Managing Week Night Chaos

20 Sep

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When the school year hits, I need as many tricks to simplify and streamline my life as possible. In this month’s feature for the Kitsap Sun, I brief you on five ways to do just that. From wardrobe management to avoiding frequent trips to the grocery store, I’m certain you’ll find at least one helpful hint to ease the transition into the busy fall season.

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A Basement Office Renovation

5 Aug

In my latest feature for the Kitsap Sun, I tackled the largest DIY project I have ever done. I turned my husband’s basement office, formerly and lovingly referred to as the “hovel”, into a cheery and efficient space. It was a huge challenge, but also a total labor of love.

Chris has needed a better place to work for years, since he works from home much of the time. After assessing all of his specific needs and considered how we wanted the space to function for guests from time to time, I created a plan and set to work. Included in the long list of changes are these highlights: a new diy desk and filing situation, shiplap style planked walls, painted floors, a new rug, task lighting, new bedding, and diy book shelves for an ever growing library.  Here are a few photos of before, during and after the two-week renovation.

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AFTER: The futon now sits in the nook where the desk was, and with a new blanket, throw pillows, rug and planked walls, the space is cozy and inviting.

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BEFORE: Using this room as a guest space was a total afterthought, and having the futon did not make the best use of this area.

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BEFORE: The built in desk was not sufficient for the way Chris worked. So we ripped it out and flipped the furniture plan for the room.

DIY Paver Planters

5 Jun

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Making planters out of concrete pavers was a super simple and low cost way to create some visual interest and a bit of privacy for our back patio. Read my column for the Kitsap Sun where I outline the basics of putting these modern containers together. The project was very easy, but use caution and build them with a buddy. They are extremely heavy!

 

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Comfortable Minimalism

12 May

What is minimalism? Essentially, minimalism is about promoting what you value and the purging of all else. The ideology pertains not only to your physical space, but to the way you choose to spend your time and how you spend your money. It’s really about seeking a lifestyle of authenticity by living more simply.

This month for the Kitsap Sun, I expanded on this idea and outlined some practical tips for making the move toward living minimally in your home. You’ll also find a list of resources to get started with minimalism. I think that it is possible to live more minimally, with only the things you truly love, whilst not forsaking any of your creature comforts.

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The air plant rests on top of a special collection of rocks collected on family beach walks. Not only do I love the look of the natural colors and textures, but the memories they invoke make me smile each time I pass by. 

Hall Closet Organization

18 Apr

 

IMG_3126After twenty years of not functioning well, my mother-in-law’s closet was ready for an overhaul. In this month’s feature for the Kitsap Sun, I’ll give you tips and tricks how to purge and re-organize your hard working hall closet so that it functions more efficiently.

Here are a few photos to inspire you!

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