A new rug for a room can be a tough decision. First, they are expensive, so it automatically becomes a non-impulse buy. Second, they can completely change the mood and feeling of a room. Rugs can take a room from formal to relaxed in no-time flat. Changing out your rug can be one of the easiest ways to make a major update in a room without major work.Read More
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.
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.
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For Christmas I gave Nick a piece of photography by one of our favorite musicians, Ben Folds. He has started his own small edition photography line that both taken by and printed by Ben himself. When I saw his photo of "The Luckiest" on his piano, I knew Nick needed it.Read More
Our television room was one of the long neglected spaces in our home. It was in just good enough condition that it really wasn't touched much for the last year and a half. It wasn't high on style but it wasn't an eye sore either. It's also one of the best features of our house. It's open to the kitchen, and sunken down a bit so it feels really cozy.Read More
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.Read More
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?!Read More
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