How I Design a Space: My Notebook

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Okay.  So I am going to give you the quick summary of my notebook.  It will give you a overview of what my process is when I am designing a space.

  • Cute cover page.  It’s a must for me. Preferably with a good quote.   Cute + Functional = Perfection.   Also I have notebooks for everything.  They are everywhere.  I’m weird like that.  So I need cover pages for them all or I’d never be able to tell them apart. A great cup of coffee never hurts anything either! 🙂
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  • Paint List. This doubles as a shopping list for paint as well as a list that I can refer to later if I, “want more of that bedroom paint… It was gray… What was that name again??!” I three-hole punch this one and don’t put it in a page protector because I want to be able to easily write on it.
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  • Paint Swatches.  I put this one in a page protector so I can throw all my actual paint swatches inside. It’s helpful to have them for matching finishes later!  All your colors in one spot!
  • Shopping List. This one is nice because you can have a running list of things you need to pick up at some point. It’s also nice because you can see what you need for a project but if you’ve got time, you can watch Menards or Home Depot ads for a couple weeks or even months and get what you need when it’s on sale.  We did this for our last house and we got the majority of what we needed on sale between the time we closed on the house the end of December and moved in the beginning of March.  I also just three-hole punch this one.
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  • To-Do List. Break the tasks down that need to be completed for each project. Some projects will take a lot of time, some not much at all. This is awesome because it takes away the need to think about what’s next all the time. And if someone wants to work on something for an hour, you can look at the list and give them a short task.  If someone wants to work on something for a weekend, you can give them a bigger task.  And you can do all this without thinking, “Oh boy, let me think… What needs to be done next.”  I also just three-hole punch this one or sometimes I just hang it where I can get to it easily!
  • Measurements. This is where you record room dimensions, window sizes, etc.  It’s handy to have all these measurements when you’re out and about. If you’re out at garage sales and you’re getting your thrifty on, you might   find some awesome curtains that you love.  “But what size was that kitchen window?”  Handy notebook to the rescue! I also just three-hole punch this one.
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  • Plans: Keep all your plans here in one place so when you are ready for a project, you know where to find all your info!  I’ll get into more on plans when I explain hot to do that later. I put this one in a page protector.  I also put all my finished plans in separate page protectors behind this page.  That way if I’m ready to work on a specific project, I can just pull out the plans for that one project and it’s resistant to water, grease, mud, children. 😉
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  • Graph Paper: Keep extra graph paper on hand for sketching out plans. You can buy graph paper or print some of your own.  Google “Graph  Paper” to print some or you can get some on Amazon here. I put this one in a page protector along with several sheets of graph paper so I can sketch whenever I’m inspired!

Here is a free printable of my notebook.  Just in case you have a project of your own coming up! 🙂

How I Design a Space: How I Began

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To start off with… I’ll explain a bit where I’m coming from.  Why I am who I am.

At 16, my dad and mom separated. It was a tough age. Soon I found out that if I had interest in home projects, I would need to do it myself.  I started with painting walls in our house.  Sometimes it was special.  My color choices were far from developed. I was sloppy and it was far from perfect.  What on earth my mom was thinking letting me go, I have no idea!  (That’s the kind of mom I want to be!)  From painting walls to painting furniture to whitewashing a brick fireplace to installing tile to planking a living room ceiling to installing and finishing hardwood floors to remodeling kitchens and whole houses.

Questionable design choices as I was developing my style...

 

People see where I’m at now, they are impressed. (Or something like that??) What they don’t see are all my failures.  All the things I tried that didn’t work out.  All the mistakes. I STILL make mistakes!!! Like EVERY project!!

 

So just don’t compare your chapter 1 with my chapter 20. I’ve done a LOT of projects since I was 16.  The more you do, the more comfortable you will be. The more aware of YOUR style you’ll be. The more confident you will be in your designs.  My best advice is just jump in and try it!!! What’s the worst that could happen?

 

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I LOVE being surrounded by beauty.  But I also NEED function.  So if something is simply beautiful, but it makes my life more difficult, I won’t do it.   When something is well organized, pretty, AND super functional – That is when it is “life giving” to me.  Fill your home with things that YOU love… Not things someone else tells you to love.  Make your home life giving – Not life sucking.

 

Questionable design choices as I was developing my style...

Next I’ll be talking about my house notebook… Yes another notebook.  Yes I have a notebook for everything.  Notebooks are my love language.  😉

 

 

Questionable design choices as I was developing my style...

Back when I was rocking a flip phone clipped onto my mom jeans! (I was 18. And not a mom.)

The Return:

Ahh yes.  September.  Last year.  The last time I posted.

 

I feel like the first 12 months of my baby’s lives is filled with being overwhelmed.  I mean I keep them fed… I play outside… I even keep the house relatively together – most of the time.  But I just don’t get a whole lot more than that done.  Blogging fits in that category.

