Life Before

We’ve spent our whole lives developing as teachers, writers, decorators, photographers, and occasional philosophers. Our blog is dedicated to sharing our hearts, minds, and souls with you.

After completing our bachelor’s degrees at the University of Michigan we decided (separately) on the very same day to attend graduate school to become teachers. We got on the phone and said simultaneously, “I’ve got big news!” and then fought over who would go first, only to learn that we had the same news. True story.

Along the way we both developed a love for decorating that has spanned decades. We now dedicate ourselves full-time to blogging and Instagram. Our other passions include international travel, playing classical violin, speaking French and learning other languages.

We love communicating and making friends. We are most fulfilled when we are connecting with you, whether it is learning or teaching or a little bit of both.

Why teach Instagram? After years of growing our own accounts we realize the power of Instagram and want to share it with you. You may not even know it yet, but your future can change if you understand how. Dare to dream with us.

You are invited

Come along with us. Let’s try new things. We may succeed at some, fail at others, but we’ll be learning and growing together. With God as our guide we’re leaving fear behind to tackle life’s challenges one step at a time.

We are here to empower you and encourage you.

If we can do it, so can you. Remember, you’re not alone. Let’s do this!

jodie & julie


Magazine Features:

Cottages & Bungalows
Country Sampler


Snap Conference, 2018

TV & Podcast Features:

Seattle Refined, TV News Magazine, 2017 & 2018
Champion Influencer Podcast

Blog Features:

Better Homes & Gardens
Martha Stewart
and countless others

Book Features:

Heart & Home, by Victoria Duerstock
Heart & Home for Christmas, by Victoria Duerstock

Brand Partners


Readers: We love hearing from you! We always do our best to respond to your questions and comments and appreciate you taking the time to reach out!

Brands/Media/PR Contacts: If you’d like to work with us please feel free to contact us at

We partner with brands in various ways including:  

Brand Ambassadorship, Instagram Posts & Stories, Product Styling & Photography, Conference Attendance as Brand Reps, Company Events & Retreats, and Sponsored Blog Posts.

We are always open to new ideas and opportunities. We look forward to hearing from you!

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