I'm not ashamed to say that I am a neat freak. I wasn't always like this as a kid, but somewhere down the line I fell in love with the satisfaction of creating order from chaos. I love vacuuming, mopping and wiping down counters. I do draw the line at cleaning toilets though. See, I swear I'm still somewhat normal. ;)

Our house is fairly large, and it can be challenging to stay on top of the dirt, but one thing I never skimp on is taking care of our floors. We spent a lot of money to buy hand-scraped, hardwood floors, so I baby them a lot. 

When I purchased the floors I asked the sales rep what I should use to clean them with and she said, "Only use Bona." She proceeding to explain that very little moisture should touch the wood, and harsh chemicals can destroy your floors over time. Bona is water-based and extremely gentle and there's no nasty lemon smell. After she told me that I have never used anything else on my floors.

I love using their floor dusting clothes and disposable wipes for every day use. With Levi dropping food all over the floor every day it comes in handy to be able to slap on a disposable wipe and mop it up quickly. 

Be sure to check out Bona if you have high quality wood floors. I'll never use anything else. 

Photos by Rennai Hoefer

Clean & Contemporary

There's something to be said about a clean, sleek, contemporary look that gives your smile, face and body a chance to steal the show. These days layers, mixing textures and patterns are very popular, so, to me, this inspiration board that I have created feels like a breath of fresh air. Enjoy!