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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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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closet clean-out tips for a tiny house (with Glad!)

How to clean out your closet with @gladproducts. My best tips and tricks to get your closet organized, especially for a tiny house or small space! Plus, tips for how to donate and a giveaway on Jojotastic.com #GladtoGive #ad

This post is sponsored by Glad. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

In light of last week’s news (more on that here), I have some work to do in the house before Sean can officially move in. Our top priority is making sure there’s enough room for both of us to live in #mytinybungalow with all of our stuff until we’re able to do a full-on bedroom renovation (like adding a closet). The first step is a good old-fashioned closet clean-out, so I partnered with Glad to share my best tips and tricks for staying organized in a closet-less home!

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20 ways to sneak in extra storage with furniture & home decor

have a tiny house or small space that needs more organization? These 20 furniture and home decor pieces are the perfect way to sneak in extra storage for closets, kitchens, bathrooms, and more! Get all of the sources on jojotastic.com

I don’t know if I’ve ever divulged just how small #mytinybungalow is… it’s 640 sqft total! Yup, pretty darn small — and without a single closet to boot. I’ve had to get really clever with finding ways to sneak in extra storage, but I’ve noticed more and more that lots of furniture pieces are doing double-duty. It seems like the world is slowing coming around to the tiny house revolution! With so many amazing options out there, I wanted to share 20 of my favorite pieces with you,

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my first set of matching dinnerware (aka adulthood!) + Fortessa

Sharing entertaining tips and tricks for fall and Thanksgiving + my new gorgeous white dinnerware and brushed matte black flatware from @fortessatable — get more boho meets modern styling and dining room inspiration on Jojotastic.com

I have a confession to make: despite how lovely things look on the blog and on Instagram, I sort of a hot mess behind the scenes. A good example of this (not so) dirty little secret is the fact that I have never owned matching dinnerware. Nope, not even once. I’ve always cobbled together plates and bowls that sort of… go, but aren’t part of a matching set. Then, with all of the photoshoots I do, I have lots of one-offs, plates that don’t match anything. After meeting the lovely folks at Fortessa over wine a few months ago, I reached out to them with this dilemma of mine. Thankfully, they were more than happy to send over the dinnerware of my dreams — crisp, clean whiteware in sophisticated, un-fussy silhouettes that are equally perfect for both everyday and occasion use.

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the Decorist DesignOff with House of Hipsters + Jojotastic, THE REVEAL!

It's a BIG DAY, you guys... it's the official unveiling of my living room + dining room makeover by the super talented interior designer @Jamcreativeco from @decorist! I don't even have the words to explain how absolutely blown away I am that I can call this space my home. And check out @houseofhipsters living room makeover, too! Get all of the modern boho styling inspiration + sources on Jojotastic.com #designoff

It’s a BIG DAY, you guys… it’s the official unveiling of my living room + dining room makeover by the super talented Jessica McCarthy of Decorist! Throughout this entire process, I was always able to rely on Jessica to steer me in the right direction — from picking paint colors to sourcing new front door hardware to hanging art at the right height, her one-on-one design insight was exactly what I needed. I don’t even have the words to explain how absolutely blown away I am that I can call this space my home. I feel so very, very lucky.

Without further do, let’s look at the amazing photos!

ps – be sure to head to House of Hipsters to see Kyla’s makeover reveal, too!

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