Our Home Remodel: The Master Bedroom


Hey guys!

Last week I shared the exterior of our house remodel, and now it's on to the interior. I thought I'd start with our master bedroom :) 

I would say the majority of our work to this house was on the inside. It was a foreclosure, and it came with a lot of the issues that you might expect from one.

Holes in the walls, broken/missing doors, stinky carpet, missing light fixtures. The previous owners even took the appliances, water heater and the gas fireplace insert! But, overall there weren't any problems too horrible, and structurally things were great. It's a newer home (only 19 years old) and it was the perfect house for us :)

As far as the bedrooms went, there wasn't anything too awful, besides nasty carpet. We believed there had been pets in the house, but there was also an open pet door situation (that I think was done on purpose) and more animals came in during the 9+ months of vacancy. The carpets were toast!

After ripping up the carpet, I had to go in with Kilz primer and cover the subfloor, because the smell was just so bad. In fact, in our master closet, we made the mistake of leaving the crawl space entry board (which was covered in carpet) for a couple months and it was one of the worst spots. EW!

Everything else was mostly cosmetic. We had to replace some framing and drywall/texture around the master window because it was on the side of the house without a cover, and it receives a ton of sun, wind, and rain. The caulk around the outside trim had worn away, so there had been some minor water damage.

Good thing Dane knows a thing or two about construction! ;)

We also replaced the light fixtures in all the bedrooms (one was broken, one was half gone, and one was missing completely!) painted, and put in new carpet.

Here are the before shots of the master bedroom. 







The first photo above was from the house listing, and the rest I took right as we were about to start painting. Which didn't happen for a couple months after we moved in. We lived on that sub floor and with those walls for way too long!

Now, I should point out that I don't think the colors on the wall were horrible. I actually like those colors, but not as wall colors, and I didn't like how they painted the trim the same color.

This room was probably one of the better ones in the house, except for the nasty carpet, and overall filth, but that was the same for every room.

This is one room I didn't take a lot of progress shots of, but here's what it looked like after new paint and carpet!



Such an improvement! The day we got carpet in, and got to be off of that subfloor was pure bliss!

This was the only one of the bedrooms that I ever felt like I got decorated, even though it wasn't 100% finished. I never hung anything on the walls, but I put up my curtains and staged it a little for some of our listing photos.

Here is what it looked like the day before packing!








One of my favorite features of this room was my shoe closet! This house was custom built originally, and they had a lot of upgrades that I don't think were common in our subdivision. Some people said it was supposed to be a linen closet, but we had one of those already in our hallway, and the measurements were perfect for shoes. My realtor confirmed it when she came and did a walk through of the house, so I figured it was one another upgrade done during construction.

And let me tell you, it's an upgrade I recommend if you ever get the chance! My shoes have never been organized, but in this thing they were haha. If I ever get the option again, shoe closet here I come!

Well, that's it for the master bedroom! My plan is to finish showing the rest of the bedrooms this week, and next week will be on to the living areas, so stay tuned.

Hope you have a great rest of your Monday! Thanks for stopping by!

Our Home Remodel: Exterior Reveal!

I wasn't very good at posting updates on the blog about our house remodel, but we finally finished it and it is pending a sale at the moment!

It was such a huge project that it really took away from my business and blog in general, so that's why there's been such a lack of posting, and I missed out on the whole Mother's Day/Father's Day/Graduation season again. Womp, womp :/ But it was a project that was well worth it!

When we bought our house last May, I thought we would live in it for a couple of years, spending the first year fixing it up and the second enjoying our hard work. Then, Dane got a job back in Oregon, and the plan changed haha.

He actually had to move for his job in March, and I stayed behind to continue working on the house, with him coming back occasionally on weekends to do some of the stuff I couldn't do by myself.

It was a long three and a half months, but we finally got it done, and I moved to be with Dane again. Needless to say, we missed each other pretty badly!

Now, in the interest of keeping the reveal from being one great-big-too-long-post, I'm going to break it up into separate parts. Obviously, if you read the title of this post, this is our outside reveal!



The front exterior of the house, and the back yard. These two photos were from the listing when we bought it. It was winter and dreary when they were taken, so they look pretty awful. And can you see all of the dark spots in the grass in the back yard? Those are burnt spots!



Most of the exterior work we did was to the back yard. The front of the house just needed a little clean up, but the back needed a total overhaul! By the time we moved in, it was May and the weeds were out in full force!

That play set? It actually sits in a separate area, filled with pea gravel. Not that you can tell. Oh, and can you find Dane in the jungle of weeds?? Haha!




