Basement Remodeling

When looking to increase your home’s living space the answer may lie right under your feet. Basement remodels come with their own unique set of challenges, they all can be overcome with good planning. Here are ten tips and techniques to help you transform your basement into a functional living space.

The Basement is a different environment that involves structure elements, moisture that can lead to mold as well as has high possibilities for leaks or flooding. This calls for material and a system that was specially created to cover all these factors and will last years after your investment.

Homeowners looking for basement finishing ideas can easily begin to feel overwhelmed. With all the information out there, it’s difficult to know what’s best. In the past, there was only one solution for finishing basement walls and ceilings: drywall. Finished basement floors were carpeted.

The result? The cool, damp basement environment caused the drywall and carpet to grow mold and mildew, and eventually to rot. When this happened, it needed to be ripped up, and homeowners still only had one choice for replacement. Thank goodness there is now a better alternative!

Remodeling your basement typically costs $65,442 and returns 72.8 % of the original cost, according to “Remodeling” magazine’s annual “Cost vs. Value Report.” In the northern Midwest states, where basements are common, a basement remodeling project returns about 13 % less than the average return on investment. In the West, where they are less common, remodeling returns about 93 % of the original cost.

Basement remodels return so much of your investment because the basic structure– walls and floors– already are in place. This lowers construction costs per square foot, saving 10 % to 15 % over the cost of building an addition with comparable features and amenities. Basement remodeling also avoids the complications of property line setbacks and other zoning restrictions that sometimes complicate adding onto your house.

Moisture is the Biggest Hassle

Moisture is a big concern in basement remodeling. Any chronic leaks, condensation, or flooding must be fixed before you convert the space into a living area. Remedial measures cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands, effectively reducing your return on investment. If you cut those corners, you’ll pay big time in musty smells, creeping mold, and soggy carpet.

Are you looking to create the game room, family room, home theater, office, music room, exercise room, extra bedroom or playroom you’ve always wanted? Our certified basement remodeling experts are able to install the innovative Basement Finishing System in only about two weeks, allowing you to begin to use your basement renovation in less time than you might have ever anticipated. What’s more, this unique basement remodel is particularly well suited for basement environments and includes features such as insulated basement walls and integrated acoustic insulation that can help make your basement feel like a warm and inviting natural extension of your home. Don’t turn to a basement contractor who doesn’t understand the unique challenges that face remodeling a damp, dark basement.

In the northern Midwest states, where basements are common, a basement remodeling project returns about 13 % less than the average return on investment. Basement remodels return so much of your investment because the basic structure– walls and floors– already are in place. Our certified basement remodeling experts are able to install the innovative Basement Finishing System in only about two weeks, allowing you to begin to use your basement renovation in less time than you might have ever anticipated. What’s more, this unique basement remodel is particularly well suited for basement environments and includes features such as insulated basement walls and integrated acoustic insulation that can help make your basement feel like a warm and inviting natural extension of your home. Don’t turn to a basement contractor who doesn’t understand the unique challenges that face remodeling a damp, dark basement.

これから聴きはじめれば間違いなし洋楽ロック5選 2019

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最近の洋楽のバンドが聴かれなさすぎる。是非聴き始めてほしい洋楽ロックバンド5選 Part1はこちら

 みんな邦楽か洋楽を聴いても昔のばっかりで誰も最近の洋楽バンドを聴いてないので、取っ掛かりになるような良いバンドを紹介する!という記事を前に書いたんだけど、割と好評だったので第2弾を。

 去年サマソニに行ったんだけど、マジでガラガラで今ってホントにみんな洋楽聞いてないってのを痛感しました。

 確かに遠目から見ると最近の洋楽はヒップホップ一辺倒だし、マジでバンドがいないので探す気も起きない気持ちは凄くわかる。それでも世界は広いので、毎年ちゃんと良いバンドが出てきてるし、どのバンドも着実に進化してる。

