Everest Lane House

Mr. Fix-it

Yesterday morning, before school, John helped me repair a screen. Never mind that he’s just 10 years old.  He’s been helping with little projects like these for years now. (You’re welcome, John’s future wife!)   Help put away the breakfast dishes?  Nah.   Got your backpack so you’re ready for the bus?  Mom – I’ll…

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The Port Room

Port Room

It took me a few years to collect the pieces of art I wanted to use for a gallery wall in our guest room ~ the Port Room.

I had a few things in mind for the pieces for the Port Room gallery wall:

Recycling: I wanted to find all the pieces at thrift stores
Theme: All the pictures needed to feature a boat or ship
Organic: I wanted collection to look curated – not planned. The frames could be any color, the art could be any style – but nothing matchy-matchy.
Consensus: Each piece needed to get a thumbs up from the kids. No matter how eclectic, if it made us happy, we bought it.
Combining all the different pieces was a little tricky – it was a little like putting together a giant puzzle. Whew!

It’s great to finally see all the art on the wall.

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The Fall Library

I love introducing seasonal hints in our home a.k.a. Everest Lane House. It really is a great way to ease into a new season.
This time of year, a subtle, (and totally awesome) decor change is switching out your everyday books with what I call “The Fall Library”. Sounds pretty sophisticated, huh?
Building the Fall Library really isn’t that elaborate‚Ķ You just scrounge Goodwill and garage sales through the year for books with interesting titles, book jackets, or authors appropriate for the season.

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Real Simple Halloween Garland

I get so much magazine reading done in the minivan while I’m waiting for the kids.
Yesterday, I snagged the October Real Simple from the mailbox and headed off to Basswood Elementary to pick up the boys.
I zip through my magazines pretty quickly. But, this photo inspired me to make my own Real Simple Halloween Garland. Real Simple made theirs out of these adorable postcards which cost $1.50 each.
Instead of ordering the postcards, I made my own using some clipart I found online and some index cards. Let me now you how I did it…

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Spring Mantlescape with Winter Wheat Grass

Planting winter wheat is a spring tradition around here. It is an excellent spring gardening project for kids; they get to plant seeds and they can see the results of their work in just a few days. ¬†This year, I designed my spring mantlescape with winter wheat grass. Watch how I transform a simple set…

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