Behind the Scenes at Better Homes and Gardens

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A few months ago I received an e-mail from Better Homes and Gardens asking if I wanted to join their new Live Better Network. I of course was like "heck yes!" (because BHG is amazing), and they were like, "great, are you available to fly to Iowa in August to tour the BHG headquarters?" And then I was bummed, because a flight to Iowa was totally not … [Read more...]



The Ninety Percent Problem

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Around here we have a problem. And I'm guessing - if you're a DIYer - you are likely to have this problem too. We call it the "ninety percent problem", which is basically this.... You start a project. You are dedicated to getting it done. You work really hard at it for a day/week/month - as long as it takes to get it ALMOST finished. You get it to … [Read more...]



Shopping for Southwestern

Pendelton Blankets

First, a confession. I have exactly zero projects to blog about. Lots of things are in the works, but nothing is at that glorious, complete, bloggable stage yet. And while I'm obviously pretty good at just not updating the blog for weeks on end, I thought that during this dry spell I'll take you shopping with me. Online shopping that is, since … [Read more...]



A Different Kind of Before and After

learning about plants

This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. I love spring. I love the sunshine and warmth, rain showers and wildflowers, and rivers that are warm enough to tube. I love that my kids have started waking up every morning, running to the window and proclaiming "Mom! It's a beautiful day outside!" I love going to the nursery … [Read more...]



40 Bags in 40 Days

40 bags in 40 days

First of all, I want to say THANK YOU for all the awesome comments on my last post about house size...I love it when a blog post turns into a conversation. I'm really enjoying reading all your responses, getting different perspectives on house size, and just generally getting to know y'all better. That comments section is a wealth of knowledge and … [Read more...]



Reader Question – How do you feel about the size of your home?

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A couple of weeks ago I received this comment from a reader... "We are closing on our house this Friday, it is 1523 sq ft. When I told friends and family, a lot of them think it is a little small. I would love to see a blog post on your thoughts on house size". I think that is an excellent topic for a post, so lets dive right in. The average … [Read more...]



The Most Embarrassing Post I’ve Ever Written

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Three years ago today I started Domestic Imperfection. For the first two blogiversaries I put together giveaways as a thank you to my readers for all the support. This year I didn't plan anything though, mostly because it's a whole lot of work and only one or two people win things. So instead I'm going to do something better...I'm going to … [Read more...]



That one time I actually spent money

Lyle Side Chair

Happy 2014! It's my first post of the year....and I don't have some awesome, creative, one of  a kind project for you. I have seven projects that are about 80% finished, but I just can't seem to get them to the "ready to photograph" stage. I also have about 14 hundred ideas floating around in my head and I just want to drop everything I'm working on … [Read more...]



The Top Ten Posts of 2013

organized pantry

Before we jump into the top posts of 2013 I just wanted to say thank you for all the sweet comments and e-mails I got after posting my Christmas house tour.  I haven't had time/energy to respond because the flu hit our house on Christmas Eve. I am just starting to feel somewhat normal, the kids are still deep in the flu trenches, and by the grace … [Read more...]



Christmas House Tour, Domestic Imperfection Style

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Merry Christmas Eve! I'm sure everyone is busy preparing for tonight and tomorrow, but I thought I'd finally pop in with my house tour just in case anyone is online. I don't know if y'all saw all the holiday house tours this month, but there are a ton of them. Evidently house tours at Christmas are a big thing in the DIY blog world. I have sifted … [Read more...]



Pac-Man Family – Easy Costume Idea (for next year)

easy pac man family costume

Pac-Man and our family have a long history together. To be more specific, Ms. Pac-Man and Adam have a deep and meaningful relationship that developed long before our own (and that's saying something, cause I nabbed him young). It's an ongoing love affair. When Adam and I stared dating in high school I had heard of and played Pac-Man, but really, … [Read more...]



Win a Room Design Package with Interior Design Service Online

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Good morning everyone, hope y'all had a great holiday weekend! I have something  slightly different for y'all today...how would you like to meet an online interior designer and have a chance to win one of her room packages? I KNOW y'all are interested in this because I get e-mails asking if I will do room designs. I'm very flattered that some of … [Read more...]



Welcome to the New Domestic Imperfection!

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Ta-da! Surprised? Welcome to Domestic Imperfection 2.0. Brighter, fresher, and more organized. Actually this is like Domestic Imperfection 5.0, but this one was done correctly and will be sticking around. The previous design was done mostly by me, and although it looked alright to y'all it has some serious flaws on my side. But now it all … [Read more...]



Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

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Y'all ask a lot of questions. Like, a lot. I'm not complaining. Really, I'm not.  If I didn't like answering questions and helping you with your projects then I wouldn't do what I do. But often the e-mails I get are repetitive and I'm answering the same questions night after night (which is mostly my fault for not including enough information in t … [Read more...]



In the BlogLight!

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If you're here for the first time, then welcome! If you are a regular around here then you may be wondering what the heck the bloglight is all about... allow me to explain. Hometalk is a website where you can share home-related projects, ask home-related (and gardening) questions, and find a ton of inspiration. Hometalk is also very supportive of DI … [Read more...]



What Would You Do, Kitchen Edition

Large open kitchen with oak cabinets and granite counters

I have something a little different for y'all today...today you get to makeover a kitchen, but you don't have to do any of the work or spend any money. It's the perfect kitchen remodel!  A friend from church recently saw my kitchen makeover and asked if I would come take a look at her kitchen and give her idea for a makeover of her own. I of course … [Read more...]



Valentines Day “Hey Girl” Features

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Is it just me, or was this "Hey Girl" link party a huge success? I never expected so many link ups...almost 200 so far! I've read every single one and I can honestly say that I now know exactly what women want. If y'all would just send your husbands over to read through all these links then they will discover exactly what I did, that women are … [Read more...]



“Hey Girl” Linky Party

Hey Girl

Welcome to the "Hey Girl" link party! I'm excited...not only is this my first time to host a link party, I also get to soak up all y'alls man meme-ing ridiculousness for the better part of a week. It was so easy for me to hey girl my kids, but I'll admit that I had the hardest time hey girling Adam. Everything I came up was either 1) dumb or 2 … [Read more...]



2012 Resolutions and “Loose Goals” for 2013

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Last January I posted my "Less Mess" resolution and made it my goal to clean up my messiest spaces. I even threw etiquette to the wind and showed you pictures of my messes in all their glory. Well 2012 has come and gone and I should be living in an organized paradise. Should be, being the key word. Lets see how I did... The Pantry, then  The … [Read more...]



Compassion Sunday

Compassion International

Meet Aemabet. Aemabet is seven years old and lives in Ethiopia. She has four siblings and loves the color green, math, playing handball and cows. When she grows up she wants to be a teacher.  Aemabet isn't some random kid that I choose to blog about, this is my Aemabet. Adam and I sponsor her through a program called Compassion International and … [Read more...]