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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.

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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!

Freshen Your Decor for Spring

8 Mar

This month, I talked to three local designers and shop owners about their favorite ways to switch up decor for the season. Here is a link to the Kitsap Sun article here, and a few photos to get you inspired!

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Air plants add natural spring color at Conservatory Coastal Home.

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Gorgeous green and white watercolor inspired throw pillows at Conservatory Coastal Home.

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Springy accents at Conservatory Coastal Home.

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An inspirational collection of spring design elements.

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Mise en Place Design in downtown Bremerton.

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Photo by Valley Vintage Market.

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Photo supplied by Valley Vintage Market.

 

Reclaiming the Basement: A Kid’s Art Studio

8 Feb

It turns out that our small house can actually live a lot larger than it’s marketable square footage suggests. In an effort to find some more space for the kids to play, I transformed an area of our basement that was previously cluttered with junk and depressingly dark and ugly. Read my latest feature in the Kitsap Sun for more details on how I organized the space. We now have a bright art studio and small play area as well, giving us room to breathe and grow, for a few more years, anyway. You can make the most of the space you have too, with a little creative thinking and DIY ingenuity.

Here are some photos of the new area, before and after the changes.

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BEFORE: This area was a cluttered dumping ground.

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AFTER: Now it is a cheerful art area for the kids.

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BEFORE: Unloved, cluttered space.

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AFTER: A little extra play space for the growing kids.

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