We bought a house + our living room reveal!

 

For the past ten years I have rented the home we lived in.

It was a lovely home with lots of memories, but we were ready to begin a new chapter.

So we looked a lot online first, and wanting to keep the kids in the same school limited our area.

The real estate market right now is pretty fierce here in the Pacific North West, and more than once we found something, scheduled a time to look at it, and it went pending before we could see it.

We realized that we would need to know exactly what we wanted and be ready to submit an offer quickly when we found “the one.”

Only actually walking thru two homes, the second we immediately knew was what we were looking for.

We found a mid-century modern home built in 1978 on 1/3 of an acre.  A huge piece of land in our area, with all the space we need and lots of room to grow and add on if we want to someday. [Read more…]

Boho vibe summer front porch

Hi friends!

I am super excited to share my recently refreshed outdoor space for our front porch.  It’s kind of a wonky narrow area so you cant really lose your mind with big pieces.  

But before I get into that, I want to thank Katrin from Kreativ K for putting together this fun Outdoor Space hop.  If you are not following Katrin and her gorgeous boho-scandi blog, make sure you start, she so creative!

While there are some exciting changes happening behind the scenes while we house-hunt, I still have to have my porch ready for summer.  Am I ready for summer? Not so much hah, but at least my porch is rocking a global vibe full of plants and pretty colors.

 

Boho style outdoor area

 

I find myself flip flopping every few years between a bolder, brighter color palate and a soft, light, neutral color palate.

Lately, everything mid century modern and indie/boho has been making me swoon, so I guess it’s good that I like a super eclectic home and I am not tied to one theme.  I am fairly certain this began on an extremely tight budget many years ago, and since I still love to thrift, I have kept going and never questioned what I like.

So, onto the front porch space. [Read more…]

DIY Geometric Succulent Wreath and the worst quilt ever

modern wreath, diy wreath, succulent wreath

 

Quilting has absolutely nothing to do with this project.

You like wreaths, I like wreaths, and I bet we both really like an easy DIY wreath that is cool, affordable and quick to make.

I bring the topics of quilts up because I love them, and I am absolutely the worst quilter that ever quilted.

I realized this after carefully shopping for just the right fabrics, planning and choosing the week of a snow storm in the early 90’s to try my hand an quilting.

AND MAKE A QUEEN SIZED QUILT.

Yep.

Queen sized, lots of snow, and the saddest attempt at quilting ever. [Read more…]

How to paint a refrigerator

#paintedrefrigerator #howtopaintarefrigerator #diy #spraypaint

 

Oh friend, I cannot tell you how fun this before and after were.

I always have a running list of things I want when thrifting and junking.

Do you keep a similar list?

Right now mine looks like this (probably pared down due to recent deep cleaning and getting rid of stuff we don’t need)

  • Good quality white curtains
  • 2 side chairs that need minimum work
  • Entry way table
  • Anything that looks remotely close to Ironstone 
  • Pedestal base for new dining room table 

There are little things too but those seem to be the items top of mind for upcoming projects.

And, this weekend I was able to take one off the “list” a refrigerator for my office at work! [Read more…]

When less is more: De-clutter with the 80/20 method

I am unsure of how so much stuff accumulates so quickly.  

We have cleaned closets, donated, and done what we thought was a house purge before.

But this time is different…

 

How to reduce clutter #housepurge #organize #reduceclutter

 

This time is for a very special reason. [Read more…]

Keto Arugula + Pepperoni Salad

#keto #whatisketo #ketorecipes #salad #lowcarb #howtoloseweight #twelveOeight

 

Sometimes you hear salad and the last thing that comes to mind is a meal.

Or that it will be filling.

Well, when you put the right things in it, you can’t finish it!

I have been watching my carbs and following the Keto-plan for about 3 1/2 weeks now.  I am not hungry, and I am finding myself excited about meal planning and cooking again.

While I am staying away from processed foods, but eating more vegetables and fats, and moderate protein, I had to add pepperoni to this salad.

Blame it on the mozzarella, but those two just go together right? [Read more…]

How to make a barn door style planter box

I don’t know about you but I am sooooo ready for warmer weather, longer days, and FLOWERS!

I love to plant grasses & flowers around our patio and porch and cluster them together here and there.

They are so easy to take care of and I like how many different groupings I can put together with containers of different height and size.

We recently wanted to make a new catch all box to go by our back door for shoes, but we ended up making this pretty big.

And so it’s smaller cousin will be by the back door full of flip flops etc..

And this lovely lady (who holds some faux plants now but not for long) will be the new home to a grouping of topiaries I have had my eye on.

 

#barndoor #farmhouse #planter #diy #twelveOeight

 

Here is what we used to make this rustic barn door style planter. [Read more…]

Farmhouse style laundry room makeover reveal!

 

This makeover was a long time coming, and I am so super excited to share it with you!

Our laundry room has no natural light, and it’s under the stairs so the angles are challenging.

We began by gutting the room & giving it a nice deep clean.

Initially we were going to use a paint that is a bit darker with more blue, but ended up opting for a light grey.

With a busy family of five, and lots of laundry to do each week, we knew we wanted a laundry folding station. [Read more…]

Keto week 1-what does it mean to nourish

I have a new-ish and exciting chapter I would like to share with you.  

But first let me say that I will still be sharing our DIY adventures, painted furniture re-do’s, before and after thrift store goodness and all the usual stuff too.

But, I am bringing in another part of my world that I have made some changes to and I am excited to share with you.

Eating not just to eat, but to nourish.

I have had seasons of my life where I am more intentional about the steps I take to prepare foods that nourish, and make time to take care of the matters of the spirit that leave us feeling filled up and healthy.

And seasons that I ate, and lived, but I slipped in my planning and choices, not putting my body and spirit first.

When that has happened I find myself tired, stressed, unable to sleep well, and my Fibromyalgia is coincidentally at it’s worst.

So as my pain level has steadily increased for months, I have struggled with energy and lack of sleep, and I have grown more frustrated I find myself turning back to a system that I have loved before, low-carb.

But this time I am utilizing more of a Keto approach.  While I will be monitoring my total carb intake for the day closely, my desire is to incorporate easy to prepare meals and snacks that nourish not just feed.

 

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DIY kraft paper farmhouse wreath

 

 

This post has been way too many days in the making.

I love how this easy wreath turned out that I made recently for my front door.

It was fun, thrifty and I was able to use supplies I already had!

Perfect for a rainy day when you want to stay in your comfies and not have to leave the house right?

I used a foam wreath form that I already had (it had flannel wrapped around it from a while ago) torn s [Read more…]

Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties