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.Read More
Maybe it's the cold, maybe it's the fact I'm heading on a tropical vacation soon--but I am loving palm leaves completely out of season. They add the right organic element and colorful vibe and seem to transport you straight to the warm climate.Read More
Four years. Four years ago today, I left the corporate world to start my own business. I left a job with a great company, a job with health insurance and PTO and a 401k, to start off with none of those things. It was uncertain and risky. It was the smartest career choice I have ever made.Read More
Of course, when it comes to holiday decorating, the walls are my favorite to tackle. While I do love a good decoration, I've never been one to go traditional, so here are some of the ways we've added the Christmas spirit to our home.Read More
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.Read More
We just took the most wonderful little road trip through Georgia and the Carolinas. The following images are pictures from the trip and things I want to keep for inspiration. I've also added a few links and commented after each city we went to for tips and recs. I'd highly recommend each of these incredible southern cities.Read More
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."Read More
I cannot get enough of this color lately. Jade feels like the perfect fall color and pairs so nicely with so many other colors. Currently I am trying to find a way to incorporate the color into our dark navy dining room. I think it will play off the modern eggplant sideboard and the wood floors beautifully.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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