Three Years Ago Today…

Three Years Ago Today…

Three years ago today I published my first blog post (you can check it out HERE if you are interested).;-)  I had no idea what I was doing, just that I wanted to share something that was bringing me a lot of joy in my life…something that I call the 3 D’s…Decorating, DIY, and Design. I am a visual person and I am very influenced by my surroundings.  If my home is dark, drab, and cluttered then I feel heavy and weighed down emotionally. On the other hand if my home is light and airy and uncluttered I feel uplifted and buoyed up.  No matter how petty this trait seems there’s no denying that it is a part of me (anybody else wired this way??). Being a full-time “stay-at-home” mom (and a home body at heart) it is even more important to me that my home is a place that is visually beautiful and encouraging because I am in it a lot!:-) When I first realized this about myself years ago I didn’t have much money…

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Favorite Interior Designers Series- James Radin

Favorite Interior Designers Series- James Radin

Hi Guys! I hope you have had a great week! I’ve been busy this week working on the kids/guest bathroom. New floors are 85% done, window treatment 75%, and painting cabinetry 0% but I will be getting started on that tomorrow. I’m excited about the progress and am hopeful next time I will have something to show for it!:-) Today I am excited to start a new series showcasing some of my favorite interior designer’s work!  I find studying their work to be so inspiring and helpful as I strive to achieve similar looks in my own home. Although I’m sure they have much larger budgets to work with I truly believe that if I am able to take careful note as to what makes their spaces click that I (and you too!) can create similarly beautiful homes. So lets begin! First up in this series is Designer, James Radin.  James Radin has had over 30 years of professional experience.  In his earlier years he worked primarily in the commercial sector of design.  After changing gears…

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Design 101- Decorating with Heirlooms & Antiques

Design 101-  Decorating with Heirlooms & Antiques

In the past several Design 101’s we’ve been discussing the importance of balance in creating spaces that are pleasant and cohesive. One aspect of design that can often be overlooked by homeowners is the balance of new and old. via Houzz Designers love shopping antiques stores!  Why?  Because they know for a home to feel personal and unique ( and homey) there must be a mix of new store bought items and ‘older’ items that appear to tell a story. Jennifer Grey Interiors via Houzz   Imagine if you filled your home with let’s just say a bunch of home décor from Target.  Target has some awesome décor items these days but it would just look like a Target store display–something would be lacking. via Target Visa versa what if you just decorated your home with solely a bunch of family heirlooms and antiques?  Your home might look a bit too eclectic and outdated. via French Market Antique Store So what is a good balance of new and old?  There is no set ratio but if I had to make  one…

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5 Ways to Save Big on Hardwood Floors & New Floor Reveal

5 Ways to Save Big on Hardwood Floors & New Floor Reveal

From the moment I first saw our home I knew that someday (and I really hoped sooner than later) I would want to get hardwood floors that flowed seamlessly from room to room throughout the majority of the main floor.   I love these floors! Stonewood, LLC via Houzz   Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects via Houzz   Abbott Moon via Houzz Our main floor jumped around from carpet to tile back to carpet then back to tile and back to carpet again.  We have two halls  that run parallel to each other on either side of the staircase and it always bothered me that one of the halls was tile and the other carpet (I know, what a strange pet peeve to have).  Anyways, throughout the first year of living at our home I was determined to find a steal of a deal on hardwood or engineered hardwood floors as well as the labor to put them in.  Ha, no such luck! I saw some engineered hardwood I liked for as low as $1.69 once but when I called around to see how…

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‘Baby’s got Back’

