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ONLINE HAPPENINGS

7th House on the Left on iHeart Organizing

Happy Friday, everyone! We have a few online happenings we wanted to share with you all before we get our weekend underway…

First up, a few weeks ago, Greg and I had the awesome opportunity to write an article for Target’s online magazine, Β A Bullseye View!Β We were asked to write about our top five Target must-haves for the home. It was SO hard to only pick five! Luckily, we were able to crank out an article without making it our “Top Fifteen Target Must-Haves for the Home”.

7th House on the Left on A Bullseye View

You can check out the entire article right here. To see our names and photos on A Bullseye View was pretty surreal. We probably sound like a broken record, but we’re seriously huge Target fans. So, being a part of the Target Inner Circle is kind of like the Mothership is calling us home.

7th House on the Left on iHeart Organizing

In other online happenings… This year over at iHeart Organizing, Jen is doing a Monthly Organizing Challenge where every month, she tackles a different area of the house. This month is the home office.Β Going with the home office theme, Jen suggested that I show everyone around my office for my contributor post this month. Even though my office is still a work in progress, the two storage units are the “central hubs” of everything that goes on in there so I kept my post to that area. You can check out the post here.

Last, but not least… there’s a new blog design coming to town!! For the last two months, Greg and I have been working on an updated blog design for 7th House on the Left. It’s not a completely different layout – we still have the notebook design with the sidebar on the right – but it’s definitely a new look. On top of that, Greg is completely redesigning a lot of things under the hood that will help everything run better. We’re still working on the last finishing touches, so we don’t want to share a complete screenshot just yet, but here’s a preview photo I posted on Instagram last night… I just couldn’t wait anymore!Β 

New Blog Design Preview

Obviously, there’s an Instagram filter on it, so the finished product looks a little different. The new design has a bit more contrast than the current one and it reads as a little “modern rustic” – which is the style we’re evolving into in our house. Since the blog is about our house, we thought it should kind of look like it goes with our house, right? We’re hoping to have the new design switched over next week. So, stay tuned!

This weekend we’re going to be having our noses in our computer screens trying to get the new design up and running. Also known around here as, “crunch time”. For crunch time, I normally bring my laptop into Greg’s office and we spend countless hours at the computers – designing on mine, coding on his. With that comes take out from Cracker Barrel and Bentley amusing himself with a bone for a while. Needless to say, we’ll be happy to see the light of day when the new design is published. If I have time, I might get around to organizing the linen closet… hopefully. I guess we shall see. What are you guys up to this weekend?

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22 Comments

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    jmac
    January 11, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I am seriously enjoying your website, just found it the other day. We’re waiting on a blizzard to hit (in Manitoba, Canada) tonight, so I’m hibernating :-)) and patiently waiting for Target to finally get here this Spring, I love it too.

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      Ashley
      January 11, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Thanks! So glad you found us! πŸ™‚
      Man, I wish we would get some snow here…

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    Melanie
    January 11, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Aw, but I love the current layout!

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      Ashley
      January 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      It’s okay, the overall layout is staying the same! The graphics are just getting refreshed and we’re adding more content pages. It’s a good change, promise! : )

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      Melanie
      January 11, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      I’m sure it will be! & don’t worry, I change my layout more than anyone should. My readers probably want to hit me upside the head by now.

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    Leigh Ann Healy
    January 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Okay I seriously thought you were crazy with the opening line, “Happy Friday, Everyone!” because it’s only Thursday, right? Apparently I’m the crazy one so thanks for making my day that much better by reminding me that it is, in fact, Friday! Love your blog. It’s one of only 3 that I make sure I pop in on every single day…even on Thursdays that are really Fridays!

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      Ashley
      January 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Haha!! Glad we were able to make your day better!
      Happy (really) Friday ; )

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    Ashley {GirlyObsessions}
    January 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Can’t wait to see the new design!!!

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    Sawyer K
    January 11, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    This weekend I’m helping a friend clean out her garage. Not at the top of my fun list but she’s been a great friend and I’m sure we’ll get it done and be proud of our efforts when all is said and done!

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    L. Dyer
    January 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I’m sure I’ll love the new design! My husband and I are hitting up a new restaurant tonight with friends. MiMi’s Cafe. I’ve heard it’s great! Have a great weekend and congrats on the Target Inner Circle gig!

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    Annette
    January 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Discovered your site last week and enjoyed looking around. I look forward to seeing the new blog design, all the best with the finishing touches of it, the screen shot looks great.

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    Adrienne Lawrence
    January 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    The new design looks great!

    We have house guests who will head home when the weekend is finished, so I think we’ll be doing lots with them. We’ll also finish playing The Walking Dead, the video game, with them tonight.

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      Greg
      January 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks!

      I hear The Walking Dead video game is insanely awesome. Apparently the ending will rock your world for days.

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    PAppel
    January 12, 2013 at 12:48 am

    So happy to see the notebook part of the design is not going away. I love your blog design as it is.

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    Captain Micah
    January 12, 2013 at 11:33 am

    The new design looks awesome! Can’t wait to see it? Just curious…what designing software do you use to create all of your beautiful blog material?

    Thanks!

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      Ashley
      January 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks! We’re excited to post it! I use Illustrator to design everything and Greg uses Aptana Studio to code everything.

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    melodee
    January 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

    yikes! I just found your blog through Jen’s…I’m in love! you guys are amazing!

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      Ashley
      January 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Aw, thank you!!

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    KMP Modern
    January 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Congratulations of the press. You guys deserve it. You have great taste and always have such amazing ideas. Keep up the good work! Best of luck! We’ll be following for sure.

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    Rhona
    January 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Oh my gosh, I just came across your website and spent an hour reading through your posts, and I am inspired! I absolutely love your house (especially the kitchen!). My husband and I purchased our first house last March and have sloooowly been decorating/remodeling, so I love sites like yours! Great job and I’ll be visiting daily πŸ™‚

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    robin
    January 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Hi!

    I just discovered your blog and am loving catching up and reading about all of your great projects. We are about to start our kitchen reno and i am wondering which hood and slide in electric range you have? i’ve been hunting around for it on the blog but can’t seem to find it.

    Thanks!

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      Ashley
      January 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks, Robin! We ended up buying the Electrolux range and hood (both from Lowe’s – they matched the lowest price we were able to find online). Hope that helps! : )

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