Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day

Happy earth day everyone! I hope you'll go do something "earthy" today....I'm hoping to work in my garden later this evening if weather permits.

~Laura xo

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Could you live in just 84 square feet?

These tiny "mobile homes" have been popping up everywhere lately and are literally changing "mobile home" stereotypes. After having a heart-attack, this woman gained a whole new perspective on life. She sold her home and most of her possessions and instead built her own 84 square foot home on a small truck trailer.  I am amazed at how charming and comfortable it looks, although I admit as a furniture hoarder collector, it would be extremely difficult to get my possessions down to 305. It does make me curious as to what my "possession count" is. Maybe I should I try? I might be too embarrassed with the results....

You can read the entire article from the New York Times here.

So what do you think? Could you live in a space this small?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Goin' back to school....

Wow, this year has been full ups and downs and in general, things that I did not plan for. In September my husband decided to go back to school and I suppose in some way he has inspired me to, after talking about it for a couple of years now, actually go back to school as well. I am registered for my first class in the University of Dayton's MBA program and am pretty darn excited about it. I'm not sure where this will lead us in our future together, but I'm ready for another adventure. :)

UD has a gorgeous campus and is nestled in close to downtown Dayton. Choosing this school was kind of a no-brainer for me. As a Dayton enthusiast, where better to go than THE University of Dayton? (afterall, we did have a Dayton themed wedding) The best thing about it? I can walk to class. It's almost exactly a mile from my front door to my classroom door.

Welcome to UD:

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday Feature: Elena Shumilova

I stumbled across this photographer recently (I don't even remember how...I swear, the internet is a deep black hole that just sucks you in) but her work is absolutely stunning. I can't even......so I'll just shut-up and let her work speak for itself.

All images came from her Flickr account here.

Monday, July 8, 2013

We're staying put.

So I have some good/bad news about the new home my husband and I wanted to buy. After all our hard work to make it happen, it just didn't work out. Although it is the seriously cool, modern home of our dreams, we realize that our little bungalow we have now is pretty cool, too. We will be staying put. The bank dragged things out for so long and played too many games (like making us pay MORE than asking price simply because I'm an employee at a real estate company...even though no one else is interested in the house), all the while interest rates creeped up making our potential mortgage payment higher and higher. With both of us wanting to return to school, it just makes sense to continue living in our little home we know and love, where all the neighborhood kids know Alfie and bring him home anytime he wonders off. We're confident with our decision and we couldn't be happier. Our plans for finishing the basement and converting the attic into a super awesome master suite will continue soon as we continue to call this little roost "home". 

Monday, June 24, 2013

2013 Dayton Philharmonic Showhouse: Before and After

Today I'm sharing my space from the 2013 Dayton Philharmonic Showhouse that ran throughout the month of May. The showhouse was a great success and I've already received several phone calls for new projects/clients (as if I have time for more work! haha) I guess all the hard work paid off!

This year my space was on the third floor again. The way our committee does the room selection process is by a lottery system based on seniority. Since this was only my second showhouse, I pretty much get last pick! I'll probably have to do several more of these before I can more down a floor, haha. The third floor spaces are always the last to be chosen because no one wants to haul all their stuff up two flights of stairs. Well, I'll take what I can get. The sloped ceilings make for a cozy, unique space. You can see what I did for the last showhouse on my blog post HERE or, check out my website HERE.

Once again, here is the BEFORE of the space:
Remember the ugly carpet and sickening lighting?

Here is the AFTER:

I designed this space for a young adult (obviously female). I knew I wanted to do a younger space, but not quite as young as the playroom I did last time! When I first visited the house I thought if I were a teenager, this would be the room I would want for my own. It's so cozy and quiet and very private from the rest of the house. You could friends over and not bother anyone. So this is pretty much the ultimate suite for any teenage girl :)

Source: Housetrends 
Source: Housetrends 
If you would like to see more photos from the rest of the showhouse, you can visit Housetrend's website HERE. It's worth visiting!

Thank you to Elder Beerman Furniture Gallery for providing a lot of the furniture shown AND for delivering it all the way to the third floor for me, as well as picking it up. They were great!

Thank you Designer's Consignment for letting me borrow the perfect painting hanging on the back wall above the bed. It really set the tone for the rest of my space!

Thank you to Tim & John Weimer (my father and brother) for helping to install the lighting, move furniture, make repairs, etc.

AND of course, thank you to Brian Quinn my wonderful husband for helping me paint, carry up countless loads of accessories and put up with the house being an absolute wreck during this project.

Couldn't have done it without you!