Office Space Progress…

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So here is the office as it stands now. We are pretty pleased with how it looks with how little time and money we’ve spent on it. Other than some curtains, paint and that stellar pouf I found on Target on MAJOR clearance, we pretty much have used everything we already owned to try and pull something together. Right now we are still using the furniture we bought in college but we were pleasantly surprised by the exact fit of both Ikea Expedit bookshelves side by side, giving the room a sort of “built in” look. Eventually we’d like to move the bookshelves down in the basement to Oliver’s play area and build wood shelving similar to these baby’s!

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We’d also love to find a standalone desk, but purchasing new office furniture is low on the priority list. I rounded up any book, organizational bin or sentimental chachki we owned and just spent a Saturday toying around with the décor. It was one of the first rooms in the house to feel “lived in” and I absolutely love the color. Depending on the time of day it can look grey, green or blue. The color is Benjamin Moore, Templeton Gray.

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So what’s left on our to-do list?

First up is to replace the cieling light fixture and swapping out the brass door knobs for black levers.  I’m on the hunt for lighting that is natural, some sort of bamboo drum pendant or maybe burlap, but contemporary. Also, we want to put a rug in here (I have a specific one picked out but it’s pricey so we’ll have to save for that), as well as replace the computer chair, purchase or build a barcart, replace the blinds and eventually, the floors. We’ll get it fine tuned eventually, but for now it’s functional and works for us while we tackle other projects around the house.

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I’ll keep ya updated as we score some hopeful deals and evolve the space…

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The Office-Before

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When I was looking at our home for the first time I was happy to see that it had a designated office. As in, on the main floor, no closet, closed off by french doors. A friend of mine always laughs that we have had an “office” in every house we’ve lived in, as I guess it’s not traditional in the sense that everyone has their laptops these days and is on the go. Or maybe it was humorous because neither of us worked from home or really needed that kind of space. But I always liked having it to pay our bills, surf the internet, blog, etc. and whether it was a bedroom that was turned into an office or a loft space in our most recent town home, it’s nice to continue the tradition in our first home.

There is nothing completely terrifying about the before picture, although there was a lot of mallard decor (note the bird on the ceiling). It had a large window and beautiful french doors already so really all it needed was a fresh coat of paint and some of our own furniture. Phase 1 was to paint the ceiling, trim and walls, replace the outlets and light switches, swap out the door handles and get our own furniture in there.

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With that being said, I’ll show some pictures of where the office stands next week! We’ve realized that this house isn’t going to come together in mere months and that there is going to be multiple stages. Right now all our efforts are on on updating the basics. Getting all the rooms painted, replacing hardware and light fixtures, etc. You will see there was a lot of oak in our home, which is typical in the midwest. Unfortunately for us, we are accustomed to white trim and so we’ve had an uphill battle in terms of painting all of it. This house will be a work in progress but what I can show is our “transitional” office. It’s not a finished product by any means but completed enough to be deemed “done” for the time being. I’ll talk more about our future plans next week…

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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The end to Radio Silence

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It’s been a good few months since I blogged and I pretty much left you all hanging with the house announcement. In my defense I have been a little at odds with myself when it comes to blogging. It’s time consuming, a lot of energy and consistency is key. But I’ve been reminded by close friends and family that this blog’s intention was always to be a platform to communicate and I’ve missed you guys! I’ve missed sharing and I’ve missed writing.

Therefore, I’ve decided on posting more consistently, but less frequent (if that makes sense). If I don’t commit to having something five days a week I think we will all be better off in the long run. I won’t get burnt out and you won’t get radio silence for months at a time.

So what you’ve missed is that Ollie is HUGE, we are pretty consumed with home ownership (and absolutely loving it), my sister-in-law moved to Minneapolis which has been awesome and the snow officially melted.

You can expect interior design to be a topic on repeat, hopefully some of it will be inspiring, some of it will surely be laughable and all of it will be a learning process (for us both.)

Thanks again for those of you that have waited patiently and kept checking back, it means a lot. Feels good to be back. More to come!

