Tall House Floor Plans
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by Design Mom
1M ago
Would you like to see the floor plans for the Tall House? Today is your lucky day. I’ve got four drawings for you — and the last one includes measurements (in meters) for those who are curious about dimensions. If you do check out the measurements, you’ll see that the house has lots of rooms, but they are fairly small rooms. In fact, the largest room in the house is actually in the attic. Let’s start with the ground floor. In the U.S., we would call this the First Floor (or the Ground Floor as I just mentioned). In France, they call this floor Rez de Chaussée — on drawings we might say RDC fo ..read more
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Recipe: Homemade Almond Berry Granola Bars
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by Lindsey Johnson
1M ago
Homemade Almond Berry Granola Bars anyone? They’re sweet and a little salty, crunchy, and chewy. And they’ll hit the spot when you’re looking for something to nosh on. This recipe is good for anyone with a sweet tooth, especially if you’re a fan of dried fruit. The best part is that these come together quickly and the hardest part is waiting for them to be ready to cut into bars. Ready to make something yummy? Here’s what we’ve used: pure maple syrup, a little honey, and brown sugar along with some butter to create a syrup that will help keep all these yummy ingredients together. You do need ..read more
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First World Problems: The Shame of Ordering a Well Done Steak
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by Design Mom
1M ago
I read this article in the Wall Street Journal about well-done steak shame and I laughed because I totally relate. I know, I know. It’s like a have the taste buds of a 5 year old, but I can’t help it; I much prefer the texture of well-done steak. I don’t like rare or medium rare at all. If that’s what I’m served (and getting the plate cooked further isn’t an option), I end up eating the browned parts around the edges and giving the rest to my husband or kids. I really don’t like rare meat. Even though I love steak, I often avoid ordering it because I know I’ll likely get some si ..read more
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Our Favorite (Easy!) Valentine’s Day Tradition
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by Design Mom
1M ago
Do you have any Valentine Traditions with your kids? We keep Valentine’s Day pretty simple, but we do have one tradition: Valentine’s Day Breakfast. We’ve kept the tradition for many years! If it’s a school day, we get up early. If it’s the weekend, we sleep in and have more of a brunch. I set the table the night before: Red tablecloth, heart confetti, the nicest dishes and stemware we have, cloth napkins, that sort of thing. The menu changes depending on the day. It might be French Toast with fresh strawberries and whip cream — or it might be toaster waffles if we don’t have much time on a bu ..read more
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Felt Treat Boxes
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by Amy Christie
1M ago
Present your Valentine with a handmade felt box, complete with a custom design cut out made just for them. Simple construction with a sophisticated look that can hide any number of sweet treats and gifts inside. Make them for your kids, your honey, or even for classmates. These little gift boxes aren’t just limited to the heart-filled holidays. They can be modified and styled for any time you need to give a gift. Think birthdays, Mother’s and Father’s Day or a random Wednesday when you feel extra kind. The gift recipient of these will have so many reasons to love you. It’s a kind gesture, incl ..read more
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Etched Wooden Heart Key Fobs
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by Amy Christie
1M ago
We’ve been thinking hard about what sort of non-plastic and non-commercial Valentines we can make for classmates, and we came up with this really cool project: wooden heart key chains! With store-bought wooden hearts, these little tokens of love are ever so easy, totally customizable, and sweet as can be. So go grab your etching tool and let’s get started. Supplies: – wood-burning tool – wooden hearts (I found mine in Michael’s in the woodworking aisle, but you can also find them on Amazon) – jump rings – key ring – pliers Like we mentioned in the other posts, wood-burning consists of u ..read more
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Living With Kids: Ania Krasniewska
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by Design Mom
3M ago
Ania is a diplomat’s wife, among many other things, but that’s the part of her that brought them to this home in Denmark. It’s also the part that seems to be breaking her heart a little these days, as you’ll read near the end of her interview. She’s got some truly lovely, stick-to-your-soul thoughts about raising kids in a somewhat transient lifestyle, knowing full well your home won’t be your home in a few short years. I really enjoyed this peek into her diplo-lifestyle, and I hope you feel the same way! Welcome, Ania! Hej! That’s what they say here in Denmark, although they pronounce it “Hi ..read more
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Dessert For Two: Peppermint White Chocolate Pudding
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by Lindsey Johnson
3M ago
Oh hooray! A Dessert for Two recipe featuring wintery perfection. Peppermint White Chocolate Pudding topped with whipped cream, hot fudge sauce, and crushed candy canes. Yes, please. All you need for this easy pudding is some milk, cornstarch, white chocolate, a little whipped cream, crushed peppermint candies or candy canes, and hot fudge sauce. You do need to use the stove for this, but it’s so easy and only takes a few minutes. (Does it need hot fudge sauce? No, not really. But you should do it.) The mint seems to help tame the sweetness of white chocolate while being mellowed by its creami ..read more
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Start A Holiday Journal — The Easiest Most Satisfying Tradition You’ll Ever Find
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by Design Mom
3M ago
I have no memory where the idea came from, but my husband and I started a Holiday Journal during our first Christmas together, and we use it each year to write a couple of pages of summary about Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. If I have any ideas for next year, like a new Christmas book I’d like to add to our collection, I’ll include those as well. Sometimes the kids add drawings or their own notes. As with all my grand ideas, I’m not always consistent — last year the Christmas journal never even made it out of the box. But usually it does. And now that some of the kids are old enough t ..read more
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Ask Design Mom: Hanging Stockings
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by Design Mom
3M ago
Question: I was wondering if you or any of your readers have suggestions for what to do with Christmas stockings when you don’t have a fireplace or mantel to hang them on? We live in a 900 sq ft, one story home. We don’t have kids *yet* but we want to start a family soon. As I am decorating for the season, I have found no good spot to hang stockings. (Is it strange that we are two adults in the house and yet I still want to hang stockings?) Any ideas would be appreciated! — Thanks! Meaghan Answer: Such a good question! We’ve definitely faced this dilemma. In our 2 New York homes, we didn ..read more
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