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Cyber Monday Design Consult Sale!

I did it last year….let’s do it again! I never discount my consults because they are worth every penny in my opinion. I share with you as much as I can and I share TONS! But, what the heck, I’m in the festive mood!

20% OFF DESIGN CONSULTS TODAY ONLY!

At Checkout Use Code: CYBERMONDAY2018

In a consult we’ll discuss anything you want from kitchen design to Airbnb ins and outs, from flipping houses to furniture placement. It can be your home or an investment property. It can be given as a gift for your kid’s or parents’ home. It can be general flipping or Airbnb questions with no particular home in mind! IDGAF.

It can be over the phone or in person! Below is more about what a consult entails:


What: A one hour renovation, design or investment strategy consultation (or all of the above!)

Cost: $250 over the phone or $300 in-person in Phoenix

Who: Consults can be for any or all of the following (should time permit):

  • Narrowig down design decisions

  • House flipping help including personal discussions about financing, how to find houses, etc….

  • Running an Airbnb

  • Material sourcing

  • Badass design ideas

  • Floor plan options

  • Expected general costs

  • Alternatives that will save money or update the look

  • Actual material options (this light would look good here, maybe X faucet, etc)

  • Color schemes

  • Things to avoid

How: You'll send me photos, videos and a sketch (if necessary) or I’ll just see it all in person if you are in Phoenix.

See more about the entire process here.

Clients typically find that after their consultation they have a more focused direction for their home renovation or investment property. They feel confident in how to proceed and have new ideas for the space that they had not considered. Often times they are relieved they now know what they can do in order to avoid complications, delays and sometimes disaster.

***A consult is verbal and does not include formal physical design plans.


If you’ve been thinking about a consult but have been waiting for the right timing, then pull the trigger now! There is no expiration on the consult. You don’t have to schedule it now. Schedule it when you are ready! HOWEVER, my schedule is open beginning in January, so any consult purchased now can be “cashed in” beginning in 2019.

Check my January calendar now if you don’t want to waste any time! Remember, if the times shown don’t work with your schedule, I am flexible and can work with you on a better time. Just reach out!

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"The Lounge" Downtown Cincinnati Airbnb is Live!

After a great rush to fill my friend, agent and fellow flipper, Grant Steed’s condo with all the comfiness, the time has come to hit the SEND button! Now live and ready for your next Cincinnati visit is The Lounge Downtown Cincinnati Airbnb! Let me give you the grand tour!

The Lounge is over 2000 square feet, 1100 of which is just in the living room area alone! I kid you not. If you know anything about downtown spaces, you know that that is just ridiculously huge. The space used to be a social club back in the day, so we wanted to bring a little bit of that vibe in and impart a comfortable lounge feel. In order to do that with the large area, we made separate seating areas and places to chill.

The Living Room

The main seating area is outfitted with two large chesterfield sofas and huge 4’ square coffee table, all of which face a 65” Roku TV.

The windows are one of the best parts of this loft bringing in a ton of light. There isn’t a building directly across from The Lounge, so it feels private despite the wall to wall windows.

*affiliate links ahead…

Chesterfield Sofas | Coffee Table (vintage) | Rug | Lamp

The Bar

Behind the sofas in the other half of the front living area is the bar set up with two lounge chairs facing the TVs as well.

Lounge Chairs | Bar | Cincinnati Art | Coffee Table (vintage) | Rug | Pillow

The Dining Room

Moving away from the windows we come to a large dining table with seating for 8. I imagine this as a great place to host a dinner party or work meeting.

Downtown Cincinnat The Lounge Airbnb

The Library

Across from the dining table is our library stocked with a ton of books. I filled it with as many random books as i could get my hands on. You’ll find anything from finance to romance novels, biographies to thrillers. Take one or leave one. Up to you! Enjoy a book on our chaise lounge that also converts to a twin size bed.

Chaise Lounge Chair | Rug | Bookshelves | Art | Lamp

The Kitchen

Rounding out the living area is this kitchen with a huge island with seating for three making that a total of 20 seats in the living area! The kitchen is fully stocked with everything someone needs on a vacation and then some. Knives that actually cut! Storage containers for leftovers! I try to consider everything!

