22 February 2013

Heading Out And Exciting Features

 This is it- moving weekend!! 
We'll be loading up the moving truck and starting the long drive from Minnesota to Florida. It's going to be really weird to leave here in our coats and arrive there in our t-shirts. 

In the last few weeks my coffee-table-turned-ottoman was featured on both Apartment Therapy and on West Elm's blog Front & Main

To say I was excited would be an understatement. Shrieking with glee is more accurate. So thanks a bajillion to both of them for the feature!! I'm still giddy!! 

I am so excited to get to our new house and get started with decorating it! I'll post pictures of it as soon as I can. In the meantime, wish us luck on the long freaking drive with three kids and two dogs! 

21 February 2013

20 February 2013

Card Dog

I'm a little obsessed with this playing cards-covered dog that I saw in Lonny recently!

18 February 2013

A Sneak Peek At Our New Home

 I announced here that we are moving to Florida in just a few days. 
I can tell you that searching for a place to live from over a thousand miles away is kind of stressful. 
This next house, like the one we've been in here in Minneapolis, is just a rental so we didn't have to make any big commitments. 
But it still had to look good enough to be able to live with for a little while, and the stressful thing about a rental is that unlike a house you own, you can't change much about it if you hate someone else's finishing choices. But luckily after some searching, we found a house that fits all our requirements and has nice, neutral finishes that won't clash with our stuff. 

Since we are 1600 miles away and didn't have the time for a house hunting trip down in Florida before making the move, we had to just find a house to rent from online, and just go by the pictures and description to see if it would work for us. Luckily though my sister doesn't live too far away from where we are going so once we found the house we liked she took a trip to it and walked through with a camera to make sure there wasn't anything scary about it. 

Thank goodness there were no red flags with this one. It's kind of weird to be moving to a house I've never even been to before, but with all the pictures my sister sent I feel like I know pretty well what it looks like. 

Here are a few of the pictures she sent us:



Living room from kitchen:

Kitchen & breakfast area:

Master bedroom:

The house is a little under 2000 sf and has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Since I haven't been there yet I haven't got a really clear picture of where I'll be putting everything, but I'm really excited to get started!

14 February 2013

Winner Of The Valentine's Art Giveaway!

 Happy Lover's Day!!

Ready to see who won the giveaway? 

Erica, of the Etsy shop irisiDesigns made this beautiful piece of art to give to one lucky participant of this giveaway

It's a 1' x 1' canvas with a vintage leather man's glove and sheer woman's glove. 

And the lucky winner is....

Rachel Gamage


Thanks so much to everyone who entered! 
And please be sure to visit irisiDesigns and see all of Erica's beautiful artwork, custom made for people using their most special keepsakes. Thanks so much Erica for sponsoring the giveaway!!

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day! 

13 February 2013

My Tips For An Easier Move

I definitely don't consider myself a moving expert because I'm sure there are people out there with way better ideas than mine. But since this is our third move in three years, I've found some things that work great for me at keeping our moves as organized and stress-free as possible. 

So as requested, here are my moving tips:

First, purge. 

Packing sucks. But what sucks even more is packing stuff I don't even want or need. So before assembling a single box I go through every inch of the house and get rid of everything we're no longer loving or using. I do this every time we move, no matter how recently our last move (and therefore last stuff-purge) was. Even if it's been less than a year since clearing out the unwanted clutter, I am guaranteed to find more to get rid of. And that means less crap I have to pack and unpack, and it also means that I won't be searching around the new house for the perfect spot for things I don't even want. 

Next, clean everything. 

Once I've established what items get the privilege of moving along with us, everything gets cleaned before it get's packed. I actually do it as I'm packing- before going in a box everything get's at least a quick wipe-down unless it needs something more serious. That way I'm not unpacking dusty items and feeling like I have to clean before I can put things away in the new place. 

Don't be a lazy packer.

This one actually has two tips within one big tip:

The first is to pack like your boxes are about to be strapped onto a roller coaster. I actually like to picture mine being dropped off of a building. Sure, I make sure to write "Fragile" and "VERY Fragile" and "Do Not Stack" and stuff like that. But I always assume that no one is going to pay the slightest attention to all the text on my boxes and that there's a good chance that my great-grandmother's dessert dishes are going to be used to brace the leg of the couch. So I make sure the insides of the boxes are padded up like a psych ward and that there's no possible chance of things inside them shifting and damaging each other. 