 邦楽ばっかり聴くのも別に否定はしないけど、音楽が好きなら今の洋楽バンドを全パスするのはマジでもったいないと思う。

 ということで、今回もみなさまの取っ掛かりになるような良いバンドをチョイスしましたので是非聞いていってもらえればと思います。

FEVER 333

FEVER 333 – WE’RE COMING IN

 2017年に結成されたアメリカの3人組ロックバンド。メンバーそれぞれがハードコア界隈では名の通ったバンドの出身。去年フジロックに来たときも話題になりましたね。

 音楽性はいわゆるラップコア。そういう風に言われると別段新しいわけでもなく、むしろ手垢がつきまくっているような印象だが、聴いてみると一気に印象が変わる。

 再生ボタンを押したその先は、衝撃的な熱量。スピーカー越しとは思えないような迫力。iPhoneが凶器に変わる。Youtubeの画面越しで事件の当事者になれる。中学生の頃初めてレイジ・アゲインストザ・マシーン聴いた時のよう。

 ロックという音楽で出来ることなんて、もうとっくの昔に出尽くしてしまったと思っていたが、そんなのは僕の勘違いだったと思い知らせてくれた。

 ちなみに上の曲は、一曲通して”ファ”の音しかの一音しか登場しない。小学生のリコーダーの教科書の1曲目に採用したいほどのシンプルさ。スタンスがロック。こういうの大好き。

 あと個人的に好感度が高いのは、メタル臭が少ないところ。最近はラップ+ロックだとほぼ全部メタルっぽいというかラウドっぽいというか。でもレイジを聴いて育った俺達には、こういう音楽が必要なんだよな。

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twenty one pilots

twenty one pilots – Stressed Out

 ラップ+ロックはメタル系しかいなくなったと書いた直後に紹介するのもアレだけど、こちらも最近では珍しい非メタル系のラップロックバンド。ワンオクとかパニック・アット・ザ・ディスコ、フォール・アウト・ボーイなどが所属するエモ界の重鎮レーベルFueled by ramenの変わり種、といった感じの立ち位置。売れまくってるのでもう変わり種でもなくなった感じはするけど。

 全体的にちょっと緩めで、ちょっと捻くれた感じなポップさがツボの音楽だと思うけど、個人的にはドラムが凄いいい仕事をしてるなと思う。楽曲の構成をみるとバンド音楽というよりも、わりと結構ヒップホップよりな作りをしているけど、ドラムの緩急で緊張感が生まれてちゃんとバンド音楽になってるんだよな。ジョシュ・ダンはここ数年のベストドラマー。

 ビップホップやエモ系が好きな人はもちろん、個人的にはバンドマンに聴いてほしいバンド。2010年代以降のビート表現の手法を学ぶにはちょうどいいバンドだと思う。

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Pale Waves

Pale Waves – Television Romance

 エヴァネッセンスじゃないよ。大丈夫。

 10世代の代表格的なバンドthe 1975も所属しているレーベル、Dirty Hitの4人組。見た目と音楽のギャップが凄い。ちなみにあの格好はThe Cureが元ネタっぽい。因みに音楽も結構The Cure。やっぱりルーツがしっかりしてるバンドは強いなと思う。

 レーベルメイトが売れすぎているせいで、どこで紹介されててもthe 1975~というくだりがあるし、僕も紹介にthe 1975と書いてしまったけど、1975フォロワーみたいな聴き方ではもったいないくらいくらいカッコいい。

 この流れだと日本でも近いうちこういうサウンドのバンドがチラホラ現れるんじゃないかと思う。そういう意味でも要チェックなバンドだと思います。

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Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still

 上に貼った曲だけ聴くとポップなメロディに、オーガニックな質感のバンドサウンドがよく合う今どきのオシャレミュージックだと思うだろうが、その正体はひねくれにひねくれたサイケデリックロック。ジャンキーのための音楽だ。リード曲とそうでない曲の差が激しいタイプのバンド。

 サマソニでライブを見たが、最後まで一言も喋らなかったり、メンバーに一切照明を当てなかったり、ずっと後ろで意味不明な動画を流し続けたり、音楽は結構ハードな感じだったりと、Feel it stillだけ聴いて見に来た客をおちょくってるかのようなライブ、というか完全におちょくっていて最高だった。

 これを聴いて良いなと思った人は是非アルバムごと聴いてほしい。アルバムは結構サイケだけど、メロはポップなので割と聴けると思う。そんで3回くらい聞いたら病みつきになる。みんなもこちらの世界に来て欲しい。

