Progress Report // Details around the house

Progress Report // Details around the house

Whoa, long time no see, friends. My last post from a couple of months ago mentioned a new office, which is where I am currently writing to you from. We've shared some photos of the space on the Adore Your Walls blog recently and we did our first Facebook live tour on our page. We have some exciting new projects we hope to share with you in the next day or two but in the mean time, I have been prepping for a photo shoot at our house next week. I've been working hard to have everything ready in time. While I can't share all of the projects yet, I wanted to show you some details of items around our home that have been recently added. I'm being a major tease with some of these shots but it's better than nothing, right?!

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A New Office

A New Office

For the last four years I have worked from home. In the beginning, it was partly due to cost-saving measures but also because I was out and about so much that I didn't see the point. Most days I wasn't there much, and the times I was, I actually really enjoyed it. The comfy clothes and cats as co-workers certainly didn't hurt the situation. But it's not just me anymore. For the last (almost) six months, Kate and I have had a hodgepodge work situation. Some days we would work around my dining room table, other days we'd work apart from our own homes, and other days we'd be with clients or on set. It has worked, but we know to be our most successful and collaborative we need to be together more in our own work space. Plus, it's one thing to ask your sister to work at your dining room table. I suspect as we continue to grow people will be less and less understanding about the whole no office thing.

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In the media // Apartment Therapy

In the media // Apartment Therapy

In September, while I was in town for the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker conference (you can see my post about that trip here) I had the amazing opportunity to shoot some videos with Apartment Therapy. If you don't know AT, then you must have been living under a rock because they are killing it when it comes to this great mix of attainable but inspirational home decor.

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Before // TV Room + Inspiration

Before // TV Room + Inspiration

We've gotten to the point in our remodeling where I am no longer tackling MUST DO situations. Our TV room, for example, is perfectly fine. I've never really been a fan of "fine" though. It had a bit of work done on it in the beginning (we cleaned the carpet, installed the TV above the fireplace, and added the shades) but nothing else was done. We used furniture we already owned from our last place and called it a day. These photos show really how we live. I didn't style anything or mess with lighting--I just went down and took some photos so you can really get a sense of the "before."

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The Des Moines Walls Project // Exile Brewing Co.

The Des Moines Walls Project // Exile Brewing Co.

One of the most exciting things to me as an entrepreneur is to create something from nothing. That moment when where your project is complete and it's exactly as you had envisioned in your head is also why I love being an art advisor. Of course, while I am talking about things I love, let's put my city high on that list. 

When Kate was coming on board with Adore Your Walls, we decided to create a new project. After the support I received from the RoCA mural project, we felt that a program to create more murals, efficiently and affordably, would be perfect for Des Moines. So we put together a one-pager and started reaching out to companies and Exile was our first call. They had this perfect wall. What constitutes a perfect wall in my mind? Well, in good shape, has a base layer of paint, well-lit at night, and visible from many viewpoints. 

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Travel Diary // NYC

Travel Diary // NYC

Last week, I spent a few days in New York for work. It was a whirlwind trip, with just about every minute scheduled. Luckily, Nick was able to join me too, so while I worked during the day, he had fun exploring (and working a bit too) and then we could come together in the evenings to play around the city. I'm excited to show you some of the things I worked on--like some videos I shot with the amazing Apartment Therapy team-- in the upcoming months. In the mean time, here's a short photo travel diary. You'll see some photos from what we shot, an evening spent at the Affordable Art Fair preview, and a whole lot of photos from the BHG Stylemakers event. Thank you so much to Better Homes and Gardens for the incredible experience. Stephen, Jill, Amy, Karla, and Allison (and the countless others that worked on this event)--Thank you! I really enjoyed meeting and networking with the other bloggers and just spent the entire day trying to learn and enjoy the experience. 

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Currently Feeling // Flamingos

Currently Feeling // Flamingos

Every week or two, I'll be putting together a few pieces that I'm "currently feeling". I actually laughed out loud when I was writing the heading that I was currently feeling flamingos. I wish I were hanging out and touching a bunch of flamingos (they're pretty much the only bird that doesn't creep me out) but alas I am just "feeling them" in the metaphorical sense. 

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Client // Bubba

Client // Bubba

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.

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Client Love // The Horton Home

Client Love // The Horton Home

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.

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A bit of progress

A bit of progress

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.

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