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Peekaboo Pattern featuring JuJu Wallpaper

Peekaboo Pattern in a chest of drawers featuring JuJu Wallpaper
Bros. I’m excited about this one. A few months ago Rejuvenation reached out to me asking if I might be interested in doing a project featuring Portland’s own JuJu wallpaper (one of their most recent collabos). After perusing (and drooling over) the line of super cute and likable wallpapers I wrote back and said “heck yes”.

Now let me start by saying, I have a thing for wallpapers. In my home, I’ve plastered three spaces with wallpaper and have plans of adding more paper to the basement soon. I would love to have wallpaper all over the place, but frankly I’m running out of room – on my walls that is. Lucky for me, wallpaper is one of those things that can go in all sorts of spaces. I’ve shared with you before how I used it in my closet shelving system, BUT wallpaper can also be used on furniture, appliance, doors, canisters, and framed as artwork – you get the idea.

Long story short, in walks this beauty (Sisters of the Sun wallpaper in a Blue & Cream colorway) and I need to figure out how I can incorporate it into our home. Duh, obviously it would be the perfect addition to our newly made-over blue and barely-blush master bedroom, and I love the idea of adding even more pattern to pattern – I just need to be subtle about it. If you’re not familiar, the wall behind our bed is papered in the ‘Copper Peony’ paper by Rifle Paper (see below).

I get the wise idea to paper the insides of my dresser drawers – the paper will only be visible when the drawers are open. Remember when I repainted this dresser a light coral not so long ago? Welp, I decided that maybe it needed one last peek-a-boo touch and the ‘Sisters of the Sun’ pattern is just what it was begging for.

Wanna wallpaper something in your house too? Great! I’ve included some easy to follow instructions to satiate your DIY urges. Check it below.

Peekaboo Pattern in a chest of drawers featuring JuJu Wallpaper

Peekaboo Pattern in a chest of drawers featuring JuJu Wallpaper

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Sad Times For My Yard :(


My yard is having hard timez this year, and it makes me so sad. I mentioned a few weeks ago that my Bloodgood Japanese Maple was not doing well. It’s gotten much worse since then. I took an effected branch to the horticulturist at my local garden center, and they informed me that the tree has a fungus called Verticillium Wilt, unfortunately the Verticillium Wilt lives in the soil and gets sucked up into the tree via its roots. The treatment isn’t sure fire, and I’d probably have better chances if I invested in a whole lot of rabbit’s feet. I’ve been cutting back branches with clean disinfected pruning shears as soon as I begin to see the signature wilt. Unfortunately I only have a twig of a tree left, and I’m not sure that I “beat” the wilt. I’ve been monitoring daily looking for changes in the leaves, I’m hopeful that it will survive – but not confident. I’ll keep you posted regarding its fate.

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Dinosaur Feathers & A New Photograph!

Artwork by Isaac Gale & JoLynn Garnes
You guys remember our bedroom makeover? Towards the end of the proj, we had to make the most of what we had, and one of those things was the artwork. The budget was maxed, and we had a large blank wall space, so I had to make the most of it. If you remember I watercolored an engineer print and “framed” with some 1×2′s and hung it on the wall with large bulldog clips. It did the job, but we always knew that we wanted to invest in a real piece of artwork for this space.

Enter a few of our oldest and best budz (and artists, duh) Isaac Gale & JoLynn Garnes and the stunning group of photographs they put together after a recent trip to Iceland and blamo, we found exactly what we were looking for.

The print we choose is called ‘Exact Blue River’, and has the vibe I was hunting for. We live in the icy cold winter for more than half the year, and I’ve found the best way to cope with it, is to embrace by incorporating it into our home. When I decorate I love to use all the blues, blacks, greys, and whites – and they play so nice with the winter colors outside. Thus, ‘Exact Blue River’ is exactly what I wanted to hang in our home.

If you’re looking for a photograph to add to a collection, or to start your collection with, I highly suggest taking a look at the entire series of pics entitled ‘Dinosaur Feathers’. Prints are affordable ($200-$300 depending on size) highly lush inkjet archival prints. Below are a handful of prints from Dinosaur Feathers, check out the entire series over here, and if you’re curious you can see more of Isaac’s work over here.

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Basement Remodel : Week 2

Basement Remodel : Week 2 | Deuce Cities Henhouse
Hey Guys! Lots to share with you this week. My kids are out at Grammy Camp (aka an awesome-fun-time with their Grandma, and an even better more productive time for me) and I’ve got plans to get tons done around the blog. Anyway, I wanted to start with a quick little basement update. I meant to share where we were at last week, but then the cabyn lyfe took over and I never got around to it. Sorr-izzle.

Today I’m sharing where the basement is as of this morning, exactly two weeks since the project has started.

The house is really busy, and it’s all been pretty exciting. I like checking in and seeing what all the worker bros are up to. The crew has been great, and respect me as a lady who might know a thing or two about how things get built. As of yet, I haven’t been too hands on with the project – but the guys have let me know when there is something I can do to help cut costs. I’m planning on doing lots of the finishing work once we get to that point.

So here’s a few not so pretty pics of the progress:

Basement Remodel : Week 2 | Deuce Cities Henhouse
The biggest difference (besides the demo) is the new concrete floors. We will be laying down a premium vinyl floor that has the look of real wood (wood in the basement, not a good idea), and we needed a flat surface to work from. Our hope was that the floor under the ceramic tile would be good enough to use, but the mortar and tile pulled off the century old concrete in big chunks. It wasn’t going to be a simple patch job. The concrete floor was our first unexpected cost. Fingers crossed there won’t be any more.

Basement Remodel : Week 2 | Deuce Cities Henhouse

The room looks huge with this storage space out of it. It’s hard to tell from the pictures but it greatly opens up the space. Do you notice anything else? That’s our new egress-ish window space! They needed to cut the window space out earlier than needed so that they’d have a space to get the concrete in. We’re calling it an egress-ish window because it doesn’t open up to the 36″ space because a real egress window would cut right into my garden path along the veggie gardens. We won’t be putting a bedroom down here, so we can get away with a 24″ window space. Cool, huh?

Basement Remodel : Week 2 | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Look! No more glass black bar or drop tile ceiling! And the washer and dryer have been moved to their new home in the laundry room!
Progress Report : Week 2
Demo’d Basement
Removed Floor Tile
Replaced & Removed Plumbing
Cut out for Larger Egress-ish Window
Smoothed out Floor with 1.5″ of Concrete

Check in next week for the next update – hopefully we’ll have the gas meter moved and framing underway!

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Greetings, From Le Cabiné


Hello Buddz! Just wanted to check in and let you know me and my best pal (Colz) are having a mom adventure with all four of our kids, up at the cabin.

There’s been lots of turtle hunting, caterpillar catching, ghost hunting, fishing (I caught quite the lunker), swimming, imbibing and many other amazing adventures that can only happen at the cabin. Hope you dudes are all having sweet weeks too.

Love from Up North,
Scoops

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