 ちなみにバンド名はポルトガルザマンだけど、全然ポルトガルは関係ない。アメリカのアラスカ出身。この辺も意味不明で好き。

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Temples

Temples – Shelter Song

 男ばっかりの4人組、細身のルックス、モジャモジャの髪、ザラついたサウンド、もちろんベースはピック弾き。そう、まごうことなきイギリスのバンド。聴くイギリス。イギリスを蒸留して作ったテキーラをサイケで割ったような酒。それがTemples。バンドが流行らないこのご時世だからこそ、こういうの聴きたくなるよな。

 2014年に出した1stの出来がとても良かったんだけど、こういうタイプのバンドって音楽の志が高すぎて2枚目からはポップさがほとんど無くなってとっつき辛いのが出たりすることが多くて。Kula shakerとかさ。Templesもそういう風になるんじゃないかと心配してたんだけど、大丈夫でした。2ndもそこそこにポップで初めての人にもちゃんと勧められる出来。

UK好きやサイケ好きのみなさんのプレイリストに加えてもらえればと思います。

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洋楽はスポッティファイとかアップルミュージックで聴けて良いよな

 いかがだったでしょうか。ベタ過ぎるのよりはちょっと面白いのをと思ってたら、アクの強いバンドばっかりになっちゃって、ここから聴き始めると道を踏み外しそう感じになったけど。

 何かピンとくるバンドがいたら、是非ここから色々手を伸ばしていってもらえればなと思います。洋楽だとスポッティファイとかアップルミュージックで大体聴けるし。関連アーティストとかで掘っていくと幸せになれるんじゃないでしょうか。

 ということで今回はこのあたりで。

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Our Crate & Barrel Sofa Slipcover {A Comfort Works Review}

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This post has been a few months in the making, and I’m so excited to share our review of our new Comfort Works slipcover for our Crate & Barrel Lounge II Sofa!

Close up of Crate & Barrel sofa with Comfort Works slipcover

Oh boy, I’m really excited to share today’s post with you! I have so much to say about couches today (riveting topic, I know), and I’m also sharing the reveal of a little living room refresh we’ve been working on over the last few weeks!

You may not know this, but one of the most popular topics ever here on the blog is couches. Hundreds of people find me each month through my review of our IKEA KARLSTAD sofa along with my review of our current Crate & Barrel Lounge II Petite sofa. I totally get it – a new sofa can be a big investment, and I personally always try to find a blogger who has reviewed furniture before I click that “order” button.

So, I feel like it’s only right that when there’s an update, I give it to you – unfiltered and honest.

An Update on our Crate & Barrel sofa

We got our Crate & Barrel Lounge II Petite sofa in the “Taft” fabric (the color is Steel) about 18 months ago. We absolutely love the lines and the style, it’s incredibly comfortable, and it looks beautiful in our living room. I wrote a quick post about the sofa right after we received it, and I gave it rave reviews.

We still truly do love our sofa. BUT.

living room before - gray Crate & Barrel sofa with a doberman laying on it

We also have a bit of a unique situation because we have a lovable but incredibly strange Doberman who lives approximately 70% of her life ON OUR SOFA.

I could probably write an entire book on this one strange little animal alone, but the gist of it is that she’s got some personality, ahem, quirks that lead her to be afraid to enter about half of our (already tiny) house. She only ever goes into the living room, our bedroom, and outside. She sleeps on our sofa all night long, and spends a good chunk of the day hanging out on it as well.

So, any sofa we purchase has to be able to handle a lot.

The fabric we got for our Crate & Barrel sofa isn’t really one of their more pet-friendly fabrics. We just went with the standard option, and we learned after a few months that when a giant dog spends hours upon hours sleeping on it every day it’s going to start looking pretty rough pretty quick.

It looked fine from far off. And even up close, it wasn’t bad. But, the fabric had started to noticeably pill, and because of the thick weave it really held on to the dog smell quite a bit. I washed the covers regularly, but every evening when I fell into the sofa after the kids went to bed I was often hit with a big ol’ whiff of dog.

Not. Pleasant.

I was feeling really frustrated and worried that this sofa just wasn’t going to work out for us, and then Comfort Works reached out. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re kind of famous for making gorgeous slipcovers for IKEA sofas. They’ve been around for years (and I actually almost purchased on a few years back for our KARLSTAD!), and they’ve recently started branching out into making slipcovers for other brands – like Crate & Barrel. They wanted to send us a slipcover to try out and we, of course, immediately jumped on the opportunity.