Counter Stools

Which means that a coffee bar is A MUST! A 12 cup coffee pot should take care of things nicely. If not, have some tea.

Coffee Bar | Microwave | Coffee Pot | Coffee Cup Stand | Dishware/Coffee Cups

The Master Bedroom

Moving onto the bedrooms…I’m all about getting a good night’s rest. So both bedrooms come with a comfy memory foam mattress, organic bamboo sheets and blackout curtains. This condo is in the city, but it’s actually very quiet! I have included a noise machine just in case for those that aren’t accustomed to even the tiniest bit of city noise.

The master bath is also very large and comes with two vanities and two shower heads. Lots of room to get ready in the morning.

Master Bedroom in the Lounge Downtown Cincinnati

The Second Bedroom

The other bedroom also has a queen bed and all the amenities of the other bedroom. The second bath is in the hallway and includes a tub with shower and plenty of storage.

Art | Bamboo Sheets | Bed | Curtains | Curtain Rod | Mattress | Mattress Pad Cover | Side Tables | Throw Blanket | Quilt

Not only is this loft incredibly comfortable, it’s also in one of the best locations downtown. Situated on the Northern end of the Central Business District puts this loft only one block from OTR. This is basically the best of both worlds. Walk South to all of the attractions on the Ohio River such as the Red’s and Bengal’s stadiums, the restaurants and bars at The Banks, US Bank Arena or come inland a little to Fountain Square and all of it’s attractions. Walk North to OTR and visit a ton of the city’s greatest restaurants, small shops and breweries. Don’t want to walk? The street car passes (quietly) in front of this loft with a stop on the same block. My favorite things nearby though, are the couple of coffee shops just around the corner. We have written up a huge guidebook with all of our favorite places and really had a hard time stopping at what we had. So much good stuff!

The Lounge Downtown Cincinnati

I’m so excited for you guys to get to see and hopefully visit this great spot now! I stayed here for a week while I was putting it all together and I pretty much didn’t want to leave. The Lounge Downtown Cincinnati is now available for nightly bookings so you can see for yourself. Weekly and monthly discounts are available! Click the link below to see what dates are available!

November Design Book Club: At Home in Joshua Tree

I know I’m late on this but as many of you already know, I spent a good portion of the beginning of this month in Cincinnati getting an Airbnb ready! If you didn’t know, it’s because you weren’t checking my stories I guess. :) Anyway, this month’s book is appropriate (for me) because I’ve been hanging in the Midwest in Airbnb mode, but currently writing this on my way back to the desert. I’ve got to get back into desert mode!

I can’t wait to dive into learning more about the Airbnb and desert vibes at The Joshua Tree House! Check out this month’s book club choice!

At Home in Joshua Tree: A Field Guide to Desert Living Hardcover, by Sara and Rich Combs was just released which makes me super excited to grab up something that hasn’t been floating around for a while. This book dives into desert living, the design of their famous Airbnb and even includes some recipes! Who doesn’t need more salsa in their life, honestly?

Let me know what you think of this book below.

Miss previous months’ book? Check out the archives.

Saturday Six: Aussies Are Killing It, Airbnb Lust and Crooked Rugs are Right

Six random Saturday thoughts…

ONE - The Slope

My new flip is chugging along in WEEK 1 of hopefully a 5-6 week process. This one is called The Slope Project aka #theslopeproject for future reference. I haven’t spoken too much about the design for this house so how about a little sneak. I’m feeling very Aussie Byron Bay-esc for The Slope so that means lots of white, some beach-y hues like greens and pinks (also desert-y!). Check out this kitchen featured in Home Beautiful Magazine that I am using as inspiration.

