Saturday, April 6, 2019

Exterior Inspiration | Part 2

This is part 2 of a 2 part series. You can view part 1 here.

We've been in our house for over a year now and spring has arrived! The warmer weather has me motivated to continue tackling some outdoor projects like landscaping and gardening.

It's also got me looking back at the plans I had set for the exterior of our house when we first moved in. I assumed we would reside the house, but after looking into it, it's much more affordable to just repaint. I'm hoping with the updated paint, a couple hardware changes and some DIY's we can get this place looking more put together.

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I want our exterior to look clean classic. I know there are a lot of other projects I'm going to want to do as time goes on, so I want to stick with keeping our first round of updates simple. Right now I have a plan to overhaul some of our landscaping, create some new beds and move around some of the plants we already have. I think updating the exterior color and door will be big impact changes.

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I'm drawing a lot of inspiration from these photos. I love the idea of having a green door, but the black looks so gorgeous with grey siding. I'm diggin' all the greenery and added touches (like the pineapple knocker!) paired with the white trim, too. I guess we'll just see how this who project shakes out - I'm planning on changing my mind quite a few times before settling on the final changes.

Here's my to do list for the front exterior of our home:
-Paint siding
-Install new door
-Hang pineapple welcome plate
-Update light fixtures
-Modern house number DIY
-Nerdy doormat DIY
-Overhaul landscaping

This is a very rough outline and this timeline could be as long as a few years. We'll get there, though! I'm so excited to continue making our house a home.


Sunday, March 31, 2019

2019 | Q1 Book Report

Once again, audiobooks are my secret weapon to starting the year off with a bang. I love listening to autobiography type books that are read by the author.

1. Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher
2. The Only Pirate At The Party by Lindsey Sterling
3. Fire & Fury by Michael Wolff
4. Still Foolin' 'Em by Billy Crystal
5. War Storm by Victoria Aveyard
6. It's A Long Story by Willie Nelson
7. In Defense Of Food by Michael Pollan
8. Becoming by Michelle Obama
9. Gulp by Mary Roach
10. Endurance by Scott Kelly

1. Kiss Of Death by Rachel Caine
2. Death Masks by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files, #5)
3. Blood Rites by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #6)
4. The Gentle Art Of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
5. My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
6. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #7)
7. Finding Me by Michelle Knight

Comics/Graphic Novels:
1. The Umbrella Academy #1-6 by Gerard Way/Gabriel 
2. Happy! by Grant Morrison/Darisk Robertson
3. Black Panther #1-4 by Ta-Nehisi Coates/Brian Stelfreeze

Let me know what you read in Q1!


Monday, March 18, 2019

Quick Weekend In Northern Michigan

We made a quick one night trip to Leland this weekend to spend some time with some of our good friends. Brandon (the best man in our wedding!) and Cassie got engaged recently and we went up to their house to talk wedding planning and look at a few venues.

Sipping coffee in their living room and being able to take in this view is one of my favorite things.

Cassie and I woke up early(ish) and made a delicious breakfast before taking on the day!

We were able to flank our venue visits with trips to two breweries. We were finally able to visit Brew, a place I've been wanting to visit a while and we finished off the trip with a stop at my favorite brewery, Hop Lot.

We scored an igloo and were able to sit outside and enjoy the gorgeous weather without freezing our buns off!

I was honored when they asked me to take a few engagement photos when we left Hop Lot! Aren't they a gorgeous couple?

On our way home from Hop Lot we stopped by a possible location for them to have their ceremony. It's covered in snow now, but I bet this spot will be beautiful in the fall! 

I wish the trip had been longer, but I can't wait to go visit them again as the weather gets warmer!


Friday, March 8, 2019


Just a few shots from my work trip to Orlando, FL this past week! It was really nice to be able to get out of the Michigan weather and enjoy some warmer temps.


This is my second year making this trip for work! You can see pics from last year here.


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Exterior Inspiration | Part 1

This is part 1 of a 2 part series. You can view part 2 here.

We'll have been in our house for a whole year later this month, a fact that is still hard for me to wrap my head around.

With spring coming quickly my mind has been racing about all the updates I want to do to our backyard. Eventually, we'll get a new fence, but that's several years down the road so I'm working on some more decor and landscaping related projects.

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Up first: stain the deck. It was brand new when we purchased the house, but the previous owners never finished it with a stain. I want to add some string lights, update our patio set and get a lot of landscaping squared away. We also want to get our garden planned out and tilled up. I'll be sharing more on our garden next month as it gets warmer.

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These are some of the pins I've been pulling inspo from. I scored some great patio chairs on Facebook Marketplace last year, so I'm putting those in the center and decorating out from there. We also have a hammock that we received as a wedding gift that I can't wait to set up. Mostly, I just want strings of lights everywhere.

Here's my to do list for the back exterior of our home:
-Paint siding
-String lights DIY
-Paint patio chairs
-Overhaul landscaping
-Plant garden
-Stain deck
-Trellis DIY

We already have the stain for the deck, so I'll probably start on that project as soon as it's warm enough. Spring is right around the corner, so I need to get workin'!


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Guest Bedroom Inspiration

We've known this would be our guest room from the moment we moved into the house, but so far no work has been done on it. Next month we will have been in this house for a year, which means I should probably paint this room at some point soon, right? 

Ideally, we would have liked a "traditional" bed, but a full or queen would have taken up most of the space in here. Also, neither one of use was too interested having a bed dominate this room and prevent us from doing anything else in here. After tossing around a few ideas we landed on a pull out couch/futon solution.

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I want this room to be neutral in it's pallet, but packed with colorful art, lots of different textures and so many plants. I didn't want to spend too much money on furnishing this room (at least not right away), so I'm using some elements we already own. We have a similar mirror to the one pictured below, a coffee table I can breath new life into, the same exact planter and a gallon of the olive green paint left over from the dining room. The biggest price tag item is going to be the couch.

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These pictures are some of the many that I've pinned as I've been planning this room. I want to mix an eclectic style in here, along with interesting pops - like my lava lamp from high school (see first inspo photo above)!

Here's my to do list for this room:
-Remove wallpaper border
-Hang mirror
-Paint dresser
-Hang shelves
-Hang art

I'm excited to get this room put together. It will be nice to be able to put friends up in an actual area of their own when they come visit!


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Entryway Inspiration

We're finally tackling the entryway of our home! After living here for close to 10 months it will be good to have this space come together. There isn't a great picture of the entryway area, but our garage door entrance is down that slight hall, on the right. It's going to be hard to find space for things like coats and boots in the area, but I'm hoping we can work something out.

This is the only photo of this area from the listing on Zillow, and it's really more of a shot of the kitchen than anything else. The photo below is after we removed the wallpaper and molding.

I want to do white faux shiplap on that far wall, paired with some new light fixtures and carefully placed accessories. The Guinness towel is vintage from my mum and I'm excited to incorporate it somewhere in this area.

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If you want to see our initial house tour, click here! I can't wait to see how this space will look when it's finished.