life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful

Our real-life (not Pinterest-perfect) paper organizing system...

There are organizing tips everywhere on Pinterest, but some of them aren't always realistic for the everyday family. Some of the bloggers who write about the ideas are naturally super organized people, and some of their ideas may seem a little easier said than done. But what about those of us who struggle with organization, or whose lives are so busy that it makes it difficult to keep the daily mail sorted amidst the chaos? Those of us who naturally tend to pile rather than file? I'm going to share the system that has worked really well for us for years. I think it's an attainable amount of organization...a calendar and clipboards as well as some baskets for the inevitable piles. It might no

A little bit about us...

Hello there! We're the Moller family! Homestead Design is our handmade business, based on our old family homestead in rural Minnesota. Since we've been gaining lots of new fans and followers outside our immediate area (which is wonderful...welcome!) we thought we'd tell you a little bit about ourselves. Matt (the craftsman) and Angela (the designer/artist) have been married for 17 years. They both grew up in the country (Matt had horses, Ang grew up on a crop and beef cattle farm) and they wanted their kids to have a rural childhood as well. For the past ten years, the Moller family has lived on the old homestead that previously belonged to Matt's grandparents. Our historic acreage is fill

Valentine's it or hate it?

Valentine's Day is upon us. In theory, it's a day that is supposed to be filled with flower deliveries, sweet notes, romantic dinners followed by chocolatey desserts and maybe something sparkly in a tiny box. In reality, that's not always the case. It can be a stress-filled time as we try to find the perfect gift for our loved one and worry that we will miss the mark. It can be disappointing, or worse yet, the beginnings of an argument if we don't feel that our special someone put in the thought or effort we'd hoped for. It can be depressing or lonely for someone without a significant other. For many reasons, it's not always the lovey dovey day that it's cracked up to be. A bit of a perspect