room tour

Jack's Gender Neutral Nursery

Boho Gender Neutral nursery

I've been doing some rearranging of Jack's room, and I'm finally liking how his little space has come together.  It can be challenging to place furniture with the angled ceilings, and so one thing I moved out of this room into the adjacent space (which is where our closet is) is his changing table.  Having that out of this space made it a little easier to work with furniture.

The rug, cube shelf (Ikea), rattan shelf, and crib (Babyletto) were all Craigslist finds!  And his little dresser was a cheap Target dresser which I fancied up with some Pretty Pegs legs to give it a little mid-mod flair.

This room is a converted attic space, so the stairs to get up here are very small. Any furniture has to be less than 25 inches wide to fit up there, or able to be built in the space like most Ikea furniture.  Luckily I found that round chartreuse chair at World Market and because of it's weird shape and removable legs, I was able to fit it upstairs!  It's the perfect little chair for bedtime stories.

The floors are actually just the subfloor.  There used to be ugly brown carpet up here and we ripped it out and I liked the wood floors.  But we never put trim back on, so if you're wondering why we have no floor trim in here, that's why!  We're probably going to eventually put *real* flooring in whenever we end up putting this house on the market.

I love having a space that feels uncluttered and natural.  I'm not a fan of bright plastic toys, so I prefer classic wood toys that look nice and are also more eco friendly.  I've found a lot of cool wooden toys on etsy and at thrift stores!

*for those wondering about the plants, Jack is never alone in this room because we're unable to fence off the stairs, so I'm always with him when he's playing in here.  Peace Lilies are toxic to humans and pets, and Snake plants are mildly toxic, so make sure you watch your kids and pets around those plants!*

Kilim rug, rattan shelf, hamper : thrifted/Craigslisted | Cube shelf : Ikea via Craigslist |  Yellow Chair : World Market | Crib : Babyletto via Craigslist | Dresser : Target | Dresser legs : Pretty pegs | Kind + Brave banner : handmade | World is your Oyster Print : Rifle Paper Co. via Moorea Seal |  Floor Pillows : Target via Goodwill

 

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Our Apartment Kitchen Remodel

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I'm gonna tell you guys something a little heartbreaking, right out of the gate.  This kitchen is now completely demolished.  We finished this remodel in June and by August,  this apartment was totally gutted by the new owners.  Moment of silence.  Okay, now lets get to it.

This apartment was above the garage of the house I grew up in, so I've been familiar with the space for many years.  It's seen a few small remodels, mostly paint, and a few years ago my parents put in new vinyl wood flooring.  Nothing about it was super special.  The cabinets were cheap, the countertop was dingy off-white formica, and the sink was designed with a sloped bottom so any time you set a glass in there it tipped over.  

We didn't want to spend a lot of money, so we didn't want to gut it and have to install new cabinets, counters, and fixtures.  We saved lots of money by DIYing a few things.

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Kitchen Before.jpg

The biggest DIY was the countertop. We wanted something fresh and clean, but doing real Carerra marble was way too spendy for this space, so I decided to paint the countertop with a faux marble instead.  You can peep that DIY here.  I will say that it's a good way to get the look, but it wasn't the most durable.  It definitely would stain if you left anything like coffee or wine on the counter for too long, and if you scratched it too hard, it'd scratch the paint off.  If you're wanting something to hold you over while you save money for the real deal, it's great for that, but I'm not sure it's the best for a long-term solution, especially if you do a lot of cooking and like coffee and wine *raises hand*.

We ended up keeping the lower cabinets and painting them grey, and then we replaced the uppers with Ikea cabinets.  That ended up being more expensive than for those of you near an Ikea because they had to be shipped to Alaska.  The open shelving was DIY.  My dad went to a lumber yard and bought a 20ft plank that had an unfinished edge.  He chopped it into the three pieces for the shelves and installed it.  We also DIYed the subway tile backsplash.  I had never done tile before but I was excited about how straightforward it was.  I'm looking forward to doing more tile work!  

The other super easy, dirt cheap DIY was the fridge.  It was an ugly old ivory fridge, and I just covered it with marble contact paper and gold tape.  It's a pretty durable and quick way to freshen up a fridge without having to drop hundreds of dollars on a new, fancy one.  I've put contact paper on every fridge I've ever had (faux wood contact paper on one, chalkboard contact paper on another, and marble on this one!).  I love how it gives an eclectic and unique look to an appliance that's usually boring.

We also painted the room white, and I popped a chalkboard wall in there on the right side (though I never actually put any chalk on it, so it's just a black wall).  

