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2.11.2018

Weekly Notes | No. 6


Just some random thoughts compiled from the past week, enjoy your Sunday!

1. Have you heard of the app Hoopla? You can connect your library card and check out books on your phone! I love our local library but often times I am scared of late fees which stops me from checking out books.

2. Kristin Ess did it again... this air dry creme is my new best friend! (Thanks to my friend, Chelsea for sharing about it!) 

3. If you are looking for a new workout, you must try Barre3! Not only is the workout amazing, but the community is so empowering and supportive.

4. I made this soup this week and it was a hit. It was easy and full of flavor, I definitely added it to my taste tested board.

5. I'll be using this technique on my new all white sneakers.

6. Everything in this Etsy shop is absolutely beautiful!

7. I made my first Blurb book this past week after seeing the girls at The Merrythought make a mocktail bookI'm eager to see how it turned out! It's so crazy how we can self publish books these days so easily.

8. Did you see my plans for our garage apartment and the scary before photos?

9. If you're looking for a daily devotional, I've had this one since the beginning of the year and I highly recommend it!

10. I've been thinking about this verse all week: "Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart." - Proverbs 3:3
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2.09.2018

My Dream Project: Renovating The Lab


So we have this garage apartment behind our house that we have nicknamed The Lab. I like to think of it as a party trick when people come over to show them this disgusting apartment we own. Now that I think of it, that's exactly what Jordan did the day we met. It must have worked!

The space is disgusting and a little scary but full of potential. It's also the place where old furniture goes to die. It's our dream to turn it into something great: a studio/rental/whatever we want it to be. You know when you have this huge project in front of you and it seems so far off, yet you think about it often and want to do something?! That is how I've felt for the past 3 years about this space.

Although the time for this project seems far off (like years), I figured the thing I can do now is blog about it, find inspiration and even start demoing to get a better feel for what we're working with.

So here is the beginning of a very long running blog series: My Dream Project. Who knows when the time will be for the project, but it's fun to dream, right?! I would also love to hear what you would do with the space!

THE BEFORE 
This is the side view that opens up to the rest of the yard (which is a whole 'nother project in itself).
 This is the beautiful view when you walk in. The image to the right is the kitchen...what a space, right?! We were so lucky to inherit the fifty year old old peanut butter and treats.
This is the main space, it is a good size but has room to grow. To the left, there is another garage space not accessible from inside.


And for the finale, the bathroom! It does not look like it in the photo, but this space is actually really large for a bathroom. It continues to the left with a sink and decent sized closet.


I know what you're thinking, did something blow up in here?! We've had the same questions, and also come up with our own scenario of what went down in this space before the house was put up for auction. Don't you think we could host a haunted house in here to offset some of the cost of renovations?! ;)


Specs:
- ~ 600 sq. ft
- Separate garage space
- Kitchen
- Bathroom
- Open concept
- Wood flooring

Clearly, everything will have to go and nothing is really salvageable about its character. But I see so much potential for this space!

MOOD BOARD
Adding a loft, opening up the side with sliding glass doors, changing the bathroom layout, vaulting the ceilings, making the kitchen usable...sounds pretty simple, right?! Oh and don't forget there is plumbing, electrical, foundation work - getting everything up to code. We have our work cut out for us!

GOALS FOR THIS SPACE

I love how many possibilities there are here. It could be my studio. Jordan's studio. A rental home. An Airbnb. Our TV hang out. Half Garage. An entertaining spot. Or all of the above.

The main goal is to make it versatile, something that can evolve no matter the season we are in. I would be amiss if I didn't mention resale - we will be keeping that in mind as well.

There are so many possibilities and I just love dreaming about all of them!


Now, what are your thoughts? Do you think we're in way over our head? What would you use the space for? Do you want to come over and help demo? 

1.28.2018

Weekly Notes | No. 5


Mandi's merc renovation is so inspiring to follow along. This lady dreams BIG and I love cheering her on and seeing her dreams come to life.

My friend Tiffany just launched her cooking youtube channel and I am so excited to follow along! You should also follow her on Instagram, she posts Trader Joe's hauls and her meal prep...which I just love to watch.

I had the opportunity to spend my day yesterday with other bloggers around Tulsa at Barre3 and then finishing up at Tulsa's new Blo Dry Bar! I love this city and where it is headed, it's exciting to be a part of it all.

I'm currently making this Jackfruit Tortilla Soup. Have you tried jackfruit before? It's a great alternative to meat that doesn't taste artificial (looking at you, tofu).

One of my favorite before and afters by Elsie Larson!

This coat rack is absolutely beautiful.

And finally, I love this reminder from Darling Mag

I hope you have a relaxing Sunday, we are spending the day with friends in our home with warm soup!