BRS and I have purchased zero pieces of furniture since moving into our first cozy home.  Filling our humble dwellings are hand-me-downs from our parents and grandparents.  There are even some pieces we’ve carried along since our childhood—like my office chair! A simple white desk chair with a denim seat pad (I got too excited to start the project that I forgot to get a true “before” photo!) was turned into some golden seating that makes a statement in my office.DIY_CHAIR_MAKEOVERTo start this project I had to sand off all of the white paint and finish from the chair.  By “I” I mean BRS, of course. I spent a great deal of time sanding it by hand only to have my sweet husband come home and show me the electric sander.  All of the sudden my past two hours of sanding were a total waste when he showed me I could complete the entire thing in 10 minutes.

IMG_0237 SAND_WOODEN_CHAIR Once the chair was totally sanded it was PRIME TIME.  Literally…it was time to cover the surface of the chair in a good primer.  I wanted to take a shortcut and didn’t think that I needed primer at first, but then when I started to spray the metallic gold onto the chair, it soaked into the wood and had zero metallic shine as you can see below. BRS saved the day (per usual) and covered the chair in primer…and THEN paint!

IMG_0484 IMG_0486 IMG_0485 After the chair was completely painted, I covered the chair pad in a fun fabric.  I love that as soon as I tire of this fabric, I can switch things up to something fresh without spending a fortune.

To update my entire office set up I also decided to take a little spray paint to the knobs on my desk drawers.

IMG_0119 IMG_0136 Do you have any quick easy home-decor updates you think I should try?  Share in the comments below!

-M.R.S.

I’m at a really neat/crazy/awesome/weird/exciting point in life.  Some of my friends are working to finish their education…others are rocking it in their dream careers.  Some settling into their beautiful new homes and preparing for little ones, while others are out at the bars until 2 a.m. … then onto a feast of late night pizza with new friends.

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And I’m just somewhere in between.  Often times I catch myself thinking “I should be doing THAT by now” or “I wish I was doing THAT” (most often while scrolling through the beloved IG feed). And don’t we all have those moments of quick and blind comparisons with our peers? Our friends scattered across the country (or world) are doing things that look amazing and we feel like we’re missing out. We’re all guilty.  Don’t deny it.

Right hand raised—I confess I’ve been living on auto-pilot lately and totally unaware of the cool stuff that’s right here, happening in MY life. I try and try to savor the season that I am in and y’all, it takes work to feel truly present!  It requires making time to reflect on the goodness surrounding  me in my relationships, my work, my marriage and my faith or else I just gloss over it all and feel bummed out. I’ve found that when I make a conscious effort to focus on those good things that I’ve got going I feel much greater peace with where I am at in this journey and confident in the pace at which I am checking things off of that lengthy list of life goals.

How do you deal with comparison with peers? Are you able to be present in your life and see the cool things taking place right in front of you?  Let’s raise a glass to celebrate where we’re at right now, shall we?

-M.R.S.

 

BRS and I are looking to put our house on the market sometime this summer/fall.  It’s kind of bittersweet. This was our first home and it’s sad to think of leaving this little space where we’ve shared our beginnings as husband and wife. On the flip side, I feel pretty ready to get ourselves in a new place that I can do some major redecorating.  There are so many things I would love to invest in and do in our current home, but I find zero motivation to put a lot of money toward interior decorating projects when we’ll likely be leaving soon.

With the weather warming up I’ve had the itch to do some major cleaning out and simplifying to make sure that whatever we take to another space is stuff I really love.  I’ve spent the past few weekends doing major de-cluttering and trashing things I don’t need or use.  It’s awesome to now to have such fresh, clear spaces…it almost feels new!

IMG_0122 copyMy office space had become a huge catch-all and I had lost my desire to work in there.  In order to make my space more inviting again I had to get rid of a lot of junk and face my craft-hoarding issues.  BRS had been on me about it for months but I finally got my booty in gear!

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Clean space perfect for blogging, calligraphy and emails to clients….ahhhh.

I’m really digging the minimalist aesthetic and really want to create this in more areas of my home. The beauty of it?  It requires ridding of stuff instead of buying new; now that sounds like the perfect cure to my low-motivation/high-desire to decorate enigma, don’t you think?

-MRS