10 x 10 Spring Challenge: 10 Pieces and 10 Outfits

10 x 10 Spring Challenge: 10 Pieces and 10 Outfits

A while back, a friend totally nailed it when she said this: “Amy, you are someone who is comforted by boundaries."

I had never thought of it that way, but she was right. I like boundaries. I am helped by boundaries. And, I am comforted by boundaries.

So when I also read that boundaries can cause creativity to flourish, I got it! Yes, that made sense to me! Limitations help me think creatively. This applies in areas related to home design, but I also think it applies to wardrobes, too. I have been a longtime reader of the Unfancy blog, where Caroline talks a lot about capsule wardrobes and intentional closets. 

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Dining Room Refresh

Dining Room Refresh

It's kind of hard to believe we have lived in this house for nine years. In that time, this dining area has changed a lot. We moved in pre-kids, and now we have three! That certainly changes the way we use the space. I've made my share of mistakes and tried a few different looks and configurations here, but I'm really, really happy with how this latest iteration has turned out. I think it's a keeper. 

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Wallpaper in the Dining Area

Wallpaper in the Dining Area

Our dining area (it's really an eat-in kitchen) has long been a sore spot for me. It is one of the most-used rooms in our home. We are here for meals and snacks and the assortment of puzzles, legos, coloring, and crafting sessions. I want it to really work well for the way we live. But I also want it to be pretty!

I have been thinking of giving it a little attention and changing things up, which is why I was so thrilled when the kind people at Photowall asked me if I'd be interested in trying out their product. Photowall is a Swedish company that produces wallpaper, wall murals, and canvas prints. (You can even turn your own images into wall murals!) I knew right where I wanted a little wall pattern: our dining area.

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My DIY Minimalist Bookshelf and What I Learned about Progress

My DIY Minimalist Bookshelf and What I Learned about Progress

Guys, I built this bookshelf for the girls' room and I can't even tell you how much joy it brings me. It is possibly the plainest bookshelf ever (the only detail is that I sprayed the tips of the legs gold) but I LOVE it. So very much.

Why? I love when a vague idea takes form and becomes something tangible. This was a project I designed and made with my own hands. It tested my limited math skills and my patience. But also, I love it because I learned some lessons about persistence, progress, and the joy of keeping at something until it is finished . . . even if it takes six months. 

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One Corner, Two Ways

One Corner, Two Ways

First, Ben taught me how to make GIFs and my life may never be the same. Keep reading for some awesome GIF action.

Second, if you follow me on Instagram, you saw that in May I found this amazing mid-century chair at a garage sale for $20. It was in really great condition (especially the under-seat supports) but it didn't come with any cushions. I've seen some chairs like this on Craigslist for hundreds of dollars, so I was super happy to scoop it up. I only wish there had been two. :(

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Easy DIY Outdoor Bench (from Cinder Blocks)

Easy DIY Outdoor Bench (from Cinder Blocks)

So many have gone before me on this one! This project is certainly not an original idea—I saw a cinder block outdoor bench in the pages of Better Homes & Gardens a few years back (this one, I believe) and then the googling and Pinterest-ing followed (check out this one and this one). There are a million of these out there in different configurations and that's the beauty of a cinder block bench—it is inexpensive, easy to customize, and simple to assemble.

I made this a few years ago and we used it as seating for our outdoor dining table. At first, I left the cinder blocks plain, but last year, I painted them white. I changed up our table and chairs a bit on the patio and moved this bench to a corner by the fence. Ben was teasing me the other night that it got demoted. :)

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A Garden Tour around Our House

A Garden Tour around Our House

Gardening is a relationship and boy am I getting in deep! I don't know if it is the stage of life I'm in, genetics, or just living in Minnesota but I am falling in love with caring for plants.

During a long Minnesota winter, green life indoors is just so helpful. And when the snow melts and the sun comes out in the spring, I just about die of happiness to see little green sprouts in my garden. The girls and I have started to habit of going out after breakfast to “check on our plants." In the early spring, we would see what was coming up, and now we can see what is blooming! I tell them the name of each plant and we talk about the flowers. And I have two good helpers for watering!

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