Friday, August 5, 2016

Moving again. . .

So, we bought our last home and I thought it was our forever home, but my husband got a new job and we wanted to be closer to his work, plus we had another baby and quickly outgrew that cute rambler. We loved it though and were sad to leave after all the work we did to it ourselves.

Here is our listing on Youtube  if you want to see what we did. 90% of the furniture we either refinished, recovered, or bought for crazy cheap at salvage stores. We make some of our headboards too. We do the woodwork, the floors, created the apartment, created a kitchen for under $200, and more. (The basement pictures are of our rental and not my things or decorating. I can't take credit for her stuff, but we did put in the kitchen and create the apt.)

It sold the day we listed it and we've since moved into another darling fixer upper. I have now decided - so that I have a record of what we are doing - I am going to blog about each room we do and show before and after pictures as well as how to's and give prices. In hopes that other's will create their own dream homes when they didn't think they could,because of money, time or know-how.

I am a firm believer that most of us can do most anything. So, when I go to people's houses and they haven't hung pictures or painted a wall because their husband hasn't gotten around to it or they can't afford to hire it I say, "You do it!" and I'm always happy to show anyone how. Certainly I am no expert, or professional, but I don't think you need to be.

I am not a perfectionist and I don't mind experimenting. My rooms do not at all look perfect, but that's fine with me. It's worth the trade off in cost.

I am a busy mom or four and I get the same question all the time.

"How do you have the time to do this?"

Well, I do it during naps, or my kids help, or at night. I never do more that a few hours a day and I don't do it everyday.

My kids learned how to lay wood floors this month because I made each of them do some work in each of their future bedrooms. They loved it and became good at it.

We do things for cheap. When I say cheap, it's legitimate. We have now almost completed three rooms and are just over $1000.00

It's crazy how much you can save doing it yourself.  You also feel like the coolest person in the world when you look back and realize you did something that awesome and you should!

 So I hope you enjoy our second fixer upper and start working on some projects of your own.

-Kate


Moving again. . .

So, we bought our last home and I thought it was our forever home, but my husband got a new job and we wanted to be closer to his work, plus we had another baby and quickly outgrew that cute rambler. We loved it though and were sad to leave after all the work we did to it ourselves.

Here is our listing on Youtube  if you want to see what we did. 90% of the furniture we either refinished, recovered, or bought for crazy cheap at salvage stores. We make some of our headboards too. We do the woodwork, the floors, created the apartment, created a kitchen for under $200, and more.

It sold the day we listed it and we've since moved into another darling fixer upper. I have now decided - so that I have a record of what we are doing - I am going to blog about each room we do and show before and after pictures as well as how to's and give prices. In hopes that other's will create their own dream homes, when they didn't think they could,because of money, time or know-how.

I am a firm believer that most of us can do most anything. So, when I go to people's houses and they haven't hung pictures or painted a wall because their husband hasn't gotten around to it or they can't afford to hire it I say, "You do it!" and I'm always happy to show anyone how.

One disclaimer though. I am not a perfectionist and I don't mind experimenting. So my rooms, do not at all look perfect, but that's fine with me. It's worth the trade off in cost to me.

I am a busy mom or four and I get the same question all the time.

"How do you have the time to do this?"

Well, I do it during naps or my kids help or at night. I never do more that a few hours a day and I don't do it everyday.

My kids learned how to lay wood floors this month because I made each of them do some work in each of their future bedrooms. They loved it and became good at it.

We do things for cheap. When I say cheap, it's legitimate. We have now almost completed three rooms and are just over $1000.00

It's crazy how much you can save doing it yourself.  You also feel like the coolest person in the world when you look back and realize you did something that awesome, for that cheap and yourself!

 So I hope you enjoy our second fixer upper.

Kate


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Article about my niece and recovering from addiction

LAYTON — Madison Rose was never comfortable in social situations. Shy and more of an introvert, she struggled with anxiety when it came to opening up in groups. When she first started drinking, she noticed that for the first time in her life, she could communicate without the anxiety that accompanied it.
"I was only having a couple of drinks. It was no big deal, plus it came with the benefit of making me feel comfortable," Rose said. "I never would have dreamed I would become dependent on alcohol."
Rose quickly went from drinking only on the weekends to drinking every day. While a person may drink a couple of beers and maybe a shot or two (a shot of liquor consists of 1 ounce), at Rose's low point, she was consuming 1/2 a gallon of hard liquor a day.
"I wasn't drinking anymore because it made me comfortable in social settings," Rose said. "My husband, Ryan and I refer to it as the time drinking stopped being fun. All of the sudden you're so dependant that you're drinking just to be 'normal.' "

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Today's Living Room podcast

Things I would tell my younger self:
-It's not the end of the world.
-You are so much better than you think.
-You are so loved
-Life just get's better and better.
-There is so much good in this world.
What would you tell your younger self?
Tune in today at noon to hear what we said.
www.fromthelivingroom.com

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Addiction


I know I post about our podcasts quite a bit, but if there is any show I'd recommend listening to, it's this one. Addiction has become so pervasive. So has hiding them. It was our goal to do what we could to stop the hiding, by having an open discussion about addiction. More importantly, to show through personal stories of loved ones and friends that there is always hope; that it is absolutely possible to overcome even the deepest and darkest addictions.





Does someone close to... you suffer from an addiction? Do you want to know how you can help and show love without judgement? Our TLR addiction show focusses on hoping, healing, and supporting loved ones through the challenges of addiction. Our discussion, although candid, is hopeful and faith-promoting. We encourage anyone affected by addiction to seek the needed help from a caring professional. There is always help. There is always hope. http://toginet.com/shows/thelivingroom

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Begin Again

For our podcast show today we did a show called "Make it Happen." The show is filled with great ideas of how you can make it happen and our Make it Happen ideas or challenges. Whatever your "it" is, do it in 2016. You can catch the show by clicking on my sidebar.

Part of our Making it Happen for 2016 is a new campaign that we are doing all month long where we feature our most poignant "Begin Again" stories. I shared a very personal one of mine that is my biggest begin again moment so far in my life and a time I will be forever grateful that I choose to begin again.

#beginagainwithtlr
#livingroomwithkate

. You can read it here.

My most pivotal begin again time in my life would have to be when my husband and I went through about six years of financial difficulty and as most of us know or have heard, financial difficulty in marriage = marriage difficulty. Such was the case with us. There were many points if I wondered if I had married the right person and many points where he wondered the same thing. We both became consumed in our own suffering that we stopped becoming a team and slowly began to drift apart. The scary thing was that, there wasn't any big fighting or anything like that. We just stopped communicating beyond anything surfacey. I'd come home and go to the bedroom to read while he'd watch TV in another room. We barely spoke. Even writing this makes me tear up as I realize how easy it can be to let the most important thing in your life slip away. There were many times I would wish that he'd just leave me or we could divorce, convinced that our marriage was not only a huge mistake, but that we were just way too different and we'd never realized it before.
What I had forgotten.

Monday, December 14, 2015

TLR's Christmas Gift Guide for the Women in Your Life

Fun! Our first Christmas Gift Guide. Includes the books and products from our show hosts and from a few of our friends. We’d love to have you check it out and please share it!
Merry Christmas!!
-Kate

www.fromthelivingroom.com