Waterton and Glacier National Parks

Thursday is a big day around here…..Dan turns 40!  He didn’t want a big party, so we decided to take a fun family vacation…

ROAD TRIP TO GLACIER!

We took a ton of pictures and video. So sit back and enjoy a few fun pics! And at the end of the post, you can view the latest and greatest family video!

Our first stop was Waterton Park, Canada, which is the Canadian part of Glacier.

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It was so beautiful. And we saw our first bear there too!  Thankfully, we were in our car and not hiking on a trail at the time.

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After a few days in Waterton Park, we ventured down into Montana to Glacier National Park.

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Both Dan and I loved the one on one time with the kids….

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The weather wasn’t ideal. In fact, it was downright cold on a lot of days.  We just learned to accept the rain and make the most of it!

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Though, occasionally we’d get lucky and see a little sun!

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We tried to find a healthy balance between hiking and stopping and playing as well.  The kids were troopers!

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Most of the time, that is.  There was one day where we may have gotten a touch lost in Glacier in the pouring rain.  And there may have been two scared kids and some tears.

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Finding the trail that led us back to our car was a happy moment.

We saw a moose up close….

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Even on a cloudy day, Glacier was beautiful.

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For some reason, I was focussed on crossing the continental divide….

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Dan was kind enough to pull over for a picture.

If you’re still with me after all of those pictures, here is the video that Dan made! Click HERE to view {or click the picture below}.

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The trip was a great way to celebrate Dan.  And to enjoy some quality family time together.

Happy 40th birthday, Dan!

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Client Project: Office Expansion

A local business, Kiley Juergens Wealth Management, is doing some expanding.  They needed a little help decorating an empty space in their office and they invited me to help!

It was a fairly quick turnaround time, so I looked for retail merchandise that was in stock.

Let’s look at a before picture….

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 Old office furniture was cleared out, which left me with a blank slate.

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And some after pictures….

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(Sorry about the bad angle in the picture above.  There was an office wall in the way, which forced me to stand a bit to the side, creating a funny angle.)

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It’s amazing what you can pull together from retail establishments that carry inventory! No special orders needed on this project. Because of this, I was able to gather items in one day and transform the space within the needed time frame.

I love how it turned out, and thankfully, my clients do too!

jen

My Front Porch

Happy summer everyone! The kids are out of school and we’re enjoying a slower pace to our days.  Yes, the kids get to go on errands with me (you can image the excitement when I announce “Today we’re going grocery shopping!!”).    But we’ve also had our fair share of lazy days…movies on the couch and playing with friends.

Flowers are starting to bloom and my pots are starting to fill out nicely.  So today I’ll show a few pictures of my front porch with you!

 I discovered I had tall grass that survived a long winter of neglect in some pots from last summer.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. Plant it in the garden? Or add it to a giant pot with other flowers?  After I took on the sweaty job of digging the grass out of last years pots,  I set it in one of my galvanized buckets for a minute until I could decide where I would put it permanently.

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But I happened to love how it looked in the old bucket!

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Sometimes it pays off to think outside of the box!  You never know what creative look you may discover!

Years ago, a neighbor had tossed the chair below in the trash.  I immediately brought it home, tightened the screws and gave it a fresh coat of black paint.  Over the years, it’s weathered quite a bit, which makes me love it even more.

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If you live in the greater Seattle area, you’re probably aware of the wonderful gardening store called Ravenna Gardens.  I went to University Village to Ravenna Gardens several weeks ago and had a great time putting together some arrangements for two big pots in front of our house.

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There are a few different shades of purple flowers and I paired them with a variety of greens.

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I even used moss in the pots.  Have you ever done that?

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I think it adds a lot of interest.

That’s it for today!  I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at some of my front porch decor!

jen

Hawaiian Vacation

A few weeks ago, we took our kiddo’s out of school and went to Hawaii for 8 days.  We stayed on the west coast of Oahu in Ko Olina, which is very quiet and far away from the crazy, busy city.

The week was perfect.

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We played. We swam. We snorkeled.

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And by the look of these shriveled fingers, you can tell that the kids spent a TON of time in the water!

We spent the week with friends.  6 adults, 7 kids and perfectly perfect dynamics!

