Our home tour!

As I write this, our family is living with my parents, fifteen minutes away from the house we own which is currently being demo'd. Our giant renovation is officially underway, so I decided it was high time to finally share photos of our home, the way it looked before we started swinging hammers! It will never again look like this (and I'm SO grateful for all the additions that are happening!) so I'm really glad I took the time to snap these photos so we'll always remember the sweet little place it was before the massive changes.

We bought our home in the fall of 2014, and we bought it *hoping* to someday do a large-scale renovation. The house is just two bedrooms + one bathroom, but it has a huge, walk-up attic that we hoped to someday turn into liveable space. My dad owns a construction company and has for my entire life, and he has a lot of experience building homes and doing major home projects like this, so we felt good buying the house, knowing he could lend his expertise when the time came. More on that in a future post!

Here is the floor plan of the house when we bought it. This is the layout we've been living with for 3.5 years.

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We've done a lot of work to this little place. Painted every room, added fun things like the chalkboard wall in the living room and floating cabinets in the living and dining rooms. I absolutely love decorating and intentionally styling a space to make it feel like home. Over the last two years, I've spent a ton of time paring down our belongings, and revisiting our layout and decor again and again to really figure out if our home matched our values and lifestyle. I read the book The Life-Giving Home and HIGHLY recommend it. It was so helpful for me during this process!

When people visit, they most often used words like refreshing, natural, relaxing, airy, bright to describe our home, which makes me so proud because that was exactly my goal. I want any home we own to be a haven for all who enter, to be a place of rest and respite. I also want our home to match our values - namely, that people understand what we hold dear the minute they walk in the door. Our Catholic faith, travel, family, experiences, nature, play, adventure, to name a few. 

I am so excited to have a blank canvas to work with in just a few months, but will always treasure the memories made in this little home over the last 3.5 years!

Without further ado - welcome to our home!

When you walk in the front door, you're basically right in our living room. You can see the front door in that first photo. I love the original archway, and really wanted to turn that tiny little entry into the gateway to our home!

Our master bedroom is to the right off the entry as you walk in the front door:

The kids room is also off the living room. They share, and it's the best ever!

Down the hallway is the bathroom and our dining room!

From the dining room, you walk into the kitchen. There's another original archway, which I love! We've done the most work to our kitchen - painting the walls and cabinets, along with lots of styling.

From the kitchen, you get to my office. This is also where the back door is, which is the door we're constantly using to come and go since it leads out to the garage. You can view more photos and words about my office on the feature School of Styling did a couple years back!

Off my office is the laundry room. We've packed a TON of storage into this tiny space!

And there you have it! Our sweet, 1,200 square foot, 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom home. I'll be sharing the floor plan for the renovation soon and the style we're going towards for the updates! XO!

yearly highlight reel with 1 second everyday

For the past couple years, I've wanted to do a yearly highlight reel video using the app called 1 Second Everyday. Each year, I've forgotten and then it's past January 1st and I just can't bring myself to start something like a yearly highlight video on any date but January 1st. I know that's silly - especially because I'm always telling people to just start! Start where you are! The date doesn't matter! It's okay, I own the fact that I'm a total hypocrite with these things ;)

Anyway, for the last four months I've been recording a video each and every day and adding them to my yearly project. The app makes it SO easy to add each day's video, and I love watching it every now and then and reminiscing on all the fun we've had as a family this year. Here's our video so far!

 

I wanted to share a few tips I've picked up along the way!

  • Add in non-people shots. This is totally a personal preference, but I love sprinkling in some non-people-heavy videos here and there. Things like the sky on a given day, my toes in the grass, flowers blowing in the breeze. I think they add interest to the video AND remind me that there is so much joy all around me, beyond all the (incredible) joy that the people in my life bring.
  • Don't stress if you miss a day. There are many videos in my reel so far that weren't actually shot on that day. No one will know or care if you use a video from April 15th for the April 29th spot. You won't even remember, I promise. Let go of the perfectionism. There are LOTS of videos in my overall reel that are in a different slot than the day they were taken. IT'S OKAY. The point is to have a home movie to someday show your kids and grandkids, or reminisce over yourself, and the nitty-gritty details will. not. matter.
  • Watch it often! Don't wait for the entire thing to be done before watching it. I watch our video at least every week. Seeing all the clips motivates me to keep going and gives me ideas for new clips to capture. It reminds me that little, mundane moments are often the most beautiful and is such a motivator for me to just keep going - literally and figuratively.
  • Shoot horizontally. I know we are so conditioned to take video vertically since we're all using our iPhones and posting to SnapChat and Instagram where vertical videos are king. But think about your home movies from your childhood - they seem so much more movie-like when they're horizontal! The app allows you to sort of zoom in on a vertical video and crop it to horizontal, but you lose some quality that way. I've had to use that feature a few times and it works in a pinch, but I've since gotten in the habit of shooting horizontally and it makes a huge difference.
  • Have fun! Don't take it too seriously. Don't worry about capturing EVERY moment or the PERFECT moment. Anything you capture and stitch together is better than nothing, and you'll be so glad you did it when it's done. 

I have so many ideas for more video projects after doing this one. I think it would be so cool to record a quick clip of the sky every single day for a month, or the same spot in your daily walk or commute, or a clip from each day of a vacation, or a clip of your baby every single day of their first year. Creating our video has my creative wheels turning in all kinds of new ways and I'm excited to keep exploring video as a creative outlet!

Are you using 1 Second Everyday? Do you have a link to any videos you've made using it? Drop a link in the comments, I'd love to see! XO!