mer_mag It's been so long since these three have had a home to call their own. So happy they can start this house journey together. Oh and empty rooms make me want to ditch all my stuff and live SUPER minimally. #wishfulthinking #thebanisterhouse 3d
  •   chricook I know what you mean. I love minimal possessions. 2d
  •   _mandyhart_ I thought that A was Jon in this pic! So did everyone in the fam, crazy!! 2d
  •   dombingkado <3 2d
  •   dombingkado empty rooms are awesome 2d
  •   mer_mag That is crazy! @_mandyhart_ 2d
  •   aubreynelson_ Yay!!!!! 2d
  •   erobyn I feel you. We were without a home of our own for 5 years. A really tough housing market, nobody willing to rent to a big family, I'm so glad that period is behind us. I keep driving around town and remembering how desperate I was to buy certain houses. We were outbid so many times and not a single one was as wonderful as this house. It needs a whole new kitchen and two new bathrooms and refinished floors, etc etc but I look around in awe some days just feeling so blessed. These floors really are lovely. I can't wait to see what you do with this gorgeous home. 19h
  •   eltonjuliable So happy for you all, can't say that I'm not jealous of your adventures in different states, but settling down is a great feeling too. 15h

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mer_mag Huddled around the laptop while we slowly try to move into #thebanisterhouse. You can see a peek of the houses namesake down the hall. I better huddle around my computer too as I've got a lot of post Alt Summit catch work to do! 3d

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mer_mag Had a lovely time working on illustrations for an article about helping those who adopt for Thriving Family mag. I've always felt adoption is such a special way of finding ones family and have had dreams if it ever since I was a child. If I don't end up adopting I'm grateful for these suggestions on how to help those who do. I also love working with a client that just lets me be inspired and then have at it. So fun! Makes me think of my blissfully chaotic upbringing. 3d

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mer_mag I think we should start a band. So much fun partying with talented ladies @rubi_jones (who has a book coming out in May! Squeal!) @tigerinajar @sycamorestreetpress and @beccaclason at the @altsummit mini parties. This room full of disproportion and Lindt chocolate by @ohhappyday was a favorite for sure! 6d

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6d mer_mag
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mer_mag My dear friends @jennerbrown_ @sycamorestreetpress and @metacoleman_ have started a beautiful film company @norrfilm. They have so many exciting things in the works and I'm so happy for them! In honor if this new venture I'm sharing one of my favorite films, A Little Princess by Alfonso Cuaron. The costumes, the lighting, the sets, the story...I die. #thefilmilove 6d
  •   benji_allred One of my favorite films. 6d
  •   joanne_wes I love that movie dearly! 6d
  •   sabrinaenaya That is one of my favorite movies!!!!! 6d
  •   laughterechos That movie is my all time FAVOURITE movie!!! I grew up loving it and am just waiting for my daughters to get a bit older to share it with them! On my first date with my hubby, he knew how much I loved this movie and he had never seen it before so he took me out on my 18th birthday to a fancy dinner and then we watched this movie. It pretty much sealed the deal that we should get married! lol I still cry while watching it! 6d
  •   mer_mag So good @benji_allred 5d
  •   houselarsbuilt Totally. 4d
  •   erobyn Me toooo! 2d

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6d mer_mag
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mer_mag Had such a lovely time speaking at @altsummit with Anne @flaxandtwine, Judy @artisanbooks and @megkeene about The Book Deal: Do You Need One? How to Land One, and What the Book Process Looks Like. I spoke a lot about grass roots promotion and couldn't help but feel so grateful to this amazing community on Instagram. I feel like it's so small and intimate even if seems big at times. Like you are my friends. Seeing you create @playfultoysandcrafts with your kids is one of the most fulfilling things ever for me. (Just ask my my mom! I kept showing & gushing over all the pics of you with your creations over the holidays. We were so giddy!!!) love you all!! @nicolegerulat 6d