TWO - You say farmhouse, I say art deco

I’ve been shopping away for this new flip and found Stone & Beam on Amazon. They have some pretty cute stuff including furniture, bedding and lighting! It could work in the farmhouse style setting of course, but also art deco…..which I may or not be on the hunt for for a secret project. Nothing to see here….moving right along…

THREE - Tis The Season

I was listening to my girl, Jill Peteresen on a Shrugged Collective Podcast the other day. She is amazing in so many ways, but one thing she had to say was specifically impactful for me. She was asked what advice she would give to women who want to be Moms but feel like they need to put it off to achieve career goals. She said she would advise women to think of goals for different SEASONS of their life. She talked about it some more but what I got out of it was that you don’t have to have one goal you pursue for 5 years. Pick the best goal, AND ONLY ONE GOAL AT A TIME (earth to Wendy), for the season you are in. If you have just had a baby you are obviously going to be in a different season of life than someone who is not a mother yet or is a mother to a 5 year old. The seasons area always changing and you don’t have to lock yourself down to anything for a long period of time. Your goals will absolutely morph depending on what point of motherhood you are in. Preach, SISTER! I am always trying to jam 5 business goals into my life while also trying to mom. Time to cut back again.

Learn more about Jill Peterson of Hermonia here.

FOUR - Jute everywhere

In my opinion, every house should have a jute rug. A big one. Then throw your pretty smallish one on top. Maybe even make that smallish one….CROOKED. DUN DUN DUUUUUNNNNN.

I’m right. Don’t fight me on this. This one is great and the 8x10 is under $200 like a total boss.

FIVE - Living!!!

I thoroughly dislike the phrase “I’M DEAD.” or “DEAATHHHH!!!” when they see a design that is amazing. I feel like “LIFE!” or “I’M ALLLIIIIVVVEEEE” (a la Ace Ventura) makes more sense. Speaking of…this shower is LIIIIIFFEEEE.

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Credit unknown, sadly. Found it on Pinterest. Follow me on Pinterest

SIX - Airbnb lust

I’m about to go stay at an AIRBNB I’ve been lusting after for AGES. It’s like Christmas! When my ASU Gymnastics teammates expressed interest in taking a girls’ trip, I was all over it. I bank my favorite AIRBNBS in my mind (and my in my favorites on the site) and am ready to spring them into action when the moment strikes! I can’t wait to share my trip!

Speaking of sharing, comment below with a vacation home you’re waiting for the perfect opportunity to visit!

Before & After: The Shack Kitchen

With The Shack being ready for visitors, it's time to start sharing the Before & After photos and giving you guys all the sources!

(Affiliate links ahead...)

The truth about this kitchen is it was a fairly easy update, but the difference is major! The pieces were there, they just needed a little tweaking. Before the facelift, the kitchen felt disjointed and colLet's revisit what the kitchen looked like before the tweak.

This is an IKEA kitchen, I recognized the stuff immediately. I applaud what the previous owner did to get some creative storage in here, but it just wasn't feeling clean and inviting. Also, as a vacation home, it didn't need all of this storage. First thing I did was remove the upper cabinets and storage since it wasn't necessary and was contributing to a lot of chaos visually. Then I brightened and de-yellowed the space by having the entire home painted Dunn Edwards Whisper. It's a nice white that is bright but not blinding. It has a softness to it. Now I had a blank canvas. The kitchen was starting to feel less heavy.

 

Next was setting up the space to accommodate guests. I obviously needed a new range as the old one was broken. I had also taken down the stubby looking hood and cabinet, so I had to figure something out there. I originally wanted to just leave it open without a hood, but changed my mind later, bc that's what I do. There was a hole that vented the outside so I thought eh, might as well put in another hood. There really is no good reason for this change of mind because in the end the hole needed to be filled and a new one made for the new hood. That happens sometimes. I'm still happy with the outcome.

Since I was trying to make this kitchen feel nice and open, I opted for a white hood. Hoods can feel so heavy and bulky, especially in a small space. I wanted it to blend in with the wall. It also feels clean and bright without a big stainless hood hanging overhead.

Hood | Wood Utensils | Cement Tile turned trivet

This side of the kitchen was pretty much finished after figuring out those appliances. The only other thing I did was move the microwave. Next was the coffee bar area. I loved the stainless table with shelf rack that were already there. I moved the microwave over to this area so I could make room for dishes, pots and pans on the other shelf racks by the range. It just seems to me, too, that these days the microwave is mostly used for warming up your coffee. AMIRIGHT? Made sense to me. Aside from outfitting the area with all the coffee needs, the only thing left was to dress it up with some decor.

State Eye Chart | Coffee Pot | Mug Stand | Frame for Vintage Map | Round Cutting Board | Toaster

Use code FW17 for a discount on State Eye Charts!

