Basic Master Bedroom



So in full defense of my master bedroom, it isn’t done. Phew, glad that is out of the way!
In all seriousness, we have never prioritized decorating our bedroom. Our last home’s master was quite teeny, but we shoved this behemoth bed into it anyway (the majority of the time we lived in our last home I was pregnant, so naturally we needed the extra bed space #babybody). I am so happy to finally have a bedroom that will fit our bed! The nightstands were our anniversary gift to each other for our third anniversary (maybe? I can’t keep track anymore!). And that is pretty much it! We have lots of room to grow into this room so I am excited to start decorating! Now if only I could figure out my direction…

This room has a lot of potential; huge windows and plenty of space. It just needs a bit of…freshening. The house was pretty recently repainted, but the previous owners were reeeeally into tan. Not that there is anything wrong with tan, this particular shade is more on the green side and pretty dark. When the sun is down it is straight up olive green. So, needless to say, paint is high on my priority list! If only I could settle on a color. Suggestions are welcomed!

The carpet is also original (circa 2000) and has to go. It is white and really has seen better days. The carpet was professionally cleaned prior to us purchasing the home, and the edges are permanently stained and black. Our cat also decided to christen our move by throwing up all throughout our bedroom which has us heavily leaning in the direction of replacing the floors. The combination of it all won’t be touched by my carpet cleaner. Who would choose a white carpet anyway? Oh well, it has seen better days!

Here are some ideas floating in my head/Pinterest.  I am still not sure of my vision. Sometimes it helps just to get started and be inspired from there! That may be my method with this room 😉

(Yes, I know the wall colors are all kind of crazy in each picture. They aren’t cooperative.)

If you follow me on instagram, I’ve mentioned how this “sitting room” will eventually become our closet. If you look at the current closet situation above, you’ll notice how awkward they are. Well, you probably can’t tell in a picture, but behind the row of clothes is the house’s eaves, so you have to crawl under the row of clothes to access more storage. First world problems, I know. We decided that instead of having wasted space next to our master, we would walk that in and make a nice walk in closet. Crossing our fingers we can do it this year! I’ll go into more details another time, but it is a project I am super excited about! 

Toy (thanks Levi) as a reminder that I have children and taking clean house pictures is near impossible. I love them 😆
So pretty much a blank slate, which I am really excited about. And slightly overwhelmed. I can’t wait to see it come along! Any suggestions are welcome!

Sources:
Bedframe (DIY plan from here, knockoff from Pottery Barn
Duvet Cover 
Lumbar Pillows (old, similar here
Circle Throw Pillow (old, similar here
Nightstands (shelf  & cabinet)
Lamps (similar)
Dresser 
Desk 
Mirror (similar

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Outfit Obsession Featuring jBloom


As you may know, I am a huge fan of clothes/accessories that work hard for my money. If I can find a way to stretch an item to span the course of a few seasons, that is a huge win in my book! Same with accessories. There are some that are very summery or exclusively winter, depending on the style and bling factor. If you haven’t heard of it, I would like to introduce you to jBloom and few pieces that I know will stand the test of the season! 

*Read all the way to the bottom for a link to a party and for discounts!*

The fun thing about chokers is there are so many different ways to wear them! Tie in a bow like shown above, or leave hanging for a simple look.


I was so thrilled to see the customized bangle Julie at jBloom had designed for me. That is the best part about working with someone when ordering your jewelry- you get their personal touch and insight! I’ve worn this one more times than I can count, and it makes me smile every time I see my wrist. And wouldn’t this look perfect with your jewelry stack?


I wore these earrings to church on Sunday and am obsessed. I have really small earlobes so I can’t handle a lot of weight. These were wonderful! So lightweight and just plain gorgeous.

I looove this choker! While I am new to the choker trend, this one was simple enough for me to dip my toe in the water. And now I am all about it!

This necklace. Guys. Not only is this a perfect layering necklace, Julie added the coordinates of where my husband and I met. (Bonus points if you can figure out where it was!). It is the sweetest gesture that I will be sure to wear all the time!

