White Clover Lane

We help homebodies manage stress by teaching them how to use their unique stories to turn their homes into their havens.

Mission: At White Clover Lane, we help homebodies manage stress by teaching them how to use their unique stories to turn their homes into their havens.

"Self-care should not be something we resort to because we are so absolutely exhausted that we need some reprieve from our own relentless internal pressure."

Self-care is often a very unbeautiful thing.

It is making a spreadsheet of your debt and enforcing a morning routine and cooking yourself healthy meals and no longer just running from your problems and calling the distraction a solution.

It is often doing the ugliest thing that you have to do, like sweat through another workout or tell a toxic friend you don’t want to see them anymore or get a second job so you can have a savings account or figure out a way to accept yourself so that you’re not constantly exhausted from trying to be everything, all the time and then needing to take deliberate, mandated breaks from living to do basic things like drop some oil into a bath and read Marie Claire and turn your phone off for the day.

A world in which self-care has to be such a trendy topic is a world that is sick. Self-care should not be something we resort to because we are so absolutely exhausted that we need some reprieve from our own relentless internal pressure.

True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.

And that often takes doing the thing you least want to do.

It often means looking your failures and disappointments square in the eye and re-strategizing. It is not satiating your immediate desires. It is letting go. It is choosing new. It is disappointing some people. It is making sacrifices for others. It is living a way that other people won’t, so maybe you can live in a way that other people can’t.

It is letting yourself be normal. Regular. Unexceptional. It is sometimes having a dirty kitchen and deciding your ultimate goal in life isn’t going to be having abs and keeping up with your fake friends. It is deciding how much of your anxiety comes from not actualizing your latent potential, and how much comes from the way you were being trained to think before you even knew what was happening.

If you find yourself having to regularly indulge in consumer self-care, it’s because you are disconnected from actual self-care, which has very little to do with “treating yourself” and a whole lot do with parenting yourself and making choices for your long-term wellness.

It is no longer using your hectic and unreasonable life as justification for self-sabotage in the form of liquor and procrastination. It is learning how to stop trying to “fix yourself” and start trying to take care of yourself… and maybe finding that taking care lovingly attends to a lot of the problems you were trying to fix in the first place.

It means being the hero of your life, not the victim. It means rewiring what you have until your everyday life isn’t something you need therapy to recover from. It is no longer choosing a life that looks good over a life that feels good. It is giving the hell up on some goals so you can care about others. It is being honest even if that means you aren’t universally liked. It is meeting your own needs so you aren’t anxious and dependent on other people.

It’s becoming the person you know you want and are meant to be. Someone who knows that salt baths and chocolate cake are ways to enjoy life, not to escape from it.

Author: Brianna Wiest

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5 Steps to December Self Care | White Clover Lane

If you’re anything like me, someone hit my “on” button and I haven’t figured out how to turn it back off. I’ve been going a million miles a minute and I’ve realized I need to take a few (ok, a lot) of those minutes to simply take a breath and enjoy the season. As someone who struggles with anxiety, this busy time of year is probably the most important time to prioritize some self-care.

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whitecloverlane.com The hectic schedule of Christmas parties and other joyful festivities can become more busy and less holiday if we don’t take care of ourselves.

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Peep All the Leaves! | White Clover Lane

There’s a lawn full of crunchy, golden reasons as to why you should head out your front door for a leaf peeping excursion this year. Since there are too many to count (and nearly too many to rake up) I’m just going to reach into a brief how, when, where, and why of leaf peeping.

What is your favorite way to celebrate Autumn?

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whitecloverlane.com There’s a lawn full of crunchy, golden reasons as to why you should head out your front door for a leaf peeping excursion this year.

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Beating the Winter Blues | White Clover Lane

Do you struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? According to the Mayo Clinic, SAD is “a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons” (1) and can begin in Autumn (usually when the clocks change) and continue through Winter.
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whitecloverlane.com Do you struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? Here are a few tips to help you navigate Winter.

[11/03/19]   What are you doing with your extra hour? 🌊

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A Study In Beige (Or "Why I Love Autumn") | White Clover Lane

What is it about Autumn that you love so much? I’d love to hear how you make the most of this brief season. Are your kitties chasing squirrels as they gather their winter stash? Are your dogs frolicking in piles of leaves? Are you switching your tank tops to sweaters and flip-flops to boots?

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whitecloverlane.com It's like constantly viewing the world through a telescope - one small section at a time until the picture is complete.

I’m trying to celebrate the first day of Autumn but Summer is like “Not so fast, Virginia.”

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Autumn Archives | White Clover Lane

Happy Autumn Equinox!

Autumn officially arrives at 3:50 AM and we have free resources to help you make the most of the season.

How do you change up your environment to celebrate Fall?

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Embrace Your Inner Equinox | White Clover Lane

Lately I’ve been yearning for fall and the serenity it brings to my life so I’d like to share few simple ways to revitalize and decorate your home for the autumn equinox.

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whitecloverlane.com It’s no secret that my home is my haven. It’s also no secret it is an outward expression of my inner self. In my home you’ll find the serenity I seek as well as the joy I find in the world around me. Whether that joy comes from the interactions with my kitties or the …

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Got Spots? Cleaning Tips from DG Textiles | White Clover Lane

When spot cleaning at home, please keep in mind that the first attempt is the most important. We never recommend multiple attempts with various products. We know there are a lot of over-the-counter commercial cleaners promising to remove everything, but not every spot is the same — just like not every textile is the same.