Close shot of a living room sofa with a Comfort Works slipcover on it and colorful throw pillows

Comfort works slipcover review

So, let’s chat about the process of getting a Comfort Works slipcover, and then I’ll tell you my thoughts after living with it for a couple of months.

The first step in getting your new slipcover is to send over some photos of your sofa and choose your fabric. Then, Comfort Works will guide you through getting the measurements for your sofa. They have templates already made for all of the different sofas they offer and know the measurements it should be, but since they want to ensure a perfect fit they have you measure as well. It’s a really easy process and is detailed and clear. Once you’ve measured your sofa and they’ve triple-checked everything, they’ll get to making it and you should receive it in just a couple of weeks. You can see more about the process (and the Crate & Barrel sofa slipcovers they offer) right here.

Once the slipcover arrived, it was incredibly easy to put on our sofa. I did it by myself in less than an hour! You just have to add some velcro strips (that they send along!) to the bottom of the sofa for the new slipcover to cling to, and it just slips right over the existing fabric.

living room with a blue sofa, landscape art, and black sconces

We went with the Kino fabric in Navy, and I’m so, so in love with it. It’s one of their most durable fabrics, and while it’s actually rated pretty low on their “comfort” scale, we find it really soft and comfortable to sit on. It seems a lot less likely to pill than our old fabric, and it’s been on our sofa for a couple of months now and still looks brand new.

The best part? It doesn’t seem to hold on to smells at all, and I haven’t had to spray it down with air freshener or wash it at all in the couple of months we’ve had it. I just vacuum it every couple of days to get rid of the dirt and crumbs, and we’re good to go. Of course, I’ll eventually have to wash the covers, but that’s the best part – most of their fabrics are machine washable! You may remember me saying that I washed my Crate & Barrel couch covers, but I technically wasn’t supposed to. They held up just fine but I always feel better about washing covers that actually say they’re machine-washable. And, since there’s a slipcover on the frame of the sofa and not just the cushions, I can also pull that off and toss it in the washer if I need to – that’s impossible with most sofas!

close up of Crate & Barrel Lounge II petite sofa with a Comfort Works slipcover next to a black side table
living room with a blue sofa, leather ottoman, and floating open shelving

Beyond the durability, it really is just absolutely beautiful. I love the rich color, and it (of course) prompted a little refresh throughout the living room. We grabbed a new rug, hung some new art, and did some re-accessorizing. Oh, and we hung those adorable (under $50!) sconces above the couch, which don’t really give off a ton of light but make me smile every time I see them.

You win some, you lose some.

I still have a few changes I want to make in here, but this room is finally starting to feel much more us. It feel brighter and a little cheerier, and it feels CLEAN, which really, is all I ever want.

After living with the slipcover on our sofa for a couple of months now, I can officially say that I highly recommend you check out Comfort Works if you’ve got a sofa that could use a new look. They’re making slipcovers for several different retailers now (including West Elm, Pottery Barn, and Crate & Barrel!) and the process is really simple. It’s so nice to get a totally new look without shelling out the cash for a whole new sofa!

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Pattern Review: Lollipop Bag by Atkinson Design

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The Pattern:
My Finished Bag:

I loved making this bag for a few reason:
1. The directions were very clear and easy to follow.
2. She used techniques I’ve never seen before, and I’m always happy when a pattern teaches me something new.
3. It took very little fabric and even less time to make it.  
You can see I left the flower off my bag, but that was just personal preference (though, I think a ribbon work flower from my Stitched Workshop would suit it beautifully).  I did however, read through her instructions for making the rosettes and they were fantastic. She used a method I’ve not seen before, so I’ll definitely try it soon. 
I love the fact that this pattern only uses 2 fat quarters of fabric.  Dare I say? You could probably make two small bags with the fabric required for one.  Not to mention the pattern itself is only $5.50. The finished bag is great for holding makeup, jewelry, and of course, Lollipops.  After seeing how simple it was to make I may just whip up a few more as Christmas gifts.
Pattern and Fabrics used:

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Mini Boden Pear Shirt Knockoff

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Today I’ve got another “I could make that” project to share.  Read on to learn how to make your own Mini Boden look alike. 

