a chevron wall


Meet the office – it’s no where near finished.  I’m a little stuck with it – I know we need a better solution for the whole desk/computer/printer/thousand cords mess, I just can’t figure it out.  For now this blank wall needed some love.  I asked Zac to tape off a chevron wall for me.  Since he used to be a geometry teacher I figured it’d be right up his alley.  It took forever three nights because he made it perfectly perfect.  Lots of measuring, levels and other various tools that I don’t know the name of.  And I love it!  Thanks best husband ever!


After he taped the wall off I painted over where I was going to add the new color with the existing cream wall color.  Zac figured this out a few years back – it seals in any gaps between the tape and the wall with the color that’s already there.  Then I went over that the next morning with the grey that we have in the hallway.  The tape trick works great on fancy painters tape and plain old masking tape (I even tested it – see below).  It was a perfect way to unite the cream of this room with the grey from other parts of the house.


Needless to say I had a heap of tape after I pulled it all back.


Here are some other little peeks at the office.


Here’s what the room looked like the day we moved in:


Anyone have any good ideas for a desk solution?


fall mantel


I’m getting real close to finishing all my wedding edits from the summer – when that happens watch out, I’ll be posting like a crazy woman.  For now a quick update to the mantel for fall.  We’ve had the most amazing fall weather  – like crazy amazing for Oregon.  Sun since the 5th of July.  I love it!  But rain is in the forecast so we’re kinda excited to actually have a fire – we haven’t had a fireplace that worked in our house in about 10 years.  Anyhow, back to the mantel . . . a few gourds (a baseball placed by Josiah) was a good start.  You know that little $1 section when you first walk into Target?  There was a little pack of cute fall cut-outs – punched some holes and hung them up with some string – $1 fun 🙂

room reveal: Logan’s bedroom

We put together a pretty fun surprise for the boys the other weekend.  They stayed the night at Nana’s and we got to work painting, putting beds together and generally overhauling their rooms.  Let me back up . . . when we moved in we threw their mattresses on the floor, toys in the room and clothes in the closet and let it be for a bit.  Here’s the before (and yes, we used moving boxes to block the morning sunlight – don’t judge):

So we started by painting Logan’s room a soft grey (you’ll see the color again in future posts).  I knew a while back when dreaming about his room that I wanted horizontal grey stripes for the window panels – only problem is that I had a hard time finding fabric that wasn’t crazy expensive.  I ended up finding a duvet cover at Target that was perfect – so this is simply a queen size cut in half and sewed up to fit.  The bonus is that it had a couple of pillowcases to match.

I love how the lamp’s pull is a whistle – and the base is a bat – so Logan.  And we had to give Yoda a little blog love too.

We did something fun with chalkboard paint in another room (it’ll make it’s appearance soon) so I was excited for Logan’s little square.  Zac thought up a super great way to keep those paint lines perfect a few years ago – we taped it off and then painted over the inside edge with the same grey wall paint and let that dry.  That way the grey paint fills into any holes under the tape.  Then we painted three coats of the blue chalkboard paint.  I wasn’t super excited about the color at first, I had pictured it more light blue . . . but after we got some chalk rubbed in it’s much better and growing on me.

The boy had requested a desk, only problem is that there was definitely not room for a traditional one in his little 9×9 room.  My Mom and I found this one at Ikea, it mounts perfectly to the wall between the door to his room and the closet.  And we love how it folds down when not in use.  Those little bins for markers and whatnot come from Ikea as well – perfect for the space.

And finally we can always count on Zac to make things more efficient – so he added a shelf and lowered the hanging rod in Logan’s closet so that he can reach his clothes without a step-stool.

Let’s look at the before and after one last time . . .

Stay tuned for Josiah’s room reveal!

little things

We’ve been doing little (but important) things around here lately.  These little chalkboard labels are so fun (and a hint to what’s happening on the other side of the room).  I found them at Staples – Martha Stewart’s line, of course.  And Zac has been busy changing out the old brassy door handles and hinges – don’t they look so much nicer?!?!

Oh – and we got a fancy toilet.  The old one in the master bath worked fine, except it felt like it belonged at a pre-school.  A little small – especially for my tall husband.  So we found this one at Costco (actually, Zac and the boys found it one Saturday while I was shooting a wedding) and it was one of the first things replaced in the house.  Shows you where it was on Zac’s priority list – haha.  It’s nice and tall and we love the two flush options . . . I feel like I’m venturing into TMI so I’m done talking about the toilet now.

another vertical garden

While I was thinking about making that first vertical garden I thought this version would be fun too!  Pretty much the same process as here except I used an entire pallet instead of half (the only downside is it’s really heavy).

The boys were home sick this day but were dying to get outside into the sunshine so I let them play in the dirt for 10 minutes before I sent them back inside.  And a little wine usually helps on projects like these where you don’t have to draw any straight lines.  You’ll notice between the next picture and the last I added some extra flowers we had – definitely helped fill in the holes.