Which leads to my next tip in this category:
Have the right tools. 

I like to have small bubble wrap for wrapping fragile decor items,
large bubble wrap for wrapping art and tv's, 
thick packing paper for dishes,
thick plastic wrap (like the kind you can get to use as a drop cloth for painting) for rugs and furniture,
and tons and tons of newspaper for lining the bottoms of boxes and stuffing into every empty crevice so that nothing in the box can move. 
I also love this stuff:

Clear plastic wrap. I use it on art and tv's. After they've been bubble wrapped I wrap them up really good in this stuff and it keeps the layers of bubble wrap from being able to shift and potentially leave part of the item unprotected. 

I even use it on small furniture to protect the paint.

Find Short-cuts

I said above all the different packing tools I like using, but I also like finding ways to use things I already have to pack like blankets, towels, pillows, etc, and using them as cushioning for dishes and other delicate stuff. That way not only do I feel like I'm getting ahead with my packing by "sneaking in" extra items, but it also helps me save money on packing supplies. 

Label boxes really well.

I write a general description of the type of items that are in each box, like "Books", "Kitchen", "Office" etc, and that one-word description gets written on all 4 sides and the top of the box. That way no matter which direction it's facing I know what's in it. But then, so that I can know exactly what's in it, I make a list on top of the box of each item that's going into it. This has come in handy when we've moved into a place that was too small to fit all of our things. When I know I'm not going to be able to unpack every single box and put everything away, if the boxes have a list of their contents I can easily pick out the things I want to use and leave the rest packed instead of having to unpack everything just to find things and then repack all the stuff I won't actually be using in that house. 

Unpack fast.

That's my last and probably favorite tip. 
The longer you live surrounded by moving boxes the quicker you'll get used to it. Then it'll just keep getting harder to be motivated to open them up and put everything away.
So I like to get started right away while the excitement of a new place has my adrenaline going and my energy up. And I like to try to get everything completely unpacked in about a week. That way life get's back to normal as fast as possible. That time-table isn't always possible, but I like to try to be as close to that as we can. 

And those are my tips! Let me know if you guys have any more for me- I'd love to make this move as easy as possible!

Don't forget I have a giveaway going on! It's your last chance to enter- tomorrow I'll be announcing the winner of a piece of art. Go HERE to enter!

11 February 2013

Packing Up

 The house sure looks a lot different than it did when these pictures were taken last week. 

I've had several requests for my moving tips so I'm going to try to get a post up of them sometime this week. Right now though I'm off to keep packing!

Don't forget I have a giveaway going on right now! Go HERE to enter to win a piece of art. The winner will be announced on Valentine's Day.

08 February 2013

Some News

This cute little house has been our home for the past year and a half. 
It was suppose to be our home for another year and a half while my husband finished up law school here in Minnesota. 

 But while we've been here he's been juggling school and a business back in Florida (which is where we moved here from). And unfortunately the longer we've been here, the harder it's been on the business to have him so far away. 
So we've made the difficult decision to put school on hold for now and move back to Florida so that Rob can focus just on work for the time being. 

So we'll be moving out of this cute little house around the end of this month. 

I was fortunate that our landlord wanted to get good pictures of the house before we started to pack up all our stuff, so yesterday a photographer came over and got a bunch of pictures. I kept thinking how awesome it would be if my house was getting photographed for a magazine instead of just for our landlord! haha. But it was still fun and I love having the pictures (which the photographer generously shared with me- it's nice to have church connections!) 

So here's a final look at our Minneapolis house:

Photos by Chad Holder.

I'm going to miss this house (not the pink bathroom though, I must admit!) 
And I'm going to miss the gorgeous view out the windows. Minnesota has such beautiful seasons. 

But I'm excited to get back "home" to Florida. We're not sure what the future holds for us yet as far as school goes but it will feel nice to get back to our normal life for a while. 

Don't forget I have a giveaway going on right now! Go HERE to enter to win a piece of art. The winner will be announced on Valentine's Day.