 

 

 

 

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A House to Call Our Home!

unnamed Tuesday we closed on our very first home! It was surreal in that becoming a home owner has been a long time dream of mine. Even though I’ve always made the effort to make any house we’ve lived in comfortable and our own, it won’t compare to the amount of freedom we will have to invest in all the little touches that will make this one, truly ours.  After what felt like an eternity of searching we found what we like to think of as the trifecta in terms of location. It is still within our desired area of Maple Grove, the neighborhood sits across the street from one of the best elementary schools in the state and we have beach/lake access within a quarter mile walk that will be amazing come summer time. In terms of the house itself we did make some sacrifices to be in the neighborhood we are in. We are tree people, what can I say? At the end of the day we felt we could always make updates, but the neighborhood feel that can only come with an established development is something we couldn’t give up. We are still twenty minutes from downtown Minneapolis and it has all the character details that were really important to us, like bay windows in the bedrooms, loads of French doors throughout and a ton of natural light. I’m actually looking forward to painting and replacing aspects of this home that truly reflect our taste and personality, and grateful that it’s not upgrades we can’t handle. Above all else we have a home for Ollie where he can make his childhood memories-nothing feels sweeter!

I know I’ve been a bad blogger but I do appreciate your messages and the readers that check back frequently. We move in next weekend and from there I plan on getting back into my weekly routine of posting (with hopeful decorating updates!)-thanks for hangin’ in there!

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Spring Slush

Stripes Is it too early to bust out the white blazer?! If so I don’t care! March has hit and the slush in Minneapolis is finally starting to melt. I felt like a kid on Christmas when the temps reached almost 50 this past weekend, and it got me thinking about a few other spring items on my wishlist. Below are just a few of the staples that I think will be great go-to’s for the upcoming season, ALL from Topshop and ALL surprisingly affordable.

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Friday LInks

Fridaylinks copy It’s been a few weeks since I was able to post a Friday links series, but in an effort to get back in the swing of things I hope these four inspirational links will get you in a good mood for the weekend! We have minimal plans, which I’m grateful for and mostly I’m just looking forward to getting in some much needed sleep. Hope you all have a fantastic few days off!

Closet-Short Overalls are back and will be one of the best purchases to yourself for the upcoming weather shift. I love overalls and how they are an effortless outfit but convey such a casual vibe. Trust me when I say run out and get yourself a pair!

Palette-Dreaming of warmer weather over here I can’t help but think about all the delicious treats that come along with it. Popsicle’s for one and when I saw that these were keylime it stopped me dead in my tracks. That graham cracker crust and tart filling always has a special place in my heart. I’m thinking of doing a Popsicle series for the summer months, so keep a look out for that!

Kiddo-While I’ve been dreaming of warmer weather, it has hardly hit Minneapolis. We have more snow that I know what to do with this year and when I came across this activity for kids, I thought I better bookmark it! Ollie may be a bit too young to enjoy it this year but I don’t want to forget about this little gem.

Space-I have fallen in love with the Chinese Chippendale chair. It’s so chic and I can’t wait to hunt one down for a little “me” space when we move into a new home. Taking up a small corner, a parsons desk and mini gallery wall of favorite prints and photos would surely help keep me motivated to spend more time on the blog!

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Chicago Bound

Chicago copy In a little over a week I will be Chicago bound to spend a few days with one of my best friends to explore a city that has been on my bucket list of places to visit for nearly a decade. With the close proximity to Minneapolis, we are finally making our trip happen and sans husband and kids. While our boys will be missed it has been forever since I have had a few days to do nothing but eat delicious food, sleep in and explore a city with nothing but our own plans to fulfill. I already know we’ll be visiting “the bean” and Willis Tower, biting into my very first deep dish pizza and sipping cocktails at the Terrace at Trump, but I’m dying to know what other hidden gems we should know about? I would love your recommendations!

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Home Styles: Marble & How to Decorate with It

Marble Whether it’s a kitchen utensil holder, a table top or an entire bathroom, lately I have been crushing hard on Marble. It seems to offer a timeless feel, but the one thing you have to watch is not to overdo it. (This rule is one I need to remember to abide by!) There are lots of ways you can incorporate Marble in your home decor even if you can’t justify the money to use a slab of it for kitchen counter tops. Here are a few inspirational images on the endless opportunities to use the desirable material.

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Resume Tips: 101

Resume After being asked to help numerous friends and family members with their resumes, I thought it might be helpful to do a post on my process, as it has always seemed to work pretty well for me. With the digital age it seems like once we push that “submit” button to upload our online application it seems as if whatever we have just sent joins the ranks of about 10,000 other, similar and qualified candidate pleas. So how does your resume stand out? Here are a few of my tips on giving your resume the best shot possible.

