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Kids, work, a bad back, lack of sleep… you get it. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that faces LIFE every day. We all have our reasons for caffeine, and the busier life gets, the more reasons I have! Coffee became one of my best friends when I went to college. But coffee and I grew even closer after kiddos. We have like… a bond, you know? All kidding aside, when I was approached by Hamilton Beach to review their FlexBrew coffee maker, I was ecstatic. I had seen it in stores recently and wanted one so bad. My husband and I both work from home, so in the morning we share a pot of coffee, but the afternoons are different. One of us wants coffee, one of us doesn’t. But either way, we end up making an entire pot. It was starting to get annoying. I had…

How in the world am I already writing about the FRAMING of our new build? I feel like it was just yesterday that we finished remodeling our reno back in Fort Worth. But nope! We’ve sold our Fort Worth home, moved to a new city, laid the foundation of our new house, and now we’re actually FRAMING the home as we speak. How does time go by so fast?? Also… I just realized my babies aren’t babies any more. Gah! Look at them! They’re so big!! In less than two weeks, we’ve seen our house go from a lot filled with dirt, to a two-story framed house. So far we’ve been really happy with our team at David Weekley. They’ve been very transparent about the building process from day one, which is I think why we’ve had such a great experience.  I spent MONTHS customizing this home before we even…

If you’ve been following along over the past few months, you might have noticed a few changes. Not only has my blog and branding changed (from The Blissful Bee to AmyHorany.com — pronounced hooray-knee if you’re wondering), but we’ve also made a big move for our family as well. We gave up city life to move closer to family and to build a future for our own little family. Both of us have lived in Fort Worth our entire adult lives, but I have to say, I finally feel like we’re home. We made the decision to list our Fort Worth home “for sale by owner” last spring. It was a hard decision, and it took some getting used to, but we knew it was the right choice for us. We poured our heart and soul into our Fort Worth renovation, but deep down we knew we needed to live…

It’s always so fun to get a client that isn’t afraid of color. A few months ago I had the pleasure of designing a guest room for a client that lives just up the road from me. She lives in an old house, has great style, and let me go crazy with color. Talk about DREAM client. She had only one request, and that was to use a piece of art that she actually created herself. I was all for it, and her art is actually what inspired my entire design. West Elm Console Table Gold Light Fixture Black and White Abstract Art Mosaic Multi-Colored Art Barn Art (Sea Foam Blue and Citrine) Mirror Side Table Pink Lumbar Pillow Citrine Pillows Black and White Pillow “X” Ottomans Shag Rug Lamps She had an existing headboard, which was a light oak color that needed to be updated just a bit. I…

Guess who’s been up to a new look? Yup, that’s me! I’ve been up to a lot lately, in fact. A new brand is just one of many exciting things happening over here. I won’t get too far into the details just yet, but what I will say is I’m LOVING the new brand that I’ve created for myself. For a long time, I’ve wanted to streamline the many creative adventures I’ve launched over the years. Not only do I run The Blissful Bee, but I also write a lifestyle blog, Harp & Hud, and run my interior design business, Five 12 Main, on the side. And if you can’t tell, I’m also a graphic designer and web developer. I design all of my branding as well as my websites. So it got me thinking. I need a new look. A new brand. One that makes sense for… ME! So…

SHOP THE POST: My dearest Harper, how are you already 7 months old? In these past few months, you’ve brought your mama and daddy so much joy and laughter. You didn’t smile at us until you were at least a month and a half, you’ve got a pair of lungs like you wouldn’t believe, and you’re trying to crawl but absolutely hate it. I’m pretty sure you’re going to skip crawling and go straight to walking.  Oh, and pink is by far your color. Especially with those brunette locks of yours. Oh my sweet Harper — you’re just perfect! I started designing Harper’s nursery many, many months ago. I wanted her room to be colorful, bright and cheery. Her room has a ton of natural light, which reflects perfectly off the light grey walls and beige carpet (Quiet Durable in Champagne) from Shaw Floors to be exact. Since I kept the walls and flooring neutral, I was able…

For some reason, Christmas feels extra special to me this year. Maybe it’s because our 18-month-old will semi-appreciate it, or maybe it’s because our new baby girl (miss Harper) is now here with us, or maybe it’s that fact that our remodel is finally (like 90%) done! Or maybe, just maybe, it’s all of that combined. To say I’m thankful doesn’t even begin to explain how I feel. As you can tell, I’m super excited to finally get to share with you guys my Christmas home tour, and it’s all here thanks to Shaw Floors. Because, if it wasn’t for them, we literally wouldn’t have a floor. Yeah. Like, for real. It’s been nearly a year since we’ve had them installed and couldn’t be happier with our decision. We installed World Traveler (style of wood) in Trail (color of wood) from Shaw Floors.  It’s a 4″ solid hickory, which is one of the hardest wood species.…

The holiday season is here and it’s time to craft! Today I’m sharing my own take on creating a gingerbread house. Rather than creating just a single house, I wanted to build an entire village. You can do so by crafting multiple houses, or just one house paired with other Christmas decor. With some help from JoAnn’s, I was able to create my very own gingerbread house vignette and I’m here to tell you just how I did it. Supplies: Gingerbread house kit Icing  (Wilton brand, found at JoAnn’s) Icing Tips  (Wilton brand, I purchased the starter kit from JoAnn’s) Icing Bags  (Wilton brand, found at Joann’s) Icing Couplers  (Wilton brand, found at JoAnn’s) Holiday Candies Marshmallows (for the “snow”) Multiple Assorted Cake Stands  (I found my galvanized cake stands from JoAnn’s) Mini Holiday Trees  (found at JoAnn’s) Mini Battery Operated Lights Wooden Reindeer (found at JoAnn’s) Directions: First, gather all your supplies to make your gingerbread house (i.e. candies, icing, gingerbread…