Officially a Two Bedroom House

About a year and a half ago a leaky pipe under the bathroom sink led to our house being flooded. We have a small (<1000 sq ft) house with the bathroom being close enough to every room that our whole house was flooded. We had to move in with my parents for about 4 months and fight the insurance to get our claim paid. The light at the end of the tunnel was we were getting hard wood floors throughout, new paint throughout, the ugly cottage cheese ceiling taken off, new doors, recessed lighting, lights and ceiling fans in the bedrooms (we had to use lamps in every room except the bathroom and kitchen before this). So when all was said and done, it was kinda worth it. Except for the past year and a half it felt like we were living in a one bedroom because we didnt have the time, energy or money to fix up the second bedroom. The door stayed shut and would only get opened for us to throw something in there. I would attempt to do crafts on my cricut in there but that only added to the pure chaos and clutter that already existed.


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But we recently mustered up the courage, the money and some Rockstars and tackled this project head on!


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Above Left: The love seat and Ikea coffee table were gifted to Andrew and I when we got our first apartment together. Above Right: We bought this white drawer unit from Ikea and its pretty much empty which was the idea; There is plenty of space for us to organize future bills, homework, projects etc;

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The main goal of this room was to have has much storage as possible and to have the best use of space. So the corner desk with plenty of storage underneath (pictured above) was a no brainer, and guess where we bought it? Give up? Ikea!

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The square storage unit (above left) was one we already had that somehow managed to survive the flood, originally purchased from Target. The rug (above right) was a steal from Ikea, ringing in at $14.99

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Ikea again was the star of the show when it came to organizing the closet. Laundry, excess clothes that don’t fit in our bedroom closet, workout gear, text books, blankets, pillows, shoes and more are stored neatly (for the most part) in here. I didn’t want a closet door in here but it was just a personal choice , no good reason or explanation for that one.

And finally one of my favorite things in this room. We found these adorable frames at Ikea that have this antique look but theyre actually plastic (so they were cheap!) I love them so much and our wedding invitation looked too perfect in one of them:

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I love what we’ve done with the place but there is still so much more to do, not only in this room but in our house and yard. Owning a home is the gift that keeps on giving. Everyday we are given an opportunity to start a new project or put up a new picture, add a little touch that makes it feel a little more like love, a little more like where we belong. My home is my haven and I love coming here everyday after a long day at work or returning here after a vacation. Cherish and take pride in your home, its where your memories are being made.




Big Bear. big time love.

Trish and Shelly are two of the most uniquely awesome & fun loving people you will ever meet. If you know them, consider yourself lucky (and probably a bit off your rocker, you have to be to fit in with the likes of these two. I know I am! =P) Well these two lovelies invited us to come have lunch with them at their campsite in Big Bear and my family and I willing obliged. It was quite cold but a great time nonetheless. We took a walk to the lake, sat around the fire and made smores and enjoyed the company of family who don’t get together nearly often enough. I didn’t take enough pictures but I already felt like i was behind my camera and phone screen too much; I had to give them some face time with me.

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Above: Their two pups, Lilly and Sadie. 

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Above and Below: My little brother and his girlfriend Lauren. I took the most pictures of them because theres just something about being young and in love that translates so well to photographs. ❤

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Above: Father and son with their significant others. 

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All the couples!

*When I uploaded the pictures there were no spots or blurs but once I started cropping/editing all these blurry spots started to appear. There may have been someone else there who wanted their picture taken as well.. ?

Happy Sunday everyone. The time has changed and even though we’ve lost an hour, we’ve gained an hour of daylight which I am more than pleased about. Have a great week! 🙂

DIY Photo Stand

Theres this wonderful app called Printicular (Printicular | Printing Instagram | Canvas Prints Online | Wall Collage | Printicular.) You can upload pictures from your phone, computer or instagram account to the app and they will either send prints of your pictures directly to your house or you can pick them up at your local Walgreens. I started printing off my instagram pictures but had nowhere to put them so i got some ideas from pinterest and used a little imagination and came with a photo holder of my own.


Above photos: First I started off with a piece of wood (4’x4″ & about 1/2″ thick). Andrew stained it for me. We used Miniwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut. While we were outside I also painted the camera piece that I had purchased at Michaels, I chose to go with Navy Blue and I used a clear finish.


We let the stain dry for about an hour, it was still a bit sticky, and then we applied a coat of white spray paint, waited about 10 minutes and applied a coat of light pink spray paint. Left Picture: The top board is after the coat of white was applied, the bottom is after the pink was applied. Right Picture: Finished wood. Because the stain wasn’t completely dry it came up through the the spray paint and gave the wood a distressed look which is exactly what I was going for- I just came upon it in a way I hadn’t intended- a happy accident. 🙂


Left Picture: I bought black clothespins and used a paint stripper and some sand paper to give them the distressed look as well. Right Picture: I used super glue to attached everything to the main piece of wood.


And Voila! I added my pictures and now all that’s left to do is find a place in my house to hang it.