Thursday, October 2, 2014

4 years!

Keith and I met on the first day of our first graphic design class at college. I was still a senior in high school and desperately wanted a friend to make college classes less intimidating. I thought he was cute and looked friendly so I asked if I could sit by him. True story.
I wish I could say that marked the beginning of the sweetest dating relationship that ever was but it doesn't. We were friends for a while. Then there was a shameful period where I was mean to him in a petty, high-school girl sorta way. When I got over myself I realized that I missed Keith's easy friendship. A friend convinced me to call him after listening to me moan and groan about how much I missed him. I whipped out my flip phone, dialed, immediately felt like an idiot, and was so, SO relieved when it went to voicemail. He did NOT call me back, but he did send a text or two :)
A text or two turned into talking > hanging out > dating > marriage.
And now we are on year 4. Complete with a pup and cozy home.
The way things work out can be so funny but I am blessed to have had this man promise all his days to me.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hand Lettering | October Desktop Calendar

 A hand-lettered calendar, delivered straight from my Dropbox to your desktop.

You will note that there is a yellowy dot on Oct.2. That's because it - tomorrow - is our 4 year anniversary! Eeep! Like I said on instagram, October is kinda our month.
Not just because of our anniversary, although that is definitely part of it, but mostly because we are fall obsessed. Fall. Obsessed.

Monday, September 29, 2014

More Family Room Progress!

Because I am a giant tease, in the last Family Room Update I gave you the vaguest glimpses at what we had done. I did that because I thought we would have the room finished relatively soon after and I wanted the final reveal to have impact. But the final reveal didn't happen because we still don't have the room done.
Why not, you ask? Because we decided to shift our priorities and energy now that the room is in a livable state. The weather is cooler and we can actually work outside without fearing heat stroke so we are conquering our Fall To-Dos. We plan on picking up with this room this winter when we have major cabin fever - probably in February or so.
But let's chat about what HAS been done.

handsome husband finding the joists

Remember how I had a moment of panic over the green paint? That's because it's on the ceiling! Honestly, I had to sleep on it, but when I looked at the room with fresh eyes in the morning all doubt was gone. I adore having such a spunky color on the ceiling. It also helped that we changed the shade of grey on the walls. The first one we tried, though it looked fine on the paint chip, was too beige and looked like mud next to the green.

Let's talk about the light. I call it The Jellyfish and it is the coolest. It was a Goodwill thrifting score and it weighs a ton since it is [blown?] glass. Also, it is a swag light and needed significant anchorage to make us feel secure about it dangling overhead. In the pictures below you can see how we used balloons to help visualize where it would hang anchored into a joist, spaced equally from each wall. During our little mockup, we realized that we actually wanted it to hang between the balloons, where there are no joists. ...womp, womp, womp... To make this work we fashioned a wood mounting platform that spanned the joists and then hung the light in the center of the platform. So far it is hanging tight - even if it is not yet wired and lacks a lightbulb ;)

Above, you can see how we screwed the mounting platform into the joists at the corners. The holes still need to be filled.
The grey curtains, while lovely, are not the right thing for this room. They are a bit dark. I'm still on a curtain quest. I have a feeling fabric painting is in my future.

Here are the linen cabinets, looking 1000% better and stuffed full of out of season bedding. Also note the built in shelving we added.

That's what has been done. Here is what is still on the to-do list:
- Crown molding
- Floating mantle
- White-wash the fireplace brick
- Get an extending TV wall mount / conduit for the cords
- Colorful curtains
- Update the coffee table (knobs, paint, etc.)

Sounds like February is going to be busy for us, yeah?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Moon on the Mantle

Chai teas, fleecy PJs, pumpkins on the porch. Chick-a-dees, fall is officially here and I have the decorations to prove it! 
This mantle is a bit more rustic than what I would normally style but I just love how it turned out. I wanted the mantle to have a not-too-creepy Halloween feel but also be easy to transition into Thanksgiving.  What do you think? Did I nail it?
I made the moon and it just kills me. It's turned out exactly how I was picturing it - whimsical, but not goofy. I'll be sharing the how-to soon. It's easy-peasy.

The chalk board was a thrifting find. Despite the craze, I don't own a single piece of chalk so I bent a vintage ruler into a star to fill the space and really love how it looks. It seems I shall continue to forgo the chalk. See that garland? It's from our wedding reception - 4 years ago. I still have a giant box of all the bunting flags that were strung all over the barn. I'm not a sentimental person but I just can't seem to pitch them.

PS - The little white pumpkin in another DIY sneak-peek.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

How to Style a Front Porch - Makeover!

Before summer officially escapes us, let me show you how the porch turned out all painted and styled. But first, let's take a moment to remember...

We picked up the chairs at a garage sale for $3 a piece. No, they are not my "dream" porch furniture but for such a bargain I could rework my Perfect Porch Vision a bit. The two tables were given to us. Three cheers for freebies! As you can see, we modded the one a bit so that it could double duty as a bench or an end table. There were several times during the summer when I was really glad to have that extra bit of seating.

Styling the porch was pretty straight forward: paint, pillows, and plants.
In my opinion, other than painting the tables so they matched and adding pops of color, the rug made the biggest difference in defining the space. The DIY cushions were the biggest infusion of my personality and definitely helped tie everything together and make it look more cozy even though there was quite a bit of pattern mixing going on. Also, the flower boxes we made really changed the space. My original intent with those was to add some color and curb appeal but the pink geraniums really made the space more cozy.

I'm so proud of this plant. Look at how far it's come!

All the accessories came from "shopping" my house. The sisal rug, which Keith hates tolerates, is from the dining room. I will agree with him that it makes a better outdoor rug. The pillows were what we used in our apartment living room (no, they are not outdoor pillows. oops). The yellow enamel pitcher is a vintage score from the pyrex/catherineholm hoard in the kitchen.

All said, the chairs and a gallon of exterior paint were the only purchases I made for the space. Truth be told, I would have loved to plunk a couple hundred buckaroos on new, cushy-cozy, modern porch fixin's but that just wasn't going to happen. Now I can say that I'm glad it didn't. There is something so satisfying about looking around at what you have and making it work. Sometimes the best solutions are the most surprising, yeah?