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1w mer_mag
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mer_mag Went for a black chalkboard walk in the dining room. Glad to have a somewhat put together space as the living room, office, stair well, etc. are an utter mess. #thebanisterhouse 1w
  •   jdaines Perfect! 1w
  •   reachelbagley Loved you presentation at @altsummit 1w
  •   mer_mag Thanks @reachelbagley ! Love the style run down 1w
  •   willowdaygram It was just the perfect ending on the day ---- incredibly wonderful to have this time tonight and to meet. macaroni NEVER sounded like this much fun before! :-) can't wait!! 1w
  •   mer_mag The perfect time! @willowdaygram I'm so glad to have met you! 6d
  •   willowdaygram Agreed: perfect! And, I just noticed the black. I went full huge black chalkboard walls in my dining room too. Love that drama for diners but immediate possibility to transform for birthdays. Love that our conversation randomly ended up under this photo! 6d
  •   chezkjar @mer_mag Came across your blog/Instagram and can't believe how incredibly talented you are! You are as beautiful as you were our freshman year at BYUH. You have done amazing things girl! I'm sure all your inspiration came from living in Hale 6 across the hall from me and Quincy -Chesney (Thomas) Kjar 6d
  •   mer_mag Chesney! @chezkjar soooo great to hear from you! 6d

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag My mother found this sweet little cradle while thrifting in Colorado. Works perfectly for Mr. Bear from @petitpippin #stackinghouseblocks 2w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag Somebody thinks she's ready for a big girl bed. #readyornot And with this RH Baby & Child bed who wouldn't be?! Sweetest thing I've seen in a long time. #rhbaby #playfulfrenchindustrial #thebanisterhouse 2w
  •   mer_mag Seriously @jessipea 2w
  •   jessipea I have a 14 month old and she is my first baby(we have three boys but adopted them as older boys, so they started in real beds!) We were talking about it last night and I realized I have no idea when to transfer her... 2w
  •   marrylor @mer_mag love you getting old school with her bed. Good with the house 2w
  •   mer_mag Hi @jessipea oh I thought you were commenting on how quickly childhood passes! And I was agreeing, like "seriously" are they ever ready to stop being our babies and big girls? No. Ha! I'd say transfer when they are constantly climbing out of their crib which is what my daughter is doing. But I know some parents wait longer. I'd just make sure to wait until they are comfortable and won't fall out. Either way it's a transition that will take time and patience! Here's hoping I have it. Next up will potty training. Ahhh! 2w
  •   mer_mag Thanks! @marrylor I thought some classic touches would be nice 2w
  •   sweetmagnoliahandmade What a beautiful space 2w
  •   jdaines Beautiful 2w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag Came home to a blank space. (Which is what I needed after a week of kids with a stomach virus.) It's amazing what paint can do! Can't wait to start moving in! #mylittlehelper #thebanisterhouse 2w
  •   scarlettlindsay Looks great already! 2w
  •   andweplay Can't wait to see! It already looks dreamy. 2w
  •   nicolegerulat Ahhhh! Great choice! 2w
  •   metacoleman_ This looks so amazing, Mer!!! 2w
  •   bsdaines You are already done renovating??? Awesome!! We took on WAY to much. Its almost been a year and we have yet to move in :( losing my mind is an understatement. Cant wait to see your place!!! Post lots of photos! 2w
  •   blackeiffel Yay for the new place!! How exciting, can't wait to see more. Sorry about the stomach virus thing, that stinks. Hope you are all well now. 2w
  •   mer_mag We still have sooo much to do in other rooms @bsdaines but it's fun moving into the bedrooms. Great seeing you at ikea! Bet we'll see you there again can wait to see your place. It looks amazing!!!! 2w
  •   mer_mag Thanks! @blackeiffel It's exciting and tons of work. But hopefully worth it! 2w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag What is it about Colorado snow? It's bright white fluffyness mixed with the smell of wood burning stoves is quite possibly the best sensory experience ever. This place has always been a favorite spot of mine. I took some of my bridals a here...oh about 13 yrs ago. #notabadwaytobesnowedin 2w

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3w mer_mag
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mer_mag The roads back hone are snowy and icky so we're snowed in at my parents in Colorado until Wed. Think we'll have to do some sewing and cardboard crafting. How sweet is this Playful brownstone version made by @jessicaeraso for her sweet little girl?!! Seeing what you all are making from my book Playful has me giddy as a school girl. And inspired! #playfultoysandcrafts 3w