You will need:
paper or freezer paper
a new or repurposed blank T-shirt
as few or as many colors of felt as you’d like
embroidery floss
needle
scrap of fusible interfacing
basic sewing essentials
Draw or trace a pear shape onto freezer paper (or regular paper) to create a pattern piece.  Cut as many pears are you like out of felt using your pattern piece.  **If you use freezer paper you can iron it directly onto the felt. It will stick and make cutting easier.
(See my tutorial for Freezer Paper Patterns)

Place the pears wear you’d like them on the shirt, then cut a piece of interfacing big enough to cover them. Flip shirt inside out and iron interfacing to wrong side of where you’ll be placing your pears.

Pin the pears where you’d like them and use a fabric pencil to draw a stem and leaf on each fruit.  
Use an embroidery needle and embroidery floss (only 3 threads of the strand) to sew a running stitch up the center of each pear and continue along embroidering the stem and the leaf.
I only now realized I forgot to embroider seeds onto them. Perhaps I’ll go back and do that, or maybe not 😉

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kitchen reno part 2

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From the living room. I’m getting a light fitting put in over the dining table. I have a Tord Boontjie garland light fitting I was thinking of putting there but am worried it’ll be too small – thoughts?

Slowly, slowly the place is starting to resemble a house again. I spent the weekend putting the doors on and the shelves in place and tidying up the endless supply of sawdust lying around the place (thanks to the rain, the benchtop and sink hole was cut inside. So you can imagine how pleased I was about that). And this is how it looks now.


The view from the hallway.

I had to go back to Ikea today to get the plinths (kickboards to cover the legs) and a few other things they either didn’t have before (like LACK wall shelves) or that I totally forgot to buy last time I was there (shelves for the end cabinets that face into the dining/living room). I also was desperate to get the benchtop oil because it hasn’t been treated yet. I’m hardly precious about things and quite like the timeworn look of wooden benches and tables. But I’m NOT happy that on the second day of the sink side being completed I discovered this…


Naughty naughty

Luckily, this should easily sand out (hope so anyway!). But people are still banned from my house now because I also discovered yesterday that the electrician had damaged one of the doors while leaning over to fix one of the power points with his tool belt. I’m going to turn it around and swap with the door next to it so problem solved but still highly annoying.


Plates and random glass collection!

Not annoying, however, is the fact I can access my plates and glasses by simply shoving my hand through the top of the cupboard (I haven’t put the handles on the doors yet so the less opening and closing of doors, the better!). Obviously this is temporary until the benchtops get put on next week!


The sink, gooseneck tap and dishwasher – my true love! How did I put up with handwashing for sooooo many years?

So this is the sink side. I bought shelves for these base cabinets today and there will be an open shelf the full length of the wall just above the tap and then three horizontal wall cabinets above that. Now, my dilemma. I wasn’t going to get a splashback for either side – just one little piece behind the stovetop. But I will, because I think it’ll finish off the space and also because I’ll need one!! The wall is so uneven there is a rather large gap between the benchtop and the wall. Plus, while being extra careful because of the non-oiled benchtop, I’ve realised how much water goes everywhere in a kitchen. Never noticed this before! Glass is out of my budget, stainless steel won’t go and so I’m starting to lean towards tiles which I was sooooo against just days ago. Any other suggestions? I seriously considered pressed metal (a friend has it in her kitchen and it looks amazing) but I can’t imagine that being very practical or easy to clean. So if you have any brilliant ideas/suggestions, I’d love to hear.


Here are the holes the electrician cut in the wrong space. Steve patched them up today, but the eventual splashback will cover them anyway. Phew. But note to oven manufacturers: I’d happily pay an extra dollar or whatever it’d cost to put on vinyl stickers instead of those crap cheap ones that DON’T COME OFF. Gotta get some metho or something. Grr

Still to do….
– Paint the back wall properly (and the little wall with bathroom door in it – plasterer only finished patching it up with this most recent job)
– Paint the ceiling
– Paint the window architraves
– Sand back and re-stain the floor
– Build and attach the wall cabinets and open shelves
– Place the other benchtop
– Hook up the rangehood
– Attach the plinths
– Oil the benchtops
– Get a splashback
– Figure out what to put above the fridge – there will be cover panels on either side of it so you won’t see the sides of the fridge. Wall cabinets will be too shallow and base cabinets too high for the space, so maybe shelves? But they’ll be too far back too. Might need to custom-make deep shelves for the space.
Hmm, that should keep us busy!!

