Simple Living in Real Life

If you follow our Facebook page, you might already know that Brooke at Slow Your Home is one of my favorite bloggers. I’ve chosen several of her pieces as my FB lunchtime read of the day–because she’s smart, practical, honest, and down-to-earth on the subject of creating a better life through simple living.

I loved her most recent post on how easily social media can have us slipping into dissatisfaction with our lives and homes–because we lose sight of the truth that all those perfect images we see are not the true reality of anyone’s life.

Slow Your Home

Looks pretty perfect, doesn’t it? If you read Brooke’s post, you’ll learn that appearances can be deceiving! (Clicking on the image will take you to it.)

So, I was more than pleased when Brooke asked if she could feature us on her blog. (OK, after I responded to her call for suggestions of people to feature for her Simple Living in Real Life series and said, “Us!” :-))

As long-time readers know, we’ve struggled at times with reconciling our love of home design with our desire to live a simple, sane, and meaningful life–and that’s the focus of our interview with Brooke. If you’d like to see the interview, please click here.

And if you are visiting for the first time from Brooke’s site, welcome!

We hope that you’ll stay and poke around a bit. If you’d like to see a sampling of some favorite posts, you can click here. If you’d like to know more about us and why we’re blogging, click here. And if you’d like to know our philosophy about making home, you find that by clicking here.

Wishing everyone a week with peace and moments of joy. We’ll be back soon with some updates on our summer projects.

This (sorta) Old Life: exterior house

We’re pretty pleased with the DIY paint job we did on the front and back of our house last summer. We’ll be writing soon about why we hiring someone else to do the remaining sides.

This (sorta) Old Life: family room fireplace project

I have finally finished the fireplace painting project. Can’t wait to show you our economical make-over and share why this project was mostly a joy.

This (sorta) Old Life: Kitchen eating nook

We are super-stoked about the eating nook table and benches that Cane has built entirely from plywood, requiring nothing more expensive/difficult than a radial arm-saw. A tutorial and finished pics are on the way.

This (sorta) Old Life: deck repair

Our deck was in pretty sad shape at the beginning of the summer, but we just don’t have the funds to replace it. We’ve come up with some making-do solutions for that space that might work for you, too.

Here's a view of the great room. I'm standing at the back wall taking the photo so I could capture as much of it as I could. Look at the gorgeous light.

We recently toured the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in Oregon, where we saw all kinds of simple design principles we think are great ideas for any home today.

As always, we struggle a bit to find a balance between doing projects and blogging about them. You can see that we’ve been pretty busy with the doing and have fallen behind on the blogging about the doing. We’re not sure how fast we can get these posts together, but they’re all on the docket.