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We think many of you will relate to this month’s reader-submitted feature in our My Happiest Place series. Before we share Juniper’s words and photos, though, a quick update on the series itself!

For the October, November, and December features in the series, we’re looking for holiday-themed photos of your homes. The autumn holidays followed by winter celebrations bring with them the chance to decorate indoors and out, and whether your style is simple or all-decked-out, we’d love a peek into the happiest places in your (holiday) homes.

October submissions are due 10/15, a $50 Wayfair.com gift card goes to our chosen submission, and all you have to do is email a photo of your happiest place to sarah@thehappiesthome.com (more details and fine print can be found here). 

what's the happiest place in your home?
Can’t wait to see your pretty pumpkins and fall decor! And now, this months feature… [click to continue…]

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Whimsical Girl’s Bedroom Ideas (Plus 15% Off Area Rugs From Wayfair.com!)

by Sarah Powers July 30, 2014
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This post is part of an ongoing partnership with Wayfair.com. I was compensated for writing it; all ideas and opinions are my own. -Sarah We’re moving! In less than two weeks my family is relocating to Southern California and we couldn’t be more excited. Our new house is ready and waiting for us and I’m itching to […]

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Hate Folding Laundry? Stop Doing It. (And Don’t Feel Bad About It)

by Sarah Powers July 21, 2014
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My Happiest Place: A Family Tree Wall

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This month’s selection for the #MyHappiestPlace series comes from reader Katelyn Heather. Her creative idea inspired both Sarah and me, and her submission perfectly embodied our idea of honoring a happy, meaningful place in your home. Read on to find out more about the “happiest place” in Katelyn’s home – and how you can submit! My […]

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Check Out My New Fridge! (Plus A Chance To Win One Of Your Own)

by Meagan Francis June 27, 2014
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