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A Little Bit of Boho

Happy hump day! Over Labor Day weekend earlier this month, Walker and I took an amazing trip back to Nebraska to visit the Dale side of family. The majority of our trip consisted of some serious puppy playtime for Bo and his parents’ new dog (Pogo the cairn terrier!), delicious home-cooked meals, and wonderful quality family time.


Pogo & Bo = instant buddies :)

Gorgeous Big Sky Country!

Gorgeous Big Sky Country!


We even got a pretty amazing thunderstorm! :)

While we were there, Walker’s mom took us to one of her favorite stores in Lincoln, Ten Thousand Villages. I love visiting this shop every time we are in town because they have AMAZING fair trade home goods, gifts, apparel, art, accessories, etc. handmade by artisans all around the world. The company is a non-profit charitable organization, with many of its employees being local volunteers and all of its profits from sales going directly back into supporting the individual artisans with fair wages. Anyway, my point is that this place has gorgeous products AND you can feel great buying them from such an ethical, honest company doing great things for artisans all over the globe. Twist my arm to spend some dough… ;)

While I could have walked out of there with armfuls of goodies, I restrained myself to one item that fit into my carry-on. I fell in love with this $30 colorful, bohemian rag rug handmade in Egypt that I knew would be perfect for our kitchen. The best part of our shopping experience? I found out that Pasadena has its own Ten Thousand Villages shop just five minutes from our house! Eeeeeeeee! I know where I will be doing 100% of my Christmas shopping this year. When we got home, I paired it with a anti slip rug underlay from IKEA to make our kitchen a whole lot happier.

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We also recently added some DIY macrame hanging planters (the macrame tutorial I used is here) with some herbs and succulents to the kitchen window area, significantly giving the kitchen more life and color. (Side note: I can’t stop bringing plants into the house… the fig tree was like my gateway greenery.)


We have a few more kitchen updates we would like to make, but it is otherwise probably the most complete room in the house! Yippeeeee!

Romantic Valentine’s Day Mantel

One of my very favorite things about our new place is the amazing white brick fireplace and mantel. Not that I didn’t love the faux-mantel shelf in our Burbank apartment, but it is beyond thrilling for me to have a few square feet of space I can decorate and redecorate to my heart’s content!

Once we took down the Christmas decorations, I wanted to create a mantel that was of a more romantic sentiment in honor of our anniversary in January, as well as Valentine’s Day this week. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you already got a sneak peek of the final Valentine’s mantel, but here it is in all of its lovey-dovey glory! :)


Walker got me this amazing vintage marquee ampersand for Christmas!


Roses from our garden and a STUNNING vase we received as a wedding gift.


The first wedding photos we (finally!) printed!


The You & Me banner came from our wedding decor!

For our first non-Christmas mantel in the new place, I would say it’s not too shabby! I am going to be a maniac with this thing…! :)

Introducing our Pasadena Cottage!

Happy 2015 all! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season full of family, friends, and love. :)

Yippee! It’s cottage time! As I mentioned in the last post, discovering, visiting, applying, and getting the Pasadena Cottage all happened within 24 hours. I knew great places went quickly in this city, so I had to have faith that when it was meant to be, we would be the lucky recipients of a 24-hour whirlwind. And indeed that happened… we blinked and then suddenly had a new home!

Here is a bit about our lovely new cottage: The cottage is located in the gorgeous Mid Central neighborhood of Pasadena, making it very close (1-1.5 miles) to Old Town Pasadena and walk-able to public transportation to get us there (or anywhere!). As you can see (for those unfamiliar with the Los Angeles area), we simply moved directly east about 15 minutes from where we were before in lower Burbank.



Mid Central Pasadena

It is a charming craftsman rear house that was built in 1922. It’s about 900 square feet (double the size of our Burbank apartment) and has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath (with a tub!), a fireplace, new laundry machines (eeee!), a dishwasher, central air/heat, a driveway with up to 4-5 parking spaces (plus a basketball hoop!), and best of all, a HUGE private fenced yard. We could probably fit about 6 of our old Burbank yard inside of our new one! To top it all off, the grass is brand new (they replaced it in October and is now getting very lush) and is taken care of by automatic sprinklers and a gardener that comes once a week! Woooo! No more dead yard! We are going to be so spoiled!

On top of it all, they had no issue with us putting in a dog door for the furry king of the house, so I used my DIY skills the weekend we moved in to install a SureFlap electronic pet door. It is so cool! We can set it to lock (i.e. pets can come in only) for the few-hour window the gardeners come, and then automatically unlock when they have left. We can program it to do all kinds of cool things that will give us flexibility with Bo when we are at work!

We were also lucky enough to be able to pick our paint colors and have the place painted before we arrived! We chose:


(Existing white trim and cabinets)
Behr Light Mint 480C-1: Kitchen, Bathroom
Behr Amazon Stone 790F-5: Master Bedroom
Behr Sterling 780E-3: Living Room, Hall, Guest Room, Office Nook

One last piece of business before pictures… a floor plan to give everything a bit of context (click on it to enlarge)!


So, the moment you have all been waiting for… here are a few “before” photos I took before the movers arrived with just our freshly-painted walls.

Welcome to the Pasadena Cottage!

Welcome to the Pasadena Cottage!


View of the side yard from the front gate. Our driveway is behind that fence through the back gate.


View of the front yard.


View of the front gate (plus the front house) and sidewalk from the back gate.


Once in the front door, looking left into the living room.


Standing at the front door looking slightly left.


Right side of the living room.


Office nook on the right side of the living room.


Tiny office nook!


Bathroom off of the hall.


Entering the kitchen from the hall.


Opposite side of the kitchen!


The front wall of the kitchen and door to the hall.


At the back of the kitchen is the laundry area and back door.


Guest bedroom from the hall.


Guest bedroom facing hall entrance on left and kitchen entrance on right. Entrance to the master bedroom as well!


Guest bedroom facing entrance from hall.


Guest Bedroom from kitchen entrance facing window.


Master bedroom facing closet.


Master bedroom facing window.

The only downside so far (other than actually having to move) is the longer commute. While we are still trying to master the best route, we went from having a 30-45 minute commute to having about a 45-60 minute commute each way. However, those extra few minutes are worth it for such a fantastic upgrade in our home and yard. Plus, I have been killing the commute by listening to audio books… recommendations needed!

We will have photos of the furnished place in progress shortly, but in the meantime, check out our Pasadena Cottage pinterest board to see the latest ideas for our new place, and follow me on Instagram for some sneak peeks!