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3w mer_mag
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mer_mag We've been prolonging the Christmas/New Years break at my parents in Colorado while Jon works a bit on the house. This girl insists on slushy snow puddle jumping walks each day. Oh and EZ she loves her little @petitpippin bear!! It's the sweetest!! 3w

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4w mer_mag
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mer_mag Honored to have been interviewed by @minimagazine where I share some of my favorite Playful projects for a snowy afternoon (get out all those discarded Christmas boxes!) as well as talk about the inspiration behind my book and more. Download their digital issue for the full interview! #playfultoysandcrafts 4w

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mer_mag Oh my goodness!! More amazingness Playful toys and crafts coming from you guys! This gorgeous brownstone was made by @laybabylay and I'm obsessed. Keep sharing your creations made from my book with the hash tag #playfultoysandcrafts #playfullymade as I LOVE seeing how you make these your own. We're all so inspired. #playfulbrownstones 4w

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mer_mag I've loved seeing some of the projects you all have made from Playful this past Christmas for your little ones! This one is by @thereisnotasound and is based on our wooden toy village, cars and playmat. So fun!! #playfultoysandcrafts #playfullymade #playfulcarsandvillage 4w

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4w mer_mag
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mer_mag Let me introduce you to The Banister House. Our big project for 2015! After a very LONG "short" sale I'm happy to announce that we are historic home owners!!! 😀This is what she looked liked in the 1940's and we've set out to both restore her to her former glory while adding our touch of modern and a touch of #playfulfrenchindustrial. I'm pretty excited about this serious DIY project and can't wait to share our reno journey with you! #thebanisterhouse 4w

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1mon mer_mag
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mer_mag Found this gem of a Santa craft in the archives of @jonliddiard's Christmas' past. I love it so. As a kid my family had a crazy tradition where Santa Claus came on New Years. Christmas Day we dgave each other hand made gifts (there were 9 of us so it was a full scale frenzied workshop in December) and celebrated family and the birth of Child so long ago. Then a week later the man with the bag came with stockings treats and one big gift. Bizarre but we TOTALLY loved this tradition. It helped to ease the after Christmas blues and my mom could score on all the after post holiday candy sales. (Consequentially we never believed in Santa but not a touch of magic was ever missing). 1mon
  •   emcrooch Cool tradition. 1mon
  •   ege593 We made a Santa just like that when we were kids using felt! Handmade presents are treasures! 1mon
  •   lau_pal Beatiful Santa Claus!!! 1mon
  •   fannyandalexander Lovely 1mon
  •   sallyjshim Love this tradition!! 1mon
  •   larsunstyled Wow. Love this story mer! 1mon
  •   hannham I love this tradition. I don't ever really remember believing in Santa and we are trying to figure out how we will approach that with our kids! Such a cool family memory. 1mon

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1mon mer_mag
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mer_mag You guys!! A man in a red hat just came up and paid my $95 grocery bill!! I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!! And boy did I need that Christmas cheer. The entire world just seemed to glow after that. Best Christmas Eve gift ever. Spread the love friends. You never know who needs that little bit of kindness to make their days more merry and bright. #mermagchristmas 1mon
  •   mer_mag Ha! @submarineco he'd for sure love that. We're totally paying it forward...just no Ben franklins for him this year. But Santa's got him covered so he'll be alright. 1mon
  •   cherylpreston Beautiful gift! 1mon
  •   farmfreshstyle Love the kindness of strangers!! 1mon
  •   chricook Merry Christmas! XOXO 1mon
  •   scarlettlindsay What a wonderful gift! Merry Christmas to the Liddiards. We still think of you often, our favorite Red Hook friends! 1mon
  •   redlicorice What a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas! 1mon
  •   aubreynelson_ I love this! Merry Christmas! 1mon
  •   nena_xavier Feliz Natal!!! 1mon

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1mon mer_mag
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mer_mag Time for trappings and trimmings. Sooo love these personalized gift labels from @pinholepress #mermagchristmas 1mon

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