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H&M Inspiration

This time of year is always a bit crazy for me. While most people are planning egg hunting parties and planning for elaborate brunches, I am working longer hours and getting yelled at by people who feel like the IRS has it out for them personally. A side effect of this is that I go a little overboard with my out of the office hours. I decided that it is absolutely imperative that I tackle the bevy of small projects on my “to-do” list: you know, things that are absolutely crucial like rounding up clothes that need to go to goodwill, painting the guestroom before Andy wakes up, rearranging things in the closet, etc. Things that can be accomplished relatively easily, don’t take a lot of mental effort, and allow me to get rid of some of the frenetic energy that builds up during the work day.

Recently, the lack of “decor” in our home has become mildly distressing. A lot of my friends have wonderfully appointed homes, many of them have been in their current homes a lot less time than Andy and I have, and my brain is screaming at me “GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER, BUCIOR!” My online browsing turned up an interesting decor source, H&M.

1. Cat Apron, 2. Feather Bowl, 3. Glass Box, 4. Photo Frame, 5. Jacquard Bath Towel, 6. Laundry Basket, 7. Small Wooden Box, 8. Round Metal Tray, 9. Candle Lantern Andy and I have very different opinions when it come to what is considered “good” design, but surprisingly enough we both agreed that a lot of these minimal pieces would be quite lovely in our home. The only downside is that there isn’t a H&M location near us that carries these wonderful items.

All photos from H&M.

Grown Up Fancy Girl Dreams

One of the most glamorous things I think a woman can have is a dressing room. A room with the one sole purpose of holding/displaying ones wardrobe in an orderly and aesthetically appealing way. Sounds wonderfully decadent to me. The house I live in now has a walk-in closet, which is the closest I’ve ever come to attaining this particular goal, but alas I share it with my husband who, shockingly enough, actually has more clothing than I do. Lately I have been toying with the idea of giving it a mini makeover, something along the lines of some additional storage, a coat of paint and maybe some better lighting. Even at it’s brightest, the current fixture casts such pitiful light that I am quite sure Dracula himself would find it a cozy place to curl up during the day.

The other benefit of having a space like this is you’d never forget what is in your closet. I can’t tell you how many times I have been elbow deep in a stack of clothes desperately looking for something to wear (mostly on laundry day) and all of a sudden I find something I haven’t seen in a year. In a way it’s like getting something new all over again, but in another it’s frustrating because it means I am not making the most of what I have. What do your closet dreams look like?


Image from here.

Guest Post: Falling in Love

Hey guys, as the title of this post clearly states, I have another guest post for you! My lovely Aunt Ingrid, at the ripe old age of 27, has recently made a career jump from bad-ass auditor to bad-ass real estate agent, and to spice things off she also started a blog that chalk full of all sorts of fun home-related facts and ideas. Her inaugural post, which she was kind enough to share with us, is a letter to buyers talking about how wonderful it is to fall in love at first sight with their new home. Enjoy and check out her blog and facebook page for more tips, ideas and fun facts.


Dear Home Buyers,

I remember the first time I set eyes on my future home. It was in the evening and I had been touring home after home after home. I was tired and frustrated, and then I saw her on the multiple listing service. She was built in 1923 and has a front-porch that spans the front of the house and a stunning oak tree over the front yard. I never believed in love at first sight, but that is what it was then and still is today. I called my realtor and immediately told her that we had to see it. I had a contract on my home that same day, and have had no regrets.

That feeling of “love at first sight” is the experience that I want my buyers to have. I want them to know that this huge purchase is for the right reason and for the right home for them. In my efforts to place home buyers, I try to get to know them by scheduling an initial listing appointment and asking targeted questions such as “Are you okay with a little demolition” or “Do you want to pay more for move-in ready or would you like that diamond in the rough?” After about 15 minutes of a good heart-to-heart conversation about their needs, I have a better picture of what they want and they understand that I have their best intentions in mind.

As an agent, I am here to help the home buyer and negotiate on his behalf. How can I do that without getting to know them on the front end? After all, we will be in constant contact for the next 30-60 (or more) days, depending on the first search and closing date.

From that initial appointment, I am able to personalize my home listings to the clients’ needs. Any person can pull a search of 50 homes in your target area, but the home buyer becomes numb to the flood of information. By sitting down and discussing the criteria, the home buyer and I (realtor) narrow down the prospects. It is a much more enjoyable experience and I believe leads to a happier client and happier sales transaction.

Please let me know if you have any interest in buying or selling your home. I am happy to help!

Happy Hunting!

Home Inspiration

One of the first things I did when Andy and I moved into our home 2 and a half years ago was paint. The whole house was this really blah beige  and frankly it was depressing. I like color, I always have. These days, since Andy has to live in our home too, my color choices are more along the lines of sages and blue-greys vs. the kelly green and tropical turquoise I picked for my college apartments. Shade and vibrancy aside, the moral of the story is I like color in my living spaces. Or I thought I did, lately I’ve found myself drawn to home decor images that feature lots of bright whites that are then accented by brightly colored furniture. Maybe it’s just a phase?

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It would take a lot of coats of paint to combat the current wall colors.


Images from here.

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Sleeping in Trees

Well, tree houses to be more specific. Right after college, my aunt let me move into her second home, a small house, on stilts, in the middle of the woods. The driveway was impassable when it rained and I had to face my intense fear of spiders daily, but it was one of the best places I’ve ever lived. There were many a Friday where I would turn off my phone, grab take out on the way home and spend the whole weekend basking in the blissful solitude.  Octavian and Stanley loved it too, they would spend all day curled up on the bed in loft, or stretched out on the screened in back porch. When I saw this post featuring this gorgeous tree house retreat, it brought back all those wonderful memories.

treehouse front porch with slide Treehouse photo by Samantha Erin Photography Treehouse photo by Samantha Erin Photography treehouse mascot treehouse front entrance Hammock chair on front porch Treehouse photo by Samantha Erin Photography Treehouse photo by Samantha Erin Photography Treehouse photo by Samantha Erin Photography

Did you see the giant red slide?! One of the coolest things about this particular tree house is that owner Lynne Knolton used reclaimed and upcycled items to build it.

Images from here.