The Dwelling Tree

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Organic Modern Design Home Ideas

We just bought our first home about a year ago. I love it. It is in an amazing neighborhood, has a lovely front shade tree, and is a split level home. It was built in the 60's, and our next door neighbor is nearly ninety and the original homeowner. I am delighted to say a part of the reason I love our home is because of the neighborhood. Kids play outside, ride their bikes, and run about pretending to be pirates or princesses. A few little girls come over almost daily to play with my daughter. Some people hang dry their clothes. People sit on their patio and drink wine. Neighbors bake for one another. I know every neighbor at least three doors down. I have never, ever in my life experienced this!

Below I have posted some pics from around the web of design ideas I love for my own home in the future. 

But, we also have some problems with our home. Because it is older, the water heater will probably die any day now. Our bathrooms still have the cringe-worthy original pink faucet, toilet, and bathtub. The basement needs drywall and a lot of remodeling. 

The exciting part of all of this is we are starting from scratch. We have recently done a purge of items we know longer use or need in the effort to live simpler and with less. We have been poring over Houzz coming up with design ideas we love. I recently discovered Organic Modern. My husband found it. I love this design theme. I already have an obsession with natural fiber woven rugs and baskets, greenery, and clean-looking rooms, I've just never been able to achieve the look due to poor planning and the fact that I am a clutter-aholic. 

I am trying to turn a new leaf. What do you think of these designs? Do you have a favorite look? We are looking for new ideas! 

What is your favorite design inspiration or theme? 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stickers can drive most moms crazy

So this might officially be my weirdest post ever. I hate stickers. Hey moms- does anybody hear me?

Every time Lillian gets a gift or a book with stickers in them I honestly want to throw the entire pack away. I don't, because that would be straight up mean, but I hope in my heart that she won't notice them. I plead with her to leave the stickers in the coloring book or package and look at them because they look so pretty all neat and tidy. 

I am not a clean freak, and I totally allow Lillian to get messy. I strongly encourage children to get dirty and play like maniacs for as long as they want to stay young. Heck, even I like to get all dirty on a good camping trip or run. It's not that the stickers make a mess. It is actually that I CANNOT EVER CLEAN THEM UP.

Case in point. We have many lovely sticker-goo remains all over our wood floors, cabinets, books, and more. Her brand new Frozen book is now covered in little Anna's, Elsa's, and Olaf's.

There are funny moments that can happen, too. This past weekend while we were camping, at least everyone had a sticker on them. Most of the time someone had a sticker on their butt, and never felt Lillian's sneaky little hand heading toward their derriere.

I remember putting a ton of stickers on a lovely old vintage dresser as a teenager. I thought it was a brilliant idea to throw stickers of N'Sync and Backstreet Boys all over that dresser. Poor dresser went to Goodwill, stickers and all.

I suppose one day I will look back and laugh when a little sticker appears. And it's nothing goo-gone can't fix. Maybe it is just me or just a mom thing, or the fact that the coloring book I bought Lillian today had 100 stickers inside I didn't know about until after the fact. 

But I suppose, as a mom, a sticker will always beat a tattoo. And a pretty, washable, glittery tattoo will always beat a sticker. I hope you read this one day, Lillian ;).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop #75 is now live- come link up!

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 75th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of  The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. 

Meet your hosts: 

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

The co-hosts:
Kathryn @ As Told By Kathryn
 Becca @ Two Places at Once
Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Hi everyone! This is Chelsee this week. Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner! 

... onto the winner! 

I think probably the number one thing that attracts me to blog post are the pictures. In Ashley's post she had tons of amazing pictures of her trip. I personally am a big fan of travel, but I give this woman props for spending what typically would be a honeymoon taking her husband to see a sports event in Cincinnati. Don't fret ladies she does plan on taking a honeymoon next year, but still I give her props for postponing it. This is true love I tell you! Anyways, Ashley is from Nashville as her blog name suggests. She blogs about Life, Food, Fashion and much more! 

I just love her blog and this post was too funny. The picture above shows a flyer they discovered and her husband instagramed. I thought it was too funny and I have hopes that the one that put the flyer out was not serious. I find her writing style to be a mix that is very entertaining to read. I can't wait to read more of her posts and I know that you will all love her blog! I loved following her trip around Cincinnati and even how they walked with a tourist group, I mean come on this is too genius right? Well I won't give any more of it away, you will all just have to head over and read it all for yourselves! Make sure you head over and check it out! 

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)

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