We ended up having to tear out the entire lawn and re-plant. There was hours and hours of weeding in that went into having this yard look presentable, but it was definitely worth it!

And now for the after shots :) Here's the front yard:




And here's the back!





It's not perfect (what is?), but it's about a million times better than where we started! This was the first time I really put any amount of work into a lawn, and I have to be honest, I kind of enjoyed it. Even the weeding didn't seem like an awful job, and it was so satisfying to see the progress we made!

Well, that's all for the outside of the house :) I'll be back soon to share more reveals of the interior!

Thanks for stopping by!

Rustic, Vintage Postcards


Recently I've been seeing a lot of very cool wedding stationery featuring old vintage travel postcards.

They are just so pretty to me, and I love how rustic most of them look!

I find that I'm really attracted to things that are a mix of vintage, rustic, and feminine and that's where I've been trying to steer my brand for a while now. For anyone who is also in the entrepreneurial boat, you know my pain when it comes to branding!

Since these types of projects fit so perfectly with my brand, I'm going to try to put my own spin on them and see what I can come up with.

It's on my birthday list to create a wedding stationery line, and I still have a few months to go! I'm hoping to start work on some new products soon (even though life is very hectic right now!) and I want to try to include some of these postcards.

I ordered several of them off of eBay last week, and I've gotten most of them already. Some of them have been used, and it's neat to see what people wrote to their friends and family while they were on vacation. Others are in almost mint condition, which is very cool too.

I think I will try to find some way to display them as decoration in my office, because I enjoy looking at them that much!

What do you think? Are you a fan of the rustic/vintage/feminine vibe as well? Let me know!

Afternoon Sessions Vol. 8: On My Plate

Does it seem weird to anyone else that it's already half way through February?

2016 seems to be smoothly sailing on by, and my plate is about as full as ever.

Things haven't been too hectic lately, but that doesn't mean that my perpetual to-do list is has gone away. Soon, it will be time to shift into gear and focus on the next remodel phase of the house! One of these days, I'll try to share some progress shots of where things are.

I've been working more lately, and I'm also feeling the itch to start working on some new card and art print designs. I'm horrible about starting pieces and then not finishing, or coming up with ideas and then never making them. It's been a while since I've even picked up a brush or pencil, so I need to get back on it!

The problem is when I get busy with other things, and I start to focus to much on the mountain of things I need to get done. All it does is overwhelm me, and I throw in the towel before I even get started. I still haven't bought myself a new planner for the year, and I do so much better when I can list things out and focus on the baby steps instead of the whole picture. 

Either way, things will be getting crazy shortly, and I don't want my blog or shop to get put on the back burner too much!



Eating: The title of this post was both figurative and literal! I've been trying to eat better lately, and I've really been all over the board. This week I started a food journal, and I hope it helps. I'm trying to focus on veggies, and one of my favorite breakfast/lunch/dinner/anytime meals is eggs with Brussels sprouts and potatoes! I just wing it, but it's based on this recipe. If you're looking for a healthy winter, comfort food-y meal, I recommend this!

Drinking: Water and coffee, as per usual. I went a couple weeks without my coffee grinder, so I tried to switch to a Jasmine tea, but as much as I enjoy it, it can't replace my coffee for good.

Listening: To a lot of BORNS. That guy is good. I don't dig his hair, but "Electric Love" is just plain awesome (particularly the acoustic version!). And last Monday I surprised Dane with tickets to go see Bela Fleck and his wife Abigail Washburn, who are both insanely talented banjo players and singers! It was a lot of fun, and I discovered it's very easy for me to let my mind wander to a good, long banjo tune. Seriously! It might be time to make myself a new playlist.

Loving: My new house plants! I shared a picture of my new fiddle leaf fig on Instagram a couple weeks ago, and I'm so happy I finally bit the bullet and bought one. There's a reason they're so popular, they're beautiful! I'm planning on doing a post about them soon, along with some other plants that are on my list.

Focusing: On being more active. My sister has been coming over and we've been taking walks sometimes in the afternoons. I've been up and down the last few years with my fitness, ranging from awesome shape, to total couch potato. I'm trying to get back into it, and I'm hoping to start running again soon. Just in time for spring!

That's how my afternoons have been lately. What about you? Have you been up to anything exciting? Let me know! And thanks for stopping by.

P.S.- There's still just barely time to get your Valentine's cards by this weekend! Use the code HEARTS for free shipping, good until Sunday :)

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