Okay so I couldn’t resist the title.  Thought it would be fitting since I’ll be sharing the backside of my home today.  🙂  Last time I posted the front of my home and based on the nervous feelings I felt after I hit “Publish” you would have thought I was sharing my most embarrassing moment ever. As I reflected on why I was feeling so vulnerable after the post I realized it was because for the past 4+ months you have only known my home by it’s inside.  Perhaps it’s kind of like when people get to know someone online before meeting in person.  You wonder if  you are what they expected??  But now that the ice has been broken, I’m over it, and I’m already on to showing you my backside (my home’s backside that is). 🙂 We will go to the back of the house around this corner….   On the side of the house is a ginormous outdoor chia pet named chi-chi-chi-chia.     Anyways, that’s what is looks like when it’s not in bloom (which is most of the time) but when it is in bloom it…

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Springfield Antique Show- Take Aways

My friend Debbie moved here from Texas last Summer.  She loves to paint furniture and beautify her home on a budget.  We bonded quickly over our shared hobby.  She was disappointed that her new state of Ohio didn’t have flea markets and antique shows like they did in Texas.  For years I have lived vicariously through blogger’s photos (most of them living in the South) going to amazing looking outdoor antique shows.  I always wished I could have that experience! Well, Debbie was not convinced that Ohio was a antique show-less state so she did some research and asked around and sure enough we have “one of America’s Best Markets”, according to Country Living, Country Home, Martha Stewart Living, and CNN. The event occurs in Springfield, Ohio twice a year, in May and September.  I’ve been wanting to go since I learned about it in October and was finally able to go this past Saturday! Here are some of the things I saw and my take aways from the experience! The first thing I saw was a lot of this!:-)  The…

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Happy Imperfect Mother’s Day!:-)

How was your Mommy’s Day??? Did you get spoiled? (Credit: Bettmann/CORBIS)   Don’t worry neither did I!  🙂  I think it’s hard as a mom to feel completely spoiled because there are still diapers to change, mouths to feed, and hearts to console.  I never truly feel spoiled on Mother’s day but BLESSED, oh yes always! I’m not a perfect Mom and the more I talk to women the more I realize that we all feel like there is more we could do and things we would like to change about how we are mothering. Recently I saw a mom in Homegoods who was enjoying shopping with her two young kids (yes, effortlessly shopping with young kids at Homegoods!!!) .  As she perused  the aisles her two little girls (about 5 and 3 yrs of age) quietly looked at books in the back of the cart. First I thought WOW how lucky is that!  But then I started thinking man,  why haven’t I ever thought of bringing books?  And if I brought books I doubt my kids would want to read…

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You Know You’re a DIY-er IF…

You Might Be A DIY-er If: 1.  You’ve ruined more clothes with paint splatters than you can count. 2. The workers at your go-to hardware store know you by name.   3.  You’ve acquired an on project injury.   4. You ask for tools for Christmas or birthday presents.    5.  Your kids no longer bat an eye when they hear banging in the house.    6.  The phrase  “how to ………” typed Into google search has saved you more than once.   7.  You can see the possibilities in even the ugliest house or piece of furniture. Source   8. You know the difference between caulk, spackle, and wood filler.    9.  You aren’t afraid of hard work especially if it means saving a buck or two.     10.  You’ve had to call in a professional to finish a job (Hey, we are a pretty awesome bunch but even the best of us need a hand from time to time) 🙂 Which ones could you relate to?  Can you think of anymore to add to the…

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My House Hunters Episode

This past week marks the two year anniversary of purchasing our home. It has caused me to ponder the circumstances at which we met, our long distance courtship, our quick engagement, the wedding day, our fights, and months and years of counseling. And I can honestly say that I am more in love now than ever. In case you’re wondering, yes, I’m still talking about my relationship with my house. Isn’t that a normal thing to talk about?:-) Our first marriage was in 2007 to a 13 year old townhouse-styled condo (13 years old, I know, sounds risky)!   At the time of purchase we only had a one child who was just shy of a year old. The condo was 1675 sqft, 10 minutes from my husband’s work, and close to lots of great shopping. It was a somewhat blissful marriage. Well, minus the next door neighbor’s super loud video game music blasting through our walls at wee hours of the night. He was a 40+ year old man, but hey I won’t judge! Oh, and the never ending…

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