There were definitely things about this space that I would've done differently, had the situation been different.  Knowing that it got destroyed shortly after we finished it makes it easier to feel okay about not doing it 100% the way I really wanted to.  We are planning our current kitchen remodel and I'm excited to be able to do it exactly how I want (and also not have to pay out the ass to ship things from Ikea).

If you have any questions about this remodel, hit me up in the comments! 

Our Home Tour

As we roll into our new town and start the process of moving into our new apartment, I wanted to take a look back at our little Tacoma home.  We spent 3.5 years in this house transforming it into something super special and completely loved.  Driving away was tough, but since we decided to rent it for now, there is the possibility that some day we'll come back to this lovely little house.  I've done room tours before, but I've never done a single post with a tour of the whole house, and what better time to do that than now!

Goodbye little house!

OUR HOME // living room update

Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration

Mid-summer I got the idea stuck in my head that we were gonna split once Dan got home from Alaska, move out of our house into the Winne and sell all our stuff.  After my trip up to Alaska to visit him I came home and started selling our furniture.  I sold and donated quite a bit of stuff, including our couch, but then after Dan came home he got a new job, I got invited to join the Gritty City Sirens and staying in Tacoma started to sound appealing again.  Our house was still in a bit of a jumble from my purge fest and our living room always felt like it was in a state of being unfinished.  

We're still thinking of moving, but that won't be happening until at least after I return from the Wildbride Retreat west coast tour.  So for now, it made sense to make our home feel homey again.  We got a couch again, and I set up the living room into an arrangement that I've never had it in before!  I've always liked the idea of the couch being on the black wall, but I wasn't sure how that'd work with the front door being right there.  I figured I'd try it out anyway and I really love how it feels!  Plus, there's a perfect spot for our Christmas Tree!

See the other ways I've arranged our living room here.

Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration
Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration
Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration
Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration
Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration
Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration
Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration
Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration
Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration
Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration
Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration
Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration
Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration
Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration
Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration
Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration
Eclectic Artist Living Room Inspiration

Almost everything is Ikea, thrifted, or Target.

diy home office

DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office

So, based on my hair color you can guess that these photos were taken a while ago.  June, I think? I hinted at these photos on instagram, but never got around to posting them here because blog hiatus.  My office looks a little different now,  I put my big desk where the chair/sidetable is and I finally have an actual sewing station for the first time in, well, forever.  Which is good because I have two burlesque shows coming up and that means costuming!  The rest of the room is the same, save for a bit more clutter because for whatever reason I'm incapable of keeping a room tidy for any sustained period of time.  

This room is a bit awkward. Technically it can be considered a bedroom because it has a closet, but it's right off the living room and has been through quite a few iterations before ending up as my home office.  the little nook where my standing desk is now has always been an awkward area because it's behind the door when it opens into the room, so it felt hard to utilize.  I figured it looked just deep enough to be the perfect size for a big long standing desk, so a sheet of OSB ripped in half, and some 1x4s later: standing desk.  It's a pretty long span, so I put a bracket in the center to make it more sturdy, but it doesn't really support a ton of weight.  It's basically a real long, deeper than normal shelf.  Super minimal and one of the most functional DIY's ever.  I'm not going to do a DIY post for it because it's so basic.  Cut OSB to fit your space.  Screw 1x4s into wall.  Set OSB on top of 1x4s.  Screw top down.  Done.

DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office
DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office
DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office
DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office
DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office
DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office
DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office

This guy was a thrift find when I was searching for a bar cart.  It was brown faux wood and brass, so I spray painted it green.

I wanted to raise my computer screen a bit higher than where it was when it sat on the desk so I stacked some of my vintage library books and now it's perfect.

DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office
DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office
DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office
DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office

I loathe screwing things into my walls because they are lath and plaster, so I wanted to make a shelf that had the most minimal screwing possible.  And also cheap.  Plain wood shelves from Ikea, eye screws and hooks, and some white rope were the perfect solution.  I love how minimal and clean it looks, and it was one of the cheapest DIY's I've ever done.

DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office
DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office
DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office
DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office
DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office
DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office
DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office
DIY Home Office, Creative Home Office

rug + ottoman + sidetable + cart + dressform + barstool + globes/thrifted

chair + frames/ikea :: flag/urban outfitters :: tiny hanging airplant holders + 

wire metal diamond + phrenology bust + morroccan lanterns/modcloth :: peony print/vol 25

adventure print/ABM happy mail :: block party print/year round co. 

stay humble print/jenny highsmith :: standing desk + hanging shelf/DIY