 

So to kick off my return… In the next couple weeks I’m planning on doing a series on…

 

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So stay tuned!  I’ve got all sorts of good stuff coming up!

My Friday:

Friday:

Just had a toilet overflow out the bathroom door, all the way down the hallway and back into our room before I noticed it… I raced into the living room and put the almost asleep baby I was holding down on the floor which made him scream bloody murder because he didn’t want to be on the floor at all.

Then I used up all the newly washed and folded towels to sop up the mess. I had just finished mopping up the floor (with extra concentrated thieves cleaner because… Toilet! EW!) when the naked two year old in the tub started clamoring that she wanted out. And since all the clean towels were no longer clean, I grabbed a little dishtowel and wrapped it around her waist. I slung that girl over my arm like a sack of potatoes and tiptoed across the wet newly mopped hallway floor and safely into her room where I could get her dressed. At which point she ran shrieking from the room stark naked (like two-year olds tend to do) down the wet hallway floor and… whooooosh-thump. I heard her head hit the floor.

So Emma is blood curdling screaming sprawled out on the floor.

Wesley is still blood curdling screaming in the living room.

Finally now, Emma is playing in the living room fully dressed. Wesley is happily nursing. And all is well with the world. 😉

#anyoneelsereadyfortheweekend #aintnobodygotenoughcoffeeforthat #mommasaidtherewouldbedayslikethis #justbeingreal

Moving Ideas!

So it’s only been… what… almost 6 months since we moved??  Better late than never, right?!?!?  I really wanted to pass on some of the tips and tricks I picked up while moving.  Granted, we were moving 10 minutes away not cross-country, so we weren’t forced to be suuuuuuuuper organized. But I do love how everything turned out!  It really did go super well!
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I based much of my moving plans on these two inspirations on Pinterest.
Moving inspirations from Pinterest
Moving inspirations from Pinterest
Also… Let’s be honest… a few months before we moved, my favorite Emily moved.  I totally watched her and ripped everything off.  It’s the story of my life!
I had everything in a 3 ring binder notebook that I carried around with me as I was packing to record what was in which box.  A couple page protector sleeves in it was nice for storing the labels.  Makes them easier to find the room you’re packing in.  I got 3 colors… One color for upstairs, one for downstairs, and one for the garage.  So I had 3 page protectors and kept each colored labels in each one.
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 I *LOVED* how easy this routine made it for everyone helping us move !  (I was 8.5 months pregnant at the time, so all the friends who helped us move were absolute lifesavers!!)  Everyone automatically knew which level/area each box went at a glance by simply looking at the color of the label.
I started packing non-essentials and stuff I didn’t use much asap.  The sooner you start so you’re not packing EVERYTHING all at once the better!
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The labels I ordered were from Amazon… They make life SO much easier to have preprinted.  I printed the sheets off then packed away.  So simple!!!!
I have found that they don’t necessarily stay on the best all on their own… So just to make sure they stay on the box a small piece of packing tape is a good fix.  Unless you have an Emma in your house who likes peel off any labels.  Then 2 large pieces of tape covering the whole label is in order.  Ha!  It kinda defeats the whole purpose if your kiddo rips all the labels off all the boxes.
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 I hate moving (I want to live and die in this house!) but having a game plan helps i.m.m.e.n.s.e.l.y!!!  It made me feel like I was approaching a challenge that I could conquer!
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And bonus!  Here are free printables for my moving notebook and my labels… If you can use them, AWESOME!!!!
 If you found this post, you’re probably moving… So good luck with that!  Hope it goes super well for you!!!

Coffee Bar….

Yes.  This looks familiar.

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I just loved it so much in My Favorite Emily’s house…

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that I made it in our old house…

DIY in Real Life: Coffee Bar Before & After

then made it again in the new house!

So is it a lack of creativity or just a matter of I know what I like??! Ha!

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Actually the buffet fits here even better than the old house! Yay for that!!

Fun fact: This buffet belonged to Handsome Man’s great grandpa and grandma!  I love love love this piece! I was unable to refinish the sides due to the veneer being too thin too sand and not being in the best shape. So I opted to paint the sides
gray and refinished the wood top. Love!

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This is a super functional area that I use every. single. day!  (I mean COFFEE, right??)

The extra open storage for dishes is nice since we don’t have a whole lot of cupboards. (We do have the pantry and that’s a ton of storage too!)

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And the cups all hanging where I can get em super easy makes me happy.

It’s no wonder this is the second thing I’m featuring in my posts of the things in my kitchen that make me happy.happy.happy!

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I love taking all my ugly store-bought containers and dumping the contents into clear glass  containers and slapping chalkboard labels onto them! 🙂

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And this lady insisted on getting her picture taken.  And with that cheesy smile, how do you resist??

