emily + joe project: a preview

Emily and Joe are sweet friends of mine from Michigan State. Their Master Bedroom started out as a small consultation but some how turned into a full scale redesign project. Emily and I have been slowly picking away at ordering and purchasing furniture and accessories for the last 8 months! Beauty takes time, right?!  The room is still far from complete, (we need art(!), a console table of some sort, an ottoman or bench, and some other random odds and ends) but after a full day of work this weekend, I think it’s time I share a few photos of the progress…

first for some before shots…

I think their bedroom is about the same size as my last apartment…

for a master bedroom, it’s massive! (unlike my previous apartment)

(that guy’s face on the TV cracks me up every time I see this photo)

a fresh coat of paint really brightened up the room and I’m in LOVE with these West Elm dressers!

a day of shopping resulted in some pretty blue finds!

 …and a whole mess of progress.

This past weekend Emily and I had a great time thrifting and antiquing, picking up some needed accessories, and hanging frames and those lovely swinging arm sconces that flank the bed.

still NOT complete, but I’d say, it’s looking pretty good!

a little house tour


excuse me! I’m allergic to dust and man oh my is this website dusty!!!

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I left you with an “EXTERIOR PHOTOS ONLY” cliff-hanger! My apologies friends! As you can imagine Jason and I have been pretty busy over here (in Jackson now) getting settled into the new house. I actually wrote the majority of this follow-up post the same day I wrote the last post and it was scheduled for the very next day… then I just procrastinated 6 weeks on adding the actual pictures. whoops.

that being said, here’s the post:

I’m hoping to find the time to pop back over here as frequently as I used to now that things are settling down. It’s been a pretty busy summer full of work, travel, a tiny (but fortunately very short lived) employment search, and of course the new house + move. It’s made me so sad to have been neglecting some of my sweet clients but now I’m finding myself taking some deep breaths and enjoying that glorious light that I can see peeking out at the end of the tunnel. I can’t wait to get back to a serene and luxurious master bedroom project and a chic glam dining room makeover all from my very own drafting table in my very own house!

Anyway, enough ramble, how about some interior photos, yeah?!…

(all of these photos were taken BEFORE we moved in)

 From the front door you walk into this lovely entryway. All the woodwork is absolutely stunning but we’re going to need to finish some of the baseboards and the staircase, all of which are a little beaten up. I’d love to see a banded jute or sisal runner on those stairs! Not exactly sure how I feel about that tile… but it’s fine for now.

Here’s our living room. It’s massive at about 25′ x 15′! It’ll take a whole lot of furniture to finish this room, and like most rooms in our house it will stay empty for a while. For now, I’ll just keep dreaming of some mirrored comfy sofas in front of that fireplace and perhaps a baby grand piano in the corner? Just past the living room is the foyer (pictured above) and past the foyer is the dining room.

a view of the living room from the staircase

Directly behind the living room is the den (or library) it’s still a bit of a schizophrenic room as we’re never sure what to call it. This will be the first room we’ll furnish – with just about every piece of furniture that we own from our previous tiny apartment.

We have a pretty large kitchen behind the formal dining room. It’s pretty dated so I think we’ll be doing an inexpensive cosmetic overhaul in here first. Oh and that grout… it’s supposed to be light gray. gross.

We also have a lovely 1970’s trash compactor available if anyone’s interested… 🙂

our upstairs hall is one of my favorite places in the house. it’s so light and open!

i can’t get enough of the view from that window.

upstairs, the east side of the house (pictured above) holds 3 bedrooms. that’s the master on the right and there are 2 more bedrooms through that mini hallway there on the left… one of which would be perfect for a nursery 🙂

 on the west side of the second floor there’s a 4th bedroom, and 2nd bathroom and a laundry room. I must have forgotten to get “before we move  in” photos of those 2 rooms.

This is the master… those 4 windows let in lots of gorgeous light!

you walk though a small dressing room/closet off the master bedroom to enter the *peach* master bathroom

man that’s peach.

I’ve got plans for this master bathroom though (plans that involved making the peach my friend for about 10-15 years until we can actually afford to gut the pink tiles and start over)… we’ll see if I can get Jason to play along.

on the other side of the pink bathroom is the green (guest) bathroom. This bathroom doesn’t offend me as much. The 2 upstairs bathrooms are mirror images of each other at exactly the same size but because the doors are in different places, this bathroom just seems so much bigger to me.

