a few answers for you

good morning friends~

i wanted to try to answer, hopefully all, the questions you’ve asked since my post about how i began to declutter things around here & ultimately simplify our home.  and allow me to add here that i try as often as i can to answer questions here, on fb, instagram, etc but there are days where i fail miserably at balancing life…so if i haven’t gotten back to you please forgive me.  it’s not unusual to receive questions about choosing ikea furntiture vs pottery barn- will i share where we’ve stayed in seaside and can i recommend food places -do i recommend canon vs nikon & can i share my fave spots here in atlanta. last week i was completely overwhelmed because i realized i couldn’t keep up with social media dialogue and get anything else done. if you’ve sent one of the earlier mentioned questions & i’ve never answered you i apologize….i’ll do another post on those biggies at another time. pinkie promise.

ok. you’ve asked & here goes~~

1. where do you purchase all the chippy white frames?  dryads dancing   they also have a facebook page.

2. what color paint did you use? ok friends. this may be our deal breaker because my answer will disappoint you. kilz brand satin cashmere white. from walmart. yep. see i told you! nothing fancy.

3. where are your kitchen chairs from? the table/chair/stool in your studio ? world market, primarily the jackson collection. and lucky you, all their furniture is currently 50% off!

4. where did you purchase your dining room slip covers from?  pottery barn. at the time i purchased the monograms were free too. sweet.

5. you mentioned you don’t use window treatments. isn’t that weird knowing everyone can see inside?

well not really weird at all.  the back of our home is private. so the kitchen and family room are just that, private. during the winter when all the leaves have fallen off the trees, the light flooding in during the morning hours is warm and beautiful.  the front of our home received late afternoon light. unless it’s dark outside & our lights are on you really can’t see in. during that time we pull down our shades. while i hate the look of shades, plantation shutters were not in our budget for 14 windows in the front of our home alone. so shades it is. they’re the thickest brand available which lets no light in. which answers anyone’s questions regarding how on earth we keep our house cool in the summer. well, we won’t win any ‘go green awards’ here. its blistering hot in the summer. and our a.c. bill shows it!

6. how did you decide what to keep & what to giveaway when  you began to declutter your home?  well i mentioned i wasn’t super methodical. but bottom line, if i didn’t absolutely love it, it went. if keeping it meant finding a place for it over & over again, it went. if it didn’t really blend well with my cottage meets shabby chic meets industrial and white feel, it went.  my friend ashley has a fabulous post about this very subject here.

7. you mentioned you don’t keep your collections out at all times. where do you store things you aren’t using?  ok. that gets a tad tricky. we don’t have a basement, which let me say this decluttered girl is so thankful. it would only become a dumping ground for all things “in between” where they’d all surely die a slow death. we also have very little storage/closet space. so, basically i try to store like things together. for example, i have a large plastic storage bin where i keep frames that i trade out ( bottom of linen closet). i keep a file of all art prints and change them out seasonally or whenever the mood strikes. i store my mercury glass all together when it’s not in use in a small cabinet in our teensy tiny laundry room. christmas is all together in a small attic area . large pieces like humongeous bowls, lanterns etc are all out in our garage waiting on their turn to play indoors.  basically because i gave so much away i don’t have a zillion things to store, just the things i absolutely love.

as far as closets, for most of us i trade out much of our seasonal clothes and keep what we’re not using ( but will-give the rest away) is in big plastic bins in the attic.

8. how did you make your photoboard? ya’ll. it’s as simple as it looks. cork board covered with whatever fabric your heart desires. i have a few of these, some with linen, some with burlap. stapled in the back.  for my jewelry board i used upholstery tacks from lowes around the border and nickel type thumb tacks. for my photo board i just have the plain old clear thumbtacks. the end. you can see here too. the one i use in our kitchen held all our christmas cards & some christmas ephemera.  it currently has 8×10’s of the girls on it now and i love that look of the larger images. i usually just have loads of snapshots.

ok my friends….oops…this image just reminded me…the bottle brush trees were collected over a few years but many are cody foster & can be purchased here and the deer image i posted in christmas tour was from janet hill studio

i’ve been slowly working on my portfolio up top in the menu section. so i’ve added a little gallery of images around our home here too.

thanks ya’ll!

January 17, 2013 - 8:44 am

Amy Avery - Paige, you simply are fabulous! I love your straight forward honesty and I “pinky promise” I think you are all the cooler that your wall paint is Wal-Mart brand. LOVE that photo of the sun streaming in through your window. You captured that shot beautifully! Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend!

January 17, 2013 - 8:46 am

Lori H - Thanks for taking your time to answer all those questions!

