saturday six

Saturday Six: A Rant About They, A Challenge and Sharp Objects

ONE - what were they thinking

This has been bothering me for quite some time so here goes a little rant…. you know how you get your hands on a house (or just go into one) and think, “WTF were they thinking?” I can hear it in my head on repeat. You see an ugly kitchen or electric rigged a certain way, a cheap bathroom fix or an odd layout and say, “What were they thinking?” It’s like a mantra in the land of real estate. Well, I guess after a decade plus of hearing myself and other people constantly complain about things “they did”, I’m over it. When I hear those words now it is like nails on a chalkboard. Maybe I’m just sick of hearing complaining, which is ironic since I’m sitting here complaining to you about complaining. But, after being on Instagram for so long now and having a lot of content for people to pick apart, I’ve learned that most of the time, the things that people usually have a problem with is something they don’t even understand in the first place. There is always a reason behind why I did something and i realize now “they” probably did, too. I assure you they did something you don’t approve of because of a host of reasons. The top reasons I can think of are money, time, 18 other decisions made this one happen, “because I like it like that” and it was their home after all AND/OR “F it I don’t give an F anymore”. If you’ve renovated your home before you know there are 1.8 billion decisions, all of which affect each other…and your pocket book….and your sanity. And toward the end you just think please let this be over. And my guess is when it was “over” it wasn’t actually finished as intended. Was it? If you stay at The Shack, one of my Airbnbs, you will see a shade on a door that isn’t long enough to cover the entire window bc it was the last thing and I was at the - DAMN YOU SHADE! F YOU! I CAN’T DO THIS ANYMORE AND I HAVE TO MOVE ON - stage. I said it. It’s not perfect. I “should” fix it. I won’t. Bc F it.

Ok maybe I will some day when I simmer down.

TWO - faux fiddle

Now that that is out of the way. Here’s a fake tree I bought for The Shack to fill a naked corner. It has good reviews. Let’s see if I like it in person. I tried a real fiddle leaf in The Comfy Cactus and it ended up a mostly naked twig until I rescued it and brought it home. So, a fake one it is for now. Maybe. We’ll see.

Side note: fiddle leafs are not hard to care for despite what you’ve heard! I have one in my house where it can get some sun but not too much. Just right. When I have some water I’m going to throw out, like the rest of my glass of drinking water or half a water bottle, I just throw it in there. It’s grown about 2’ in two years. The one I rescued from The Comfy Cactus, same thing. I put it in my bathroom by a small window. When we are brushing our teeth, about once a week I fill up two glasses of water and pitch it in. It’s gone from twig with about 2 leaves on it to about 7 now! I honestly thought it was a goner.

THREE - mythical perfect schedules

Update on the Cincinnati condo I’ll be listing on Airbnb: sofas were being delivered on Wednesday but they called at 7am to deliver and no one could meet them. Womp womp. So, now they are rescheduled for Saturday. This pushes back cleaning and photos and obviously the listing timeline. Such is real estate stuffs. If anyone can figure out how to have anything involving homes go as planned and scheduled….please share with me this phenomenon. I’ll be your best friend.

Here’s the little devil we’re waiting on…

FOUR - all the good stuff

Pin of the week! This bathroom is like nothing I’ve seen.

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by Beth Dotolo and Carolina V. Gentry

by Beth Dotolo and Carolina V. Gentry

FIVE - knives that cut

I got these knives for the Cincy loft and they are SUPER inexpensive! Only $20! They are pretty good lookin. Plus they cut, so that’s good.

SIX - january announcment

I know this is early, but consider allowing some room in your January resolutions/new year new you schedule. I’ll be doing a 31 day challenge involving houses and making them feel and look good without gutting them. If you have done my challenges in the past, then you know I throw shit at you hardcore like. Obviously you are welcome to do as you please. But, I won’t be letting up on the info spewage. Be prepared. A friend told me I was an idiot for not charging for it. I just feel like free is good right now.

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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!

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.

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

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!