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Workin’ hard on the New House Remodel:

So we’re still plugging away over at the new house remodel. About all I have time for are my weekly (or so) updates on what we’ve accomplished.  I am looking forward to more detailed posts later after we get moved in and settled that have more instructions on “How to Build a Refrigerator Enclosure” and all that! 🙂

 

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Speaking of refrigerator enclosures….  Handsome Man totally rocked ours one evening last week!

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Excuse the dark pictures… We are like raccoons… All of our best work is done at night.  Although hopefully we aren’t as cranky and mean as raccoons.  Ha!

I will say though… It’s amazing though how a basic construction enclosure SO finishes off an area like this! Totally can’t wait to get that refrigerator in baby!!!

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We also spent the last couple evenings working on the few places that needed drywall replaced.  This area we had to tear into to do electrical. And yes we could have patched the couple of holes we punched in the wall…. But the rest of the wall had wallpaper.  So I batted my eyes at Handsome Man… Said pretty please… And he opted to rip it out and just replace the drywall on this short wall altogether.  My anti-wallpaper-removal-instincts thank you babe! 😉

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And really the space just took one full piece of drywall and another few small pieces…  It’s not that bad, right hon? lol!

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We’ve also been plugging away on these bad boys.

Ceiling.

Planks.

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While yes…. They look spectacular installed and I love them with my whole heart… The process of installing them is a total drag!  We saved money using the thinner planks from Lowes rather than the car siding from Menards, but because they are thinner they are a lot trickier to install.  You obviously can’t just *WHACK* them into place like you can car siding.  If I weren’t pregnant, they might drive me into becoming a drinking woman.  They’re that bad.

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But I just keep reminding myself that they look spectacular when they’re done.

Just keep planking.  Just keep planking.

Also in other news… When I went to IKEA for the FIRST TIME, I got one of these lights for the entryway.  And folks?  I LOVE it installed there!  And it was seriously a cheap fixture.  Especially for how large this thing is.  I kind of really love it.

Anyway…. That’s what we’ve been up to this last week.  Anxious to see what we complete this week!

I think we are close to turning a corner on doing all the really dirty stuff and nearly to the finishing stage of trim and painting and stuff.  I can’t wait for that!!!! Eep!!!

An exciting-new-can’t-keep-the-news-in-any-longer development!

Yes.  It’s true.

 

And I can’t keep it quiet any more!

 

We are in fact going to buy another house!!!!!!   WHOOHOO!!!!!

 

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We close on the 22nd (***Less than two weeks!!!!!***)   and we’ll spend a month or two redoing the worst of it before we move in.

 

 

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New hardwood floors are on the list.   Lucky us, it appears the bedrooms upstairs already have hardwood installed.  They just needs to be refinished.

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Also a kitchen remodel. (It’s all original 70’s complete with a sexy built-in avocado green stove)

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Floors and kitchen are the things that are hardest to re-do while living in a place so we’d like to check those things off the to-do list before we move in.  Also… Since we will be renting out our current home, March is a much better time to find a renter than January.

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After we move in we can begin to remodel the bathrooms.  And since we have 3 bathrooms in the new house we can easily have one down at a time and use the other 2 in the meantime.  This is the main bathroom and will be re-done first… Since after all, it has carpet.  Carpet.  Caaaaaaarpet.

In the bathroom.

Not a fan of carpet in the bathroom! 🙂

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Mostly I’m looking forward to starting over again.  Only this time we will be making choices  that we really love, not just because it’s the best choice for an investment.  That makes me giddy! 🙂

In the meantime, I’m going to go work on my design plans and supply lists.  I want to have this as WELL thought out and pre-planned as possible as we will be remodeling the kitchen before living in the space first.

EEP! I love this.

2 Main Offices:

And now we come to the two main offices.  These are the rooms that belong to the guys who work in the office the most… The big boss and the guy-who-writes-checks.  (I’m pretty sure neither of those titles are correct… But whatever. 😉 )

 

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 Again… This is the main inspiration photo. (Just in case you’re not tired of seeing it yet. Ha!)

Who could get tired of looking at it anyway?  It’s awesome!

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This is the adjusted floor plan for the desk. We changed a fair amount along the way due to being a tad unsure how it would all end up together! 😉  Yay for guys who go with the flow and fill in the details!!

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This is the side view of the desk/bookshelves.  You’ll notice we did cut the bases off the bottom of the 3-drawer cabinets to make it an appropriate height for a desk.  After adding an extra 2 inch butcher block on top it was still a tad on the tall side, but it was close!  Nothing a little taller chair couldn’t fix.  I think normal desks are somewhere around the 30″ height as opposed to 31.5″-32″ height.  All said and done this looks-like-a-custom-built-in only had about 5 screws actually in the wall so if they ever move, they can easily do that!

 

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Love these these offices so very much!!!!