January 17, 2013 - 10:51 am

Deborah - great post and beautiful pictures. I wondered where you got the bottle brush trees. The question I had is how is your daughter’s arm. I hope she is well.

January 17, 2013 - 11:49 am

Lemonade Makin' Mama - That was a great newsy post. Loved it! Thanks for sharing and for the sweet photos and inspiration.

January 17, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Kerri - Hi Paige! I love this post, especially #6 and #7! And I just wanted to tell you I am really enjoying following smk’s journey with God! I can only hope Ava and Caroline continue in her footsteps! XO

January 17, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Karen - Where did you get your Happy Birthday Jesus?

January 17, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Janet Lawson - Your home is beautiful and I agree,if you are not using it de-clutter someone else will put it to good use in their home..So glad I found your new site and figured out how to comment..Not really computer savy here..LOL..Have a wonderful week..

January 17, 2013 - 8:43 pm

DebZorn - I’m so glad I found your blog. Your home and your photography are beautiful. Your girls are adorable. Thank you for sharing.

January 17, 2013 - 8:57 pm

tara - very helpful posts…
wanted a few of those links!

January 17, 2013 - 9:28 pm

Liz Mullenax - I have stumbled onto your blog and love it! I know your busy, especially with a big family but sometime can you share where you got the “O Holy Night” picture/sign. I adore it! It is simple and to the point, would love that for my 2013 Christmas!


January 18, 2013 - 12:00 am

jodi - love the post…i am going to get my tushie in gear and simplify our home. I always LOVE all of your photos, seeing your home always seems so cozy!
As for the no curtains….I have a bay window that i do not cover either…I love the sun coming in.

Take care and hope all is well! :) I have been MIA lately and hate it.


January 18, 2013 - 11:50 am

LLH Designs - You made me laugh with your “we don’t win any go green awards here” comment. Too funny! I wish I could’ve donated our plantation shutters to you! Our house felt too dark, so I took them all off. Only 2 more remain…in my bedroom. But those will soon go, too. I felt so guilty for a moment knowing how much they cost and how Southern and desirable they were to me at one time. But letting the full sun in felt more important. :) Happy Friday, sweet blog friend! xo!

January 18, 2013 - 6:48 pm

Bonnie Solid - Soothing.
Your home is like balm.
I love balm.
I adore how you honor & reflect our Lord in your life dearie.

January 18, 2013 - 9:37 pm

Mary - Paige- Thank you for answering our questions and sharing your sources. I can’t wait to check out the picture frames.

January 19, 2013 - 12:24 am

courtney defeo - you’re a little saint. i don’t have questions. just applause. just praise. i just love ya. love seeing a slice of your life. i take a snapshot in my brain and save it and then try to pull out my wanna be paige when i’m shopping or something. i don’t need details – my inner paige comes out every now and then. :)

you’re a trooper to put up with all of us women that really want to be your friends. and we know you have a full, crazy life with oh so many real friends, real kids and a real dog and husband.

SO, never ever ever feel guilty to leave a comment, question, anything unanswered. you’re gracious, wonderful and lovely. and i know it.

love ya friend.

January 19, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Kelly Jackson - Paige:

I love your blog and enjoy reading it when I can. I have only two daughters and can relate to all the drama! Never a dull moment with these little laides around, for sure.

One comment I would like to make. I am a teacher and just cringed when you went to all small letters in the body of your blog. I know this is a such a small, dumb thing to comment on, but I really have a hard time staying focused, because my teacher-brain constantly tries to “correct” while I am reading! Just a small thought.

Thanks so much for such a beautiful and uplifing blog.

January 22, 2013 - 11:55 am

Lucy - I came to the original post from Simple Design, I think. I love your blog! I have been trying to simplify and struggling mightily. Even before I saw your post, I’ve been planning to paint my whole main level white. I too have lots of color everywhere and am just ready for some calm. It was really cool to see how you’ve done what I’m thinking of doing and how beautiful it looks. And I was going to ask you how you chose your paint color, so I was glad you answered that question in this post! I’ve been having a heck of a time choosing a white and I’m sure I’m over-thinking it. My problem is that I have cream-ish counters and floors (which I want to change – but hasn’t been in the budget yet). But I probably just need to choose a color and get on with it! LOL! Thank you for posting so many beautiful pictures.

