Living With Kids: Laura George

Today’s home tour is taking us on the road. Laura George and her family spent their summer vacation on an epic road trip with their 6 young kids in a borrowed RV with spotty air conditioning. I know some of you are thinking: Sounds like the best summer ever! And others are thinking: No thank you a million times over. Hah!

Whatever your response, it certainly sounds like an adventure — one full of some epic highs and lows. Whether you’ve got your own family road trip planned this summer, or just know that inevitably you’re going to be spending some time with your kids in the car, Laura’s family’s journey is sure to inspire.

Keep reading to see some gorgeous and inspiring shots from around the country.

The Treehouse: Master Bath & Closet Remodel with Before & After Photos

Ready for some more photos from the Treehouse? Last month, I shared photos from our Master Bedroom remodel, and today I’m sharing photos from the Master Bath and Closet remodel, plus the little Half Bath in the hallway.

To start, I’m going to repost drawings of the before and after floor plans, because the layout and pathways of these spaces changed a lot.

So many photos are waiting for you!

A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? Did you have a good week? According to Facebook, it looks like my East Coast friends are (finally) enjoying their last day of school today. We’ve been out of school for a couple of weeks now, but our schedule has been so jam packed, that today is the first day where it finally feels like summer vacation. In fact, happening right now at our house: Oscar, Betty & June are having a lemonade stand. (Which reminds me: do you remember one of the very first Olive Us episodes? )And this weekend? We’re working on a little hideaway for the kids in the family room. Bring on summer!

Also, in case you missed my announcement, Alt Summit is happening at the end of February and tickets went on sale Wednesday. They sold out in 2 hours! Hah! Alt Summit has a history of selling out quickly, but I’m pretty sure this was the speediest time yet. It was quite the memorable week at our house.

I need to go check on my lemonade sellers, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

I don’t want to brag, but these might be the best 13 links I’ve ever compiled.

Anthropologie SUMMER TAG SALE

The heat wave is still in full force. Who’s ready soak up the sun this weekend? Maybe hit the beach or the lake? If you need something summery to wear, here’s a head’s up that Anthropologie is having a 50% off sale on a whole lot of gorgeous warm weather dresses. I think #10 is my favorite. Or maybe #11. Which of these 12 picks do you like best?

1) Finley Wide-Leg Jumpsuit
2) Geo-Printed Dress
3) Deana Swing Dress
4) Libra Embroidered Tunic Dress
5) Amelia Crocheted Maxi Dress
6) Ombre Pleated Skirt
7) Electric Palma Mini Dress
8) Cashmere Fringe Tunic Dress
9) Abstraction Maxi Dress
10) Paradiso Swing Dress
11) Maceio Geo Midi Dress
12) Neoma Silk Maxi Dress

These are grouped in under $100 and under $200, but if you’ve seen any super bargains out there (say, under $50), I’d love to hear. Drop a link in the comments.


Credits: Graphic design + shopping assistance by Audrey Moore.

This Super Simple Project Instantly Improves Communication With Your Littlest Kids


What an amazing creative week this has been at our house. We just wrapped on a BIG shoot with Magnolia Journal. Plus, Alt Summit sold out in 2 hours yesterday! Last year it took 24 hours, so this was even faster than I expected. 

But I confess, I’ve been very homesick for Design Mom all week, and really happy to be back at my laptop this morning. The big post I’m working on is the Master Bath & Closet remodel (finally!). I will share it later today as soon as it’s done. But first, I came across this Design Mom post from a decade ago and wanted to share it here. Amy Turn Sharp (the social media poet we should all totally be obsessed with), wrote about a super easy project, called an Emotion Wheel, that she created with her son. And I think it’s so smart and so helpful for anyone trying to communicate with young children this summer.

Here’s what Amy says:

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