lessons learned + updating our deck for summer with Article

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

This won’t be news to long-time homeowners, but it’s a lesson I keep learning over and over and over again: house stuff is never actually finished. Case in point, our deck. Being a new homeowner, I thought I could simply put waterproof covers over our outdoor stuff during the winter months and everything would be ok… except it wasn’t, not at all. It turns out that someone had set up a home there in the winter months. Several someones, actually. I don’t even want to think about what they were, to be honest, but everything was destroyed. Lesson learned — the hard way.  Thankfully, Article reached out with their new outdoor furniture line — wanna see our deck makeover??

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bedroom makeover // my search for small space friendly nightstands

my search for white small space friendly nightstands for my tiny house bedroom renovation / makeover. get all of the shopping resources on jojotastic.com

The bedroom makeover has sort of stalled… don’t get me wrong, we’ve made some EPIC progress, but at the same time there are a few big impact pieces that are still missing from the room. One in particular is a nightstand. I scored these lovely vintage Lane pieces on Craigslist for a song, but as soon as the wallpaper went up, they suddenly didn’t feel right. There’s something about the scale and the tone of the wood grain that isn’t jiving with my vision. It’s actually been really hard for me to figure out why they aren’t quite right! And thus began my search for a white nightstand that is also small space friendly…

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spring cleaning tips for small spaces (all under $100, too!)

Small space storage tips with big impact for pantries and closets. Spring cleaning inspiration #eBayGiftCards #eBaySpringCleaning #Ad #eBayGiftCards #eBaySpringStore

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When I bought #mytinybungalow, I knew I’d have to get creative with my small space storage solutions. After all, this house doesn’t have a single closet! I’m in the process of installing one in the bedroom, but until then, I’ve had to get really creative. A few simple hacks have made a really big impact on our day-to-day here, and thanks to eBay and their Spring Hub, it felt like the perfect time to share my tips with you guys!

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bedroom makeover // progress report!

progress report for the bedroom makeover in my tiny historic house. we found 19 layers of vintage wallpaper, fixed drywall, and restored a shiplap ceiling! Read all about our renovation on jojotastic.com

It’s been a few weeks since I officially kicked off the bedroom renovation and –woof– so much has happened. I don’t even know where to start… if you’ve been following on Instagram stories, you know the gist of it: we started removing drywall and found… more paneling, then sooooo much wallpaper. 19 different kinds of wallpaper to be exact. Nineteen. And nothing quite prepared us for what we found on the ceiling…

(Brace yourself, none of these photos are edited or Pinterest-worthy at all!)

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bedroom makeover // shopping for bedside sconces + ceiling lighting with Rejuvenation

For this post I received products to review from Rejuvenation. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

If you’ve been following my Instagram stories, you know that the bedroom makeover is in FULL swing! While we’re still deep into the construction phase, I also need to start thinking about details like lighting. Rejuvenation has been kind enough to provide lighting (and some other amazing touches that you’ll see later) for our bedroom makeover, so now it’s just a matter of sorting through their amazing selection and making my picks. Like I said in the kickoff post, we want to replace the terrible ‘boob’ light and get some bedside lighting. Because I plan to wallpaper the wall behind the bed, I really want the overhead lighting to make an amazing statement and be complemented by the bedside sconces.

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the friday edit

vintage wallpaper found during bedroom renovation of a 1908 fixer upper bungalow.

Happy Friday, you guys! This post is publishing a little late in the day, sorry about that. I feel like apologizing for being late is the story of my life these days thanks to the exhausting work of balancing running the blog and renovating the bedroom at the same time. If you’ve caught my Instagram stories lately, you know why… we are deep in the throes of renovating the bedroom and it is hard work. I have found this process to not only be physically taxing, but also emotionally draining. It’s hard to see the biggest expense of your life ripped down to bare studs. I’ve also found that digging deeper (literally) into my home has made my love for it grow to proportions I never thought possible. Like as we were stripping away over 17 (SEVENTEEN) layers of wallpaper yesterday, my heart was bursting with love for this tiny home of mine and all of it’s rich history. Be sure to stay tuned to my stories this weekend, lots more renovation glimpses coming!

Some good reads this week:

Fried chicken without frying? Sign me up.

I also desperately want this boozy shamrock shake.

My favorite lipstick trends for Spring!

Crystals to energize every room in your house — I need one of each.

Good advice here: how to express yourself without being needy.

Don’t miss this mini podcast episode from Little Yellow Couch featuring Jen from Flea Market Fab — she’s amazing.

Many congrats to Joy for launching her new furniture line! Did you guys know I used to contribute to her site years ago??

Great tips for organizing your home suuppper fast.

How to wear faux fur this spring (these shoes are sooo cute).

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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