Playtime

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Sundays are our best chance at some real downtime with all the household. Following church we hit up the neighborhood playground as it was a warm 45 levels (yes, you read that right). Together with the winter we’ve had here, anything above 40 sounds delightful. I wish we had more time to be, to simply sit and enjoy each other. Alfie and Juju are increasing before my eyes and I am always trying to shoot as many pictures as possible to recall how perfect and beautiful they are right now. Every baby I visit gets my heart flutter thinking that I get to have another and love them in the start again. 

We played in the playground and I pushed Alfie around the swing”but maybe not overly high” and Juliette bossed me and allow me to return a little twisty slide many occasions I felt ill, and I loved each and every minute. We stopped to pick up a few pallets to create a bed for Juju, then to top off a great afternoon. A project I have had pinned for a calendar year, but that baby is arriving I have finally got the inspiration. I am sure it has nothing to do with watching too many episodes of West End Salvage on HGTV while I am up at night not able to sleep. Have you seen that show?

Either way, I am glad I have finally got my own to do list back to play. 

The cloths used to make Juliette’s Dress, Moda’s Sophie lineup:

Oh Hello.

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Well, Hello there. 
 I’ve finally stepped foot in my sewing room now that my morning sickness is gone. Did I forget to mention that? Yes, I’m pregnant and now that I’m finally feeling myself again I’ve been sewing up a storm.   I’ve recently had the realization as to how much I prefer books to patterns.  I’m not sure if it’s because they always seem to have reference guides to techniques that may be new to me, or if they just have much better editing, but I really do love a good sewing book. My latest obsession is Little Girls, Big Style.  She gives fabulous directions on all the patterns and has a great chapter at the beginning that explains custom sewing and measuring for garments. This book is fabulous if you have some sewing experience, but would like to venture more into clothing.  
The only thing I could possibly complain about is that the sizes for her patterns run a bit small, but if you familiarize yourself with how to measure for clothing, then it doesn’t really matter because you can make them to fit your little one perfectly. After getting her measurements, I figured out that Juliette wears a size 2 in width and size 3 or 4 in length and I’ve had fun sewing her these new tops. 

The top left photo was a little shirt I made after learning a little more about customizing, It’s a combination of a few of her patterns combined.  I really have had a blast making them, now if I could just get Juju to take off her dress ups and wear them.  

A few of the fabrics I used:

Our Next Room Makeover {YOU DECIDE!}

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Can we try something…different this summer?

I’ve been blogging for a long, long time and one thing that I sincerely and deeply miss about the old days of blogging is that it used to be so much more free. Photos didn’t have to be perfect (in fact, they were usually terrible), and you didn’t have to know exactly what your plan was before you started on a project. Most of us were winging it all the time, it everyone was just along for the adventure.

I’ve seen some movement back towards the older attitudes on Instagram – like Suzy’s #reclaiminstagram journey, this article about how teenagers are using Instagram, and the fact that Instagram is testing out hiding the number likes photos get. It’s refreshing to see a renewed effort to simplify and bring the good old days back, and I’m hoping some of it extends to the blogging world as well.

I was brainstorming how I could do my part to bring some whimsy back to my little corner of the internet, and I thought maybe it would be fun to do a little experiment this summer. Want to join me?

We just wrapped up our hallway bathroom renovation, and we’ve been bouncing around and working on various projects before diving into another room. But, we do have a few rooms we want to make some changes in over the next few months and I’m making you a part of it!

Our Summer Budget Makeover

So, here’s the deal. We’re going to choose one room in our house to make some changes in this summer. I’m going to let you help me pick the room, I’m going to let you help me pick the budget, and I’m going to let you help me determine the to-do list.

This is going to be a collaborative effort every step of the way. I have no idea what to expect but I think it’s gonna be fun.

How can you get involved?

  • I’m going to be posting about the makeover regularly across all of my platforms (here, Instagram, and the newsletter). Choose your favorite platform to hang out on and that can be where you share your input.
  • At every step of the way, I’ll be asking for opinions – leave a comment, shoot me an email, or DM me on Instagram. I’ll be tallying opinions from across all of the platforms, so no matter where you like to consume your content your voice will be heard!
  • I’m putting myself out there a bit with this one – something like this is no fun if you don’t play along. I’m counting on y’all to get invested and be a part of this!