Compounding different products onto a spot is going to turn that spot into a stain. Spots are removable; stains are permanent.

Our recommendation for spot removal is actually quite simple, and you don’t need a bunch of store-bought chemicals.

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Claim Your Haven Wherever You Are | White Clover Lane

When you think of haven, do you imagine a perfectly appointed space with lots of luxurious detail, cozy accessories, and the comforting smell of lavender and fresh flowers lingering in the air? While that sounds idyllic it isn’t always possible and quite frankly, it doesn’t have to be.

What are your must-haves when on the go?

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whitecloverlane.com A perfectly appointed space with lots of luxurious detail sounds idyllic but it isn’t always possible and quite frankly, it doesn’t have to be.

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Recipe: Fruit Infused Water | White Clover Lane

I have to admit that I am terrible at staying hydrated. (Just ask that nice paramedic that had to carry me off to the ER after a particularly ill-planned training run.)

I know it’s important but I find myself neglecting that plain cup of ice water that sits on my desk. I’m much more likely to get my daily water intake to a respectable level when I add some fresh lemon or a few drops of peppermint oil.

What is your fav way to stay hydrated?

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whitecloverlane.com With the warmer weather coming in it's easy to make sure you stay hydrated while basking in that Summer sun.

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Welcome Back to School | White Clover Lane

The transition from summer whimsy to back-to-school rigidity can be daunting. Fortunately for us, there are a handful of simple ways to prepare for and make that transition a bit smoother for everyone in the family.

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whitecloverlane.com Now that our vacations are over and the kids are headed back to school soon, it’s time to prepare for our new normal.

#caturdayVibes

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3 Ways To Celebrate National Book Day | White Clover Lane

Happy #nationalBookDay!

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whitecloverlane.com Take a moment today to revisit your favorite books to celebrate #NationalBookDay

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Poison Prevention Week: Pet-friendly Alternatives for Shiny Homes | White Clover Lane

Ironically, some of the most toxic chemicals we have in our homes are used to clean. Taking every precaution to lock these products away when not in use can only go so far when we’re using them to cleanse our belongings and the surfaces of our homes. Consider making a few minor changes that will make your wallet, earth, and family a bit happier and healthier. Read on to learn about safer alternatives to common household cleaners.

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whitecloverlane.com A few minor changes can make your wallet, earth, and family a bit happier and healthier with pet-safe alternatives to common household cleaners.

Too soon? 👻

I've been hard at work adding free resources to the website! What other kinds of topics would you like to see?

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When Chores Are Therapeutic | White Clover Lane

Getting my hands on my stuff, listening to the stories of the chipped knick-knacks that once decorated my grandparents house, lingering over the photos that are important enough to frame, remembering why I live with all the things I live with makes the task of undoing, polishing, and putting rooms back together so much more than just a chore.

How do you make sure your home always bring you joy?

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whitecloverlane.com Remembering why I live with all the things I live with makes the task of undoing, polishing, and putting rooms back together so much more than just a chore.

Current situation.

Thunderstorms. Yes or no?

Even my little flip flops are too much between me and summer grass...

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BBQs, sparklers, and ketchup stains. | Hounds and Hearth

I miss the massive block parties of my childhood and I still love watching the NYC fireworks from the comfort of my couch. How will you be celebrating the 4th?

houndsandhearth.com When it comes to BBQs and summer celebrations, no one does it better than an American on the Fourth of July!

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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!

Don't spend time or money on putting art in your home that you don't react to emotionally.

I read an article recently about choosing a pet photographer and I have to admit that I *completely disagree* with this tip: "When you’re choosing a pet photographer, we’d recommend comparing rates and packages, not relying solely on whose photos you react to emotionally."

I think the emotional connection is the *BIGGEST* reason to choose a photographer. It's why I design my sessions around what makes you feel most wonderful.

What do you think?

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NOVADog Magazine Spring 2019

Does your haven include a furry companion? Check out the cover story that I wrote for NOVADog Magazine on creating the perfect pet-friendly retreat!

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issuu.com The Ultimate Guide for Canine-Inspired Living in the DC Metro

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Home | White Clover Lane

Our membership success road helps unapologetic homebodies tell their 'not-completely-perfect-but-still-totally-loved' story throughout their home.

With our membership, you’ll master how to:

Stop overwhelm when deciding how to decorate your home.

Use our exercises to learn where to turn for inspiration.

Become besties with your house by setting expectations that bring out the best in both of you.

Tell your unique story with fabric, color, scent, artwork, pet considerations, and so much more.

Get clarity with monthly deep-dives into specific challenges.

PLUS:

Enjoy masterclasses and guest appearances by field professionals in interior design, planning and prioritizing, and even a few yummy recipes.

Connect in our members-only group for support, accountability, expert advice, and tons of surprises!

Your space. Your story. Isn’t it time to claim your haven?

Get on the waiting list to be notified when membership doors open and we’ll send you a FREE checklist to get you started right now!

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whitecloverlane.com White Clover Lane is committed to helping homebodies tell their not-completely-perfect-but-still-totally-loved story throughout their home. Join us today.

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