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10 Most Popular Home Posts 
If you only read 10 interior design posts on my site, make it these:

1. Stucco, Tile, and Maybe a Roof. Oh, and a Tractor!

2. Luxury Home Tour in Santa Fe, NM

3. Party Ideas from Your Antisocial Hostess With the Mostest

4. Kitchen and Dining Room Remodel - Before & After

5. 3 Bathroom Styles, 1 House

6. 6 Ways to Get Luxury Lighting on a Budget

7. Our $5,000 Master Bathroom Remodel

8. The Great Wallpaper Mural (In)Decision

9. 15 Decorating Ideas from the Summit County Parade of Homes

10. Hilariously Bad Real Estate Photos - What NOT To Do When Selling Your House

Decorating Ideas From Our New Home
We love living in the New Mexico mountains.

1. White Kitchen with Brick Backsplash


2. Fun Powder Room in Spring

3. Rustic Holiday Decor


4. Kitchen with White Cabinets and Red Brick


5. Hallway Bathroom Reveal - Reclaimed Alligator Juniper Vanity


6. Overbudget? LOL


7. 3 Bathroom Styles, 1 House (Rustic, Spa, and Glamorous)


8. 6 Ways to Get the Statement Lighting You Love - On a Budget


9. How to Decorate with Antlers (real and faux)

10. Dream Home Dreaming

11. Our Small Home Office (Featured in Albuquerque Magazine)


Interior Design Posts to Give You a Laugh

1. Bad Real Estate Photos - Don't Make These Mistakes When Selling Your House


2. Bad Real Estate Photos - Scary Clowns Edition


3. Cabinet Hardware OOPS


4. The 4-to-5 Day Weekend


5. Wood Chandelier (How Did They Know?!)


6. Sprin...Errr...Fall Cleaning


7. Chalkboard Door Multiple Choice


8. The Chalkboard Door is for Holiday Decorating


9. At-Home Sauna? Yes, Of Course

Our $5,000 Master Bathroom Remodel
This resulted in a 4-way bidding war when we sold our Albuquerque home! Our renovated kitchen (photos here) also helped.


How to Remodel a Bathroom On a Budget

1. Our DIY Bathroom Remodel On a Budget

2. This is What Happens When SN Gets Bored (Bathroom Reno)


3. Budget-Bathroom Remodel in Progress


4. More Bathroom Remodel Photos - It's a Long Process


Entertaining at Home
Introverts throw the best parties...probably because they freak out over every little detail.

1. Holiday Party Ideas from Your Antisocial Hostess With the Mostest


2. Easy DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece


3. Hosting Our 1st Thanksgiving


4. Special Touches to Improve the Comfort of Your Guest Bedroom


5. Decorating with Fresh Roses


6. Our First Guest Bedroom


7. Interior Christmas Decor


8. Tea for Three and Three for Tea Party


9. Mouse Wine and Cheese Napkins


10. Free Thanksgiving Printables (Because introverts love a good conversation starter!)

Building a House - The Construction Process
It's every bit as stressful as you've heard, but worth it in the end. If you're building near Albuquerque, we recommend our builder, John Lowe with Panorama Homes, and would hire him again. He has high quality standards and will help optimize your budget. We got a lot of house for our money!

1. Loan Approved - We Have a Porta Potty!

2. Breaking Ground


3. Week 1 (We were so young and optimistic back then.)


4. Construction Weeks 2 and 3 - Bad News


5. Construction Week 4 - Much Better


6. Week...Who Knows? (AKA Say Goodbye to Your Footings)


7. The Award for Slowest Foundation Ever Goes To...


8. Let the Framing Begin


9. Stucco, Tile, and Maybe a Roof (And a Tractor!)


10. Magnetic Poetry Floor Plan

11. Our New Home is Ready for Her Closeup (Computer Rendering, Paint Colors, Stucco Choices, Etc.)

12. Home Design - It's All in the Details


13. Trying to Choose a Bathroom Floor Plan


14. Framing - I Love This House


15. We Have Windows!


16. Shiny Dreams and a Dark Gray Funk of a Mood


17. Electrical and Insulation


18. Drywall


19. 6 Week Deadline


20. In the Battle of the Sexes, I Think I Lost This One (AKA Why Does Our Garage Have the Best Views in the House?!)


21. The Best Kitchen (N)Ever


22. Will We Live Long Enough to See Our Dream Home Finished? (Or Will We Kill Each Other In the Process?)

Wallpaper Ideas


1. The Great Wallpaper Mural Indecision (photos from our new home)


2. Decorating with Wallpaper - 60 Best Wallpaper Ideas


3. Dining Room Wallpaper Mural (photos from our old home)

4. Pamir Garden Wallpaper (our hallway bathroom)

5. Unique Bathroom Ideas with Paint & Wallpaper (our guest bathroom)

Interior Design Photos to Inspire Your Next Home Project

Not planning to remodel or build? You may change your mind after seeing these photos.

1. Our Dream Home! My Favorite Inspiration Photos

2. Laundry Room Ideas


3. Bathroom Ideas


4. Flooring Ideas


5. Living Room Ideas


6. Dining Room Ideas


7. Window Seat Ideas


8. The Best Seat in the House - More Window Seat Ideas


9. Home Exterior Ideas


10. Luxury Home Photos


11. 9 Interior Design Secrets From the Best Luxury Hotels


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Decorating: All Other Reader-Favorite Blog Posts

1. 10 Interior Design Upgrades You Can Do Today

2. How to Transform Your Yard for Meditation


3. It's a Chair! It's a Pillow! It's...a Chair Pillow


4. The Blog Post Where I Sell You My House


5. Yellow and Red Kitchen and Dining Room (Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes and our sale was no exception.)


6. Not Just for Clothes! How to Organize a Closet for Your Life


7. Decorating on a Budget - Colorful Incense and Potted Flowers


8. Washi Tape Decorating Ideas


9. My Plate Collection - Noritake Colorwave


10. My Favorite Way to Display Vacation Photos


11. Open Shelving Decorating Ideas: Sand and Sprinkles


12. Are Laminate Floors Durable?


13. DIY Pottery Barn Chairs


14. Label Game- The San Diego Soap Company


15. Should We Buy This Pretty House?


16. You're Never Too Old for a Purple Princess Bedroom


17. Cloche Decorating for Valentine's Day


18. Painted Dining Chairs - Before and After


19. Chalkboard Door Artwork


20. The Living/Dining Room Switch Around


21. What Killed Our Cherry Tree?

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