Saturday Six: Remember Your Flip, Girly AF, Elimination

Six random thoughts on a Saturday…

ONE - remember

Back in Phoenix! It was a whirlwind of chaos, design and shopping in Cincinnati this week! I literally cut most people and projects out of my life the entire week and just straight worked. Some of my friends and family didn’t even know I was in town. I feel bad about that but then again I seriously went non-stop and had very little room to breathe even! I don’t think I’ve ever been that focused. I even forgot about my own flip! Someone asked me about how it was going and I was like, “Ummmm, hmmm I don’t know!” Whoops.

TWO - missing

I got this light for the Cincy Airbnb, but it never was really seen since it will be going in the sofa area and the sofas have been MIA. It’s really cute and not a bad price for a floor lamp!

THREE - inappropriate

Sometimes I want to have my own podcast so I can ask people questions that are not normal for every day conversation. Is that weird?

FOUR - pinned

I really am stuck now in this contemporary vibe. Never loved it before working on the Cincy loft. Now I want to Art Deco everything. I’m sure my Comfy Cactus Airbnb will receive the deco treatment bc it tends to take on my design whims for some reason.

Side note: I’d also like to do a girly AF Airbnb. Like with pink marble or granite counters. So there’s that.

FIVE - mine

Dudes. World Market is having a 40% furniture deal! It ends Sunday 11/25! I’ve been eyeing this chair in particular. Might be time to pull the trigger!

SIX - eliminate

I often think, “What can I get rid of?” I mean I do like a good purge, but also when designing. I get sick of the routine of the same things over and over. I mean I like lighting. Like, a lot. But, sometimes when I feel like I’m in a sort of rut, I just get rid of something and change it up. Like pendant lights. It was ingrained in me that one must have pendant lights over an island or peninsula. But, sometimes the idea of something hanging in front of all of the other fun, beautiful things I had planned was not sitting well. So, I just got rid of them. At first it felt naughty and wrong but now it’s like BYE. I like it. I feel so rebellious. I’M SUCH A REBEL WITH MY NO PENDANT LIGHT KITCHENS! :)

What you might have missed this week…

  1. November book club was announced! See all book club months here.

  2. The Comfy Cactus Phoenix/Arcadia Airbnb has last minute availability Nov 12-16, then nothing else until the weekend before Christmas and the beginning of January.

  3. The Shack Phoenix/Biltmore Airbnb has last minute availability Nov 12-14 and Nov 18-22, then nothing else until December 13-20. We also have New Year’s open!

  4. Look for the Cincinnati Airbnb listing to go live in the next week to 10 days!

Flippinwendy on the Skyler Irvine Show

I put them off for months. I was so nervous about being on a podcast, buuuuuttttt, the fact is I LOVE podcasts. I was so busy with clients and houses that I kept delaying. Not only was I busy, I was freaking out about what I would say and if I would sound like an idiot. Luckily, I finally gave in once things had slowed down and I think it turned out pretty well. The Skyler Irvine guys report that it's their most downloaded episode to date!

In this episode we talked about how I got started in house flipping and eventually started designing for friends, family and now perfect strangers. We also talk about the power of Instagram and how I gained 43,000 followers in just 9 months. If you've ever wanted to know a little more about flipping houses, check it out. There's the link below for listening in. If you'd rather watch than listen, the Youtube video is below as well. I'm also including some links to things I mention at the bottom of this post.

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If you watched or listened, I'd love to hear what you thought of the episode. Let me know if there's anything I didn't discuss that you'd like to know more about. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day!

Wendy

Before & After: Clarendon Exterior

Covered Patio with Salvaged Doors, Kitchen Bar and Neutral decor

Hey-O! It's time to get into the nitty gritty with my Clarendon project that closed yesterday! I want to show you guys how and why we did what we did. It's always a sort of jigsaw puzzle and I like to explain it in case it can help you with your own renovation puzzle. Let's go....

Floor Plan Problems

This home was a 1469 square foot ranch with a carport in one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Phoenix called Arcadia. As much as I like to keep home sizes as-is and not resort to additions, this home needed it to keep up with the Jones' (aka the trend for the rest of the neighborhood). So, we expanded the footprint. 

Before

Brick Ranch Before Clarendon PRoject

After

Farmhouse Style White Brick Ranch Home with Cedar Shutters

Changes Up Front

We enclosed the original carport and added to the front of it to make a tandem garage. Due to the lot size and setbacks, this was the only way to fit a two car garage situation.  You can see in the after photo that the new garage sits in front of the old carport. There are two garage doors, one on the front and one on the back. Here in Phoenix, many "older" neighborhoods like this one have an alley in the back for trash pick up and electric poles and other hideous nonsense. So, we added an RV gate for access through the alley to the backyard and back garage door. Technically with both doors open, you could start from the driveway and drive straight through the garage, through the backyard and through the RV gate to the alley.

The photo below shows how we bumped out the garage, the rear addition we also added and the backyard that had yet to be fenced off from the alley.

Photo courtesy  AZ Conctracting  

Photo courtesy AZ Conctracting 

With the expansion of the garage in the front, you can see that it created a small courtyard type patio to the front entry. We also added to the back of the house, so we used the old bricks that came off the back wall of the house when we tore it down as the pavers for the new pathway and patio. I would have preferred there to be a larger patio space, but since we were recycling bricks we made it as big as we could with what we had.

Recycled brick patio entry white exterior

Another recycled + upcycled addition to this home are the shutters. These shutters were made with cedar wood siding we tore off of my 72nd Place home (scroll to the third and fourth photo) from last year. This wood has been hanging out in a huge pile in my backyard and finally found new life at this home in multiple locations. 

