It is so good to be home!!! After being in Italy for the past few weeks, I am happy to be home and reunited with our tiny zoo. I absolutely love to travel, but I am always ready to come home now that I own a house. There’s something about it that just feels so… right. I miss the tiny bungalow while we’re away! I never thought I’d ever feel that. After landing yesterday, I felt so inspired to snap some photos of my home and share my favorite corners of our home.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schlage. The opinions and text are all mine.
One of the joys (and I use that in the most sarcastic way possible) of owning an old house is cleaning up other people’s messes. For example, my tiny bungalow was a rental for many years before I bought it, which essentially means that all kinds of weird stuff happened to my house. For example, before I painted the living room, I noticed that someone had written tiny bits of graffiti in pencil all over the walls and trim — but tucked away into corners and along the thin edge of window trim. It was so bizarre and none of the words made any sense. I painted over it, but I still wonder… why?? One thing that has always irritated me in our home is how sloppily it has been painted over the years. Every window sill and door is covered in gobs and gobs of dripping paint, almost like a kindergartener was let loose. Two years ago, my good friends Susan and Will Brinson taught me the most satisfying way to refinish an old door and trim, so today I partnered with Schlage to share it with you guys + talk about the new Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware collection (trust, it is so gooood).
If you had asked me 7 weeks ago what our backyard would look like, chances are I probably wouldn’t have a solid answer for you… yet here we are, reveal day for our One Room Challenge backyard oasis. We did it, holy crap. It is so hard to believe the transformation that has taken place over these 6 weeks and I am so incredibly excited to share every single detail and source with you today. Grab a snack, cuz this is a long post!
Freaking out? Who’s freaking out?? Not me… JK. Week 5 of One Room Challenge has me in quite a tizzy because there is only one week left for us to whip the backyard into shape. Thankfully we had a few gorgeous, sunny days last week that allowed me and Sean to work like maniacs and get SO much done. In case you’ve missed any of my Instagram Stories updates, we have been cranking and making some major progress. Let’s dig in and see what’s new… cuz we’ve done SO MUCH!
Wow, who would have thought that week 4 of One Room Challenge is when it would dawn on me how much work a backyard overhaul can be?? I got back from my travels late Thursday night and dove into yardwork the very next day and haven’t taken a day off since. We’ve been going HAM on the yard… so much digging, raking, hauling, stacking, and leveling. It’s been truly backbreaking, but I feel like it’s starting to really come together. Or at least, I have to keep reminding myself of that as I stain yet another fence board! Continue reading “One Room Challenge: backyard oasis, week 4”
Happy week 3 of One Room Challenge! While I’ve been at High Point (check it all out on my Instagram Stories) getting all inspired, Sean has been back in Seattle working on the fence and doing a LOT of construction stuff. Imagine being in a showroom full of beautiful furniture, mimosa in hand, and getting a text message about trimming a massive tree — that is what week 3 of ORC has been like for us! Even though I’m traveling, so much progress has been made, especially lots of decisions.