Just in time for the weather to change, I am sharing our favorite spot from this summer. Our back patio was a major selling point for this house for us. We don't have a backyard but we do have this wonderful little deck and driveway tucked behind the house. It feels so private and like our own special tree covered hideaway.Read More
What a difference one year has made in our home. There are days when I feel overwhelmed with how much we still have left to do but today I am focusing on how far we have come. People warned us that when we bought our first home, there would always be projects and your home is never done. I am starting to see what they mean.Read More
I am so happy to announce that my company is growing and I have brought on my first full-time employee. You can read the official announcement here. It's a big day at the office (<cough, cough> my dining room table).Read More
I'm thrilled to share this completed project with you today. It seems like so long ago now, my dear friend Chris, began talking about this passion project of his--a Southern comfort cuisine restaurant named Bubba. To see that dream be turned into a real-life, beautiful, delicious, and booming restaurant has been such a delight. Chris is a total force and along with an amazing team, they created this vision. I have loved every second of being a small part of that team.Read More
What feels better than a completed project? A couple of months ago I walked into our side porch and thought, this could be such a lovely room and yet it looked like this... It was lackluster to me to say the least. I had a vision where we could sit and read or bring in friends when the weather is great. But mostly, my vision centered around that porch swing.Read More
Where did the last month go? This summer has brought a lot of projects to a finish which means tons of installs, hanging artwork, and focusing on the details. In the midst of all of this, you may have seen, if you follow me on Instagram, we decided to go on a 10-day European adventure to meet up with one of my besties. All of these things are awesome and fun but it means my dear, neglected blog continues to be...well, neglected.
One of the completed projects that I want to share with you though is an easy fix to a large, bare wall. My friends, Hannah and Jimmie, recently moved into a new home and had a large problem wall that just seemed like a lot to tackle. In addition, the color of the room from the previous owners was a bit harsh. We wanted to find an affordable fix to give the room some warmth and style. So let's take a look at a couple of before pictures.Read More
There are times lately when I look around our house and all I see are half-done projects. It's got to be a normal feeling in the progression of a fixer-upper but we've lost steam in our energy. When we first moved into the house, we would work every single night until midnight. We were constantly covered in paint and we had drive to just keep going. Now people ask me, "So do you feel like you're done now?" and I want to straight up laugh in their faces. No, I really don't feel like we are done. But to act like we haven't made any progress lately wouldn't be fair.Read More
I do these things about once a month that I call "A Saturday Update." While it sometimes includes an item or two purchased beforehand, the update is relatively easy and can be done in a few hours on a Saturday. You can see the last one I did here.
This update was all about our bedroom. This room is one where we spend a lot of time but wasn't really as relaxing as I'd hoped for. I have been slowly but surely purchasing items for the room. Side tables one month, a bureau the next month, a bench the following month. You get the idea. It was totally workable but not stylish. And when things are either messy or not complete (in my eyes) then they are stressful to me. So let's take a look at what we were working with:Read More
Let me take you back about two weeks ago. It was a gorgeous, sunny 70 degree day. I wanted to catch up on some magazines and set my heat-deprived, Iowa winter body in the sun and so I thought to myself, "Oh I know! I should go sit on the sun porch!" So I went through the living room, and unlatched the doors and then waaa waaaa (sad trombone noise) I remembered our sun porch looks like this:Read More
This past February marked the incredible redesign of Better Homes and Gardens. I have been thoroughly impressed because the magazine and the brand seem to be representing a more modern woman. Part of the way they're doing that is by focusing more on female entrepreneurs.
I chatted with BHG last month about what it's like to be an entrepreneur and gave some advice to people thinking about making the leap. It's up now on their site so you can read it here.Read More
So far this room has been one of our most difficult projects to date. The number one reason is this 2nd floor bathroom has a round wall. It's the 2nd floor of the turret on the front of our house which causes the unusual (but cool) shape.
The runner-up reason is that I decided to start the project 5 days before Christmas and my in-laws were coming to town to stay with us.
You know, like you do.Read More
Not to get all complain-y about my totally awesome job but being creative all of the time can be difficult. You want each of your clients to have a great and unique-to-them design but it doesn't work like a factory. Something about the project or something that you have seen needs to inspire you first. Travel has always been the best way to get me out of any rut and my trip to NYC this past weekend was no different. I'm sharing the photos I snapped (on my cell, apologies) throughout the trip that I'll go back to for inspiration. First up, my photos from the Met.Read More
Continuing my love affair with all things black, white and light blue, let's take a look at our staircase. First, I think it's helpful to remember what this bad boy looked like when we first moved in.Read More
About once a month, I go through a room in our house and do a "Saturday update." These updates often include a big impact in one small area of the room and maybe about $150 for a budget. You saw snippets of the updates in my post about giving our sofas new life. So here's what our living room looked like Saturday morning:Read More
This has been a non-stop, crazy, run from meeting to meeting sort of week at Liz Lidgett Fine Art. It's the type of week where I have a schedule on my phone, on my computer, and I additionally email it to myself because there no way I can remember how much I need to get done every day. So in lieu of a project post, I want to share some fun things you may have missed this week.Read More
I get excited about good design. I also get pretty excited by a good deal, so that's why finding furniture on Craigslist has basically become a part-time job for me. I've found gorgeous vintage rugs from the Middle East, the perfect white marble topped dining table for Kate, mid-century furniture, a credenza, and these:Read More
!!!!!!! I've tried to think of so many different clever openings to this post but a bunch of exclamation marks is basically all I can come up with. It's truly what I am thinking.
Over the past six months, I have been working with the amazing Better Homes and Gardens team on a series called The Art Hunter. To say that working on these videos has been a dream come true may be an understatement. I've always had a passion to show that art is for everyone. A house can become a home with art. A room can be elevated from average to extraordinary with art. It doesn't have to be difficult or expensive to decorate with it-- It is for everyone.Read More
So we all have a general idea of what letterpress is and how it's made. But do we know know? I've recently become fascinated with learning more about how some of my favorite types of artwork are made. I've always liked the look of letterpress prints and cards. The subtle imprint in the design, how the ink varies between each print. There's a really nice mix of handmade and machine-made in letterpress, but I didn't know how that was really achieved. So I decided to call my friend, Sarah McCoy. Sarah (above) is a letterpress artist extraordinaire, owner of The Permanent Collection in the East Village of Des Moines, and all-around awesome #girlboss. She let me hang out with her at the shop recently to ask a million questions and take photos of the process so I could share it with all of you.Read More