Our Small Home

Hello, friends. It's been a while here on the old blog. A few months ago we entered our house in Apartment Therapy's "Small Cool" contest. (Many of you took the time to vote for our entry, thank you!) It was really fun photographing our space to share with others, as well as looking through all the other entries. I thought it would be fun to share some of those pictures here.


Updated Bathroom For Six

In another life, before getting married or becoming a mom, I went to school for interior design. One of the things that has stuck with me from those classes is the importance of form and function in design. That it should look good and meet the needs of the people using it. The challenge of marrying beautiful design and great function is invigorating to me. It's one of the things that drew me to a 50-year-old, 960-square-foot, 3 bedroom, 1 bath house. After a year, I am still thriving on planning out and decorating our space. 

Fortunately, our one bathroom is a decent size. It has an 8' wall across from the shower/tub that, when we bought it, only had a very small toilet and a 24" vanity on it. There was also some weird open shelving, which seemed like a climbing hazard for toddlers. Also, I don't know about you, but there are very few things I want on display in my bathroom. I didn't take any pictures of it, but the shower had an old sliding door that, aside from being rather dirty, was semi frosted glass on one side and mirror on the other side. Right across from the toilet. No thanks. If we were going to go from three bathrooms to just one, I knew we would need a few things. First, lots of storage. Lots. Second, a space that was easy to keep organized and clean up. A place for everything. Third, an open door, closed curtain policy. We decided to replace the vanity and mirror, the toilet, and the shower doors.


Our First Year

As of this week, we've spent a year in our house. A full and wonderful year. Over the last two years we've hit the restart button on so many areas of our life. It's not easy to start again, but I'm so grateful we have.

The listing photo for our house. 

We wanted to find a house that was livable, but that we could update over time and we found just that. I'm excited to share some of the projects that we've tackled this year. One of the more simple projects, but also one of my personal favotires, was our front door makeover. I'm not an orange person, and I especially didn't like it with our house color. I debated painting the door for a while. Then one day I grabbed some extra paint we had and just went for it. The previous paint job was so bad I comforted myself with the thought that I could only improve it. It turned out really well!


Happy Birthday, Jack!

Dear Jack Valiant,

Today you are two! It's hard to imagine a time when you weren't in our lives. You fill up our hearts and we love who you are!

You don't say much with words, but you notice everything. You squeak a lot to point out what you're observing and you're very motivated to keep up with your brother and sister. You are incredibly strong and a go getter! But you are also very soft and loving toward people. You love to say bye to anyone and anything. 


Hello, there.

Hi Friends. It's been a while. I've thought about blogging a lot in the last few months. But it just hasn't happened. I think mostly because we've been through such a tremendous amount of change in the last year and I've just been processing a lot quietly and internally. I've actually taken a step back from most social media, though not intentionally. I guess as I've been sorting through things personally I haven't felt the need or desire to "put myself out there" so much.

Anyway, I've been wanting to post and here I am! I don't really know a great place to dive back in but I can start with a few updates, which you may or may not know. First, we're having a little girl at the end of December! The arrival of Violet Grace DeeAnn is much anticipated by everyone in the house.