Make Things Pretty to Boost Your Mood

Make Things Pretty to Boost Your Mood

One of my favorite things to do is putter around the house. I talk about that a lot around here, I know, but it’s a thing I do! I may not be very crafty, but I can putter! Ha! You have to embrace who you are and what your gifts are, right?

To putter, I wander around tidying up this and that, and hopefully make something prettier in the process.

Seeing pretty things boosts my spirits. Sometimes puttering around doesn’t even seem like something I want to do…maybe I feel more like hibernating under the covers instead.

But even when I’m in a slump I will often make myself walk around the house to make something prettier than it was.

Make Things Pretty to Boost Your Mood
Make Things Pretty to Boost Your Mood

Making something prettier can be really simple, like reorganizing a drawer to make it prettier inside. Sometimes I’ll just remove the things I don’t like as much and gather the items I do. Then I can enjoy one drawer that is full of only pretty things, and I can USE the pretty things, too.

Why do we fear using the pretty things and then go clutter up our home with junk? We deserve better than that. It’s true, sometimes I get a chip on my pretty dishes (well, my husband does, ha) but at least we ENJOY THEM!

Make Things Pretty to Boost Your Mood
Find my hall cabinet makeover here!

You could focus your puttering and prettying on your kitchen counters, a cabinet in a hallway, the surface of your nightstand, a drawer of dishes, a shelf in your bathroom, a craft cabinet, a linen closet, any small spot in your home! You can also gather up pretty containers or baskets to hide the not-so-pretty things. Even just ten minutes of prettying up a space can make a difference!

Make something pretty today, just for you. Then enjoy it! It will boost your mood and be a gift to yourself.

Make Things Pretty to Boost Your Mood


My book Dwelling: Simple Ways to Nourish Your Home Body and Soul releases next week!

Read more of my posts about Dwelling:

A Homebody Manifesto
Why Dwelling is the Most Important Book I’ve Ever Written
You can learn more and sign up to get my !

Kitchen Sources:
Kitchen Remodel Reveal
Kitchen Sources / Cutting Boards
White Diffuser + essential oil kit

Make Your Home a Dream House with New Windows + Doors

Make Your Home a Dream House with New Windows + Doors

Sponsored by

My mom has always reminded me that any home could be dramatically improved with the right windows and doors.

As a perpetual house shopper and dream house hunter, remembering her advice has always given me hope that even the dreariest, plainest or most outdated homes could look and feel entirely different.

Could you take the home you already have and turn it into your dream house?

Yes! Milgard Windows are durable, , easy to use, and offer style and quality that can update and transform any home.

The right windows and doors can be miracle workers in so many different types of homes.

  1. They can make light flood into a previously dark gloomy space.
  2. They can add more beauty and character to an ordinary room.
  3. They can expand living areas without adding a single square foot.
  4. They can bring the outdoors in.
  5. They can make a cold room feel cozier and a warmer.
  6. They can create breathing room in small, stuffy or closed off spaces.
  7. They can make a dated home feel fresh and new.
  8. They can make a new home feel timeless.
  9. They can change the style of a home inside and out.
  10. They can add significant resale value to a home.
Make Your Home a Dream House with New Windows + Doors

You can enhance the quality and style of your current home with updated windows and doors.

One of my absolute favorite updates in a home is the installation of French doors. Perhaps a window could be turned into a set of French doors, opening up your home to the outdoors? Maybe you could add more character by installing French doors in interior spaces.

Make Your Home a Dream House with New Windows + Doors
Make Your Home a Dream House with New Windows + Doors


New or can refresh the look of any home, taking the ordinary to extraordinary.

Who loves black framed windows? They sure make a statement! I’m in love with these from one of Emily Henderson’s projects in my hometown of Portland.

And you know I can’t resist a modern farmhouse, so the in this NW Idea House are what dreams are made of!

Make Your Home a Dream House with New Windows + Doors
Make Your Home a Dream House with New Windows + Doors
Make Your Home a Dream House with New Windows + Doors
Make Your Home a Dream House with New Windows + Doors

New windows and doors are a cost-effective way to create the illusion of more space without adding a single foot of square footage!

Sliding doors can create a better flow from the outdoors in, or from room to room, without swinging doors consuming valuable space. Small rooms can feel so much larger with more and even grander scale windows and doors installed.

Make Your Home a Dream House with New Windows + Doors
Make Your Home a Dream House with New Windows + Doors
Make Your Home a Dream House with New Windows + Doors

How might new windows and doors transform your own home into your dream home? Time to start dreaming!

Visit for ideas and inspiration!

css.php