Friday, November 16, 2012

Home Part 4: Ashlee's Bedroom

Here is the last part of my apartment tour, Ashlee's room. Like I previously mentioned Ashlee's room is small. I don't actually think it was intended to be a bedroom. We think they put up a wall in the middle of what was part of the dining room to add a....den? I'm not sure what you'd call it, but Ashlee has really made the most of her space and made it work for her, which is so important.

This is might be the only painting hanging in our apartment that I didn't do. This one is all Ashlee and I love it. Peter Bradley Adams' song Los Angeles holds a special place in my heart.

Note: Ashlee's bed is pushed up to her "closet" to the left. There is only enough room to hang a few coats in there.

Bedding/Rug: Target

I told you it was small! We can't even pull the trundle bed out all the way. However she did get her desk situated just right which is important as she has her own direct sales business (Premier Designs Jewlery) and needs a good space to work. Her room has no overhead lighting, but luckily her lamps and white walls brighten things up.

Mirrors: Ikea
Bulletin Boards: Handmade by our Grandpa

I love that Ashlee accepted the challenge of making her space work for her. Aren't her inspiration boards great?! They are so her!

I hope you enjoyed a peak into our new place! We are beyond grateful to be able to call this our home.

Home Part 3: Bedroom

Hi friends! My apartment tour is quickly coming to an end, but before it does there are a couple more spaces I want to share. I would say this is my favorite, but I love how each room of our apartment feels like me. This one feels especially like me because it's my room, duh! I lucked out with a generous sister who let me take the bigger room (which is saying alot because her "room" is teeny tiny!). My room is pretty random, eclectic and bright, but I think it reflects my style pretty well.

Quilt/Shams: Urban Outfitters (from 2008)
Afghan: made by me
Pillows: Target & Ikea
Robot: made by Ashlee & myself

A big thank you to my parents for allowing us to take this dresser and mirror off their hands. Although I'm so jealous because my mom got a beautiful vintage vanity for her birthday with a huge circle mirror to replace this set. The crate on the floor contains all my art supplies, which is a huge improvement from having them tucked away in a closet when I was living with my parents. (Also, ignore the floor. I'm not really a dirty pig, that's just how the floor looks-paint splatter, scratches and all. Ah, the joys of renting!)

Something that makes our apartment extra special is that most of the paintings and wall decor were done by me. It's pretty sweet to see my "art" on the walls. Our apartment is just one big refrigerator that I put my projects on and I LOVE it!

I would give you a tour of the closet, but it's so long and narrow that it's pretty impossible. Ashlee and I share the closet which we have jam packed. I'm thinking my wardrobe needs another brutal cleaning....mostly because the bar is bending and I'm out of hangers. I blame Target.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Home Part 2: Dining Room & Kitchen

Welcome to my dining room and kitchen!

We knew right away that we wanted to make this nook into a little bar. I think it turned out so cute!

This table and these chairs are both my pride and joy while also being the bane of my existence. My sister and I picked them up for $10 at a neighbor's garage sale. It was pretty scruffy and some of the tiles were missing and broken, but Ashlee and I decided we could use a DIY to keep us busy. I channeled my inner Rachel Denbow, DIY Queen, and we stripped paint, sanded, primed, painted, tiled, grouted, etc. It was so time consuming and probably took us a few months to complete everything, but I love how it turned out. I am looking forward to sharing many meals with friends and family here.

Fresh lavender from the Farmer's Market 

Sliding doors between the living room and dining room. 

Can we talk about this adorable built-in for a moment? Love! A couple years ago my mom cleaned out her china cabinet and Ashlee and I boxed up things we'd want "someday". I think it's so cool that I have a place to display these beauties from both of my grandmothers and my mom.

Sweet Archibald came out to say hello!

The RED walls and the mosiac countertop sure liven up the kitchen. Note the juicer and David's new vices.

Thermos and canteen courtesey of dad cleaning out the garage.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I'm back with the start of my apartment tour! I'll break it up over a few days so as not to bombard you with pictures. (Who am I kidding? I will still bombard you with pictures!) I must start by saying how grateful I am to be here. I am in complete awe seeing God's hand in the whole process. 

You may have noticed the lull in my blogging this year and how lack luster my posts have been. This has been a hard year and during the summer months I kept telling myself that SOMETHING HAD TO CHANGE. Whether it was my living situation, my job situation or my attitude; I NEEDED a change because acting like a normal, functioning human being was becoming more and more difficult.

This month marks 3 years since moving back to Boise from California. While I am SO THANKFUL to my parents for allowing me to overstay my welcome at their house, it was time to make a move. My sister, Ashlee, and I had been looking on and off for months, from Seattle to Boise, but nothing felt right. Then out of nowhere my sister found a beautiful apartment in the heart of downtown Boise, the evening that her summer temp assignment ended. We looked at it the next day, put a deposit on it that night and were approved 4 days later. This was THE ONLY apartment we actually looked at, but it felt so right.

Looking back, it was such a whirlwind! I hadn't mentally prepared myself to move; I didn't believe it would happen until sometime next year, but God had other plans. Our move happened in the midst of major changes at work and a California road trip for a friend's wedding, and I still feel like I haven't processed the gravity of this. For the first time in 3 years I feel independent again. This new apartment has become my sanctuary and I feel so blessed. (I literally have tears in my eyes thinking about it!) So without further ado, welcome to my apartment! (And see if you can spot Blizzard!)

Rug: Target 

 Rug/Tables/Pillows: Ikea
Couch/Right Chair: Boise Bench Commission
Left Chair: Gift from a friend

Mirrors: Ikea
Record Player: Urban Outfitters 

My Christmas present from last year! Now if I can get it tuned.

Picked up from Kelli's moving sale. Ashlee painted and I collaged. 

I must note we have since covered this hideous bookcase under the TV with a table cloth because ugh, what an eye sore!

Photo on the right taken by Ashlee