personalizing our home with minted.

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One of the things I am quickly learning about being a home owner is that personalizing your home takes time. Nick and I have similar tastes when it comes to decorating but we do have to make compromises here and there. I have been focusing on our main living area first since that is where we spend most of our times with our family and friends. 

Although neither of us are San Diego natives, our kids are and we have also decided to plant roots here in this beautiful place we call home. We still had a lot of decorations from our previous home but after looking at what we had I could tell that we needed some new updated conversation pieces for our new place. A few months ago we purchased a new coffee table, couch, and pillows but other than that our living room has not received much love. My best friend is an interior decorator and she brought it to my attention that some artwork would really do well in the space. I really want to save for some long white linen curtains, new flooring (think a white washed hardwood), stain the fireplace, and new fixtures, especially the entryway chandalier. With Christmas and my birthday coming up I am hoping to find some good sales on items that will be timeless and update our 1983 home. 

When it came time to finally decide on some art work for our living room  I knew I wanted something that was 1. artistic 2. supported an artist and 3. represented who we are. I didn't just want anything thrown on our walls and like most of the decor in our home everything usually has meaning and a story behind it. Thankfully our friends at Minted had so many options that both Nick and I loved, it made deciding hard, but in a good way. 

I was so impressed with the variety of art work that Minted had and honestly before a few months ago I had never even thought of using Minted for decorating and art. I knew we wanted something neutral colored so that if we ever want to change up the living room a little bit we can still keep most of our wall pieces. Minted had 15 different frames to choose from and we went with the white washed chevron which perfectly complimented the foil pressed look of San Diego.  Our living room only has two windows so I wanted a piece of art that was bright and unique. This picture of San Diego is perfect for entry way because it is one of the first pieces our guests will see when they enter our doors. I love how it is a conversation piece and friends or family  who are not from San Diego may ask us what the Picture is and it gives us a perfect opportunity to talk about the places we love. 

Since I have 3 boys who keep me busy I only order things online now a days. My Minted order came in within days and the boys were equally excited as I to see our package on our door step. We need to make sure we leave some Gatorade and cookies out for our UPS guy because i rarely ever shop for anything and get most things delivered (plus it’s always cheaper buying online). Have you ever bought artwork online? What do you look for when buying decorative pieces for your home? I look forward to using Minted again as we continue to decorate our new space and give it our own personal touches. 

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If you are in the market for some art from independent artists than check out the selection at Minted. I love how I can support an artist, decorate my home from couch, and have a unique piece from my home all at one time. The artist who made our beautiful San Diego foil pressed artwork also does other cities so be sure to find yours and share it with me. I am also taking open to any design tips you may have since I have lots left to do on our new home. After we finish the living room I would like to work next on the dining room and kitchen. Our home will be a never-ending project but I consider it all fun stuff to put on my to-do list. 

House Updates.

Those of you that know me know that I like things done yesterday. I am often impulsive with decisions and waiting has never been something I was good at. Of course, when you own a home from the 80's that needs some improvements nothing ever gets done quickly or finished without something going wrong. Our  families schedule have been absolutely crazy so the updates on the house have therefore taken a back seat. Thankfully, our house was in good condition when we bought it and has already felt like home. 

The boys LOVE our new backyard but if you were to ask them why they love their new house they would easily say "because the ice cream lady comes everyday."  My favorite part of our new home is probably the playroom. It has been great to have a place to put all of the boys stuff and not have our living room look like Toys R Us 24/7. We have a huge piece of land in the back and even though the front yard has plants suitable for drought and the backyard was finished there is always something to be done on a given day. I am shocked at how much I have enjoyed the gardening but the hard part is finding the time to do it when I have my hands free. 

We are so thankful to live in a nice neighborhood that is close to the freeway, stores, friends, and even church. 

Updates Accomplished So far:

  • Painted kitchen cabinets
  • Bought a new coffee table and couch
  • Took out some plants and trees in the backyard that were not placed in proper areas
  • Organized the garage and storage
  • Replaced broken tub upstairs

What's Next:

  • Tile the floor and paint upstairs bathroom
  • Replace the stair railings 
  • Buy a new dining room set
  • Replace chandalier in stairwell and new ceiling fan in dining room
  • Change out door handles
  • Redo tiles on the fireplace
  • Remove window shutters from kitchen
  • Take out two trees in front yard
  • Put up curtains in master bedroom and living room

  

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Some inspirational pics  

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life is like a circus.

Well, it has been a while since I have had a second to sit down and write and even now life seems to be going 90 mph. Ever since we have moved into our new home we have had event, upon event, upon event and this is just the beginning. At times I can see my life acting out like a modern day circus.

Nick and I have been using every small spare minute to try to be intentional with one another because of all of the good chaos surrounding our lives right now. But I really wanted to take a few minutes and give you all a little life update.

Home

Our new house has been great. The boys have been adjusting well and Leo has even mastered climbing stairs (he just turned 6 months)!!! It seems like we daily have been adding to our house to-do list and I don't foresee that stopping anytime soon. So far we have painted our kitchen cabinets, replaced the upstairs bathtub, had our irrigation system checked out, cleaned 1/2 of the garage, bought a new couch, and started putting some decorations and pictures on the wall. In the next few weeks and months we hope to put long shelves underneath the stairwell for storage (baking and cooking appliances, etc.), get the home gym in the garage in place, tile the upstairs bathroom, reseed and prep the yard out back, and get some can lights and outside lights installed. At times the home repairs and updates take a toll on me but other times I am thankful that our family together can invest our time and energy into something we can all benefit from. 

School

Calvin started transitional kindergarten two weeks ago and loves it. His teacher said he is very arrticulate and talkative and at times I feel like I should send him to school with an extra $20 for all the talking he must do all day to everyone there. When he is not in school I work on some kindergarten and Christian curriculum with him and Max at home (10-15 minutes a day). The saddest part about Calvin being in school 3 days a week is that Max has no idea what to do without his big brother all day. But rest assured once Calvin is back home they are back to wrestling, bickering, and playing together.

Weddings

I just hosted my middle sister, Michelle's, bridal shower this past weekend with my other sister Bianca and that was really fun. I thankfully had a lot of help from my best friend Allison and my mom which made the decorating and planning process go smoothly given all that is on my plate right now. In 4 weeks I have my baby sister Bianca's bridal shower so it is back to the Pinterest and planning boards for the next event ;)

What's Next

In the next few weeks I have Calvin's birthday, Michelle's bachelorette, Bianca's shower, Nick's 30th Birthday, Nick is in a wedding, our 7th wedding anniversary, Max's 3rd birthday, Thanksgiving, Michelle's Wedding, my Dad's 60th birthday, Nick's parents 40th wedding anniversary, Christmas, New Years' and then 6 more events. I wish life would slow down a little bit because I can feel my anxiety rise by the end of the day. I have a bad habit of making all my to-do's piled into one big check-off and cannot really separate each task. I have been listening to some awesome podcasts each day which has helped me remember to be present with my kids, my husband and with God. 

 

Here's a photo dump of our circus life. Don't get me wrong though, life is crazy but the Lord has been faithful.  

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The aftermath of painting cupboards front and back side. 

The aftermath of painting cupboards front and back side. 

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