Author Archives: kirsten neiman

Happy Holidays

Morning, friends!

It’s hard to believe the Christmas countdown is in single digits.This season always comes and goes in a flash. I’m guilty of being swept up in the holiday shuffle (buying gifts! parties! baking! decorating!) and losing sight of what really matters. This year, that’s not happening…that’s my goal at least. Lots of quality time with family and friends. A few meaningful gifts. And some really, really good memories made.

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 10.39.05 AM

Merry Christmas to you + yours!

2014 Wish List

Morning friends! Hope everyone survived the first holiday weekend of this busy season. We spent the last few days brunching and seeing friends and family from near and far…and running a few holiday errands too!

This year has really been about simplifying for us, and I think my wish list reflects that. We are trying to buy the RIGHT thing ONCE. No junk. No buying to just buy something. We want our home to work hard for us, and we want to be surrounded by useful (and sometimes beautiful!) things.

With that said, here are a few of my picks for this holiday season.

 2014 wish list

1. Creamy peppermint hand soap - that pattern. Oh my!

2. Pour over kettle - because tea would surely taste better out of this kettle, yes?

3. Pre Montreal Sneaker - comfy + cute.

4. Postalco wall calendar - you can see every day of 2015 in one glance. YES!

5. Zinc Zig Zag hook - a girl can never, ever have too may sturdy hooks.

6. Crescent moon bird framed art - brass + black. So good.

7. Drip maple syrup - the packaging. I mean?! I die. And it’s small batch organic syrup. YUM.

 

{AFTER} Laundry Room

I won’t name names, but a few kind folks have dropped hints that they are losing patience with me and my lack of blog posts lately. So here I am! I’ve actually snapped some photos around our house lately, but I’ve been less than satisfied with them. I don’t feel like they really capture the space, or the right colors, blah, blah, blah. And what I’ve finally realized… I have unrealistic expectations. At work, I’m surrounded by stylists and professional photographers and we capture really, really lovely photos. The thing is, I’m not a stylist. Nor a photographer. And I know you guys don’t expect me to be those things. So today I’m forcing myself to share so-so laundry room photos, and embracing the mindset that “done” is better than “perfect.”

Here’s what the laundry closet looked like before…scary, I know. And yes, we actually did laundry in that chaotic space. Yikes!

laundryroom_before

And here it is, in all its finished glory today…

laundroom_after5

Along with the obvious – sheetrock, tile, and paint – we also purchased a new sink and faucet and a handy clothesline finished off the space.

laundyroom_after1

laundyroom_after

laundyroom_after4

As much as I wanted to do built-ins and get all fancy with this space, I was on a strict budget so we stuck with functional, clean pieces. I also really wanted a super-duper expensive laundry sink like this one, but I stayed on track budget-wise and found this one that gets the job done. And yes, those are Ikea shelves. Again, budget-friendly pieces that will work hard for us. And to give you some perspective on how our laundry area fits in with the larger space downstairs, here’s a shot from the living area.

laundryroom7

Can’t wait to share more basement photos with you soon!

Checking In

Hi sweet friends. A few things have been keeping me from blogging lately. This little thing called LIFE has been in my way. The nerve! The past month has been filled with trips to San Francisco, New York, Palm Springs, and Cannon Beach – a mix of both work and pleasure.

unnamed

We’ve also had a wedding (see photobooth picture below – the strainer matched my dress perfectly. What luck!), overnight guests, and then a holiday photoshoot distracted me at work last week. All good things…but things that leave me with no brain to blog. So bare with me while I get back into the swing of things.

photo-2

In a quest to find quiet moments amongst the chaos, I’ve been relying on books and TV (trying to step away from the computer and iPhone – so hard!). Therefore, I’ve found a few things that I have to pass along and recommend to you guys….

#1: Boardwalk Empire. Have you guys seen it? Kyle and I are glued to the tube. It’s dark and violent, but full of rich and complex characters. I know we are late to the party on this one, but we’re doing our best to catch up.

boardwalk_empire-1024x682

#2: Secondly…this book. Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a novel that I just couldn’t put down. It’s fun and relatable. I recently also read Orphan Train and Wild – both delightful and great books, but sorta heavy.

conversation-bernadette-362x560

I guess I do have one quick house update! We ordered a rocker chair and it finally arrived. Here it is just thrown in a corner in our living room. It’s final resting place will be in the basement, when we finally get around to moving it down there. Hopefully that will happen before Christmas:).

unnamed-2

Now that I’ve totally bored you with little nuggets of my personal life (and very low quality iPhone photos), I’ll plead for you guys to come back soon…because I have a BASEMENT REVEAL coming up!