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“A thoughtful, grounded work.” -Anne Bogel, creator of Modern Mrs. Darcy

“Is there a special prize for the best books about home? If so, I want to give it to Christie Purifoy.” -Myquillyn Smith, author of Cozy Minimalist Home

“As Purifoy so lyrically illustrates, placemaking isn’t just what we make of our places. It’s the spiritual practice of naming, of knowing, of remembering.” -Jen Pollock Michelaward-winning author of Teach Us to Want

“Carl Rogers said, ‘What is most personal is most universal.’ I kept thinking of that while reading Christie Purifoy’s smart and beautiful book.” -John Blase, author of The Jubilee: Poems

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And then the sun came out ...
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I will always love pumpkins on the front steps, but I do love them more because we didn’t have front steps for more than a year until my husband built these brick ones by hand. In the moment, I am impatient. But after? I’m grateful. And for so much more than just the steps.
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#autumnatmaplehurst #weareplacemakers
Went for a walk. Now I kind of want to get back out there. Desks are a little hard to take on Fridays in late October.
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#autumnatmaplehurst
A room with a view (of the Sassafras tree). 🍁🍂🍁
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#autumnatmaplehurst #throughtheseoldwindows
In some ways, paying attention is easier in Autumn. There’s nothing quiet about the song of a sugar maple in October. But though the earth shouts, the world howls and it seems we have good reasons for worry—possibly even despair. News is heavy and hard in all directions.
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And so paying attention—no matter how loud the trees—is never easy. It is always a discipline. Always something to practice.
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This weekend, I spent more than a little time tuning it ALL out with the help of Netflix. 😉 No shame in that. But it might take more than coffee to wake up again today.
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#autumnatmaplehurst
When we replaced the exterior siding on our kitchen and moved a door, we also took down some upper cabinets in order to install taller windows. Less stuff in storage and more sunlight? I do not regret that choice. ✨💛✨
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#maplehurstkitchen #weareplacemakers
Right here. Right now. 🍂🍂🍂
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#throughtheatticwindow #autumnatmaplehurst
A rare teen sighting.
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Related/unrelated: life is weird and hard, but Friday nights are ✨✨✨
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Deep breaths, friends. Rest well. 💛

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