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I had posted on Instagram a few options for new bedding and got such an overwhelming response from you guys! I was looking for something simple but with texture, similar to my last one…but with white and 3 stinky dirty teen boys and a daughter who loves to lay in my bed to do homework…they don’t last very long. I went to my few “go to sites” West Elm (which was where my previous bedding was from and I LOVED it), Anthropologie which is always a win win, Urban Outfitters,  Pottery Barn and a few others…

 

this one from Anthro won out however I can’t link because I apparently bought the last one…anyways, I shared the final result on my IG story and my inbox was flooded with people asking to see more of my bedroom…so here we go!

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This is my room…so lets talk about it for a second… I am sure you have seen a few of the houses we have flipped in the past. We truly have been blessed with some of the most amazing homes ever. I try hard when designing each home, to give myself time to really feel the home and let the house itself dictate the end design. When we moved “home” the market doesn’t lend itself to many options… so we pretty much had to take what we could find and oddly enough this house is ending up to be one of my top favorites.

There are things I’d love to change, but again in this market it can only hold so much being invested into it knowing financially we wouldn’t get a return on it… so the carpet stays…along with a few other things I am learning to have to work around. In here, my solution was to cover it the best I could with a textured rug and layering bedside rugs over that.

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I am a lover of white walls… and using my decor to add the color. This home doesn’t get great natural light either so even when this room was painted a soft mustard by the previous owner, it still was too dark for my liking. so paint was the first “fix” to make this room a little brighter!

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and plants… plants make EVERY space feel more ALIVE! and please don’t judge the dust and finger prints…clearly I didn’t clean before I took these pictures!

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The most unexpected MOST USED piece we have in our room was this mirror from Ikea…at any given time you can find at least one if not all FOUR of my kids checking themselves out in it! I just draped a strand of patio lights from Target oared it and apparently it just draws them in for a look and occasional pose! (or snapchat selfie…whatever!)

 

Also I have gotten a lot of questions about this buffalo painting… I saw the print on Pinterest and it was crazy expensive for the size I needed so I got out my paints and painted a canvas and framed him myself for literally a 1/10th of the cost…and so what his legs are a little off…we won’t look at that part! 😉

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Wall paint: White Dove by Benjamin Moore

Headboard: West Elm in Cayenne

Bedding and colored throw: Anthropologie Throw… other bedding option was: THIS ONE

Black and White Throw: Dot and Bo ( a few years ago)  but THIS one I love too!

Throw pillows: Target

Light up Cinema Board: Urban Outfitters

Live your story ring dish: All the Wire

It will all work out print: People I’ve loved

Paper Rock print: Urban Outfitters

Letter board: Letterfolk

White ceramic floor planter: West Elm

 

 

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It is homecoming week. So in small town spirit there was a homecoming carnival followed by a bonfire and the crowing of the Homecoming King for class of 2017/2018. Let me tell you, I went to a very small school. We graduated with 160-ish students. It was a school where you might not had been best friends with everyone in your school, but you for sure knew everyone four years above and fours below you. You could play and shine in more than one sport, and most did.  (well except for me I couldn’t contain all this athleticism even with all that offered) haha

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so when our sweet little town grew into a “city” we found this sweet town… now hear my heart, I have fought this town…hard. I love it for everything it has to offer my kids, but we are in the middle of nowhere, we have to travel at least 45 minutes to a decent grocery store or a Target, dr appt, lets not even get me started on a mall… and my clients are all about a 2 hour drive away…so Ideally for an adult with a busy life raising 4 kids, running a business, and trying to keep up with a home life…the placement and opportunity isn’t ideal.

BUT what I didn’t take into account was the heart this town had. Oh it is hard when you are an outsider. You don’t have the history like you do in your own “hometown”.  And lets just address the *insert the rest of that saying here bc I have no clue with it is, but I will make it up* unicorn in the room… ME. I am a little different than your typical small town Texas gal. The only “cowboy boots” I own come from Free People and aren’t made for walking in dirt.

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But what I do know is my heart. I see how this small town loves on my kids…and honestly how these small town kids love on me and my family. In a time where the world seems out of its ever loving mind… I feel so blessed to be surrounded by every shade of skin color in the rainbow…becasue no matter that, the smiles are ALL. THE. SAME. and those hugs feel no different than another. and for me, that is ALL that matters.

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Here, we all pray and glorify the same BIG GOD that created us all to be equal. These kids call me “momma” and to be honest, I am. my heart sees then just the same as my own. Here we respect adults, we honor each other and we smile in passing. Here we stand and show respect for our country. We pray for our visitors. Here we love.

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I had a problem with storage in this tiny converted sunroom office. I knew I needed shelving but I also needed a desk space… I found the perfect solution on Pinterest. I decided why not try it for this space…

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I went to my local hardware store, and got the adjustable shelf tracks in the closet organization aisle. Mine were ClosetMaid Brand like the ones HERE. I just got the white ones (they also come in black and silver). I measured the wall and knew how many I needed. You will also have to “map out” your shelving unit to know how many brackets LIKE THESE to purchase. (I actually bought a few extra to have around incase I felt like changing mine up from time to time).

Once I got them home I pre-measured the width of my wall and made sure the hight for all were level with the floor. This took a little brain work because I am not that great at math and numbers and straight things. And because NOT ONE hole fell on a stud, I made sure to use sheet rock screws to hold the weight of it all.