1. Keep It Simple. Recruiters and HR professionals see tons of resumes daily, so you can imagine that their eyes can tend to gloss over lengthy and crowded submissions. I think a lot of people fall into the trap that more is better, or that they feel that if they don’t have tons of information, they might not be qualified. I generally steer people away from this and tell them to strip down their experience to the most relevant information, specific to the job in which you are applying.

2. Use Buzz Words. Often times when a recruiter is looking at resumes they will pick up on key words, that will entice them to read further. (Hint: To find out what key words they may want to see, go back to the job description itself.) Often times I find that job description can serve as a roadmap for what they are looking for. My resume foundation stays the same but I do switch up my skill set and qualifications for each job I’m applying for (within reason). For example if I am noticing the job description is requesting vast knowledge in social media, I will play up my qualifications for digital marketing in that realm. If they are looking for someone that has a lot of event planning experience, I will switch gears and convey more of that skillset. Slight adjustments to tailor your resume to the job summary is a great way for recruiters to see an instant match and call you for an interview. Remember that when keeping things short (5-6 bullets maximum for each job description) it is that much more important to highlight your relevant background to the actual position.

3. Give Yourself Credit. When describing your qualifications make sure you are using vocabulary that conveys some decision making and leadership skills. You want to be careful not to take too much credit if you were part of an overall objective with a team but I try and shy away from words like “assist” and instead think of projects where I “managed” or “executed” deliverables on my own. An employer wants to know that you don’t have to be hand held and that you are bringing something to the table with your experience. As I’ve grown further into my career I realize it’s less about demonstrating your ability to follow tasks and more about thinking outside of the box and contributing your own ideas.

4. Research similar job descriptions. Stumped on all that you have accomplished at your current role? Google your position title and see what job descriptions come up. It will spark your memory on tasks and objectives that you can tout about yourself. It’s so easy to start to take for granted the contribution you make because it starts to feel like second nature. It can be even harder to put responsibilities into one bulleted line item. Refrain from stealing online posted material, but use it as a guide to realize how much you actually do in your day to day tasks and how to best eloquently get your experience across efficiently. (Hint: I actually keep copies of all my job postings for current roles, it has proven to help me when I am updating my resume later on.) If you weren’t able to think ahead, you can always ask your human resources manager for your company job description, there are a multitude of reasons why you might want it so it doesn’t always have to be a tip-off that you are job hunting.

5. Presentation is Everything. When you are done tweaking your resume it is very important to submit it as a PDF. I think there are some people out there that still feel that sending a Word document is appropriate with their resume and cover letter (which by the way, you ALWAYS need a cover letter.) But think of all the grammar notifications you get on a Word Document, vs. the clean, stream-lined look you get when you open a PDF. It looks polished and thought out and everyone appreciates that.

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Faux Trendy

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I’m sure you all have noticed that amount of faux fur that seems to be hitting the streets these days. I’m never really one to jump right on a trend. I am more the type to sit back and wait and then pull the trigger at the end of it’s rope. I believe in classics and staples but every once in a while I have to force myself to put in more effort, especially when I have a one year old running around. Ironically I have had this vest for years from Old Navy. Between the time I bought it and now I have not worn it once. It has literally sat in my closet and truth be told I only purchased it because when I threw it on one night while with a friend I had a few drinks in me, and I felt very Kate Hudson from “Almost Famous.” Never shop with a buzz. It must have been a fluke but since I can’t seem to wear a hefty fuller length version, this mini version suits me just fine and coincidentally I live in Minnesota now where faux fur just seems like the right choice. Here are my three ways of working a trend without feeling completely out of my comfort zone:

1. Downplay everything else. Sometimes too many trends at one time is just a mess. In order to feel comfortable in this vest I paired it with my good ol’ worn in jeans, booties that I’m sure everyone is tired of seeing and a baseball tee that could not be more comfortable.

2. Half-way commit. Regarding most things in life, 100% effort is probably key. But when it comes to branching out of your comfort zone, small steps are OK. I really can’t pull off a “Game of Thrones” type faux fur situation, for one thing I would feel ridiculous, for another I’m so short that it would be over powering. So this playful patch of fur is just the right amount for me.

3. Give yourself an Out. With the intense texture that the fur provides I chose to keep the color palette and other clothing materials transitional. This also provides a nice “escape plan” should I actually get out to the grocery store and realize I’m not ready to fully invest.

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