Side note: It is dead of summer here and temps are hovering around 118 degrees, so the lawn is not as green as I'd like, but it'll fill in again. Luckily this neighborhood comes with irrigation. If you don't know what that it is it's basically where you open a trap door in the backyard every two weeks and flood your yard. Once that is back on its normal schedule, the grass will be lush and green.

Updates In The Back

If you refer to the drone photo above, you can see that we added a horseshoe shaped area to the back of the home. The left side is the new master bedroom, the middle received an extension to the family room and the right is the new kitchen. The empty space in the middle is the new patio which received a flat roof cover. The result is this patio sandwiched between the master bedroom and kitchen with access from the living room.

Covered farmhouse style patio with severy bar window and salvaged wood doors

True story: this addition and back patio was all designed around that servery bar window. I've been dreaming about that sort of deal for ages and finally was able to "force" one into submission. This, my friends, is just one reason why a person flips houses. It's an outlet to put into action the ideas that you can't fit or afford in your own house. 

Servery bar window pass through kitchen
Farmhouse style patio with bar servery window

The original plan was to have these four salvaged doors that I purchased from Sweet Salvage open as two sets of french doors to the patio. However, after further review, I decided I didn't want to have all of those doors swinging into the living space and two doors banging into each other in the middle. So, we opted to make two of them fixed and have just one set of french doors in the middle. I can't believe this actually worked. Sometimes you have great intentions of saving and reusing the old things, but then the plan flops because old things are....OLD. Not this time. Old things win. 

Farmhouse patio with bar

I'm very pleased with how this turned out. Sometimes you have a vision and it just doesn't reach your expectations but this one certainly did. I love that we could make the old brick and the board and batten on the new additions blend by using the same color paint. I also love that we could make use of some of the materials that came off the back of the house and siding from another house. Lots of old and new going on here which makes me happy.

More to come about this house. I know you guys had a lot of questions about the other rooms. Stay tuned!


Details

Sources

Barn Sconces - Amazon

Bar Stools - Target

Black and White Towel - LCo Design Co.

Cane Chair - thrifted

House Numbers - Home Depot

Marble Counters - Aracruz 

Patio Chairs White - Target

Pillows Black and White - Target

Planter Hanging - estate sale

Planter Turquoise on front patio - Home Depot

Planter White w/Palm Tree - Home Goods

Rug Black Diamond Doormat - Target

Rug Jute (discontinued as of posting) - Pottery Barn

Rug Gray Patterned - West Elm

Salvaged Wood Doors - Sweet Salvage

Servery Bar Window - custom made contractor

Shutters - custom made by contractor

Wicker Chairs on Front Patio - thrifted

Wood Table on Back Patio  - Everything Goes

Paint Colors

Exterior Walls: Behr Whisper White

Exterior Doors: Dunn Edwards Novelty Navy

 

How To Start Over From Scratch: Moving To Arizona

For years I've wanted to move from Cincinnati to anywhere warm. Cincinnati is an AWESOME city. The changes it has gone through in the past 5-10 years are gigantic. It's actually cool. I'm serious. But, the winters I just can't handle. So for years and years I tried to move but "couldn't".

SPOILER: One of my last renovations in Cincinnati

I was scared.

How could I start all over again?

I'd have no business connections. I'd have to know a new city and it's neighborhoods. I'd have to know what buyers were looking for in that part of the country, how much that would cost to do and how much a buyer would pay?

How long would it take to gather all of that information

How would I be able to replace all of "my people"?

Would I be successful?

Even though I had lived in Phoenix before, it was more than a decade ago as a college student at ASU. Aside from remembering the name of some streets and parts of town, I knew nothing of the real estate market. I got my Crossfit Level 1 Certification just in case. Maybe I could coach while I figured things out.

Turns out.... I was an idiot for doubting myself.

My first house in Phoenix.

Six months ago I landed in Phoenix and hit the ground running as if I'd been here all along. Last month marked my 10th year in business and I forgot about it because I was...

TOO BUSY WORKING.

Some of it seemed like luck. I met my contractor, Pace Morby, through Instagram. He is about to begin my third renovation here. But was it really luck? I had been chatting with him occasionally on Instagram posts for about a year. Networking from afar if you will. One of my agents, Michelle Houze was referred to me by a Cincinnati friend. Her and then another agent I met, Rachel Hugenschmidt, showed me the neighborhoods and what people were looking for in a home. Another contact I found at an AZREIA meeting I attended a couple winter's ago while vacationing here (nerd alert---> me, who does that on vacation?). He went to the University of Cincinnati back in the day. He'll be checking on one of my remaining Ohio homes when he attends a football game there soon. One of my favorite furniture dealers was found on Craigslist. Some people have reached out to me, while others I have hunted down. Things are weird, adventurous and random.

I love it.

My second renovation in Scottsdale.

There was no reason to be scared. The skills I learned over the past 10 years transferred. If you know how to learn, you can relearn. I didn't know anything about desert landscape, but I knew how to figure it out. I dove in. Head first. I went to nurseries. I learned names of cacti, how much palm trees cost and what an irrigation system costs. I asked my contractor 1.2 million questions, pinned ideas and studied comparable homes. I'm still asking a billion questions and learning on my own home.

Dragged some great staging stuff with me from Cincinnati like that vintage kimono. :)

The secret to starting over or learning new things is this....

Just do it.

Start.

GO.

If you're thinking about changing careers or locations, do it. If you want to flip houses, do it. Just learn. Learn more. And then learn even more.

Learn EVERYTHING.

Get a Designer's Perspective On How To Remodel Your Crappy Bathroom

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An in home consultation and collaboration. Give us the grand tour and we'll bounce some ideas around. With lots of renovations under our belt, we can point out possibilities you may not have considered or save you from costly renovation pitfalls. 

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