Floor like, ever

Y’all. We did it. We are finally getting rid of our carpet once and for all!! Happy dance!!!!!

Those who have been reading our blog since its infancy will remember that swapping out our nasty old carpet and cracked white tile for beautiful, high quality laminate wood flooring was one of the first projects we ever did at the house. And by we, I mean a team of professionals we hired. We need to make a few more sacrifices to the DIY gods before we have the balls to tackle something that big. Which is why this time around, we hired the same guys again to install the same flooring in our bedrooms!

bedroom carpet tryptic We made this decision just in time too- when we called to set things up, we found out our flooring is actually being discontinued!

But before we could get anything installed, we had to remove alllll the furniture from our bedrooms. And our bedroom closets (anything on the floor at least). So our house has been looking a little ragged.

File_000 IMG_7894 combo copy Meanwhile, we realized how sad our bedrooms look with everything removed.

bedroom carpet tryptic empty But honestly, it’s been fun camping in the living room so we aren’t complaining :)

File_000 (2) And it’s been even more fun to see the floors making their way little by little throughout our bedrooms!

bedroom carpet tryptic progress We also had some water damage by our back door after the Houston floods this year. It caused our floors to swell so much that we could barely open the door. So we got a few boards back there replaced too.

File_002 (1) The whole project just took two days- which is massively impressive to me after seeing all the work that goes into it. We are so glad we bit the bullet and got the floors we wanted!

Having the same flooring flow from the hallway into each bedroom makes everything feel more seamless and open. Which is especially important when you have a relatively tiny hallway and relatively tiny second bedrooms. Speaking of which, here’s how they looked once the floors were done!

IMG_7910 IMG_7912 IMG_7911 We are so excited to move our stuff back in and maybe even rearrange the layout of furniture in the rooms. Evans office especially is going to (hopefully) look a little different once we add everything back in.

Office Saga Continues

Oh ye olde office. The room we have arranged, rearranged, and cursed more than any other room in our house. We’ve tried (and failed) for about 3 years to somehow make it a functional but still pretty space. 

officex4 Usually, Evan and I are pretty good about coming to that form and function balance. But when it comes to the office, we’ve struggled. If it was up to me we’d have upholstered West Elm chairs with fuzzy throws, desks adorned with faux succulents and copper pencil holders, and magically none of our technology would need wires. If it was up to Evan, our office would be a maker workshop complete with a 3D printer, enough tools to qualify as a second garage, and a growing collection of way more computers than two people should own.

We also had the problem of not wanting to invest in nicer office furniture pieces, so we have held onto our old Ikea desks and Besta units. Mainly because we never knew if we’d be keeping the office out in the open like this or one day moving it to a bedroom.

IMG_7000 So after 3 years of half-assery in the office department, we bought a 3D printer. And thus the office-battle paradigm was shifted. There was no room for it in the already furniture-packed little space, and even if there had been it’s not something we wanted out in the open area of our home. So we turned our junk room-turned-wedding-room-turned-workout-room into Evan’s office/workshop. We actually got rid of a LOT of stuff before moving it in here… but it’s still a lot of stuff to wrangle, and it’s looking a little crazy right now.

IMG_7881 Here’s a look at the other side of the room. Nerf guns are VERY important in an office :P

IMG_7882 Now instead of one office that wasn’t quite pretty enough for me and wasn’t quite functional enough for Evan, we have a very functional but good-thing-we-can-close-the-door messy office in the extra bedroom, and one prettier but seldom used office still in our main living area. Here’s how our old office area is looking these days.

IMG_7532 IMG_7485 You might recognize the large scale art from our post a while back about painting over big, cheap Ikea prints here.

IMG_7534 So… win? Lose? We both got what we wanted in a way, but now I’m realizing two things: a) I don’t actually need an office since I’m not a full-time freelancer anymore, and b) if left to his own devices my husband would turn our house into a Mythbusters-level workshop/maker space.

I guess for now we will consider it good progress because at least we are moving forward and trying things out! Next steps include improving storage in Evan’s office, considering alternate uses for the space that is now my office, and potentially working toward making our guest room a multifunctional space by moving the office into there (and turning that closet into a mini 3D printer workspace!)

Stay tuned!

Aloha! Ways to Vacation-Up your Home

Hey guys! You may have noticed we went MIA for a few weeks. We’ve been traveling a bit, and our biggest trip recently was Kauai!

13254252_10100152529322060_4883526254218452892_n One thing we try to do on vacations is make mental notes of what we can take back with us to make real-life a little more vacation-y. And I don’t mean like souvenirs.

For example, in Thailand and Cambodia, I became so obsessed with the flowery smells in the air Evan bought me some awesome soy candles in lemongrass and jasmine that always take me back to that happy place.

10271576_833163496760_1470607772981320168_n In New Zealand, I became an avid tea-instead-of-coffee-all-day-erry-day person and since then it’s a habit that’s stuck with me. Little things like that pull me ever so slightly out of work mode and back into vacay mode.

12314189_10100107583154540_135467718799068872_o In Hawaii, one thing we loved was that every day we woke up early naturally as the sun came up. It was awesome- we were up around 6:30 each morning and had so much day ahead of us to enjoy! Granted, the time difference was working in our favor, but still we wondered why it was so hard to wake up at 6:30 for work when it was so pleasant on vacation?

I think one of the big reasons is that at 6:30 in Hawaii the sun is OUT. I woke up thinking “dang we slept in!” every morning because it was so bright. But in Houston, 6:30 is still dark and makes you wanna stay snuggled between your kitty and your hubby.

So we got one of these.

2016-06-01 copy It’s called the Philips Morning Wake-Up Light and it’s awesome. We had heard about these wake-up lights before but never pulled the trigger on getting one until we experienced how the amount of light in our room had a much bigger impact on our sleepy-levels than the actual time (as long as we were getting enough hours of course).

It’s super customizable- we have ours set to fade to full brightness over a 20 minute period, and when it’s at full brightness it starts playing quiet piano music. It is WAY fancier than we are- but it really does make waking up for work more pleasant! It looks bright in the photo below, but really it’s a nice soft light that makes it feel like the sun is rising.

2016-06-01 Another thing we loved about Hawaii is how much time we spent outside just chilling and reading and catching up on webcomics (yes, we are truly meant for each other). We’ve been working on our patio (I owe y’all a post on that), but in Texas heat we need a little extra motivation to make us hang out outside rather than in the glorious, glorious AC. So we are looking into options for adding fans, a pergola, a big shady umbrella, or anything else to cool things off back there. We will keep you posted if we pull the trigger on any of those ideas!

IMG_9455 What about you guys? What little bits of vacation have you brought back with you to make every day life a little more vacation-y?