That’s all for now, but as you can see, we have our hands full with this place and we have A LOT of projects in the works! Projects that somehow put me into a spin of 6 week silence… the good news is, there’s a ton of great blog material happening behind the scenes here so stay tuned!

In the meantime, any advice for us new homeowners? Do you have an ever-growing, never-ending list of projects? – we’d love to know how you prioritize and handle it!

The Great Jackson House Hunt

It was a warm May evening when Jason and I were lying in bed contemplating whether or not to put an offer on a house that we LOVED but all 4 of our parents HATED.

The kitchen was beautifully updated, I could see where my office would go and more importantly, our Christmas tree.  Sure, it was a Quad-Level, there were only 3 bedrooms, and a waaay to small master bath but we were quickly falling in love with that house and we just couldn’t understand why our parents had such a disdain for it.

“Maybe our parents are right…” Jason said.

As I looked at him feeling defeated and crestfallen, I remembered the words that my mom spoke to me on the phone just hours before.

“This will all happen in God’s timing. If you’re feeling that He’s urging you away from this house you should listen to Him and trust that He probably has an even better house waiting for you.”

“You know babe, I’ve been thinking…” Jason said. “With interest rates as low as they are, maybe we should be looking for our “forever” house – and as much as I like the Quad-Level, I really can’t picture us there forever.”

As usual, I was stubborn about agreeing with him, but in my heart I knew both my mom and Jason were right. This wasn’t the house where I could picture our “forever” either and we were at an extreme first-time buyers advantage with excellent credit reports and incredible mortgage rates.

“Ok” I said with a shrug of my shoulders. “The Quad-Level can be out, but really Jason, let’s only look at ONE more house and if neither of us is feeling it let’s agree that we’ll extend our apartment lease for another 6 months and put house hunting away until the fall.

We had a deal.

So, when Jason called me late in the morning on June 18th, our one year wedding anniversary, to say that he’d scheduled a showing of a house in the city for that very afternoon, I was apprehensive, but also excited. This was IT for spring house hunting – either we like it or we don’t. It really takes some pressure off when you’ve seen A LOT of houses but there’s NOTHING else on the table. Besides, this was an old house, one that’s probably way too big for us, and most likely carries lots of old house problems along with it. I was up for an old house, but Jason wasn’t quite convinced so it couldn’t be very likely that we’d both fall in love with it… right?

Man oh man, it was LOVE at first sight. For both of us.

I arrived a little late after taking a half day at the office and driving from Grand Rapids and when Jason greeted me at the door he was grinning from ear to ear. As we walked from room to room our grins got bigger and bigger. The built-ins! The moldings! The giant rooms! The incredible light! We knew we had to act quickly as this was the first day the house was on the market and we were the first showing in the door (quickly followed by one or two more that evening) And we knew right away that this house was one worth trying for so 2 hours later, we were writing an offer.

Our first offer.

On our first anniversary.

For what would hopefully be …our FIRST house!

Long (and dramatic, as I’m sure most foreclosure first time home buying stories are) story short, Jason and I are now the proud owners of this Georgian Colonial beauty pictured here! We can barely believe it’s ours and we are so glad that we listened to our parents and more importantly waited for and trusted in God’s timing and allowed Him to lead us to our “FOREVER” house (that, because it was a foreclosure, just happened to be within our price range).

We closed on July 26th and we’ve taken the past month to slowly move out of our Lansing apartment while fixing things and making some minor improvements to the new house. Friday is our official move in day and we could not possibly be more excited! This new house means new challenges, new inspiration, and new blog material and you better bet your booty’s I’ll be taking you readers along for the ride!



shelf style

I’ve been putting off the shelves in my husbands office for about 2 years now… it was the final phase of the whirlwind 12 hour installation we did way back when and I’m ashamed to say I really half-assed those shelves. I’ve been getting incredibly inspired lately and these images might just be the fuel I need to light a fire under me and finish J’s shelf style . . .




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inspiration board inspiration


First, let’s be clear.

I love Pinterest.

{Jason calls it “the pin-um” and he’d definitely vouch for my obsession}

however, while I LOVE having my favorite images perfectly organized and sourced via the luxury of the pin-um,


you just can’t beat a tangible inspiration board.

{anyone out there nodding in agreement?!?}

There’s something majorly inspiring about cutting and ripping color combinations, potential diy projects, and gorgeous images of interiors out of magazines and pinning them up on an inspiration board where I can see them everyday.

here are a few of my favorite inspirational images of inspirational boards


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