If you followed the Insta stories I posted while putting this all together, you know it was not just as simple as throwing some stuff in and BOOM it's done. So often in blog posts and on social media it comes off like the designer or DIYer just whipped some shit up and it was done. As if every piece was planned ahead of time and went off without a hitch. 

GUESS WHAT....THAT'S A LIE.

Sure, I had ideas. But many of them I abandoned or changed in the process. For instance I had every intention of putting floating shelves above the coffee bar. But, then the $200 price tag and a week delay came and I was like UM NO THANKS. It may be only $200 and it may have been a great idea, but at this point in the project I was feeling the squeeze on my wallet. So, instead I opted to spend way less. The frame was buy 1 get 2 free, so that cost about $17 bucks for this one frame. The map was free-ish. It was laying around at my house (read forgotten) and not originally intended for this property. I think I paid $5 for it at a garage sale 5 years ago. The money was already spent. But, let's include it for shits and gigs. Then there were the two hooks I used to hang the boards, that I already had leftover from another project. Those were probably $3 each at Home Depot. The cutting boards I had already purchased for this house and were just going to lean against the wall. Hanging them up just filled in the space visually. So, the cost to fill this wall was $17 for the frame I bought specifically for this wall OR actual cost of around $28. Better than $200. Do that several times on a project and the savings really start to add up!

What was also not so easy was hanging these things. The walls in The Shack are block with plaster, so nothing hangs easily. I broke 3 drill bits, made many gashes and unnecessary holes, sweat like a mofo and dropped a good amount of F bombs. So yeah I think the kitchen is cute and simple, but that doesn't mean it was easy. Hanging the shades alone made me want to murder everyone. Even just the thinking about I was going to do to replace the original shelf idea took some brain power. Constant. Laying in bed. Driving. Thinking. Thinking. You get the picture.

No one talks about the tax all of this thinking takes on you. Seriously, though.

If you're ever renovated or updated a space, you know the drain.

Other projects that were cut in the final days were replacing the tile counters, the faucet and covering the underneath of the sink. The tile counters, while not my favorite, had to stay. The wall juts out strangely here which is difficult to see. The tile counter wraps from the left of the sink to behind it just under the window. So, the counter would have to be extra deep. It's something I'd like to replace some day but not now. The faucet is not great at all. It should be replaced soon. It works but eh. And then the area under the sink is still exposed. I hung a curtain there and I just didn't like the idea of it. I envisioned people kicking it or touching it with their dirty hands to access the trash can. It put some fluffiness into the room where I didn't want it. All in all I just didn't like it. I didn't want to have something that would just turn into a bigger eyesore due to grime. Cleanliness is a big deal when staying in an unfamiliar place in my opinion. I want to put our best foot forward.

So, with the run through wrapped up, it's time for the BEFORE & AFTER!

I loved this project because it was a house with good pieces I could work with. Aside from paint and HVAC work, there really wasn't much more to this house than cosmetic updates. And what a relief! I'll take this kind of project ALL. DAY. LONG.

I could piece some numbers together to give you an idea of what I spent, but in reality the update was in the paint (whole house), hood, range and decor. And if you're really looking at this kitchen, the decor is actual functioning kitchen items aside from the stool and rug (which I already had). The plates I bought for staging 2 years ago at a thrift store. it's not a full set but who needs a full set for a vacation rental meant for 2 (4 max with sleeper sofa)? The black and white trivets are leftover cement tiles from another project that I put felt stickers on. The small appliances, the knives, the mug stand, the utensils, cutting boards and pots and pans, and other kitchen essentials were all purchased new for this home, but I find that difficult to add into a renovation cost. A "normal" person would already have those. The microwave and the fridge both came with the house.

Let's add the up numbers.

Range $200, Hood $265, Rug maybe $150 2 years ago, Stool $5 at a Safeway that was closing, let's allocate a generous fraction of the whole house painting at around $400.....totaling $1020.

If it were just the kitchen I would've just painted it myself. Not too shabby, though!! I'll be putting together the other areas of the house so stay tuned for those. Below is a list of the sources for this house. Comment with any questions.