…a day in the life

Onto my depression. Just kidding. Not really, but third week in February and I’m just about ready to laugh through the worst month of the year that can tear me down to tears. In this spirit, I thought it would be kinda funny to post pictures of my daily life in the house that you usually see only in an organized and clever light. I remember getting lovely comments after my first piece of press, but I also remember some comments about how obnoxiously pretty my house looks. I was more frustrated than anything because, hello mean-people, it was a photoshoot of course I put away the dirty laundry  and threw away the juice boxes lining the interior of the house!

Here’s a peek at a day in the life in our nest. Feel free to laugh. Oh, and be aware that Ollie and Owen make a big showing here.


















We try not to take ourselves too seriously around here.


  1. Sure would like to know where you purchased that wonderful bird/nest mug…gotta have one!

  2. You are such a beautiful person inside and out! I absolutely love your house. It is gorgeous! I very much enjoyed to see the everyday pics! I always try to keep my house picture perfect. Like you I do have three little ones, (9,6 and 4) so picture perfect is very unusual in my house, glad to see I’m not alone!! 🙂

    Have a great day!!

  3. love your rawness. keep it up! love you! bff

  4. Donna Dell says:

    I love it! Someday( all too soon) there will not be juice boxes all over! Enjoy it!

  5. I’ve been searching for 9 months for the perfect metal cafe chairs for my dining table that my hubby built. I ordered some a few months back and when they arrived, the scale of the chair was just too small compared to the table. Where did you find your white tabouret chairs? Thanks!

  6. You are ahhhhsome, Christen! THNX for sharing!!
    PS – the new hardwood in your bedroom looks great! 🙂

  7. Annie Bloj says:

    Love this!!!!

  8. That was wonderful. I love that you are all normal people living in a relaxed home! We all make sure the laundry and everything is hidden when company comes but to live life worrying all the time about perfection is just not right! You have beautiful children and you are beautiful inside and out. And so is your home…..because it’s filled with love. Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. So glad to see what’s inside your beautiful bedroom armoire! You have a beautiful life, inside and out.

  10. Rita Corbett says:

    Your house is a lovely home, protective and beautiful! Never apologize to the snarky people! You can’t live in a photo shoot…

  11. Kate Brittain says:

    I will never understand why people feel the need to be so mean. Good for you having a beautiful home and a happy family, this does not happen by accident. I am sure you work very hard at what is important to you. All I have to say is Bravo, well done!

  12. Linda Dufour says:

    You have a beautiful family. Love the orange cat! Sorry I don’t know his name. Your home is lovely and just lived in. There is nothing wrong with that. Thank you for sharing part of your life with us.

  13. Hi! Just found you via a tutorial on Youtube for some ASCP lovin’. And I have to ask, how n the h*ll do you get your paint lids back on?! I have so much paint in the crease of the lid that I can’t get them back on and I fear my million dollar investment may dry out! It seems worse than regular paint. Is it user error or is there a secret ?

    I think we all should do a yearly photoshoot to see the effort it takes to make it look THAT good! Love your work!

  14. Susie Ballos says:

    You make me feel more normal love your post.

  15. Love,love, love!!!! Please vlog more, you’re such a breath of fresh air! Your videos totally get me out of this winter funk 🙂

  16. This is such a great post, lol! (Psst…teach that feline some modesty 😉 )

  17. Cláudia Ferreira says:

    Love it! And your cats are just like everything you post: Love and Sweet!!! Thanks Thanks Thanks

  18. Helen Johnson says:

    Hi Christen, your blogs brighten my day. You keep me going when I’m feeling’flat’. Great to see what’s inside your armoire I might just have to copy that idea! If you think this is messy you should see mine. Keep up the good work! Xx

  19. Hi Christen, I think your home is lovely and you have the kind of home that would make anyone feel so comfortable and welcomed.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  20. Christen,

    Thank you for sharing with us your amazing home and wonderful taste. I first saw you through Youtube, using Annie Sloan paints. I myself, in the past year, became very interested in a French Country style. Trying to decorate my home on a very low budget. You inspire me not to be afraid to repaint and reuse old pieces. I thank you so much for sharing your skill and ideas!!! Please keep your wonderful, no amazing work. Please post more videos. I think you are such a warm and kind person. Thank you!!!

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