Keeping It "Clean" for Rocky

Keeping It "Clean" for Rocky

Over the past 10 weeks I have been learning how to "Mom." Rocky is pretty patient with his amateur parents and I am eternally grateful. I am beginning to understand that so many things are out of my control and that most days if I've done my best then things are pretty good. I'm trying to reject "Mom Guilt" knowing that so far, my kid is turning out alright. But I've also learned there are a few things I can have in my control, like using chemical-free or organic, whenever possible. I'm no super mom, but there have been a few easy choices.

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The Nursery Reveal!

The Nursery Reveal!

I keep telling the babe child that his room is all ready so he can come out now but he has yet to find it an enticing enough offer. I'm wrapping up final projects and handing things over to my very capable team this week. On the home side though, we are all set with bags packed and the car seat installed. So, let me show you his room while I distract myself from how uncomfortably pregnant I am. 

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Our Do It Yourself Magazine Feature!

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Last March we had the wonderful experience of working with Do It Yourself Magazine to feature our home. It can be a bit scary to welcome a publication into your space and share it with the world. I am so pleased with how the photos turned out and the entire spread. A huge thank you to editors Brian Kramer, Natalie Dayton, and Jessica Eno. All photos are by the super talented Jay Wilde. These are some of the out-takes so you'll have to check out the magazine to see the full story.

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Obviously, my waist line is a little different these days but it's nice to remember when I could fit into dresses like this! (I will again, right? Right!?)

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And I am loving looking at these photos of the Spring sun coming in and all of the flowers in the house. 

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I'm also working on a post to show how things have changed in the last year or so. It's one of those fun things that design people like to do--switch things up when there's nothing wrong in the first place. I really did love this iteration though and I'm proud of all the things we made and thrifted to get it to this point.

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I just love this shot. All of the color's from the Kristi Kohut piece are just awesome together. 

So! Go out and get the magazine or check out BHG.com/DIY--you can get subscriptions or single issues there (including Spring 2018), plus finding so many fun projects on there.

Thanks, DIY Magazine for the amazing feature. I'm so proud of our work together!

Landscaping with Earl May - Before

Most times when there is a project to tackle around the house, I think to myself "well I can do that." I've watched many a Youtube video to learn how to tile or fix a sink. But for some reason, gardening has always been my Achilles heel. I'm not confident keeping plants alive and I have major trouble even picking out the plant in the first place.

When it was time to finally give my house a little more curb appeal and landscaping, I did like any good Iowa homeowner would do: I called Earl May Nursery & Garden Centers. I figure, every once in a while, it's good to concede I'm not always the expert and head to someone who knows what they are talking about. But first, you need to see what I've been dealing with.

This is what the house looked like when we moved in almost two years ago. No landscaping and the steps were crumbling. Our plan from day one has been to paint the house (bye bye, blue), replace the stairs and walkway, and add landscaping. The stairs and walkway had to come first. Truly, I was worried every time someone would walk up them to the front door. Once that was completed last fall, we knew we could start with landscaping next. Painting the house will be a big ticket item so we're saving our pennies for that to finally happen. So this is what the house looked like last week:

It was better but rough. (Also, I hate that squiggles that fall from our trees in the spring.) We had planted some hydrangeas last spring but they were not cutting it. I brought these photos, plus measurements and a few inspiration photos from Better Homes and Gardens. 

 Better Homes and Gardens garden plan

Better Homes and Gardens garden plan

I went through Pinterest about 1,000 times to look at all forms and shapes of gardens but I kept coming back to these images. A little bit English garden, non-symmetrical, and with varying heights and colors.

So in I walked with my pictures and inspiration to this magic wonderland. If left to my own accord, I would have picked one of everything. I was like a kind in a candy store. Luckily, I was able to work with the Earl May landscape team to set everything up.

Later this week I'll share how we selected the plants, what we chose, and the after images. We're thrilled with the transformation and can't wait to see it continue to grow each year. I think I may just become a gardener after all.

This was a sponsored post. Thank you for supporting the brands, like Earl May, that support this blog and my company.

Client Love // Make It Yourself Magazine

Client Love // Make It Yourself Magazine

Over the past few years I've had the pleasure of working with several different magazines as a stylist and contributor. This process has allowed for our business to grow and for me to scratch so many different creatives itches (so to speak.) Each new project has given me the chance to try new techniques, new styles, and new rooms that I want to live in. 

One of my most recent projects went on stands today. I have two different stories in the magazine. The first about sun-print projects, and the second about 1 rug crafted several different ways. 

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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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