1 year anniversary of homeownership + visual diary

it's the 1 year anniversary of buying my first house, a fixer upper! What a year it's been... lots of adventures, renovations, makeover reveals, and yard work! Check out the full visual diary on Jojotastic.com

YOU GUYS. It’s officially been one year since I closed on #mytinybungalow (or #mytinyshitshow as I refer to it IRL) and what a freaking year. This has felt like both the longest and shortest year of my life. I have so many words to describe how I’ve felt about this past year of homeownership: frustrated, overwhelmed, emotional, proud, accomplished, depressed, joyful, totally broke, humbled… and so many more. I’ve alway viewed this house as a list of things I need to fix. Sometimes that boosted me to do more, but it also made me feel like I wasn’t doing enough and wasn’t doing it fast enough. I’ve sort of been keeping a running list in my head and lately noticed that I actually have made solid progress in this past year… so I wanted to share my progress report with you in celebration of this anniversary… and some of the unscripted, un-styled, very REAL stories that have come with this year, too:

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#mytinybungalow bedroom renovation, before + inspiration

Giddy up, you guys, I’m officially kicking off the renovation of the one bedroom in #mytinybungalow! We did a mini refresh about a month ago when Sean first moved in, but I’m really itching to get on with the renovation already. I’ve been living with this icky room for almost and year and it’s time to turn this sad, dark room into a sanctuary. And, now that Sean is living with me, he’s involved, too! In traditional makeover style, let’s start with some scary before photos, shall we?

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DIY // boho ice dyed draft stopper

Is your house drafty? Learn how to make our boho ice dyed draft stopper! Click through for the full tutorial on how to sew this fabric craft and how to ice dye.

The last few weeks of winter are the worst! It’s when you really start to notice all the tiny things in your home that make it so cold. Small details, like an old window or drafty door begin to take their toll. So when Joanna mentioned that her tiny bungalow had a drafty door, I knew just what project share next: a draft stopper! We used a fabric dying method from our most popular post, how to ice dye, for a boho-chic look that matches Joanna’s living room.

Keep reading to learn how to make your own!

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vintage & antique rugs from SF Rugs + giveaway!

Meet SF Rugs, my new favorite source for antique and vintage rugs, plus enter to wine a giveaway to win! More boho interior decor inspiration on jojotastic.com

If I have one weakness, it’s shopping for the perfect rug. I find it incredibly challenging to select just one vintage or antique rug because they are all so gorgeous — I want to hoard them all. Such is the case when I discovered SF Rugs, purveyor of some seriously pretty floor coverings!

Keep reading for even more beautifully boho rugs and the details of a giveaway.

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our his & hers bedroom refresh with Parachute

Until we're ready for a full renovation, we did a gender neutral bedroom refresh with @parachutehome! We chose coal grey linen bedding with a white linen quilt and cashmere throw for layered his and hers style. See the full recap on Jojotastic.com #MyParachuteHome #ad

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As I’m quickly learning, cohabitation is all about compromise. One point of contention as of late has been our bedding situation. You see, I’m a fan of the more-is-more approach when it comes to pillows and blankets. Sean, on the other hand, is a warm sleeper and would be quite content with a single pillow. Lucky for us, Parachute reached out to partner on a bedroom refresh! We perused their gorgeous textiles together and came up with a bedding plan that suites both of our needs and tastes.

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recent styling & photography work: StCao Ceramics

One of my goals for this year was to take on more styling work. Recently I was lucky enough to partner with one of the artists in my new studio building and help her shoot photos for her freshly opened online shop, StCao Ceramics! Steph needed help not only with styling her gorgeous mugs, bowls, colanders, and plates, but also shooting the photos themselves. I often shoot the blog photos here, so I welcomed the challenge and had a blast working on this project. Here are a few of the photos:

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DIY // leather desk organizer and catchall

Tidy up your desk with a super easy DIY Leather Desk Organizer and Catchall! Learn how to make one from a single piece of leather at jojotastic.com

Confession: my desk is almost always in a state of complete chaos. From brightly colored washi tape rolling around and little every-day items like earphones and face mist (a true desk essential), I really needed something to corral my odds and ends. When I saw this dark green leather, I knew just what to do! A leather catchall is timeless and this version is super easy. All you need is one piece of leather and a few things from the toolbox.

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