I also really love this necklace! The turquoise color is so spot on and looks great with a tan, but look great popping against your winter whites.

A little more about jBloom: jBloom is a personal, unique jewelry line based in St. Charles, MO. They’re a direct sales company with only 1,200 designers in the U.S., offering a sisterhood for women to grow and thrive. They believe your jewelry should tell a story and are able to create meaningful pieces to tell yours.

jBloom also offers a lucrative compensation plan for those wanting to start their own home-based business. You can own your own online store for $99 and earn 40% profit!

Here’s the fun part! Julie is hosting a party over on Facebook. Click the link to join the party and get more information about the jewelry, the company, and get a 10% discount when you place your order! I can’t wait to see what you pick out! Click here to join. 

If you are interested in any of these products or learning more about jBloom, contact Julie at julieshangle@myjbloom.com or 989.615.9253. She is an absolute doll to talk to!

Outfit Details:

Jeans run large, size down one!

Max Jeans Vest (similar vest linked below)

JCrew Blouse (similar blouse linked below)

Tank top runs small, size up a size or two

Jewelry c/o jBloom
Also, for anyone who has asked how I can blog with young kids… here is a glimpse of how we survive a photo shoot…

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Finishing the Basement: Done! (Well, Mostly)

We have finally made it! The fastest renovation in history. While we aren’t completely finished (I will break that down at the end), it is done to the point where it is usable and contractors aren’t in our home every day. Sources linked at the end. So without further ado, the (mostly) finished basement!

Also, keep in mind that any decorating or furniture is simply placed there at this point. It is not decorated or complete in that aspect, merely finished. Mostly. Sorry, without further ado…

The view coming in from the garage. I still smile every time I walk through the door!

Turning slightly to the left. Where that giant TV is, I would like to put a smaller one and a full length mirror. This was the TV we had in the living room in our old house, but we upgraded when we moved in. So if anyone wants a giant TV, let me know 😉 You can see some of the workout equipment found a home in that little nook under the stairs. While that won’t be their home forever, it is nice to have them out of the way until we actually set up the workout area.

Here’s a little closeup of that under-the-stairs nook, sans equipment. Super cute, right?

I am picturing a ton of pillows, books, and some other toys for the kids when they want to hang out with me while I am working out.

This is the view standing in the guest room looking out. That little storage unit is a placeholder until my uncle installs our built-ins (praise hands!). I am picturing a storage closet on the left and right of that bump out, with a bench and cubbies in between. Check out my Pinterest board for the basement to see what I am brainstorming! I picture all our kid shoes and jackets (the kid stuff is out of control!), winter gear, and sporting equipment having a nice, organized home here. Eventually.

Now turning slightly to the right, standing in the guest room doorway. That is the door that goes out to the garage. I am planning on putting a treadmill in the corner, maybe a spin bike and a weight rack on the right wall.

Looking at the garage door, stairs to the first floor on your right. The built-ins would be on your left here. Can you picture it? My mind is racing with the potential!

You can see the area where the built-ins will go a little better here. (Pardon the orange. Not at all how it is in person!)

Now onto the guest room! This was taken before the trim was done or I mopped. But you get the gist.

We actually fit a queen bed in here! It is tight, but it fits AND we got two small nightstands. I can’t wait to show you more! That door there is the closet/AC unit.

Because of the tight squeeze, picture taking is difficult. Here is my attempt at an angle where you can see the other side of the room.

Onto the office! This is the room on the other side of the stairs. This is the hallway, with the office behind you. The door directly ahead is the water pump. Having the door there would give us easy access to change the filters and turn the water on/off if needed. The door on the left is where the mechanicals and storage is. I will spare you the horror of seeing that room. It needs some major work… We installed an oversized door so we can easily move in/out bigger object if needed.

