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American Dream Builders {win a Lowe's Gift Card!}….

*Have you watched?  How could you NOT?*

The American Dream Home is something everyone fantasizes about. Whether it’s a new closet, a larger family room, or simply a place to put all your stuff, there’s always something we want to change about where we live!  Can I get an "AMEN"?
What if you could make your home into your Dream Home?
AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS – a new show on NBC airing on Sunday at 8/7c – and Lowe’s want to make your dream a reality. {not to mention cutie Nate Berkus!}
Hosted by famed interior designer and best-selling author, Nate Berkus, AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS follows the nation’s top 12 designers and home builders as they compete to be crowned the Ultimate Dream Builder and take home a $250,000 cash prize. It’s the home competition that will change everything!

From the producers of Survivor and The Bachelor, don’t miss AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS, Sundays at 8/7c, only on NBC.
You can enter for a chance to win $100,000 in products and services from Lowe’s and a consultation with the winner of American Dream Builders!
Enter for a chance to win your dream renovation at
You will have the opportunity to earn 5 bonus entries when you “Dream It Yourself”! Upload a photo and description of a home project you are working on and EARN 5 BONUS SWEEPSTAKES ENTRIES.

Finally, follow the show on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win more prizes from American Dream Builders and Lowe’s!


To celebrate the show's debut, I have one $50 gift certificate to Lowe's for ONE lucky Forever*Cottage reader!  

To Enter:

Leave a comment telling me what you would
do/change in your home to make it your dream home!

One entry per person, please.

U.S. residents only.

Giveaway open until April 4th at noon PST.



sunburns and smiles!

Aloha friends….it feels like I've been away forever!  I've missed writing and 
sharing but nothing provides inspiration like a vacation.  Seriously!  
Park a creative type like me on a beach for a week and I can
get all kinds of crazy ideas.  Couple the extra rest and mind-space with
the impending spring cleaning season and all I can say is 
that my house just doesn't know
what kind of crazy is coming it's way! 
I am ready to tackle unfinished projects, edit, purge and style in
my own home…..and watch out clients, this crazy is coming for you too!


No Stress, Relax…..


I will be away from here for the next two weeks.  I am going
to enjoy the company of my family in one of our favorite
locations…..I am unplugging, so if you send an email or
inquire about design services you might not get a response
until after April 1st.  Because I use Instagram to document
lots of personal/family events, you can follow me there
if you would like!

Come back on April 1 - I have a fun giveaway planned!


How to please everyone when decorating a family room…..

My client loves neutrals, her husband and kids love color.

This is the design board I put together to make everyone happy!

The space is an eclectic mix of styles - a little traditional,
a bit of modern and some industrial thrown in for good

If I hired an interior designer…..


Have you heard?

Emily Henderson, the designer who, if I were living in 
fantasy land, I would hire in a second to come design in my home.  And while she was
doing her thang, I would love on that sweet new
baby of hers - cause I have a thing for bald babies
{I had two of them myself!}.

In reality, my favorite designer will likely never
come design my home……priorities like school tuition,
college tuition looming, future wedding expenses, soccer
fees etc….stand in the way of THAT dream. 

However, I was SO excited to learn this morning that
Emily will have a line of home goods at Target!!!
It's almost as good as having her come to 
my Forever*Cottage…..I can't wait to see her 
boho, groovy, quirky, preppy style translated into
all sorts of poofs, frames, vases, lighting, bedding etc…..

Go here or here to read all about it!


Catching up…….

 I don't know where last week went but I apologize for my absence around
here…, it's a busy one and while I love blogging and coming here
to meet all of you, it's the place that often takes a backseat to other
more important things.  It's that season of life for our family - the good stuff,
lacrosse tryouts, busy careers, math finals, soccer practices, 
traveling spouses, grandparents visiting…..
you get it, cause it's all going on in your homes too.

Thought I would share some photos from around our home….it's spring
so I have fluffed here and there.  I have also been doing lots of shopping
for clients and it becomes sort of  a "two for you, one for me" event -
definitely a danger of the job!

I finally jumped on the sign bandwagon and ordered this one
from the House of Belonging on Etsy!  It's a quote that I wanted
my girls to be able to see often as it sure makes sense!
Plus, it dresses up my hallway nicely, if I may say
so myself!

So what's new with all of you?  Are you feeling spring is in the
air?  I have crocus blooming in my yard but the PNW lived up
to it's soggy reputation this weekend and we got to enjoy it by
huddling under our umbrellas on the sidelines of a few soccer
fields! I still call that the 'good stuff'.


Be fearless in your home!

I apologize for my absence…..I won't bore you with the details
cause they would only include laundry, 6th grade math, design work,
lacrosse try-outs, an extra kid at my house this week etc……
blah, blah, blah…..

While perusing Pinterest this evening and indulging in a MUCH
needed glass of wine I came across a home that stopped me in my 
tracks and drove home a point that I wish I could better 
communicate to friends and clients……


THIS home is bold, fearless, crazy and some might say "risky".
I say it's GREAT!  Good gracious, look at all that 
brass in the kitchen!

Check out the complete home tour HERE!
I only *wish*  I could be so bold, but seeing this
encourages me to do more of what my gut tells
me.  That voice that says, "everyone will think that's 
crazy" and "that doesn't match" will be silenced!

How about you?  It's your home - BE FEARLESS!

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