Five Things Friday

1.Here’s what’s inspiring me this week…


2. This week Aymee is in New Orleans, and I’ve been living vicariously through her photos she sends me everyday :). I particularly love the ones from the French Quarter.

3. Brad and I are headed to Whistler for a long weekend away to celebrate our TEN year wedding anniversary a little early (our actual wedding anniversary is in December). We’ve never been to Whistler, so we’re excited to explore. Plus, we’re driving (I know, we’re kinda crazy like that). We’re road trip kinda people, are you? Anyways, here are a few things I’ve packed for the weekend… Because, it’s going to be COLD. (sweater, jacket, weatherproof boots (I just got these, and I love them!), favorite jeans, book, skirt, beanie, another sweater, earrings).

4. This week there’s a lot going on at the Kidd’s house! All the cabinets are getting painted, as well as trim. Countertops are being templated on Friday, and tile is getting finished up in the bathrooms. Here’s a horrible picture of our bathroom shower progress (I say horrible because all the windows were covered with dark paper for painting, so the lighting is way off). But, you get the idea! We’re getting SO excited!


5. We had a Q&A this week on our instagram about our Virtual Design Service. You guys had A LOT of questions, and if you missed it, make sure you check it out under our “virtual design” story button instagram. The number one question was cost. Rooms start at $350, and we provide both hard and soft finishes, one round of edits, and a very quick turn around. If you’re ready and interested, you can fill out a form here. We’d love to work with you!

Have a great weekend!

Five Things Friday

1. Some inspiration found this week…


2. A few of the people who make Light and Dwell happen went over to Broken Top last weekend for a work retreat. We accomplished SO much, and we’re all feeling really encouraged and inspired moving forward in the business. We didn’t get many pictures, except of food… Naturally.

3. While we were there, Aymee made us some beef stew on night one. It was delicious, and a family favorite for the Kuhlmans. The recipe is originally from The Pioneer Woman, but a few tweaks were made by Aymee like adding more veggies, and sub flour for arrow root to make it GF.


4. The temperatures have definitely dropped here, so I’ve got cozy clothes on the brain! Here are some staples for the season. (puffy jacket (only $79), boots (lined with faux shearling, so they’re extra warm!), flannel (a PNW necessity), beanie (I have this one in 3 colors from throughout the years), cable knit sweater, wool jacket (a piece worth investing in), slippers (for every day lounging), sweatshirt (in polar tech fleece), wool socks (I love the these ones), jeans (with no holes, ha!), pj sweatpants (you will find me in sweats the minute I get home from work), and waterproof boots (for the soccer field and pumpkin patch)!

5. Did you know that before Aymee and I started Light and Dwell, I was getting trained by my cousin (Stemm Floral) to do florals? And before that I had an Etsy shop where I sold handmade plates, but I freaked out when I was featured on Brickyard Buffalo and sold over 500 plates in 1 day, and I was making them by hand in my dining room apartment (this venture lasted about 5 months)? I also wrote a lifestyle blog for many years, and I actually cringe when I think about some of the things I posted… We all have those moments, mine were just on the internet haha. I’ve always had my hand in some sort of entrepreneurial, creative venture. I chuckle every time I think about making those plates, and the unorganized systems (actually no systems) I had in place. I asked for a $500 camera for my college graduation, because I wanted better pictures for my blog. I also thought that making $700 for an entire wedding of flowers was SO MUCH MONEY when I was in college/fresh out of college… I was barely covering my expenses and wasn’t even tracking the hours it was taking me to prep for the weddings.

When Aymee approached me to go into business with her, I had no clue what we were getting into. I had fumbled my way through creative side hustles, but never took the leap to let go of other things to push forward and make a career out of something. I still remember when Aymee told me we needed to become an LLC, and I had no idea what that even was. You guys, I knew nothing about being a legit business. I’m so thankful for Aymee, and all the gifts she brings to our business. I get asked all the time about have a business partner, and my honest response is, “we got incredibly lucky when we said “yes” to starting this thing together.” Seriously, so lucky. We went in sort of blindly, but couldn’t be a better pair in the business world. We push each other, and we know our roles. I’m so grateful for our partnership, and what’s in our future as a business.

All that to say, we have some new challenges, and exciting things ahead for our business, and I can’t wait to share them with you in the months to come! Thanks for all of your support!


Have a great weekend, friends!

Five Things Friday

1.Inspiration found this week…

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2. I love this time of year, and one of the reasons is I love wearing sweaters. Anyone else? Here are some of my favorites around the web (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12).

3. This weekend, our core team is headed to Broken Top for a weekend retreat. We’re going to be working for the majority of the time, but also throwing in some fun! For all our followers, we are offering 10% off your booking at our Broken Top VRBO project if you book this weekend! Here’s how:

  1. Click here to see the Broken Top VRBO we designed!

2. Login to website and click: “Ask owner a question” see attachment, and say that you would like to book with a: 10% discount off the nightly rate from L&D

4. What’s in my bag for Broken Top? A few things… My favorite mom jeans, an oversized sweater, sweatshirt (under $20!), sneakers, pjs, beanie, and jacket.

5. Recipe disclaimer about the structure or lack there of: Here’s where the idea stemmed from for having Aymee share a recipe each week. The running joke is that she is “Martha Stewart”… Aymee always makes the best recipes, and most of them are created on the spot, without measurements or too much thought. So, each week, Ayms will share a recipe, with no real measurements. All of her recipes are “one hit wonders.” She uses what’s in the fridge and improvises. For those people who need and diligently follow a recipe…do not read on!


Words from Ayms: Fall is here, time to make some soup! Taco soup is a go-to for us…I usually have the ingredients on hand because there are a lot of “options here."


Pick your meat (chicken, ground beef, or skip the meat!) brown

Pick your veggies (always onions but this time I added cauliflower, carrots, pepper) brown in 1/2 butter and half olive oil. Add olives/corn later.

Add can of tomato’s and beans. (Any old bean type will do, pick what you like or what’s in the cupboard). Combine with meat and sautéed veg.

Now throw in your spices (salt, pepper, cumin, taco season, and if your feeling risky cinnamon sugar! For reals, try it). Add water…to the consistency you like about 1 cup.

Bring to a boil, then simmer 10min. Stir in olives/corn (optional).

Serve with chips, sour cream, and shredded cheese! Enjoy!


Can you keep a secret? I think we are in the clear because my girls don’t read our blog or follow us too closely! I think. I am working on a gift for them for Christmas. As they are heading into young adulthood, I got them recipe boxes that I will fill with their favorite recipes and I’m asking our family/friends to share one too. The legacy of love through good food and folks around the kitchen table was passed from my Grandma Charlotte to me and I think her everyday because of that and now I get to pass it onto my girls! Hooray!

Have a great weekend!