Friday, July 28, 2017

Packing Up a House Full of Memories

I knew it would feel like the blink of an eye and the time to move would be here. And now it has arrived. We officially moved out of our home this week and the new owner was given the keys yesterday. I was feeling all sorts of emotions as we went through this process and our home got emptier and emptier.
We are currently housesitting for my cousin as we have waited for the closing day on our new home. We finally get to move in this weekend!

Since my desktop computer is packed away, I only have access to our laptop and previous blog photos, so today I thought I would look back on some memories made in this home and how we enjoyed making it our own while it belonged to us.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Minimalist Bohemian Home Office

Last week, I showed you guys our bonus room staged to sell. It has long been our over-cluttered-death-trap of a playroom covered in toys. My computer desk and office supplies were crammed in the corner. When it came time to sell, I knew that had to change. I went for a minimalist boho vibe to keep it simple yet retain personal style. In our next home (take the tour here), I hope to keep the same style and limit the clutter.

Today, I have pulled together a source list with a similar look from my affiliate links*.
Boho Eclectic Home Office Moodboard

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Home Office & Multipurpose Room Staging

I am so excited to start showing you our home staged to sell! If you missed my first post about how we sold our home be sure to head back here to read that. I have many rooms to show and tips and tricks to share with you. We were blessed to sell our home to the first person who saw it and over list price. The weeks leading up to selling, we were busy painting, cleaning, decluttering and researching how best to stage a home to sell.
Simple Home Office Staged to Sell
Today, I am taking you guys into our office and multi-purpose room.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Our Next Home

If you missed my post on Monday, I shared some exciting (albeit bittersweet) news that we sold our home. In that post, I gave a tour of our current home, staged to sell, and today, I am giving you a glimpse into our next place!
brick and vinyl traditional center entrance colonial with pink front door
When we began our journey into finding our second home, I had no idea what we would end up with, but at that time I thought perhaps a large old farmhouse with tons of space and acreage. After a long while of looking and seeing many different types of homes in our budget, my preferences were narrowed down quite a bit. With three young children, I decided an older home that needed a ton of work was not for us, so we started focusing on homes in the midcentury to new range. It took us awhile and several showings of various homes before we walked into one that had that feeling. My husband and I both said to each other later that it just felt like home.

Monday, July 10, 2017

We Sold Our House!

So, we actually did it. We sold our home! After living in this two bedroom, humble colonial for seven years, we took the plunge and put it on the market. Surprisingly, it sold within the first weekend, to the first showing and above list price. More about that coming soon including how I staged it myself on the cheap.
vintage colonial with open front porch decorated to sell
The decision to sell has been in the works for years.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Shelf Styling Using What You Have

Today's post is all about eclectic shelf styling. And on a deeper level: battling perfectionism. Have you ever let perfectionism hold you back even in simple things? I do. A lot. I have found it can be very debilitating. It can take over my whole life if I let it and eventually rob me of joy.
I love the idea of having white built in shelves to fill with beautiful, eccentric finds and captivating books. I would scour Pinterest for hours basically envying anyone who had the ability to do this. I even created an entire pinterest board dedicated to shelf styling but was believing that I didn't have what it took to get "the perfect look." 

A few months ago, I gave myself a simple challenge as I have been working on pushing back on my perfectionist beliefs: can you use only what you have RIGHT HERE and RIGHT NOW to get the look you want to achieve?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Revamping My Blog and in Need of Your Input!

My baby Violet is almost eight months old already (can you believe it?), and I have been on "blogging maternity leave" almost the entire time. But with her getting older, taking more regular naps and a desire to return to my creative outlets, I am ready to get back to blogging.

But I think some changes are in order to make this blog more functional and that is where I need your help.  I'm looking for input from anyone who stumbles upon this little blog of mine, but particularly if you are a regular reader. I would LOVE to cater my changes to best serve you.

I am planning, once and for all, on moving to a self-hosted Wordpress site. I have known for years that I should do this but it seemed like such a daunting task that I continually put it off. Blogger is free and seemed simple enough for the longest time, but it has a lot of issues that I cannot change. It is very limited in making my site user friendly. I would love to have categories and sub categories for you guys to be able to click through and find my content easier. Basically, I would like to have layout that allows you to get to the posts and information you want as quickly as possible.

This move will also likely include a new design and several other changes....where I fine tune what my blog is all about.

So this is where I need your help. Tell me what you want improved as I revamp my blog.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Owen's Avengers Superhero Birthday Party

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I started this post about my little man, Owen's, Avengers' themed birthday party before Violet was born last fall! And as life just sat in my "drafts" waiting to be published. He will be turning five this coming September so I figured I better get this post out there before the next one rolls around. In fact we just celebrated Hazel's 6th birthday on Saturday and had a fun horse themed party. Hopefully I will get that one posted here before she turns seven!
avengers superhero themed birthday party for kids
I think he started planning his "Avengers Superhero Party" the minute his third birthday was over. I heard about every single detail of what he wanted to have at this epic party for months. I aimed to please our little super hero and make it, as he requested, "the best party ever." I started with an inexpensive scene setter and taped it up behind the main dessert table on our back patio.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

6 months of Violet

It's hard to believe our little Violet passed the six month point..but here we are. In fact, she just turned 7 months yesterday and I totally missed it! Mom brain to the fullest these days. It's probably because I have two others to tend to at the same time, but this seems like the fastest growing baby ever. I wish I could just slow down the clock...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Gray & Pink Living Room

I have partnered with Unique Rug Store for this post. All expressed opinions are 100% my own. Full disclosure.

It's been so long since I have shared a decorating post with all of you! Life is crazy busy right now with three kids under five and getting our house on the market! Looking for a new place to call home is exhausting but hopefully we will find something really soon.

This post is long overdue as I received this beautiful new rug from Unique Rug Store way back in October. I completely fell in love with the muted colors and beautiful pattern. I knew I wanted it for my future living room. Granted, I was thinking ahead to my next living room, in our next home, but I couldn't help but put it in this space for the time being. It is VERY large, so it takes up almost the whole space, but I love how it brings warmth and interest to the room, without being overwhelming.