Step One: Choosing a room

And here is where the fun begins. Let’s choose a room! I’m going to list a few different rooms in my house that I want to make some changes to, and I’m going to put you in complete control of which one we put our focus into this summer.

Remember that the room makeover won’t be the only thing we’re doing. We still have tons of fun, random projects planned over the next few months, but I’ll be putting the majority of my focus into whatever room we choose here.

Let’s do it.

Option 1: Master Bedroom

Spring in the master bedroom

I’ve been unhappy with our master bedroom for a while now. There are lots of things I want to change, the biggest of which is the wall color! I love the dark blue walls but I’m itching for a change in here, and I think that’s where we need to start.

A few thoughts I have in here are that we’d like to lighten up the walls, get new bedding (our dog recently managed to drag red paint all over it!), DIY some nightstands, and get a new dresser. We’re also missing window treatments and the rug has to go.

Option 2: Laundry Room

Honestly, I hesitate to even call this a room. Laundry closet?!

Our little laundry room is a tiny little hot mess and I’ve spent a long time dreaming of how we can make it more functional. I want to paint the walls to freshen it up, maybe add some wallpaper, and get creative with some serious storage in here. I think some sort of cabinet with a countertop would be a great way to add some working space, and I want to come up with some creative solutions to add as much storage as possible. This is really the only place we have to store random things in our house (we have two hallway closets but they’re taken up by all of our board games!), so it needs to be able to pack a big punch.

Options 3: The Patio

Our final option is a space that’s just fine right now but has the potential to be so good!

We have a cute covered patio in our backyard, and as it is right now we don’t use it all that much. We’d love to swap out the dining table for some cozy seating (maybe a DIY sectional sofa?!), fill it to the brim with gorgeous plants, and possibly even do something crazy like tile or paint the concrete.

Oh, and we’re already planning on painting the exterior of our house this summer, so that alone will make a pretty big difference back here!

Your turn: Time to decide!

Here’s where you come in. Leave a comment below (or head over to Instagram) to let me know what room you think we should tackle this summer! Feel free to toss in any ideas you have about the room you vote for, and if you want to see more of each option be sure to watch my Instagram stories today – I’ll be giving a tour of each space! I’ll leave the voting open for about a week, then I’ll be back soon to reveal the room you chose and start talking budget and project lists!

I’m really excited to try this out (and, I’ll be honest, a little nervous that no one will care!), and I hope it’s as fun for all of us as I think it’ll be!

So, which room do you think we should make over this summer?!

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RT Specialty Promotes Altomare to Snr Account Mgr

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Hannah Altomare has been promoted to senior account manager within R-T Specialty, LLC’s National Environmental and Construction Professional Liability Practice (ECP). She is responsible for supporting the company’s new business and marketing efforts in addition to providing brokers, agents and their customers with timely and insightful renewal and coverage information.

“Hannah is a driven professional who has quickly demonstrated her value to our organization and clients,” says Tim Farrell, senior vice president of R-T Specialty’s ECP. “In a short time, she has become extremely adept at sizing up renewals and helping brokers to both understand and execute plan strategies.”

Prior to joining New Day in 2017, Altomare served as a claims consultant at Conner Strong & Buckelew in Philadelphia, Pa. and commercial lines account manager at Dash & Love, Inc in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., where she was actively involved in exploring and identifying new coverage lines for clients.

A resident of Bensalem, Pa., Altomare holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Fox School of Business at Temple University as well as Associate in Claims (AIC) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM). In addition, she is pursuing the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

Altomare can be reached at Hannah.Altomare@rtspecialty.com or 609.528.3901.

RT New Day, a division of R-T Specialty, LLC, is a specialty resource for agents and brokers, assisting them and their clients find appropriate, high-quality environmental and construction-related professional liability insurance coverages. RT New Day offers agents and brokers single-point access to an ample portfolio of products and services provided by the nation’s largest environmental and professional liability insurance providers. In California: R-T Specialty Insurance Services, LLC License #0G97516. For more information please visit newday.rtspecialty.com or call 609-298-3516.

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