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I SPY: Around the Home

Eye SPY: Around the Home

This week’s theme–anything you feel inspired to take pictures of around your home. To get the caught up on the I SPY series, click here.

And now,
Welcome to the nooks and crannies of my home.

I Spy the first thing you’ll see when you walk into my home–a friendly reminder of my latest neurosis, no shoes inside.
{Stamped est. sign tutorial, hook shelf by Old and New Again}

I Spy our very first family portraits hanging over our couch.


{portraits by Brittany Davis}


I Spy baby-proofing on every door and cupboard.


I Spy lots of hidden treasures shoved under my TV stand by Baby W.



I Spy a framed picture of the “newlywed days”. 
The days of tan skin, no stretch marks and lots of date nights.


I Spy my favorite artwork.


{Family Rules sign by BOP, picture frame by Bed Bath & Beyond, Baby W painting by Modern Bird Studios, Cutlery Wall Art tutorial here}

I Spy leaves cut from old book pages.



I Spy a glimpse of my gray and blue bathroom.


{Sign by BOP, Anthro knock off ruffle shower curtain made by my grandma}

I Spy a sorry excuse for a pantry.  Sad, I know.
Are you craving Lucky Charms now?



I Spy the wall where I tested paint colors for our master bedroom…2.5 years ago.


I Spy a toddler playing, and the teeny tiny workspace where I write most of my posts.



I Spy a baby who wants his Daddy to feel better.




I Spy a baby who doesn’t understand what NO means.



I Spy the world’s fastest clapping baby–who is clearly very pleased with his disobedience.



I Spy the highlight of my day–a surprise brownie pop package in the mail, from a dear friend of whom I have never met face to face.



I Spy the power of a heart-felt note, and the thoughtfulness of true friendship.


{a special thanks to Britt and the surprise package she sent us this week too, it was oh-so-yummy}

I Spy a hubby determined to get out of the house, one way or another.




I Spy my forever, resting on our front lawn.


I Spy a home,
where love lives.

Please link up your posts below.
And pretty please include a link to LMM in your post so other can learn about our party.

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71 Comments

  • Reply
    Kimmie @ Sugar and Dots
    April 20, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Super fun theme! When does the linky close? I'd love to write up a post on Thursday if possible…just discovered the party but have been a follower for a while. 🙂

    P.S. Tan skin and no stretch marks were way cooler than unwashed hair and flabby skin.

  • Reply
    Audrey Crisp
    April 20, 2011 at 5:12 am

    So fun! What a cute home you have! Hope your hubby feels better!

  • Reply
    Ashley @ Little Miss Momma
    April 20, 2011 at 5:12 am

    The party will be up for a week! So come join the fun Kimmie!

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    Michelle
    April 20, 2011 at 8:35 am

    such a great thing you have going! i am LOVING it!!! i'm already yearning to find out what we'll be doing next week!

  • Reply
    Amy
    April 20, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Oh I love this post! Hope your husband gets better soon!

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    Romance In A Glance
    April 20, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Wow…your decor around your home is beautiful! Love it! Such a great link up idea!

    I'm having a great give away if you're interested.

    Have a beautiful day!

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    gin
    April 20, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I love the collection of pics above the couch!
    Let me ask you: does your hubby let you have free reign in the decor department or does he give in put? just curious; mine definitely gives input!! (lots and lots…)

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    Mrs. White
    April 20, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Your home is just lovely! I linked up, but it is only a small photograph of my parlour. Thank you for offering this!

    Mrs. White
    The Legacy of Home

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    Lee Ann
    April 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    It all looks great! And hey, you have a full pantry so it is not a fail!! 🙂 Hope your hubby heals up quickly and your son is adorable!!

  • Reply
    john
    April 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    You have a very beautiful home. I like all photos. Love this post. Hope your hubby gets well soon.
    family pictures

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    Jillian
    April 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I LOVE this series. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share it with you! Did I miss the theme for next week? I hope there is one. I mean I already feel I would be lost without it! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don't stop. (too much?) What I meant to say was, I'll be waiting patiently for the next cool thing you come up with.