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I took roughly 700 pictures.  But how could I resist when we drove by quaint places like this….

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Doesn’t that just scream ‘Hawaii’?!

The shave ice was a big hit! (They call it SHAVE ice…not shaved ice! Who knew!)

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We tried boogie boarding for the first time on the north shore.

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We had hoped to see a turtle while we snorkeled.  And we didn’t just see ONE turtle, we saw several.  And two even crawled up on the beach, right in front of us! Hello Mr. Turtle!

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I tried hard to be a fun mom and swim with my kids.  Get my hair wet.  Snorkel along side them.   I even went down the water slide!

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Even with a small abscess on Emmie’s bum (which turned into cellulitis), it was still a fantastic vacation.

Her last night in Hawaii was spent in the ER….

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…but she was a trooper.  And after some IV meds, she was in tip top shape.  Just in time to fly home.

One of Dan’s hobbies is putting together video from our vacations.  I haven’t ever shared any on my blog, but thought I’d give it a try this time!. If you have a few minutes and would like to watch, click here!

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Oh Hawaii, how we miss you!

jen

Online Fabric Store Feature

Hi Everyone!!  I unintentionally took a short hiatus from blogging!  We took the kids to Hawaii a few weeks ago and I’ve yet to even blog about that. But today I wanted to share a fun feature that my blog received this week!

I’m sure you remember Emmie’s bedroom update.  Onlinefabricstore.com featured Emmie’s room on their blog!

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So feel free to head on over to onlinefabricstore.com and check out their incredible fabric selection.  And while you’re at it, take a peek at their blog too!

I hope to get some vacation pics up here in a few days.  So please come back to see them!

jen

Client Project : Living Room Before and After

Yesterday I shared about a client project that I just completed.  Today I’m going to show you some before and after pictures! Let’s look at the inspiration for the room.

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Here are a few before pictures of the living room…..

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I recruited the help of my handy helper.  {Thankfully he doesn’t charge much!} I was happy that Dan had the day off because I put him to work unloading the car….and more importantly, ironing!

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Now the room has a fresh, now look. Let’s take a look at some after images of the room…

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We ended up keeping the leather chair, piano and little black bookshelf that were already in the room.

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It’s a smaller living room so baskets below the coffee table provide extra storage for the family.

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And the tray on top of the coffee table help corral the decorative objects and coasters, yet leave plenty of room for reading material as well.

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The pillows are made from Schumacher Hothouse Flowers.

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I love this fabric for so many reasons.  The soft blue color, the touch of black and the variety of the pattern. I had two pillows made but we were able to get a unique look by centering a different part of fabric on each pillow.

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This gallery wall will soon have family pictures in them that were taken on the beach vacation.

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I lightened up the look of the dark leather chair with a gray throw and cream pillow.

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Because I’m so in love with this room makeover, let’s take one last look at the before and after!

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What do you think!? Turned out great, don’t you think!?

jen

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Client Project: Living Room Design Board

A few months ago, I started a new project with a client.  Their living room had been several things from a playroom to a catch-all for leftover furniture.  Now that their kids are getting older, my clients wanted a room that was for them…the grownups!

They wanted something light and fresh with a few reading chairs.  After our initial meeting, I put together a design board for them.

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The upholstered chairs were special order.  They were delivered a few weeks ago, so today I was able to put the room together this week!

I’m still sorting through my pictures.  But hope to share a few snapshots from the room in the next few days.

Come back to check out some great before and after pictures!

jen

Powder Room Reveal – One Room Challenge Week 6

Welcome to week 6 of the One Room Challenge!  My bathroom is complete and today I get to share the finished product with you! So exciting.

First, let’s look back at a few before images.

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Here was my inspiration board for the room:

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 I said goodbye to the yellow walls. Painted the mirror.  Changed out the shelves. Spruced up the medicine cabinet and found a new rug.

And here is the finished bathroom!!

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I’m really happy with the changes in the bathroom!  It’s just the fresh look that it needed.

Thanks for following along over these past 6 weeks! If you missed any of it, please click here :

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jen

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One Room Challenge Week 5 – Powder Room Update

I’m happy to announce that my bathroom is complete!  Though it wasn’t a big room to makeover….so it was very manageable to complete in a six week period. And here we are at only week 5!  If you’ve missed the previous weeks, you can catch up here (week 1week 2week 3, week 4).

