I love me a little reveal day, don’t you?! Home improvement projects have gotten a bit more difficult since becoming parents, but we’re learning the ropes! Griffin naps for longer stretches now so we’re able to work together more during naps. But ALAS! I’m excited to share some before + afters today! We completed this guest bedroom makeover over just TWO WEEKENDS and while it’s not all dressed up yet, this room has come a long way with a little paint and new trim.
This room was not-so-affectionately called the “junk room” and the “hot air balloon room.” It’s a spare bedroom at the top of the stairs that was used for throwing our home improvement tools and supplies in, among other junk. It was in desperate need of some TLC!
Hi there, friends! It’s been a minute since I’ve popped on here and I apologize for that. My life has been rocked since becoming a parent which has been both joyful and exhausting, so I want to take a few minutes to get you up to speed and talk about what’s ahead for Rise & Renovate.
If you read about my birth story and postpartum experience, you’ll remember that the first few months of motherhood were pretty hard on me. I’m happy to report that at 7 months postpartum, we are doing worlds better. Though he has his fussy times, Griffin is an incredibly happy baby who is just so darn excited about life. He loves getting into things, eating solid foods, and smiling at as many strangers as possible. He is my little social butterfly and I love getting to see his smile first thing every morning.
So, I have a new itch: downsizing + lightening up my stuff. If you follow me on Instagram, I shared the process of cleaning out my closet the other week. It was in dire need. Like, Mayday! SOS! I hated going in there because it was a hot mess. I had SO many clothes, many of which I hadn’t worn in over a year (or longer…). It was overwhelming and disorganized, so I decided to make a change!
I came to the conclusion that my time and brainpower are too valuable to be spent weeding through this huge wardrobe. I don’t want to wear that… or that… or that. My day should not start by walking into a chaotic closet. Am I right? Or am I right??
A few of my top problems…
- I had too many “sentimental” t-shirts and sweatshirts from high school, college (and TBH, middle school, too – embarrassing!), and other misc. events.
- What if I need pants (or shirts) in a certain color for some event in the future??
- “But this article of clothing is cute!” …even though I hadn’t worn it in over a year.
Before you start…
I strongly believe that you need to be in the right frame-of-mind before cleaning out a closet. Less is more. You have to want fewer clothes in your closet and feel motivated to downsize. It should feel liberating for you afterward – clean, nicely organized, and easy to digest. Figuratively. LOL.
*UPDATE: October 2018* Our kitchen is done! See the full post here.
Well, the day has FINALLY arrived! The project that I thought we’d finish over spring break (in March, LOL), was finally completed mid-April! We have FINISHED painting our kitchen cabinets! It’s made a huge impact and it cost significantly less than replacing them.
As with any new project, we did quite a bit of research on the proper way to paint cabinetry. We’ve made some mistakes painting furniture in the past so we wanted to make sure we did it the right way… especially since it’s in the kitchen and they need to be durable as heck!
Our kitchen cabinets were this mid-2000’s wood finish. To me, they look kind of cheap and super outdated. They also make the kitchen feel smaller than it could be.
Spring is in the air! Can you smell it?! It’s been kind of chilly in Arizona lately, but I always love the cooler weather. This week I spent some time getting my kitchen area in the spring spirit. I did a little Pinterest-ing beforehand and found a few spring decor staples I wanted to include in my home: lemons, lambs ears, and yellow. I already have some blues in my decor, so I thought the yellow would compliment it nicely.
Come on in and take a tour through my 2018 spring decor! It’s mighty fresh. 🙂
The Kitchen Table
Hiya, friends! Long time, no talk. A couple days after my last post in November, we welcomed Griffin into our family! In some ways it feels like that was just yesterday, but in other ways, it feels like a different lifetime. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I wanted to write this ” life update.” I’ve contemplated making it an easy-to-read list and keeping it relatively optimistic, but that just didn’t feel right. The last 3 months have been the hardest months of my life, so I’ve decided to simply share my story and shed light on what postpartum life has been like for me. I’m slowly learning that life is similar for millions of other women after birth, too.
