

How to Create the Look of a Vintage Trophy

17 Ways to Ease Into Fall

Quick & Easy Caramel Apple Slices 

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

Here’s a look at what we’ll be working on in the month of July as part of the 52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge  …

  • 08/01 – Your Car
  • 08/08 – Organize Your Purse and Wallet & Update Your Phone Contacts
  • 08/15 – Garden Supplies/Potting Shed
  • 08/22 – Garage, Attic or Basement
  • 08/29 – Kids Room or Guest Room

Upcoming Blog Posts and Dates to Remember…

  • 08/24 National Waffle Day
  • 08/25 National Banana Split Day
  • 08/26 National Dog Day
  • 08/26 Women’s Equality Day
  • 08/27 National Just Because Day
  • 08/30 National Beach Day

A Few Housekeeping Notes…

As I shared above I’ve been planning out Fall and holiday content so if there is anything specific you want to see just let me know. 

I’m going to try my best to find a way to share seasonal content while still sharing projects we’re working on like the shed makeover, 2 bedroom makeovers, a bathroom makeover, and organizing the garage.  

As always, we appreciate you so much and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing.  We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. I was sad to see that Minnesota didn’t get a pick that article on small towns, but it was fun to check out the ones chosen! Looking forward to reading a few of these articles on my afternoon coffee break! Enjoy your weekend, my friend! And thank you for all the wonderful inspiration this Friday morning!

    1. Thank you so much, Christine! It was fun to see all the little towns that were chosen. Some I had never even heard of which was exciting. I know a lot of people have been doing day trips lately so I feel like people are rediscovering little towns across America all over again. Getting ready to dive into the links from your newsletter. I always love to see what you’ve been up to and I’m super excited about everything you’ve been creating lately. Big hugs, CoCo

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