Sandpoint || Idaho

In Idaho we traveled by kayak, ranger, motor boat, car, train, plane, and foot.  We swam, tubed, hiked, chased, climbed, and paddled.  We smiled, gathered hens eggs, screamed, thew up twice, drank way too much apple cider, watched the sunset across fields of bear grass, fed the alpacas sunflower seeds, were wide eyed about the number of stars and the view from the mountain tops, and all around had a wonderful time.  

Here are a few snaps from our vacation.

The Back Patio

Continuing my home renovation series here is the back patio.  It's a simple space that we made with very little budget.  

First we removed the extra dryer vent and water hose and lots of extra wiring.  Each room in our house was hard wired for cable which seemed ridiculous to us because we don't even have a TV.  There was lots of just extra random non functioning things attached to the house back here, and they all we're taken down.  

When my brother visited he helped me build the benches out of concrete blocks that were just left in the yard.  The previous owners must have had a dog because the entire property line was bricked in.  We cleaned and glued and painted them and added some lumber and BOOM! BENCHES!  We also made some planters, because we just had so many.  I added plants, baskets, and cushions-- and the space is essential finished.  

A few other things: the large wood round is from the neighbors tree that i'll eventually have made into a side/coffee table, but right now acts as a footstool.  All the pants are from the Home Depot (my second home).  The pots are either from the Home Depot or Ikea.  The baskets are from Ikea, except for the larges basket which is from Target.  The cushions are from Ikea as is the side table and watering can.

Because we have two very large oak trees in the backyard, it's always covered in leaves no matter how many times we rake.  And since Florida has a year round growing season they are IMPOSSIBLE to keep up with.

Images from this set can be licensed through Stocksy United.

... and the before image

Before and After || Bedrooms!

As I write this my children are in bed and even though I shot the images of their bedroom just this afternoon, their bedroom is sadly no longer this clean.  But they are sleeping and I love them so dearly when they sleep.

As I continue to document our home renovation, here are the bedrooms.  In both of these rooms we didn't do that much.  They both got new flooring.  It's the same flooring that is throughout our entire home, which really helps our home feel more spacious then it is.  They also got fresh tile on the window sills, the girls room got two of the three windows and frames replaced, new baseboards, fresh paint (which still needs to be touched up...), fresh hardware on the doors, new ceiling fans, updated electrical outlets, and a good deep clean!

We let the children have the larger room.  Our bedroom is small, so small in fact our bed is a full. They have toys and need more space to grow and Drew and I like to cuddle.  We used to have a king sized bed and we would always sleep at different ends, so we welcome the closeness.  

For the girl's room I wanted it be to bright, colorful, and feminine.  They love pink and purple and I wanted a room that didn't over do the girly-ness.  The girls picked out their bedding and I worked around the colors in their comforters adding the blue in the curtains and rug to balance everything out.


Sources:  Nearly everything is from target or Ikea, but mostly target.  

Girls Room: The bedding, rug, curtains, white chair, mirror, assorted baskets and bins are mostly from target.  The bookcase is from Ikea as is the train set.  The play kitchen and doll house are from Santa (which means amazon!)  The floral decals are from Urban Walls.

My Room: Our bed frame, rug, small baskets, and white cupboard are all from Ikea.  The ladder was build for us as part of a trade I did from photographing a wedding, the pink lamp is from target, the camel (named Jafar) is from a thrift store, the camera is a Canon AE-1 from my father-in-law's garage.  I'd like to add that our gray bedding is linen and looks so great unmade.  I HATE making the bed and if you're like me I strongly recommend linen bedding.  Our bed is almost never made.

**Usually we have different artwork displayed in our home (the girls have a beautiful grumpy pear from Fine Little Day in their room and I have a watercolor that used to hang in the stairwell of my grandparents home), but for licensing purposes all the ones in these photographs are my own or were made by the children.  You can license my work through Stocksy United

And the scary before images....