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Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.


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To Wallpaper or Not to Wallpaper? And Other Decorating Dilemmas

To be honest, I’m not even sure I’m allowed to talk about wallpaper. You see, the walls of our old house—our first home—were literally covered in wallpaper. Every. single. wall. Living room, kitchen, bathrooms, family room, hallways…even the laundry room had wallpaper. But it was a charming house and we weren’t planning to stay for […]

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DIY: Kids’ Art Table Rescue

I’ve been eyeing the “kids art area” lately. It takes up a good chunk of real estate in this house filled with six people. And now that we have teenagers with homework and laptops, I started picturing a large, comfy chair to lounge in, maybe a cool IKEA desk with space for a printer and a […]

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Make: Double Happiness Symbol for Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year celebrations started yesterday, but I’m hoping it’s not too late to share a fun project with you. (The party lasts for two weeks, so we’re good, right?)
Paper-cutting is very popular in China, so Lily and I thought it would be fun to introduce the art form to her class during our […]

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A Life in Mugs

This from a designer featured in a popular lifestyle magazine:
“Mismatched pieces wreak havoc. Unless you won the lotto while drinking from that old mug, don’t let sentimentality make you keep it. Any sort of ‘off’ dishware causes visual chaos, and every time you open the cupboard, something in the back of your brain is saying, […]

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My Autumnal Centerpiece Gets Eyebombed

I blame Rosa at FlutterFlutter. Ever since she posted about DIY: Eyebombing, nothing is safe around here. Light sockets, utensils, lamps…you name it, the Eyebombers will have left their mark. I had such high hopes for an elegant and refined autumnal centerpiece, but I should have known better. Instead of small glass vases filled with candles and […]

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DIY: Easy Halloween Silhouettes

I tried my hand at a witch silhouette picture yesterday and I’m happy with how it turned out. It’s a wonderfully simple project. You just need a frame, some old-looking paper, and a silhouette. I found the paper at JoAnn’s in the scrapbook section. It’s not particularly Halloween-esque, but I like the old-fashioned look of it. […]

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DIY: 5 Fun Halloween Ideas via Pinterest

There are so many great ideas out there on Pinterest, but as you probably know it can be a huge time-drainer. So I did the searching for you and found these five fantastic ideas to make your Halloween even more fun. I’ll keep pinning ideas, so be sure to check out my Halloween Inspiration board.
These […]

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Welcome, October!

I was so happy to flip the calendar to October this morning! It’s one of my favorite months, with the promise of chilly evenings just right for warm sweaters and bonfires, sunny days that beckon you to hike along leaf-strewn paths, and dark nights made for curling up with a good book. We’ve made it […]

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Mission: Autumn Centerpiece

Last fall I saw this gorgeous centerpiece idea in Better Homes and Gardens and decided to give it a try. It seemed like it would be easy to put together: just round up an autumn-y table runner, white pumpkins, bittersweet berries, and candles.
Well. I looked for a table runner at a bunch of stores like Target, […]

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Sweet Paul Magazine Summer 2012

This has been such a busy week of driving kids to practices and orientations (high school and middle school!) and birthday parties and everything else, that I’ve hardly been able to keep a thought in my head. So I was happy when a friend reminded me of Sweet Paul magazine‘s summer edition this morning.
I’m going […]

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