Friday, August 12, 2016

Design Life

I’m sharing #OBelievers in my life as part of an o.b.®  sponsored series for Socialstars™.

Dress (more sizes here and here)  |  Hat  |   Booties  |  Sunglasses  |  Bag

Happy Thursday! Long time, no post. I know, I know. But I'm excited to share today a little more in depth on why I've been so busy and neglecting my little piece of internet. If you haven't read in previous posts, my husband owns a home building and renovation company that I've gotten very involved in. I am the Design Director and handle all of the social media, manage the website, and work with clients to design their dream home from the inside out. This year we've had the chance to completely gut homes and redesign them, build custom homes, finish basements, build a few spec homes and sell them to happy new homeowners.  It's been such a rewarding experience and I've definitely learned a lot. I've never been more challenged and more creative. It's very easy to build a gorgeous home but when you have to stick to a firm budget, it can get tricky. Its also been a very rewarding experience because we get to create a space that people live in and love. A home is such a special, sentimental place so Brandon and I take so much pride in our jobs.

Like I said, I've learned a lot in the last two years when it comes to the construction world. It feels good that I can finally talk shop with our plumber, framer, electrician or foundation guy. But that's just it, it's a lot of guys working in the business. Females are hard to come by. I definitely miss girl talk. Sometimes guys just don't get it. And they sure don't get girl talk, especially when it come to girl things like tampons!  Luckily o.b.® Tampons has their packing down pat—literally. It's super easy for me to be discrete and carry one in my pocket of bags when I'm on a job site.  o.b.® Tampons are extremely compact and creates less waste so tossing them in my bag is so easy. Plus, they know that every woman's body is different. These are the only tampons with SilkTouch™ cover for ultimate comfort and protection.

Back to the house in the picture. This home is a spec house which means it's for sale! Picture this: Farmhouse design, vertical siding, open-concept floor plan, a valued ceiling with barn wood beams, white cabinets, Cararra marble tile  and so much more! It's literally beautiful! If you're in the market for a large 4-bedbroom home, shoot me an email! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Come Sail Away

Blouse |  Bag  |  Shorts  |  Sandals  |  Hat  |  Sunglasses 

Hola! Happy Wednesday. This blog post has been sitting ready to go—sans copy—for almost over a week. That's how busy I've been. I'm currently planning a 8-day trip to Northern California for a wedding. I'm so excited! This had been on of Brandon and I's pre-baby, travel bucket list. We're flying into San Jose, staying 1 night in Monterey and 2 nights in Big Sur for the wedding. After that we're picking up my bestie, Bri and us 3 musketeers are heading up to Napa for a night, then popping over to Sonoma for a night, hitting up Sausalito for a night and finishing up in San Francisco. I'm also currently planning a bridal shower, which woofta, is a lot of work. For the rest of the week, I'll be sharing my favorite finds from the Nordstrom Sale in a few outfit posts so stay tuned! Don't forget the sale ends on August 7th! 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Oakstone Homes: Before & After Honey Oak Home Renovation

If you haven't noticed, I've been a bit MIA this summer when it comes to this blog—but for good reason. Brandon's dad has owned a home building business since the '90s and just recently Brandon and I have gotten extremely involved and rebranded the entire business. From building a website and creating + growing our social media (Facebook, Instagram), to securing clients and doing all the design work for the business, I'm putting in easily another 40+ hours per week on top of my current day job. Something in my life had to give a little and it was this blog. But the best part about being so busy is being able to do what I love. I can't believe how much I've fallen in LOVE with this job. It's another way for me to be creative and collaborate with clients to create their dream home. From flooring and woodwork to exterior design and colors, I help bring each client's vision to life. The finished product is one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever experienced in my life. It's a tangible accomplishment that means so much. With that said, I have a fun announcement!  I am super excited to announce that I am relaunching my blog in the next few weeks with a redesign I've been working on for MONTHS. The new design will include more home design, our Oakstone Homes projects, beauty, travel and more. Let's just call it lifestyle topics. 

I'm super excited to share one of our latest renovations. We started working on this project in February, the week after returning from our wedding and finished in May. Our clients—the owners of MB Interior Design—moved into this home in late December with plans of renovating the entire house. They saw that this '80s, Honey Oak home had great bones and serious potential. Not to mention it was located on 11 acres in Ankeny, which is unheard of in town! After the renovation, we were lucky enough to be featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. Check out the feature HERE to read about the renovation more in depth. We are currently working on two spec homes, two custom homes and two major renovations, which I can't wait to share with you. Stay tuned!