Home Tour 2022

It’s officially been three years since we’ve moved into our house, and every year I like to share a little tour of the home with a look at each space. Each year, we complete projects and make the home feel more and more like us and it’s so fun to see how things change over time. Some spaces are now updated, some are in progress, some are still looking more or less the same that they did when we moved in. To see our previous home tours, you can click the links here for the 2020 tour and 2021 tour.

I say this every year, but it’s worth mentioning again: during these tours, I certainly clean my house so it’s looking its best, but I also try to keep it true to the way we really live. I don’t move furniture in or out of a room (although I am always tempted to move our exercise bike ha!) I don’t style shelves differently or take things off my fridge. This is what our home really looks like in the way we live here!


Guest Bedroom

While our big renovation of this space happened in late 2019/early 2020, this room got a few more upgrades this past year with a new bed, fresh bedding, a faux wallpapered look (which isn’t quite finished yet!), and swapped out nightstands. Justin and I are hoping to replace the carpet later this year as well and then I think I’ll probably stop tinkering in here for a while.

Guest Bathroom

No major changes here, but I did remove a decorative tray that used to hold the soap dispenser, a candle, and faux succulent to free up some counter space for guests and added two gold canisters on the ledge for cotton balls and q-tips.

Entertaining Space

No major changes here either since last year but we do have plans to update the carpet (it’s in really bad shape throughout the entire basement) and I still need to update the window trim.

Basement Kitchen

Mudroom/Storage Room

While most rooms in our home have (in my opinion) only improved over the years, this is one that has steadily gotten worse and worse. Yikes! It really needs a major overhaul and in fact, we’ve talked about totally changing its function and making it into a home gym space. I’d love to see this space look completely revamped in our 2023 home tour – fingers crossed!

Main Floor


This was a space I tackled in fall 2021 and I am thrilled with how it turned out! It’s such a cheery little spot now and it really does make laundry feel a little bit less like a chore.

Full Bathroom

Powder Room

Still unchanged from the day we moved in! At this point, I’ve decided to wait on major changes to this room until we re-do the flooring throughout the entire main floor, which I would love to see happen in the next year or two.

Home Office

Easily my favorite room in the entire house! This was well worth all the effort that we put in way back in fall 2020.

Dining Room


Revamping our kitchen for about $1000 last spring took me from itching to do a big, expensive gut remodel to being perfectly content with this space as is for several years while we plan and save for that big remodel. It just feels fresh and reflects our family so much better now! I do a lot of Phase One updates around here but I think this one has been my favorite so far.


With each passing year, the playroom changes – not because the room itself has many differences, but because the toys change with my kids’ evolving interests. Right now, the hot-ticket items that get played with the most are the dress-up clothes (Vi), the train table that is now constantly covered with Lego creations (LJ) and the play kitchen (both).

Living Room

Sigh. One of these years, I’ll finally address this room (there’s so much potential!) For now, this works well for life with toddlers.

Secret Nook


Over a year has gone by with this two-tone double entry look. It does bother me, but apparently not enough to have hired a painter to get the second level finished, ha! Maybe this will get completed before next year’s home tour? At this point, it’s a toss up.

At least the stairway to the basement is finished!

Top Floor

Primary Bedroom

One of the biggest transformations that happened over the past year was with Justin and my bedroom. It went from a boring blank slate to a colorful and moody retreat! I am so happy with it!

Primary Bathroom

Kids’ Shared Room

Earlier this year we moved Vi and LJ into the same room and it’s been so fun creating a sweet little shared space for them. Even Scout is a fan!

Kids’ Bathroom


This room is my current project and is very much a work-in-progress, but I’m excited for the changes so far and can’t wait until we have a snuggly baby enjoying this space too!

And that’s a wrap on our home! Three years in, and we’re feeling super grateful to get to call this place ours. I love making it into a comfortable, beautiful space for our family, but most of all, I just love living life with my people here. This house has been good to us and we’re enjoying it every step of the way.

April 2022 Book Reviews

The time of year has come where temperatures are rising, green leaves are starting to appear, and we’re all inundated with this meme:

Ha! May is here and I’m so excited for spring. We are planning to spend as much time as possible outside and soak up the warm weather and sunshine – and of course, I’ll be reading lots of books on my porch swing or out on my deck. I can’t wait! But before I get to any of that, let’s re-cap the three books I read in April.

Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano

Back in March, I read Finlay Donovan is Killing It and enjoyed it once I accepted that it was going to be a bit over the top and I needed to just go with it. This book picks up shortly after the first one leaves off. Finlay is trying to write her next novel and disentangle herself from her inadvertent involvement with the Russian mob, which is proving harder than not when she realizes there is a hit out there for her ex-husband. In her efforts to protect her ex-husband and children and figure out who is trying to kill him, she gets tangled up deeper and deeper in a web of deception and secrets, all while trying to balance motherhood and the two men who keep trying to fit into her love life.

Thanks to the first book being fresh in my mind, I knew going into this that I would have to be ready for some unrealistic and even downright zany antics and plotlines. That beings said, I wasn’t as into it this time around. It did continue to be far-fetched, but one extra frustration I had was that it felt like it kind of went nowhere and left me with more questions than answers. Once I finished the book, I realized there is absolutely going to be a third installment (and looking online, it looks like there may even be a fourth planned!?) which makes sense with the plot of this second book now but was kind of frustrating while reading. I still wanted to root for Finlay and I still loved her dynamic with Vero, but overall this book didn’t hit quite as high for me. The first book read independently while this one very much felt like a middle book in a set. I’m not sure if I’ll read the third book or not – looks like it is scheduled to come out in 2023 so stay tuned.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

With a globe-trotting mother and a never-revealed father, Nina Hill has led a quiet life. She enjoys her job at a bookstore and being part of a top-notch trivia quiz team, but other than that she is perfectly content to spend her days at home curled up with a book and her cat. She doesn’t feel the need for more people in her life and certainly not an entire family, but that’s just what she gets when a lawyer shows up one day and tells her her father died and left her something in his will . . . and also more siblings, cousins, nieces, and nephews than she knows what to do with. On top of that, her trivia rival seems to want to get to know her (maybe even date her?) and how on earth can she manage all these people in her life now?

This book reminded me a lot of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and if you really liked that book, I would definitely recommend this one. Nina Hill is reserved and a bit quirky, but mostly endearing and you want to root for her. I loved the dynamics with the new family and enjoyed all the sections that had any of her new family members present. I also enjoyed watching her and Tom slowly get to know one another and liked that there was a bit of Tom’s perspective and thoughts thrown in. The narration is a little unique where it is mostly giving Nina’s perspective, but every now and then another character’s thoughts get included briefly. My main stumbling point with the book is how slowly it moves and how many mundane, everyday details are given. If you like a slow, character-driven, lots of extra details included style of writing, you will probably enjoy this book. For me, I just wanted it to move a little quicker and I wanted more details of relationship development and less of Nina’s everyday life that didn’t really relate to the plot. Overall, I would say that while it didn’t knock my socks off, I did enjoy it and think it’s a nice little read, particularly for Eleanor Oliphant fans.

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey of Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile

I have talked many many times about my love for Gretchen Rubin and her personality framework The Four Tendencies, which is all about habit formation and responding to inner and outer expectations. This framework has really impacted my life and how I understand myself and others, but I’ve never really gotten into other frameworks such as Myers-Briggs or the “Big Five” or anything. But after several people have talked to me over the years about the Enneagram and how they think I would enjoy learning about it, I decided to finally check it out.

First of all – wow! I took a test to determine my number and give me a starting point before I read the book (not sure if that’s recommended or not, but I’m personally glad I did it that way) and I will say reading the book has given me 100% affirmation for my number (I am a 1w2). I think this book is incredibly insightful and gives a ton of food for thought about knowing and understanding yourself better – your strengths and weaknesses and how to work with your type instead of against your type. It talks about fears, desires, motivations, what you are most inclined to do in times of security and in times of stress and I just found it to be fascinating and eerily accurate for my life. Justin and I have had multiple conversations about it and how our individual numbers come into play in our marriage in different ways (he is a 9). Overall, I am fascinated and I would highly recommend this book as a great starting point to anyone wanting to find out more about the Enneagram or who is interested in personality frameworks and knowing yourself better.

Here’s to another great month of reading – and lots of warm days to take my books outside!