If you did a 180 degree turn, here you are, in the office! Again, not styled, so don’t judge. Do you spot anything new? Maybe a WINDOW?! This was one addition I was adamant about adding, and I am glad I stuck to my guns. It lets in so much natural light! Since Marcus uses the office daily, it was important for him to have actual daylight. If you are ever considering adding a window, just do it. You will never regret adding more light!

This is the view if you walked into the room and turned around. This acts as a second guest room (hey, pull out couch!) so safety wise, I liked the idea of having a window for a quick exit in case of emergency.

Standing further back. You can see this is actually a pretty good size room! With the couch pulled out (because of course we had to break it in the weekend it was finished! Told you we have guests over a lot!) it fits right up to the desk. Of course you can move the desk back more, but we still have a little wiggle room which is nice.

We are almost done with the tour! If you’ve made it this far, congratulations. I am impressed! So remember how I said we aren’t completely finished? Well here’s one of the big ones. We still haven’t installed the stair treads. The walls in this hallway (and a few other areas) need to be finished a little better and painted again. It isn’t super noticeable, just something that I notice and will drive me nuts #perfectionist. 

Excuse the cute little assistant.

You can also see the mess of wires from the TV. Wires are my nemesis!

This is the view coming down the stairs. You can also see the mess in the basement before I cleaned for pictures. Real life, right? (Also, if you are reading this and recognize those shoes, they were left at Eloise’s party. Please claim them!).

And now you are on the first floor looking down! That mirror is coming down (poor placement if you are using the powder room and the door is open. Not that I know from experience. I have kids, ok? You are welcome for that visual) and I think I will do a couple picture ledges.

So that’s it! For now. We are so thrilled with how it came out! Obviously we still have a lot of work to do to button it up, and a long way to go in terms of decorating. But at this point we can pick away at it slowly instead of rushing to get it done. See below for sources! 

Items that needs to be done still:

Stair treads

Install handrail in stairway

Add new light in hallway

Add built ins

Switch out TV

Add mirror in gym area

Finish sanding/painting rough areas

Finish out closets

Add picture ledge leading up to office

Organize mechanical/storage area

Thanks for following along 🙂

As a side note, the colors are hard to show exactly as they are in person. The gray is the perfect gray with no purple or green undertones. The floor is a true brown with little orange influence.

Walls: Grey Owl, lightened 50% (colormatched in Behr)
Floors: Red River Hickory COREtec Laminate 
Doorknobs: Schlage Gregorian style in oil rubbed bronze  
Contractor: CR Ayers (603)553-0517 and as side note, yes, he is my uncle. But his work is phenomenal and reasonably priced! I highly recommend if you live in the New Hampshire/Massachusetts area.

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Finishing the Basement: Now It’s Getting Real

My mother in law was up a couple weekends ago from Pennsylvania for Eloise’s birthday party. (Sidenote: She’s ONE? How?!). I was talking to her about the home, the basement, and organizing the house in general. Basically I was apologizing for the condition my home was in. She gave me a good reality check because in the scheme of things, we had only been living in this home for seven weeks. That isn’t even two months! In that time we have done more unpacking and renovating than anyone should. So totally a tangent, but that’s my excuse to not give an excuse for being more consistent with blogging. I have been a little busy. One of these days I will get my act together and be more organized!

Carrying on, if you’ve followed along with the basement series, we started with the before, and last was the framing. Now we are onto the more glamorous and big impact items- sheetrock and drywall! Cue the confetti! This is where it gets exciting.


From this angle is where you would be walking in from the garage. This is the workout area, and the doorway to the left is the guest room. Crazy awesome, right?! That little nook under the stairs is going to be a fun little area for the kids if they want to join me while I work out.


Guest room!


Isn’t it a thing of beauty?


It is a little harder to tell (and photograph), but this is the inside of the guestroom. Yes, it’s small. But it’s just a guest room. Guests aren’t meant to stay forever 😉


And here’s the office! Where the door is propped up is where a window will be cut in. Just use your imagination to picture the beautiful natural light. Looks good, right?!


