Category Archives: My Home

a ladder, a frame, leaves…& calling it good


i love my grey ticking comforter.  especially on the first night the temps fall to 50.
windows open and i snuggle down deep.  the sleep is good in the crisp night air.


SIMPLE – natural - not fussy …something that will carry us through until christmas is my gig
i am slooowly transitioning our home to feel more cozy & warm



here is a little peek–before we get into more serious matters of the heart later this week…;)


sending you each love & peace is a brand new day–be present..xo


new LOVE sign giveaway-come & enter


….happy friday sweet friends.  i wanted to take a moment to just honor you
you are my balcony did you know that?  well you are my balcony people.  my audience while i am in the cheer me on
that is how i picture you 


so…while i am putting the last touches on my bedroom this weekend to give you the first sneak peek next week.
i will tell you the story behind the sign then too.

i wanted to GIVEAWAY the painting that is going in my room..we painted one for me & one for YOU!  it is 27″ x 39″

:::::::here are the DEETS to ENTER to WIN the LOVE sign:::::::

go to our INSTAGRAM and simply share the picture to your feed with the hashtag #houseofbelonginglovesign
i will post it to instagram at 8 am cst on september 13

it is also listed in the shop:)

i will announce the winner on monday with some more happy news that i know you will crush on
take it slow this weekend….xotiff




how to SLOW down & find the beauty in the holiday’s & a giveaway

CMH2 Home Collage Words

let’s switch gears on monday shall we?  i have something FUN to share:)  from my beautifully hearted friend jeanne oliver!  i know you love her too right?
read on and just soak up the beauty of these photos won’t you?  oh..and pin pin…:)

keeping it cozy

jeanne oliver designs

life in grace

jennifer rizzo

na-da farm

thistlewood farm

city farmhouse

raised in cotton

ok…pure loveliness right?
READ on…..:)

Course description:

Join eight of my friends and me as we celebrate loving on your home, friends and family through the holidays.

You will be encouraged as you hear honestly from each woman about the times things did not go as planned during their holidays.

You will hear honest discussions about their own journey of hospitality.

You will walk away inspired as you hear about the traditions and special moments from their childhood and how they create special moments with their families today.

You will be able to watch beautiful videos with gift giving ideas, decorating projects and favorite family recipes.

We all want to create authentic moments with our friends and families.

We all desire for the ones we love to leave our homes knowing that they were welcomed and loved.

My hope is that this course will help you slow down and find the joy and beauty in the holidays.

*There will be 30+ project videos

These will be incredible videos that include everything from cooking, gift giving and decorating

*Tons of beautiful house photos from each of the nine women

*Supply Lists and PDFs for each project

*A digital recipe book of the recipes shared in this course

:::the beautyFULL hearts that will be sharing:

CM2 round collage NAME WHITE-1

i am giving to myself some real time to SLOW down and enjoy a course for ONCE!  i am done with being so crazed that i can’t take time to be all present and enjoy being taught
and what better than to learn how to SLOW down & find BEAUTY & JOY in the holidays.  to LISTEN!

SO…jeanne has so humbly offered 2 spots for YOU to be a part with me and join these authentic women as they share their STORY with us!



got this from miss jeanne herself…loved it

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on THIS post telling me what makes you feel special during the holidays.

For additional chances to win you can…

*Blog about the course

*Facebook about the course

*Pin the course to Pinterest

*Tweet about the course on Twitter

Come back and tell me each time you do one of the above for additional chances to win.

we will choose on wednesday from random number generator…and a few super simple FALL fun recipe’s for you that i LOVE!


:::to REGISTER now just click on the PAYPAL link below…looking forward to seeing you there sweet friends!


 course is 58.00!!

in His grip of grace


a bit of shop news:

we are on a skeleton shop for another week or two then will re open fully.  we are still taking some customs and our HOLIDAY signs are in the SHOP too:)


nikki hit it out of the park with this design…the words bring me to tears.  enough said:)


our I Am His sign is being placed in so many nurseries and we are soooo humbled.  what powerful words for children to see daily.
this sign is our original design.  the words of course are not ours but the design is.  first seen here on the House of Belonging:)


we had a custom with a wood sign on the GRATITUDE sign so we shot it real quick…i LOVE the wood frame:)



a best kept secret..pb slipcovers & backpacks

we are always wanting to cover what we think is unseemly..ugly..messy don’t we?
well i could go off on a million rabbit trails with that sentence but i will spare you today.

i do however want to share THE best 30.00 we’ve spent in a long time
for a slipcover no less.  a pottery barn slipcover.  from UGLYSOFA

you guessed it to cover the ugly.  no not really.  our couch is fairly new.  we got it on clearance because of a small hole in the side
here is a picture of it .. NOT what i would choose had if i could choose anything but hey..paid cash.  saved some money right?
and i believe country living had a plaid couch not to long ago so maybe they are coming back in..ha!