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    Lindsay
    April 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Ashley this is the sweetest post! I love this series! You tell the best stories!! 🙂

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    wildchild
    April 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    the last two "i spy"'s are so sweet. a home where love lives is all kids need to grow up happy

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    A Babbling Brunette
    April 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I love that you still have paint samples on your wall! I tested paint in our guest room last weekend and felt bad that it was still like that! Ha! & your son is too cute!!

  • Reply
    JB
    April 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Thid post is fabulous! You have a gorgeous home!

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    Caroline
    April 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    How cute! I hope Hubby feels better soon.. knee surgery?

  • Reply
    Megan
    April 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I love this 'I Spy' idea! And also, I am in love with your home. So many cute, fun decorations.

  • Reply
    Aubrey
    April 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Hey- We have the same apron!
    Just linked up 😉
    pretty stuff!

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    Mistakenly Misunderstood
    April 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Love all of your pictures and the cutest baby! And now I am sitting at my desk totally wanting those Lucky Charms!

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    Ry and Ally
    April 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Stopping by from HowDoesShe! 🙂 Love your home! Can you tell me where you got your couches? I've always wanted white, but I've been too chicken! Do they stay white?

    Everything is beautiful!

    -Alysha

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    Lauren
    April 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I can't wait to get home and take some snapshots of our house! this is so cute! I am in love with your blog- I'm a sucker for moms of little boys:) they grow up too fast!
    have a great day!
    Lauren

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    nicole.
    April 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    such a sweet post. a few things look familiar {i could i spy them in my house too} baby locks!!! everywhere – im pretty sure your active baby and mine would cause chaos together.

  • Reply
    Alana Karl
    April 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Love this theme. Just linked up a post with some pictures from around our house.

    Baby W is just too precious. Love the pics of him with his Daddy!!

  • Reply
    Candace Boice
    April 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    What a lovely post! Your home is beautiful–I love your family pictures over your couch. You have such a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

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    Lil Mama Stuart
    April 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    haha I (always) love your captions. your shoe sign is a lot cuter than my husband yelling at everyone upon arrival to our place. and love your wall above the couch. this is a great series, thanks!

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    Girl of The Grove
    April 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I love your decor, Ashley. I may just have to copy your picture layout above your couches. Hope your hubby feels better soon. Hopefully, I will link up soon. : )

    P.S. Baby W is getting so big!!

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    Leslie
    April 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks for the linky party! So much fun. I had fun going around my house trying to take good pictures (i need to work on my photography) =)

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    Natalie at Charming Bliss
    April 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I just stumbled on your darling blog and Twitter account. I'm now a follower! I have to say I love your family portraits wall and your bookpage leaves. Super cute stuff!

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    Laura @ live.laugh.photograph
    April 20, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    love it! i have a super cool photo that you won't want to miss. it's about a little girl who is naughty! i'll post mine later on!

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    Michell @ Girl In Air
    April 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    How FUN!! I can't wait to link up here!! Must find time……to play I SPY!

  • Reply
    Maricel Aziz
    April 20, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I just want to tell you that you inspire me a whole lot. I've been following your blog but I'm not the type to leave comments, but today I'm changing that. I love your creativity and wittiness 🙂

  • Reply
    Jamie
    April 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    You are a great decorator…your photo wall is beautifully done!

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    Nichelle @ Vintage Wanna Bee
    April 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I hope your hubs feels better soon!!!

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    Karri
    April 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Poor hubs. Hope he's up and at 'em soon.
    Love your house. It just looks so warm and welcoming and Southern CA!

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    Nuha
    April 21, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I love that portrait of you and Baby W…it's so sweet 🙂

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    Heather Mullin
    April 21, 2011 at 1:12 am

    I have to post mine later. I didn't get to do it today. But I will post it.