This week I’ll share my last few decisions with you!  I finally chose  a rug and finished the medicine cabinet.  And next week…..the big reveal of the completed room!

Let’s first start with the cabinet….here’s a peek at the before:

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I gave it a fresh coat of white paint (using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that was leftover from Emmie’s room makeover).  And the knobs and hinges got a touch of gold spray paint left over from my mirror debacle!

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Fabric was switched out to this John Robshaw fabric.

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And here is a look at the finished cabinet!

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 Amazing what a little paint and fabric can do!

And now the rugs….that was another long and involved process.  I wanted as big of a rug as possible, but it’s not a huge room. So I was a bit limited.

I found a few great rugs that were navy blue and white….just what I was looking for.  But unfortunately, I ran into a few issues.

The first rug was too big for the room.

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The next was too small.

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Then there was the rug that was too thick! The door wouldn’t open up (and I wasn’t 100% sold on the blue anyway…).

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{Is this starting to sound a touch like Goldilocks and The Three Bears?!}

So, I kept searching.

I tried an indoor/outdoor rug from Home Decorators.  The color online didn’t look 100% perfect for the bathroom.  But I was hopeful it would be ‘the one’ when it arrived.

Wrong. I didn’t love the blue. Or the beige trim.  It was too blah for me.

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The runner up was a great little rug from Target.

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While it wasn’t the winner for the bathroom right now,  I think I may keep it for when I want to freshen up the look in there.

And after all of that shopping, you won’t believe the rug that I’m using…..it’s one that I had in my entry!

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It’s a gray rug. Not navy as I’d initially planned. But the size and thickness worked (which were nonnegotiables for this room).  So I had to be a bit flexible on the color.

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Maybe someday the perfect navy rug will cross my path. For now, I’m quite happy with my little $29 Target purchase from my entry!

Next week is the big bathroom reveal! Make sure you come back to see the finished product! We’ll take one more look at the before and then look at the updated version!

There are a lot of other bloggers participating in the One Room Challenge as well! Hope over to Calling it Home to check them out!

Jen

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One Room Challenge Week 4 – The Powder Room

Welcome to week #4 of the One Room Challenge!

(If you’re just joining me, you can catch up on the last three weeks right here….week 1, week 2, week 3).

I’d like to start by thanking everyone for the comments on my mirror color!  Last week, I was in a major quandary about which color was best for our powder room.    There were so many great suggestions!  The good news is that I think I’ve found the right color!  I think in real life, it appears a touch more on the silver side. But in pictures, it shows up as more of a gold.  I took a ton of pictures and this was the most accurate.

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The shelves are hung up too!  I love how they look, but to be quite honest, I’m not thrilled with the quality.  Yes, you get what you pay for {and being that I only paid $20 per shelf, I’m shouldn’t be surprised I’m disappointed!}.

I wanted to see if I would like the height and spacing of the shelves, so I used painters tape as a visual guide.

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I was sure it would be easy to hang the shelves.  I don’t get scared away from wall anchors or securing something to my walls.  But for some darn reason, these shelves weren’t cooperating.

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I’m sure the above picture looks like things were going along perfectly fine.  But the shelf wouldn’t properly hook onto the wall cleat.  After drilling several holes into my newly painted and patched walls, I had to step away from the project. I was frustrated. And it was taking way too long.

A day later, I gave it another go and finally just accepted the fact that these shelves aren’t perfect.  They are hung, but they are not nearly as secure as I’d like. They don’t sit flush against the walls. And I have no idea why. Maybe my wall isn’t perfectly flat?  Or maybe it’s the cheap shelf. At any rate, I’m just living with it for now because I like how they look.

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As I started pulling out items to decorate the shelves, I remembered some sweet scripture prints that I bought awhile ago from Jones Design Company.   And they were even the right size for my frames!

JONES DESIGN COMPANY PRINT AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE

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The prints bring just the right touch of color to the bathroom.

Things are really coming along!  I think the last big ‘to do’ for this one room challenge is to select a rug! Come back next week to see what I’ve chosen!

jen

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