since we are going all coastal”ly” we want all of our living room furniture to be cohesive and at this price i could justify it.   it covered what needed to be covered and didn’t break the bank.
seriously fantastic!


i am not gonna lie–i had to vacuum the sofa yesterday.  it had my hair ( i have my quiet time on the couch) and bella hair on it.  i have an ocd issue with hair.
the light color…will drive me cray BUT i put a quilt on the sitting part
and when company comes…which is like never…i will rip off the quilt and voila!  there is pain in beauty right?  the good with the bad know my grand babies moved to florida last month and the oldest begins kindergarten this year so grandma & auntie’s got busy shopping to fill
care boxes full of school supplies.

no lie nik and i were looking on PBkids the night before last and had chel pick a backpack reed would like and she chose the baseball one.

well uglysofa had that one…for 19.99!  and the matching lunchbox so we bought him both.
i don’t have to tell you how expensive it is to send the littles off to school anymore!

so grandma’s – auntie’s….let’s come together and help our kiddo’s out!  even something little helps.  do what you can with what you have.
everything makes a difference and is appreciated

moral of this post?

go get yourself a a good quality slipcover and a backpack.  you have my word it is worth it!
i am going to get the drop cloth one for fall/winter…

oh…did i tell you the girls and i are driving up to the mall of america friday?  for 5 days!  never been to MN before
and we soooo need a break.  just a mini one but thankful for it.

and now for those really uGlY wingback chairs…oh uglysofa if you could help me on that one
i would be forever grateful but since you cannot:( i did purchase this.

pinkandpolkadot ebook

these 2 chairs will be slip covered or i will die tryin!

happy wednesday…love you all:))



we are like old houses – our updates in pictures

i have some pictures to share with you from the long holiday weekend.  i am getting around to sharing it midweek i know.  the days are just flying by..are yours too?
throwing my heart into my home and my life into the world of technology to be honest is a love hate relationship.  some days weeks i long for the simple life before
all of this.  sometimes i stand back and think it is so crazy and self centered.


how can story matter?  how can what i have to share be any different than anybody else?
i am surely not a home dec blog…my heart runs deep and wide and i often struggle to make sense of i mesh that in with the decor
and gosh darn i am one of those persons who makes a lesson out of everything.  i just.can’

i need an anonymous class for it.  


so as we have been throwing our heart and soul…and sweat into this old house that is not even ours…what the heck?  is that sane?  i don’t know yet.

ask me in a year…

i am learning that old houses can have good foundations..they just need lots of tearing out things and putting in new.  a little at a time.

it is called saving up for something that matters.


you matter and i matter and we are like old houses.  we have good foundations we just need a little gutting now and then and some new habits put in place right?


that is just what we did to the bathroom–we gutted it then put new tile, tub, sink, faucets and a light.
and we ran out of money…oh the floor tile comes in friday!!


but that was all we could do at the moment.  we we are walking on concrete board floor and living for a bit wit
the green moisture resistant sheet rock until we can save up more money for planking etc.



it is lesson in patience. and being thankful for what we do have and what we don’t have anymore….mold!!

there is lots to be learned from old houses…so i am sure you will be hearing what that is as we go…ha!

don’t you buy things for the packaging?  me too!
we painted the stained shelves annie sloan old white and sanded them.  they are as soft as a baby’s butt i swear!

i touched up all the walls…well except for one with ashwood.  my absolute favorite neutral color.ever!

i will be putting this dining room lamp up for sale in my etsy shop if anyone is interested let me know…

with childlike glee i clap at the transformation taking place within this home and within my heart. there are hard places.  there are stop places..and places where i am so sure i will not be able to face tomorrow.
that it will never end
days can fill with hopelessness and spiral out of control if i am not focused and intentional

but then i remember whose i am
i am a warrior woman after all
and warrior women are scared courageous
and worn weary they run the race set before them

so we run today girls.  we run.  



i will be sharing more of our inspiration pictures and where we are headed with this house each week from now on.   we are also working on some fun things in making our guest room an office as well as finishing up the bathroom and then to tackle
that kitchen…my my my.  and on the cheap too!

:: SHOP CLOSES thursday JULY 11 @ midnight and will re-open in AUGUST with all of our holiday signs!  time to order and receive before the holiday::

MOXIE’s new SHIRT…you can choose different colors as well…go check it out.  MORE coming very soon!!

I am His - made to order shirt

thank YOU .. there are NO words for your support of our little shop.  we could do nothing without you.  thank you from the deepest places in my heart…xoxotiff