    Your husband has the thing on his knee that I had when I had surgery. The ice water thing that attaches to the ice machine that is in the ice water. THAT THING SAVED ME! I LOVED IT!!!!!! Sorry, just had to tell you that!

    Heather
    [email protected]

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    Nance Mommy
    April 21, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Your house is so cute. I love all the little details like the leaves from the pages of books. And I LOVE your pantry. Mostly because I am jealous. I don't even have a pantry…I have to stick my can goods in every little spot I can find.

    http://www.mosscoveredpath.blogspot.com/

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    Jayna Rae
    April 21, 2011 at 2:11 am

    I love this idea. Thanks for hosting. I don't know what happened to my title. I titled it I Spy Home Edition and it changed to a link title for a different party.

    I hope your husband heals quickly.

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    Delia
    April 21, 2011 at 2:18 am

    This post was so creatively cute! I love your shoes stop here sign. We have a pretty strict no shoes policy in our house too.

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    Julianna
    April 21, 2011 at 2:34 am

    What happened to your husband?? I am on week number nine since breaking my tibia/fibula and ankle. I can finally walk again, so I literally feel his pain… and yours! It really is hardest on the spouse! Good luck and sweet post.

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    [email protected] Stitched
    April 21, 2011 at 4:43 am

    LOVE this – I will join the party later this week! love ya!

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    Tahnie
    April 21, 2011 at 6:24 am

    I need to write up my post. How fun! I love everything in your house. Will you come decorate mine for me pretty please?

    xoxo.

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    Sundresses and Smiles
    April 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Great post…such a fun glimpse into your life!

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    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too
    April 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I love this theme! Great pictures!

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    Lexie Loo & Dylan Too
    April 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I love this theme! Great pictures!

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    Anna
    April 21, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    You have some very cute things around your house! 🙂

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    PeaceLoveApplesauce
    April 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    awww– great post!!

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    ajs {of MN}
    April 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    hi! im a new follower! loved the pantry FAIL.. hehe this is what mine looks like as well- i have it on my list to organize ASAP… someday, when i have time. and also, i VOTE the blue shade for the master bedroom 😉

    -A

    http://keepingupwiththesonneks.blogspot.com/

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    hotpants™
    April 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I love that you tested paint 2.5 years ago and have yet to decide. Ha!

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    amber
    February 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Hi,
    i was wondering what size is the canvas you used in the family portrait post with all the pictures above your couch? i am in love with the way you did that and want to do that in my home.

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    Jen
    June 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Beautiful

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    Heather
    August 10, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I LOVE the decor above the couch! What size canvas and frames did you use if you don’t mind me asking:)

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    marissa
    August 21, 2012 at 3:18 am

    I love the wall with your first family portrait! Do you mind sharing the sizes of the pics and the canvas?

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    pamela
    August 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Hi, I am TOTALLY in love with your above the couch photo organization with the candle holders. Any idea where you bought the candleholders? I have been trying to recreate your gorgeous idea but all the candle sconces I have found aren’t “just right….Thanks for the inspiration!!

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      Miss Me
      September 22, 2014 at 12:33 am

      I found the sconces, search pomeroy pentaro. Now if I could just figure out the size canvas & frames

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    brandi
    September 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Where did you get the frame above the couch “All because two people fell in love”? Did you make it or buy it? I love it!

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    Deanna
    November 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I love the pictures above your couch. What size photos did you use? Are they a 16×20 canvas and the other four 5×7? or are they 8×10? I too would love to know where you found the saying frame below the canvas. Thank you!

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      Susie
      January 16, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      Yes, I too am very interested on the info of photo sizes and where you got the all because two people fell in love sign? Looks great!

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    Susie
    January 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Yes, I too am very interested on the info of photo sizes and where you got the all because two people fell in love sign? Looks great!

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    April 29, 2015 at 7:53 pm

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