October 24, 2013 - 8:32 am

simple thoughts & simple spaces by Paige Knudsen - […] I am including a little rookie style video i created when I wrote a couple posts about my journey to simplify our home. You can read them here & here […]

no greater joy

dan & i spend a lot of time talking about what we think the girls will grow up to be. where they’ll go to school. what type career they’ll choose. we aren’t outspoken with them regarding “have to’s”.  they may think we have a list of rules, but we really don’t.

i met a precious blog reader this weekend ( hi joanna!) who’s expecting her first baby boy in april. she told me that she was encouraged about the somewhat dreaded teenage years by reading my blog. i was so delighted to hear her say that because i remember being right where she was. that precious stage of expectation. the days of snuggling a wonderfully delicious baby and knowing all is right in your little world. you’re there for first words & first steps. you tuck them in at night & choose what they’ll eat.  you create play groups and create their little environment. it’s safe and precious and tender and you’re mommy.  you’re who they look to and long to be with.

you hear of middle school and braces.  and boys. sixteen & drivers license, makeup and highheels. and thongs. you aren’t there to tuck them in everynight and don’t know every little detail of their everyday any longer. you hug your toothless angel and thank the lord you aren’t there yet.

but i must tell you two things. number one, it probably isn’t going to be anything as dreadful as you imagine. and number two, it might actually become your favorite stage.

yes i miss my mary jane wearing , smocked dress and big hair bow, baby girls. but i really love this stage. even more than the little stage. i really do.

a couple of my girls don’t really like each other right now ( born mighty close together). at all really. at least once a week i snap at one of them. they think i’m a prude and won’t laugh at “bridesmaids”. i remind them i’m pretty darn cool. i have a tattoo to prove it. they better not forget who introduced them to classic rock, how to choose fabulous boots and MAC. thankyouverymuch. but it’s not all kumbaya around here. believe me.

you want your children to like spinach and bran cereal. you expect them to buckle up and not smoke pot. you encourage them to make wise choices and surround themselves with people they respect. you beg & plead strongly encourage them to wait until their wedding night. and you want them to love jesus.

but when they do these things out of their own convictions, not because mom & dad said so, then you have arrived. you can sit back & exhale a collective cleansing breath & high five your hubby.

but let me tell you, when they love jesus because they love jesus. with all their own  heart, soul &  mind. then everything else honestly will fall right in to place. you don’t have to create their little protective environment. you don’t have to pick & chose their friends. or their college. you can swallow the “oh my gosh please don’t let them leave the country, or move to an inner city, or pierce their nose” fears a heck of a lot easier.


my savannah came out of the womb as an independent trail blazer. she’s a go getter. she’s not ( much to my dismay) a home body. her love tank is always on full and she’s low maintenance. it has been awesome and maybe even scary, to watch her life unfold these last couple years.  dan & i were talking the other night about what she’s thinking and praying about doing this summer for an internship. i asked him if this was a good idea, would this help with her major.

he said, paige, yes, she’s in terry business college & yes she’s a business major. but right now she’s pretty much majoring in jesus. her heart and her passions all revolve around Him and telling others about Him. that’s what she talks about. that’s what excites her.

our church is planting a church in athens, Grace Athens. when savannah heard about this, coming to her campus, she was beyond fired up. she’s gone to meetings & been involved in some of the planning.

i woke this morning to seeing this image on facebook.  their first gathering was last night. there she is, front and center. my trailblazer. (peach dress, taupe boots) completely surrendered to Him. wide open. who cares if she ate her spinach when she seven or who her friends were when she was in 7th grade ( that’s actually a pretty cool story). she loves Him. and honestly, that’s all that matters…


I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

3john 1.4

January 14, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Kelly - You are blessed…I am waiting…trusting. For I agree, there can be NO greater JOY than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. I’m half way there.

January 14, 2013 - 2:52 pm

angela - That is the verse on my Blog homepage because TRULY, there is NO greater joy! How attractive it should be to a college girl see a young man worshipping Jesus! Come on girls…you must agree!!!!! I always said I wanted my kids SOLD OUT to Jesus….You are correct, everything else will fall into place!!! Praise the sweet sweet name of Jesus!

January 14, 2013 - 3:02 pm

heather - This right here is why I have always loved your blog…. you show the goodness on the other side of the middle school/high school years. smk is beautiful inside and out! love that picture!
hopefully I will survive these middle school girls! 😉

January 14, 2013 - 3:52 pm

lisa - LOVE to see her front and center. i know what that means when you have a child in a college town and when you peek over the fence to see what’s happening, and THIS is what you see!!

and my two big boys do NOT like each other right now – they are 17 months apart and have always been competitive. now they can just be downright JERKS to each other. i take comfort in the fact that TIME will probably heal this. at least, i hope it will…


January 14, 2013 - 4:06 pm

Amy Avery - This post just gave me good chills to see your girl there front and center loving Jesus the way she was meant to do. God knew what he was doing in giving her those independent trail blazing gifts and talents. I just love hearing about how he is workig in her life. I don’t wish the moments that I have with my girls at seven and five away for anything in the world, but when I read about your girls’ and their realationship with God, I pray that my girls will have just as much of a wonderful realationship with God when they are older too. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

January 14, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Alecia - I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My favorite quote is that right now she’s majoring in Jesus! Can’t wait to see where the Lord takes her with all of this.