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I lightly sprayed the tracks and brackets with Rust-oleum spray primer for metal. Once it was dry, I then did 2 coats of this pure gold metallic spray paint.

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Clearly my set up wasn’t science… if you don’t know enough about me by now, you should know when I have an idea I am a “jump in and make it happen, lets think about logistics and all that dumb stuff later” kinda gal… sometimes that works for me….sometimes not so much! 😉

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Then I put it all up and measured the 1′ x 4’s **I opted to use real wood instead of the pre-made plastic-y looking precut ones they have available with the units. You can ask the hardware store to cut them for you. mine were measured in 2″ foot and 4″ foot sections. (because my spans were 2″ foot)

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This is the most “brown” stain I quickly found browsing the stain aisle (because very little of this was thought out for this), I got an old sock…don’t judge me…and ran the stain over the cut boards, let it dry and put them up. I also only did one coat because, well I was super anxious to get it done and that is just how I do things. I didn’t secure them to the brackets, that again would have taken more time and yah…we have gone over this already! I felt the weight of the wood was fine. **the bottom shelf is wider 1′ x 4″ because I needed it to fit my computer (keep in mind those brackets need to be the longer ones as well).

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there you have it. I made this entire unit for under $200 and in less than 2 hours. Any questions? If I can do it…with one hand while drinking my wine…anyone can do it…so go…build you a desk people!

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TOOLS NEEDED:

drill and bit to pretrial sheetrock screw holes.

hammer to get those plastic sheetrock screw things in.

Phillips head screwdriver to put said screws into said plastic things in said holes.

sock or rag for stain.

*wine is optional but highly recommended.

SHOPPING LIST:

shelf tracks (I used 4)

9′ brackets (my unit layout used 14)

18′ brackets (I used 3)

1′ x 2″ boards (I used 4)

1′ x 4″ boards (2 were used here)

1′ x 2″ x 4″ piece of wood (I think that is how you say it…the bottom piece of wood for my “desktop”) *I found this piece in a precut section of HomeDepot it was actually Birch wood but stained still matched the pine shelves.

stain of your choice.

spray primer.

spray paint.

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it is time.

time to announce my one and ONLY solo workshop this year!

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I HATE calling it a workshop because it truly is so much more than that.

this artful chaos will be a little different than last year. last year I said it was “senior inspired/focused” but in the end what I realized was we pretty much covered everything, no specific niche. bottom line, what we do at an Artful Chaos weekend is more so discovering YOU. Friday evenings we all meet up and have a chance to visit and get to know one another. we have dinner together at our home for the weekend (when I say “home” I mean… “ARE you kidding me we are staying HERE”), when dinner is done, we get our jimmies on and open the wine! we will sit around a camp fire and get into a few prompted discussions where I am working hard to peel through your layers and get back to the WHY. I want to know why you are here. we dive into each of your creative souls and really focus on how you see and feel your way through the world and everyday life…once we discover who you are as a creative, we can best navigate you through what you are doing as a photographer. Friday night is full of deep thoughts and conversation and lots of laughs.

Saturday we take our time visiting over coffee and get dressed for the day…starting it off with headshots so you can SEE and FEEL what it is like to be on the other side of my shooting…then we spend a full day dealing with the “business” part of your journey. we unearth the WHY behind your motivation (or lack thereof). Whats that saying?? “whats a goal without a plan…simply a WISH” we are NOT here to wish ourselves success…we are here to put a PLAN in place and get you going on the right path. we will do things like sit together and work through a year marketing schedule, we will work on welcome emails or website wording, pricing, etc…we will have several open discussion opportunities as well. my main goal for Saturday is to put processes into your workflow that help you lessen the burden of “work” when you get back home. you will get a TON of info…but if I send you home completely overwhelmed…what good does that do? so we spend the day discussing and IMPLEMENTING what we work through. then like a REAL workshop should be… we are back to the wine and relaxation part! 😉

Sunday we go into Austin to explore a little of “classic ATX”, grab a coffee, stroll the streets, shop, visit and enjoy the morning with candid open talk before we meet up with our models and spend the evening shooting and portfolio building. we will work on posing, directing, communicating, finding light and adding movement and EMOTION to your images, etc.

This year will be a little different simply because of our AMAZING location!! This place is a highly sought after “glamping” experience that up until now… with a little begging and pleading of myself…no photography has been allowed at. BUT we get to not only stay there, but we also get to shoot amongst the yurts, vintage airstreams, and spartan. SO we will be doing headshot and shooting our models on location!!! THINK FREE PEOPLE & ANTHROPOLOGIE come to life through our lens!!

**MODELS will be chosen upon request…what does that mean? it means if you want to shoot a senior, we get seniors…if you want to work on family posing… we bring in a family! this workshop is about YOU!! I will talk with each person who signs up and hear your heart before I finalize the details because I want to make sure everyone gets exactly what they want out of this weekend with a “Spanki twist”

 

I hope you join me in AUSTIN!!!

May 19-21 / Austin, TX


I am in!


*Dinner Friday & light breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday included.

*Payment is NON-REFUNDABLE, if you can not attend you may sell your seat…there is typically a waiting list to this workshop.

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