Updates to the Office

My husband has two spaces in the house that I generally try to leave alone- the basement movie room and his office. I’ve taken over pretty much the entire rest of the house so it’s only fair.

But point blank- his office makes me twitch. It gets dusty and it’s cluttered and he has no storage and the rug is too small. It needed a littttttle Stephanie-ing. Here’s a picture of it from 2012, and not much has changed in there over the years (until now!):

office- 2012

Recently, Wayfair sent me a new rug and I thought it would be perfect to replace this too small one from Ikea (which also happens to be at least 10 years old). Luckily Matt was on board so in the rug went:

gray navy wooden office

It’s gorgeous, and works so well with the wall color. It feels much more distinctive and office-y then the other one, actually fits the space, and we even sprung for a rug pad! How fancy! If you want to check it out for yourself, you can find it here.

home dynamix rug close up

The two tiered night stand that was originally next to the reading chair never really fit the space well, so that’s been replaced with some upcycled logs (see the how to here), and a year or so ago we added another book shelf because my English teaching husband has a book hoarding problem. I also covered the chair with a blanket because the pattern didn’t really go and I got bored of it.

navy and wood office

It’s super difficult to photograph this room because we don’t have blinds on those windows and my camera CAN NOT figure out what to do- even when I try the manual settings. But that paint color is pretty true to life and I am obsessed with it- Smokey Blue by Behr.

But wait! There’s more! When you give a mouse a cookie… that mouse is going to have her friends grab a massive piece of furniture from the side of the road, drive it to her house, place it in the office, and then redo it completely. Whoops?

Here’s a sneak peak of the opposite side of the room:

sneak peek- gray and gold

I’ll be posting all about it next week, so stay tuned!


Thanks again to Wayfair for the rug! I was not even asked to blog about it, but I fell in love and had to share. 🙂




Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

It’s been a hot minute since I posted a recipe on here, but those of you that have been around for a while you may remember I use to post one per month. I even have a whole tab at the top of the page {here} dedicated to recipes. I thought I’d get back on the horse with a nice mild chili recipe today, seeing as there’s a big game coming up and you may want something easy and hearty to serve.

crockpot mild chili recipe - easy and healthy

I like to call this recipe Kitchen Sink Chili because I put a ton of good stuff in it and it makes enough to feed about 10-12 people. It’s also great as a vegetarian option because there’s so much in there you can just subtract the beef and the consistency will still be fine.


  • 1 orange pepper, 1 yellow pepper, 1 jalapeno pepper (cubed)
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 12oz can tomato paste
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can corn niblets (drained)
  • 1 can red kidney beans (not drained!)
  • 1 can black beans (half drained)
  • 1 can pink beans (drained)
  • 1 can green pigeon peas (drained)
  • 2 dollops sour cream
  • 5 shakes cumin
  • 1-2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 packet mild chili powder
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

How to make: 

  • Cube your 3 peppers the night before and store in a container in the fridge- this helps the jalapeno juices mix in with the others
  • Mince your red onion (I use a food processor for this) the night before, and add 2 cloves crushed garlic to it- also in the fridge the night before
  • Brown your ground beef and mix in 2 cloves garlic and chili powder packet
  • Stir everything into a slow cooker, cook on low for 6-7 hours
  • Enjoy!

vegetarian option chili

Food photographer I am not, but pop this chili in a bread bowl and I promise you will be happy.

My husband and I like different levels of “hot” in our food, so we added in hot sauce to taste while eating, along with cheddar cheese. You can also salt and pepper to taste, of course.

Other optional add ins: 

  • basil, parsley, oregano (I used diced tomatoes with these seasonings already in it)
  • a second jalapeno! (I may do this next time for a bit more kick)
  • Sriracha (for a good, sweet hot)
  • shredded chicken instead of, or alongside, beef

What else do you add to your chili?