January 14, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Maria - I am sitting here crying, thinking of SMK and all the prayers lifted up that she would make wise choices in college and stay close to Jesus…maybe she should be praying for me instead. LOL.

January 14, 2013 - 6:21 pm

Susan - Can I just get a tissue please? Love this!! It’s not an easy season ever with the kids….we never know. But I am so happy that we have a God who does. A God who is in control! Praising Him with you all today!

January 14, 2013 - 6:53 pm

Beth Templeton - Yes, Yes, Yes! To love and serve and know the love of Jesus is really all we want as parents. All the things we desire for our children are hidden right there– in their relationship with Him. Let it be Lord. Captivate their hearts. Let that photo of Savannah be one that each of us mothers see in one way or another in each of our children.

January 14, 2013 - 8:49 pm

kerri - A picture is worth a thousand words and this picture gives me goose bumps. so happy for smk and for you!

January 14, 2013 - 10:04 pm

Tammie - Paige, I love how that you are so real and true, when I see you have a new post I can not get to it soon enough. I always leave feeling so good. Thanks for that.

January 14, 2013 - 10:56 pm

LLH Designs - Now that’s what I call majoring on the majors. Jesus is the main thing. Everything else is a minor thing. If I were in your shoes as a mama, I’d be rejoicing all the way across the country…just like you are! xoxo!

January 15, 2013 - 11:16 am

Lindsey - This brought me to tears. You go, Mom!! Praying for all your little lights. May they keep shining the light of Jesus everywhere they go!

January 15, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Charis Mouritsen - Her love of Jesus IS all that matters! Thank you for reminding me that grades (while important) are not the ultimate goal for my son. His love of his Saviour is the ultimate goal.

January 15, 2013 - 12:48 pm

susie - Paige, What a wonderful story. You’ve done such an amazing job raising your girls and you are such an inspiration to the rest of us. Thanks for sharing.

Have a wonderful day,

January 15, 2013 - 6:34 pm

tiffany day - oh amen Paige! Amen indeed! I have a 13 and 14 year old (girl and boy) and its now I don’t sweat the small stuff as much – I try my best to teach by example – I am really really loving these years, this precious time – as much as if not more than the years of holding them until they fell asleep. For our children to follow their convictions and Him – to walk out their life with a heart of Jesus and His word – nothing better!

I think if we embrace every phase of parenting, we can get through it easier, and not miss it so much when the next one comes along – we can’t hold onto the past too much or else is interferes witht he present and future – we have to let them go a little at a time – and I have found when I start giving them room — they take it but they come back and that is wonderful!

Thank you for sharing this!


January 21, 2013 - 9:50 am

Jeannine - This is AWESOME. I linked to you when you wrote “Just You Wait” because I found you so encouraging on this very topic, but this is even better. Oh, boy. How much do you ♥ that picture of Savannah?!

March 9, 2013 - 10:51 pm

jane @ See Jane Learn - Oh my goodness. I “filed” this post and just read it tonight. As Mom of four; 19,21,24,26 I loved reading and relating to what you wrote. It IS so amazing when our kiddos claim their faith in Jesus as their own. Almost all mine have…watching as #4 goes through some growing pains in her freshman college year. I’ve had the joy of watching one daughter choose ministry and one son choose to major in theology. My other two are using their full hearts in teaching and art and always relationships. I love your blog and LOVE your home and wish I didn’t live on the other side of the country so we could be friends. Thank you for sharing.

July 29, 2013 - 8:56 pm

Shon - Simply beautiful and this is where I am at the moment!! Amen to all what you said here.

I am a new follower via the giveaways at JDC!! Thanks for sharing!


August 6, 2015 - 10:56 pm

Joanna - Thank you for this post! Can’t believe its been over 2 years since I met you (and acted like a crazy fan!) at Which Wich. My little man is 2 already. This post meant so much to me when I read it then and it means so much more now. Thank you for speaking Truth to this mommy! Praying for my sweet little guy to fall in love with Jesus. And, for a little while longer, enjoying the days when a kiss and a snuggle make everything better.