Friends. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK? It came out of nowhere! I love this time of year. Since moving from Iowa to Arizona, I’ve learned that the seasons are what you make of them. Even though we don’t really get the true fall season here, the weather has finally cooled and there’s fall decor everywhere!
With Thanksgiving next week, I wanted to share some cozy, beautiful, and fun Thanksgiving table ideas! Growing up, I loved helping set the Thanksgiving table. I remember being tasked with folding the napkins in a fun design and arranging all the plates and silverware. We’re HUGE foodies in my family, so the table is a magical place. Table = FOOD!
I’m a little impartial to my own fall tablescape this year, especially the wood rounds and plaid blanket backdrop! 😍
Anyway, from pretty plates to free printables, take a scroll through these Thanksgiving table ideas and have a beautiful, family-filled Thanksgiving!
11 Easy & Cozy Thanksgiving Table Ideas
Talk about easy cleanup! I’m surprisingly enamored with how elegant these place settings look.
Well, my peeps, it’s officially less than one month until my due date! I’m trying to hold the phrase “due date” loosely, as I know Baby Rissler will come on his own time. At 36 weeks, I am MORE than ready to meet this lil dude! I’m probably one of the few women in the world who is actually excited for labor. LOL! Bring it on!!
It’s a CRAZY EXCITING day over here…. it’s REVEAL DAY!! Now, I know I shared a nursery sneak peek in August, but now everything is finally ready for its newest inhabitant. Weeeeee!!
Before we dive in, can I just share a picture of this room from when we moved in?? This was possibly my least favorite room in the whole house – there was cat litter and cat urine everywhere in the carpet and drips of who-knows-what on the wall. Seriously, nast. No worries though, we have new carpet and new paint and disinfected everything!
Earlier this week I was catching up on “This is Us” – wait, have you seen it? If not, please go binge the whole thing right now (guaranteed tears). Anyway, in one scene Kate had family coming over and she was frantically trying to get her apartment ready. She repeatedly throws a blanket over the couch and says, “This THROW won’t THROW!!!” I laughed so hard because that was ME, just that morning!
Why does it seem so difficult to throw a blanket on a couch and make it look… good? Is it just me? I always see effortlessly thrown blankets on Pinterest, but when I do it, it NEVER looks like that. Well, this week I decided it was time to LEARN the art of throwing a blanket. Really, guys, it’s kind of an art. I learned 10 ways to style a throw blanket and I’m going to share the steps for each one! Let me tell you, it’s a lot more folding and primping than actual throwing! Those liars. LOL.
So, I grabbed two of my throw blankets and two matching throw pillows and got to work! Head’s up: You can find the canvas pillow with your custom state and either “home” or “roots” in my Etsy shop here! Without further adieu, here are 10 ways to throw a throw!
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The Fold & Throw
SHOP SIMILAR THROWS | SHOP THIS PILLOW
Possibly the most “classic” of all the looks! Fold the throw blanket in half vertically, grab from the middle of the folded edge and throw to the corner of the couch. Play around with the edges of the blanket and create ripples in the top layer of the blanket to achieve the desired look. Inspired by Better Homes & Gardens.
One of my more popular posts on Rise and Renovate is our DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame, which was part of our master bathroom makeover. It was a super simple, super cheap project that instantly upgraded our builder-grade mirror. Well, last month I was contacted by MirrorChic.com to try out one of their custom mirror frames! MirrorChic.com makes pre-cut and custom mirror frames for builder-grade mirrors. They also promise an easy DIY installation!
While I’m partial to my own framing method, I thought it would be fun to try their product and compare the two.
*MirrorChic.com sent me a custom mirror frame in exchange for this review. While I was given a free frame, all opinions in this post are 100% honest and 100% my own!*
Since all of my builder-grade mirrors are already framed, I asked my parents if they’d like one of their mirrors framed and they jumped at the opportunity! They were NOT disappointed…