An important element in my home

together

I love typography. I’m not sure I’ve ever said just how much.

smile

If you walk in to my home, my love for it would be obvious. It’s in almost every room.

inspire

It seems only natural for a reader to want words on the walls of her home!

love

I love that I can walk through my home and be reminded of the things that are important to me: “Share Your Passion,” “Life Your Life in the Moment,” “It’s Better Together.”

keep calm

I love that when I wake up on the wrong side of the bed, my mood can quickly be transformed by a print on the bathroom wall that reads, “Today is Going to Be A Great Day.”

today

I grumble a little and curse the person who decided to hang positive words on my wall (oh wait, that was me,) but then I’m grateful.

moment

Grateful that I have a small reminder that life is short and today is whatever you make of it- so today will be a great day.

just keep going

I’m not a perfect person and I’m certainly not a constantly upbeat or sunny person. I can get moody. I can get ungrateful. But the typography in my home quickly brings me back to where I want to be and reminds me of those little things that I’d like to cultivate in my life to make it better.

life

Sources from top to bottom:

It’s Better Together
Smile
Inspire: gifted
Love
Keep Calm
Today
Live Your Life: gifted
Just Keep Going
Your Life

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Polka dots in the bathroom

I wanted to share with you a little project I worked on last night. I decided to cover our bathroom shelves with some cute polka dot contact paper.

Here’s what they looked like before. Pretty ugly.

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I started by removing the the drawers and shelves that would come out.

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Make sure you give each surface a really good wipe down. You don’t want any dirt getting stuck under your contact paper.

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I then laid one of my shelves on the sheet of contact paper to measure it.

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The instruction recommend leaving 3/8′ overlap on each side. You can cut off any excess after you’ve got it positioned just right.

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I used a pen to mark where I was going to cut.

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And then I cut four sheets of that same size out. One for each of the two shelves and two for each of the bottoms of the tall cabinet.

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Then it’s as simple as peeling off the backing and positioning it on your shelf.

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Don’t worry if you don’t get it just right at first. It’s easy to peel off and reapply, plus you have the excess from each edge to work with.

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Then take a flat hard surface or a rag and slide it across your contact paper. Work from the middle out to the edges to smooth out any bubbles.

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Now the drawers were a little trickier to measure so I made sure to leave extra on each side just in case. After you cut out your drawer piece then push it in to place inside the drawer. Use your flat surface or rag to smooth out any bubbles.

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Use a razor blade to cut off any excess paper around the edges.

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Smooth it down one more time to make sure it’s all stuck in every corner.

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Since the bottom of the cabinets couldn’t be removed, I used one of the shelves as a template, cut a piece of contact paper to fit (leaving a little extra on each edge just in case) and then applied it right in place. I had to use the razor blade to clean up the edges.

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Then I put my shelves and drawers back in place.

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So much cuter than those dingy unfinished cabinet shelves and drawers! This was really an easy project and came together pretty quickly.

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I love that there’s a surprise pop of color and pattern when you open the cabinets!

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Don’t you think that sometimes it’s the small changes we make to a room that can really liven it up?

*Polka dog contact paper is from Kmart

Basement bathroom remodel

I am in love with our new bathroom. What once was a dark, dank scary hiding place for spiders is now a great space!! There is still some small finish work that needs to be done and I’ve got the job of decorating but it’s pretty much ready to go.
As far as decorating- it’s a bathroom so I won’t be doing much more than some art on the walls, a shower curtain and bath mats. I’m going to keep it pretty simple because I already love how fresh, clean and open the room feels now. I don’t want to clutter it. I did buy THIS for the room, though! Got to have a little whimsy in there.

I’ve never really been that great with the play by play, so you’ll just be getting photos today. But if you want to know how we did something or what we used, ask in the comments and I’ll for sure get back to you!

I was a little late on starting to photograph this room. The real ‘before’ was a room with no drywall or plumbing hooked up. Andy hooked up the necessary plumbing as well as the ceiling fan and then he did the drywall and mud before I actually started taking pictures of the room.

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You can see in this picture that Andy had already put the new tub in.

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We painted the room with Behr Lime Light and I love it! I was worried it would be too ‘minty,’ but it turned out great.

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We got this tile on clearance from Home Depot. It’s actually more gray than it looks in the picture. Lighting is terrible down there. We chose to tile all the way out in to the hall, and we’ll also be tiling the landing at the top of the stairs, by the front door.

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I wish I could tell you exactly what this surround is for the shower. All I know is that I like it- it’s seamless and I can clean it by simply rinsing it off or wiping it down. Easy peasy! Andy’s buddy put it in for us, so if you want to know the deets, message me and I’ll get the 411 from Andy.
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My favorite part. I love the new mirror and the light fixture. This mirror was $50 at Lowes and when we move from here I’ll definitely be taking it with me. It actually wasn’t our first choice- we thought it would be too big for the space. We bought one mirror and ended up exchanging it for this one in the end. We have to hang our mirrors high because Andy is so tall.