Backing up a bit, looking at the office down the hallway.

We are getting close! I’ve had some people ask why we are rushing a renovation when we just moved in. I wouldn’t call this renovation rushed, rather pressured. I’ve mentioned before that Marcus works from home, and since we have three little people under foot, the first floor office wasn’t a viable option for him. So we turned the upstairs office into a playroom for the kids, and that’s why we are building him an office in the basement. Less noise. Less disruption. And we also have guests staying at our home all the time, so we figured to do it all at once and finish off the guestroom as well.

We are almost done!
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Summer Chic and Rodan & Fields

Nice weather has finally arrived! If you are in the New England area, you know what I’m talking about. We have had nothing but rain and chilly damp weather for what seems like forever. The sun has been out all week and we are all reaping the benefits.

I got this tank a few months ago and I’ve been waiting (im)patiently to wear it! It is the perfect summer look. Effortless and adorable, but still stays in place for easy wearing around children.

(Skip to the bottom for the Rodan & Fields review and to shop this look!)

I’ve been pushing myself out of the box a little with the clothing I’ve been wearing. I am normally drawn to the longer tops and lower rise jeans. I am realizing what different proportions can do for your body! This tank, cinching at the waist, makes my legs look so long and my waist look smaller. It conveniently hides problem area (hey, post-baby belly!) and is lightweight for warm summer days. Ideally I would have worn the top with higher waist jeans too.

I’ve been working with a friend for the past few months who sells Rodan & Fields. I have used the skincare products myself for almost a year and I can’t speak any higher of the company and everything I have used. Since I knew they were a great company, I agreed to test out the LashBoost. Guys. I can’t even tell you how awesome this stuff is! Being a natural blonde, my lashes were really light and not full or long. This product makes it so I literally don’t have to wear makeup. 90% of the time during the week, I am makeup free. No longer are people asking me if I am tired or sick if I am not wearing makeup. My lashes are SO long! It was so easy to use, and for such a big impact. Just a swipe across the lashed with a small brush every evening, and your lashes will skyrocket! It is a fraction of the cost of false lashes, and you don’t have to spend time getting them redone every few weeks because you are growing your OWN lashes! And they look better because they are all natural. This is the last week of using the tube, so 12 weeks altogether.

I have never had great skin. When I was having babies, I turned into a complete pizza face. It was embarrassing, uncomfortable, and I never really felt confident in myself, even with makeup on. I have been using the Unblemish skincare regimen and it is LIFE CHANGING. I don’t sell the products myself, but if I were to do a side business, this would be it. The products work. My skin is unbelievable. And it is an easy four-step system! Now is the first point in my life I actually feel comfortable with my face being bare! And having lashes that looks like I am wearing mascara is a double bonus. I wasn’t even asked to speak about anything but the LashBoost, but I have to because of how much I love it and how well it works!

I also use the Reverse regimen to help with my acne scarring and skin discoloration. My skin is so bright and clear! My scars are hardly noticeable anymore. Just in time for summer where I prefer to not wear makeup because I will just sweat it off!

My only critique of the LashBoost would be to make sure you apply it evenly. I applied to my left eye first, then to my right, and I noticed my left lashes were a bit longer than the right. So just make sure you rotate which eye you start! I am assuming because there was a little more serum on the brush when you first take it out of the tube. I have nothing negative to say about it! You won’t be disappointed.

This is with only one coat mascara. My lashes are so thick and dark! I am obsessed.

Please contact my girl Laura at http://lgafken.myrandf.com if you are interested in the LashBoost or other Rodan & Fields products. She is the sweetest thing! And she has the most adorable little baby girl.

Click the picture below to shop this look!

Also huge thank you to Jenn over at From the Family With Love for shooting these pictures for me! And thanks for making me feel comfortable in front of the camera. www.fromthefamilywithlove.com

Collaboration with Laura Gafken for Rodan & Fields. No compensation was given for my opinions, I just love the products! Affiliate links used. Thanks for supporting my blog!