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Basement Hang Space Inspiration

+++ sources +++ 1 | 2 Hola Pals! We're back from our vacay in Tulum, Mexico. It was pretty great, except for that 48 hours I spent in bed puking my guts out, but whatever. I'll share a recap of the funner side of the trip in a coming post because the other 60 hours in Mexico were pretty amazing. Even though it wasn't the vacation I was dreaming of, I did come back feeling really refreshed and focused. I'm excited to get to work on our biggest project yet! We'll be gutting our old dingy basement and making it awesome. It will change the way we use our house and I can't wait! I've got a few other smaller projects in the works too - if only I had enough time for it all ;) As it is with almost any project I take on around the house, it starts with inspiration. I can't do it all willy--nilly like. A goal and vision are what help get me through a project, and keep me focused. I'm excited to share potential floor plans in an upcoming post - I can't wait to share my ideas. Our hope is to transform the basement from 600 feet of unusable space into a fully functioning family hang zone with a living space, game area, storage, second bathroom and a laundry area. I really hope when it's all said and done it will be reminiscent of some of these interiors that I'm inspired by. We want a bright white space with floors to match, a grey sectional, tons of black and white accents, pillows and throws. The winter months aren't my favorite time of year, but I do have a soft spot for that muted grey winter light thats only Get the Scoop [...]
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Birthday Wishlist

Here are all the things you will need to be me in my dreams: 1: Dewalt Compound Miter Saw | 2: Dr. Martens | 3: 24mm EF-S Canon Lens | 4: Ferm Living Round Dorm Shelf | 5: Loom for Beginners | 6: Photographic Art for my Bedroom Wallz | 7: All the Flannel Shirts | 8: Cool Leather Jacket | 9: Pearl Jam Backspacer LP | 10: YakTrax Hey Pals. Oh man, I just celebrated my 33rd birthday this weekend. It was kind of awesome, kind of insane and slightly epic. I was wined and dined, went to a rap show, had breakfast at a restaurant WITHOUT KIDS and took a nap. It was great. I thought I'd share a few of the things I had on my wish list this year. The things on the top of my list; that newly released 24mm prime lens, followed up by a new pair of Dr. Martens. It seems like only yesterday I was tossing out my old awesomely worn-in pair from junior high - oh wait, it practically was. Oh yeah, and if you didn't notice, the 90's are cool again. I've been waiting for this to happen for the last 20 years. I am finally going to be the most fashionable lady around, the teens are going to want to be me! I never want this to end. Get the Scoop [...]
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Monochromatic Bookshelves

+++ sources +++ 1| 2 | 3 Hey guys! Whazzzzz up? Not much is going on over here, you know, just the same old hectic crazy time of year stuff that we all are getting through. My b-day is tomorrow, I'm totally stoked for that. I am probably the biggest fan of birthdays ever, so I will be basking in my birthday glory all day long. About two weeks ago I finished up building and installing the corner bookshelf in our bedroom. I only have a few items left on my bedroom-makeover-to-do list now. The bookshelf turned out just the way I wanted to, which was a big IF when you're kind of winging a design and only slightly skilled in the art of carpentry. Now the fun part starts - this is where I get to load it full of all of our favorite stuff and make it look awesome. In the old bedroom design we had some Ikea billy shelves lining the far wall, it was chock-full of books all organized in a rainbow color motif. I know that some people totally hate on this method of organizing books by color. How are you supposed to find what you're looking for when it's all color coordinated? Really, it's not that hard, as long as you don't have a fully functioning library in your home and need a card catalog and a dewey decimal system to keep it all organized. I think organizing your books by color can look cool, so there. For these new shelfs we're (me/I) going monochromatic. That means, black and white spines and paperbacks turned around so only their yellowing pages are showing. I don't care if that makes them hard to find Get the Scoop [...]
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I’m Blushing

Via Dressed and Educated Guys, there is something you should know abut me. I’ve spent a lot of my life avoiding the color pink. Why? Because it’s what we’re supposed to like, you know? When I was little I was super shy, any extra attention put my way was embarrassing, and doing girly stuff made me uncomfortable. I just didn’t feel super cool about calling attention to myself, and I felt like that was what the color pink was good for. It was like saying “hey, I’m totally a girl, look at me”. Even thinking about being that age and feeling that way makes me cringe now. I grew up a tomboy trying desperately to get as far away from anything pink as I possibly could. Boys were just funner, and more competitive, and I liked trying to keep up with them. My distain of pink didn’t end in childhood either, it continued into my twenties. I was tramping around the country with my husband’s band and there was no room for any pink in a van with four boys. I dressed in jeans and black hoodies, and didn’t wash my hair for days at a time just trying to fit in with the bros. It wasn’t until mid-way through college that I met my first real-deal best girl friend, and she wasn’t that girly either. However, she did know how to dress cool, and have awesome hair and girl stuff like that. I’ve learned a lot about being a girl from her. It took me awhile to warm up to this whole idea of being a girl with girlfriends and doing girl stuff that didn’t involve trust games in weird hotel rooms with boys at 2am. It’s Get the Scoop [...]
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Bedroom Plan

Hey Guys, happy Friday! I meant to get a few posts out this week but we've been doing some intensive potty training and life has crazy been busy to say the least. Plus the lady friends and I had a girls night in the middle of the week - it took me most of the next day to recover. Note to self: No tequila shots after 9pm on a school night. I am a bad mom who still likes to think she can party sometimes, whoops. I've been really eager to share with you guys a more refined plan for the bedroom. Now that things are slowly falling into place I can see the big picture beginning to come together. I feel really great that I've been able to come in under our budget thus far, and I think I have a lot of good ideas that will help to save even more money as the project continues. I really want to achieve a vintage modern look set off with a bit of Scandinavian influences. I'm really thinking through space planning, making sure that all design elements serve a functional purpose in the space, while also relating to one another aesthetically. So here's the plan! Painting the Ikea Stockholm Side Table from yellow to white adding brass hardware and (maybe) painting light-coral dipped legs will achieve an expensive look without having to spend tons of cash. 1: The Bed | 2: Vintage Accents | 3: Brass Hardware | 4: Sconce Lighting | 5: Duvet & Shams | 6: Lamb Hair Accent Pillow | 7: Indigo Quilt (the best bedding I have ever owned) | 8: Light Pink Linen Pillow Cases | 9: Indigo Sheets I plan on installing a corner shelving Get the Scoop [...]
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