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We chose to put in a tall cabinet to the left of the sink for extra storage. We bought the vanity and cabinet from Sutherlands. It was unfinished and Andy stained it this dark color. We bought hardware for it but haven’t put it on yet. I’ll show you more pictures when we finish that. The countertop with built in sink also came from Sutherlands. The faucet came from Lowe’s. The toilet paper holder was originally gold. Andy spray painted it silver.

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Hard to get a picture of the whole room, but the bathtub is opposite the toilet. We are extremely happy with this project. It has turned out so beautiful!

Should I get a plain white shower curtain like this one or go for something with a pattern?

We don’t have a bath mat upstairs because Andy didn’t think it was necessary. I want to put one down here though. It’s always felt weird to me to step out with wet feet onto the cold tile. I bought this one from Target (which is actually more white than it looks on the site) but I’m not sure I’m sold. Any ideas?

A wall arrangement finally materializes

What a Monday! I was insanely busy at work today and the work was filled with constant frustrations. I came home and made asian noodles and egg rolls for dinner and now I’m sitting here exhausted. But I wanted to show you a little project I worked on this past weekend.

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I finally hung the small picture gallery I had planned for the bedroom wall above the dresser. I’ve had a couple of these pieces for over a year now but was just taking my time rounding up enough frames. I finally made it a priority and I’m so glad I did because I love it!

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Would you like to see them up close?

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I bought this image when I went back to school. It reads “It’s never too late to be what you want to be.” It also serves as a constant reminder not to stress too much about the future and just live in the moment. The tiny print at the top reads “there is no time limit start whenever you want” Bought from Evajuliet on Etsy.

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There’s no story behind this one- I just liked it. Bought from miniMooshee on Etsy.

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I bought this photograph for Andy because he likes Studebakers. It was purchased on Etsy from NebraskaSky.

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This is a photograph of the Post Office at the ghost town Cisco in Utah. We bought this print in Moab.

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This is my birthday card from Andy that I framed. I just think it’s perfect! It reads “Just counting up all the wonderful things I love about you.”
The zinc Ampersand is from Anthropologie. You can purchase it here.

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I love the way it turned out and I love that each part of it really represents us. It’s the perfect addition to the bare walls in our bedroom. So glad I finally made time for this project.
ps- I hung the gallery following the ‘newspaper’ method. You can see an example here. It was so easy!

some purchases

…this lamp that I fell in love with but wasn’t willing to pay $65 for. Luckily for me I found it for half the price at Home Goods and now it makes me grin with happiness every time I walk in the room.

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…more pillows. I really wanted geometric pillows for the sofa and now I finally have them.

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Just a couple of things, but I’m loving the way this room is finally coming together. It still needs some work, but it finally feels cozy and home-y to me now. We need to paint the walls and although I’d love to whip out the midnight blue, we’ll be going with something more monochromatic to make it more appealing to potential buyers when we decide to move.

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ps- pardon our clutter in these photos


 Tomorrow it’s back to work, but this weekend we may be heading to Wyoming to meet my new baby nephew!

A Weekend at Home

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green tea for a cold afternoon
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stuffed eggplant parmesan with italian salad- my first time cooking eggplant and it turned out great
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picked up some new pillows for the ikea chairs we got a few weeks ago. Henry approves.
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rearranged some things in the house and brought this bookshelf up from downstairs to hold all our dvds.
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moved my books here and its so nice to have them at easy reach now
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listening to pandora while I fold laundry
It was a quiet weekend at home but I enjoyed the peace while I watched the rain fall outside. I’m almost sad that I have to get back to work tomorrow but that’s okay.

Thinking about my home

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our home

My husband and I know that we will most likely move within the next three years. We don’t know exactly where yet or have any concrete plans but what we do know is that we are not happy where we are. We don’t like where we live and we don’t like the house we live in. (Sounds pretty ungrateful, right?) We bought the house a few years ago when we really needed to get in to a place and didn’t have the luxury to look around for what we really wanted.

Anyway, the truth is- we are grateful for what we have. We would just like to move forward in the future. So the point of this post was to admit that I haven’t done much improving or design work on our home or yard because I’ve had this attitude that ‘what’s the point if we’re just going to move?’

But there is a point!! For now, this is where we live and we should find happiness in coming home every day. Just because this house isn’t where we want to stay doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve our time, love and attention. It’s important to make our home a place that feels like ‘us’ even if it’s not where we’d ultimately like to end up.

Does that make sense? So, I think there are some easy ways that I can spruce up our home and yard which will make us like it there a little bit more. Here are my goals for the year:

1. Replace the dated brown and yellow front door with a new black one that has updated hardware. (We got a new door for free from my father in law who works on homes)

2. Weed flower beds and plant more free cuttings from our parents homes into our yard.

3. Add paint to the interior walls.

4. Have the carpets cleaned.

5. Add art, shelves, and accessories that we can take with us when we leave.

6. Clean out the extra spaces, nooks and crannies- get rid of clutter.

7. DIY projects like curtains on our bare windows.