When we first looked at this house, we knew the first thing that needed to go was the bathroom. It not only was dated, but smelled like mold and I had an sneezing attack going in there for only a few minutes. On top of all that, it was ridiculously small and weirdly laid out. I’ve never really been excited about bathroom designs (I’ve thought of a million ways to design kitchens, but bathrooms I’ve found pretty standard), but this was a priority for us and has been our first major project at our new house.
These last few months I’ve been rather quiet on the blog and my social media accounts, but all for just reason. In May we made the decision to move back to where Asa is from. We spent the last few months getting used to a new job and living with family while we found a house to buy – at least that’s the very short version – and now we are finally back to having our own place to live and feel a little more ourselves!
I’ve had this project idea in my mind forever, but for some reason it took me until now to finally put it together. Part of the delay was not being able to find the perfect paper for it, but a recent trip to a cute little shop in our downtown that carries an array of pretty paper supplies led me to the right one! (I’ve always loved pretty paper, stationary and office supplies). Months and months ago I picked up some old wooden frames at an estate sale, which I kept around specifically for this project so once I got my paper I was set.
Over the summer my aunt let me pick through a couple piles of some things she found at an old barn including a bunch of old barnwood. Yea, major score! I know everyone loves some good barnwood and I’m not immune to that. It has so much character and texture that you can’t get with new things, and I love using it in home decor projects.
Spring cleaning can seem a little daunting and intimidating. Its always made me think that my house needs some major overhaul and everything needs turned upside down, cleaned and reorganized – or maybe that I need to sanitize every corner and use special products on all the upholstery and other things I rarely/never deep clean. This is probably why I never participate in “spring cleaning”… This year, though, two things have come together to inspire me to give it a second try. First, I’ve been more dedicated to keeping our home cleaned up. Second, I’ve realized that being overwhelmed isn’t a good reason not to do things. I’ve learned that getting started with something is normally the first step to overcoming overwhelm.
Here are my tips to help you just get started with your spring cleaning to help overcoming the intimidating tasks and to prioritize what’s most important.
Over the last few years I’ve been more interested in using more natural cleaners in our home. We eat almost no processed foods and have wanted to transition using less chemicals in our cleaning supplies for many of the same reasons. However, after quite a few failed products, I became little more skeptical that natural cleaners do as good of a job as the chemical filled cleaners. We tried a number of really expensive laundry soaps that left our clothes smelling bad and one to many body washes that didn’t seem to leave us feeling clean. I started to give up until I read some more information one day about how unnatural the chemicals are that we clean with. I decided to give it one more try and found this recipe that seemed simple and believable as a basic cleaner. I’ve been using this recipe now for over six months and I continue to be impressed. It’s been like a gateway drug to other natural cleaners that actually work! It’s super easy to make yourself, smells great, and works really well for a number of purposes.
Here’s the simple recipe:
Today I’m sharing a space that is one I didn’t do much work in designing and putting together on my own. My husband’s office was put together mostly by him and his desires for how the space should look – he’s actually very particular! He works from home, so he needs a workspace, but more than than, he loves books and writing and he needs a space for getting inspired.
January is a time for goals. We set new year’s resolutions, we buy planners, we talk about action plans and create worksheets. However, February is the month where goals get forgotten, routines are dropped, and plans fizzle out. Well, I’m trying to change that trajectory in my own life by making February the month of following through. I figure I’ve made it through January on the high of the newness of my routines and habits, but sticking through February is when it really counts.This month I am trying to push through the mundaneness of February and dedicate myself to following through.
My favorite part of decorating is when I just get into my space and start moving things around and putting things in the right place. I get in my zone with it and can just start creating something.
One thing that I love to do when I’m inspired and in this create mode is just use the things around me to put something together. That’s how this table scape happened. Sometimes it can seem like buying more is the solution to making a beautiful home, but I wanted to give some tips for creating a table scape with just things laying around your house that you already own because there are so many cool ways you can create and make a home without spending lots of money.
At the beginning of the year, I took some time to really reflect on last year (check out my post about lessons from 2015 here) and think deeply about what I want for 2016. I came up with some goals that I think are more meaningful and attainable than ones I’ve had in the past – less quantitative and finite (because let’s be honest about our mobility to control most situations) and more focus on what I want my life to reflect and become.