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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A Saturday Update // Our bedroom

A Saturday Update // Our bedroom

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:

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Before//Sunroom

Before//Sunroom

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:

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BHG Entrepreneur Love + Adore Your Walls

BHG Entrepreneur Love + Adore Your Walls

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

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2nd Floor Bathroom Update

2nd Floor Bathroom Update

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.

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