April 12, 2014

kitchen table (before)...

I stumbled on this table for $25 at the local Union Gospel Mission store and snagged it up quick.  I thought the legs were awesome but it was in some need of major work.  Silly me, I put our old kitchen table on Craigslist and it sold within 12 hours so as of now we have no table in the kitchen so we've been having a lot of meals at the dining room table or alfresco.  :)

I already have it sanded and primed, but I thought I would share these awful before pics.  I won't be able to finish for a few more weekends, but I am excited to move it into the kitchen. 

Have a great weekend!

April 3, 2014


Hi friends!  I am sorry for being so absent lately but I have felt a little "burned out" and just wanted to spend some time reconnecting with Jeremiah and the kiddos on all these beautiful days in Portland.  There have been some sleepovers, baseball games in the cul-de-sac, park visits, dog training classes, an impromptu brunch at our house on Saturday for 10 friends this past Saturday (yikes!), and countless other things at work and school.  All is wonderful, but just thinking about our spring plans is making me tired.  Here is a list of all our spring happenings:
  • Jeremiah's birthday in a few weeks :)
  • We have booked a Seattle vacation with the kiddos that includes trapeezing, a Mariners game, and a whale-watching boat tour
  • Jeremiah just had his 1-year anniversary of his cancer surgery so we intend to party when he gets the all-clear
  • We are doing some fun updates to the kitchen and I already bought our kitchen table that is going to need some work...to say the least
  • Kiddos and I are going on a little road-trip in a few weeks to Ashland to spend the weekend
  • We get to see the twins this weekend at a breakfast so we can shower them with some 1-year-old birthday presents (hard to believe its already been a year!)
Plus, regular work-life for both us is crazy right now and there is no end in sight.  I am not complaining...just very tired and in the need for my major weekend nap!

Hope you are doing well and enjoying this lovely spring (wherever you may be)!

March 26, 2014

bookshelf madness...

I just love a great bookshelf, don't you?  I think spring is the perfect time to brush off those dusty book jackets and re-work a bookshelf space and create a whole new look.  We only have 1 bookshelf in our home, but I constantly re-work it (for 2 reasons: #1:  I suck at staging things.  #2: I like to change things up.  Often.  I may have a deep-rooted issue.)

Here are some more bookcase beauties to get your blood pump'n:

March 24, 2014

jump around...jump around...jump up jump up and get down...

Hello!  We are just having a blast on spring break and wanted to share.  Hope you are having a blast too wherever you are.

March 20, 2014


We are so excited that design*sponge chose to feature our guest room in their latest 'Before & After' insert.  We were thrilled when they contacted us :)  We love design*sponge and luckily we have been featured on there before for Maddux's room makeover.  Thanks to Maxwell for working with us and guiding us along in their new format!!  Check them out for wonderful inspiration and great how-to's :)

March 18, 2014

a someday store...

I was very fortunate to work at great retailers throughout my career (Anthropologie, UrbaneZen, and a cute children's store called Goodnight Room) and I always admired the store display windows.  Who doesn't, right?  Well now that I work at a non-retail job, I find myself noticing them even more and longing for those creative juices again.  I always hoped to have a cute brick and mortar store when I was young (and didn't know any better) but every spring when the colorful and creative window displays start popping up again, I can't help but let my mind wander off in that direction again.  Aren't they dreamy?

Happy spring hunting!

March 10, 2014

Paetyn room update...

Here are a few facts about our darling daughter, Paetyn:  She will not be told what to do.  She will not be told what she likes.  She is smart as a whip (and knows it).  And she will be not be "talked into" anything.  She is 7 years old.  She is hilarious and acts as though she is 22 years old. 

Paetyn decided it was time for a room update.  After all, 7 is WAY more grown up than 6.  She loves it when I change things around in her room and always notices every little update.  We decided to pull the shelves upstairs that were in the guest room and would no longer fit in the room.  She picked out some patterned baskets from Land of Nod which we ordered and while we were perusing Pinterest she fell in love with an Anthropologie shower curtain.  I asked my mom if we could make a shower curtain into a quilt and she said "SURE!  Why not?"  So we ordered the shower curtain ( this one after searching for the fabric equaling in an epic fail ) and then we were on our way to a new room.  My parents were here this weekend so we buckled down and made it happen.

P's room is very small (the smallest in the house) and we painted it a very light pink...almost cream at certain times of the day.  It may seem weird to push her twin bed in from of the bookcase, but somehow it works.  I swear it does.  The shelf doesn't actually serve a huge purpose other than hold some toys and books, so it is nice to have it tucked behind the headboard with a perfect spot for her favorite little treasures.

Paetyn insisted that we take some pictures of the room for the blog, so here are just a few:

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