Patio Renovation and Makeover

October 30, 2014

For the last couple years the back patio has been our labor of love (and hate). We’ve had some frustrating times and tears might have been shed, decks and stairs built, ripped out and rebuilt again. It was a wild ride, but I’m happy to report, IT’S COMPLETE, and I’m happy as a clam. Well, minus furniture it’s complete, but I had to save something for next year.

When we bought the house we had no idea the condition the back patio was in because it was covered in about 2 feet of snow. Note to self, never, ever buy a home in the middle of winter. It’s impossible to inspect the roof, yard and outdoor living areas. The home inspector wouldn’t even touch it. Fast forward to closing day and the snow had melted, we went out back and low and behold the retaining wall was falling over, the drop from the patio to grass really needed a railing (Which upon embarking on this project we were told it was unsafe and also, not to code.), it was covered in moss, and a family of chipmunks had burroughed their way under the pavers and into the foundation. Basically, it was caving in. Awesome. Ya not so much.

Patio Renovation

 

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Bluelounge at Target Giveaway!!!

October 27, 2014

I briefly mentioned in my last post, I’ve been working on a separate work area in the house dedicated to the blog. Mainly a separate desk space and small photography studio. Life gets busy though and that’s how disaster zones happen. I start to focus too much on the new office space and not as much on the everyday space. Suddenly, there are cables lying everywhere…on the floor, wires here, wires there, tangled up in crazy. Where’s my laptop? Under the sofa? Awesome! Ya, not so much. Can’t find my phone charger…as a matter of fact, I can’t seem to even find my phone. Have you seen my keys? Messy, messy, messy.

I needed some practical solutions for my everyday problems. Enter Bluelounge with their rad new line for Target. They had everything I needed for my home electronics organization at a great value. Not to mention, they were also easy on the eyes. It’s hard to lose when you have pretty things to look at, am I right? Anyhoo, I loaded up the cart and couldn’t wait to get back to the house. Wires be gone! Keys be found! Not only that, to get the word out, Bluelounge has partnered with House Of Hipsters to give away one of everything from the complete Target line! THAT’S $170.00 VALUE!

Kii might be one of my favorite items. I just upgraded my iPhone 4 to the iPhone 6. Sweet, right? Totally, but Apple changed their connectors when they launched the iPhone 5. I suddenly realized I only had one charger, and I came to that sudden realization at work while my one and only charger was an hour away, at home…sad face. I needed to buy another one…well, probably more like another four. One for my work office, one for my home office, one for upstairs and one for the kitchen. Or, I could buy Kii. It’s portable and allows me to charge and sync without the need of a cable. Kii is a lightweight USB to Apple connector that fits on your keychain. How cool is that?

Bluelounge for Target

Bluelounge for Target Kii

Bluelounge for Target

Bluelounge for Target Kii

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Surprise, It’s Your Birthday!

October 24, 2014

Well, not really. My birthday is actually a couple weeks away, but last weekend The Boy pull one over on me. Which I have to be honest with you…is not an easy task. I can sense anything unusual happening in the house like a hipster without his beard and beanie. I knew something was up because I asked him if I could go to the Kinfolk Weekend Retreat at Camp Wandawega. Oh sure, of course, have fun…wait, what weekend are we talkin’ about here? October 17-18. Suddenly a look of panic crossed his face, and he says, “That’s opening weekend for duck hunting.” Ummm, ok…hunt Sunday rather than Saturday. Problem solved. I pushed a tiny bit more…I really wanted to go! He finally said, “Don’t ask questions and DO NOT get upset. You can go any other day except October 18.” Well darn! And quite mysterious.

Friday he tells me to pack an overnight bag for Saturday night. Are we going to Paris? Are we? Are we? Are we? Ya, NO! BUT, we ARE going out. Ummm, ok. What about our children??? You do remember we have children, right? Covered. Apparently grandma and grandpa were coming down. SWEET! Where we going? Can’t tell ya that. Well darn!

Saturday morning I was told to be ready at 1PM, and we promptly left at 2:15PM sharp…it’s how I roll. I also asked how I should dress. Normally I’m a t-shirt and jeans kinda gal, but if we’re going out on the town, I need to play the part. I’m instructed skirt over jeans. Right on, something cute is in order.

Traffic into the city was pretty horrendous, but we finally made it to Destination #1. The Thompson Hotel Chicago. We had stayed here a couple months prior for for a wedding. Let me tell you, this place rocks. Super swank and funky as all get out. The staff, oh so sweet. And they pipe in the most amazing smell to the lobby. Seriously, I want my entire house and body to smell like this. It’s like the best candle and perfume wrapped with in bow. If someone at The Thompson is reading this, please, I’m begging you…please tell me the scent. I must have it.

The Thompson Hotel Chicago Lobby

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DIY Blog Tour

October 20, 2014

Hey guys! Hope you are having an awesome week! So I have kind of a different post today. Last week I received a sweet email from my new blogger friends Foxtail + Moss asking me if I wanted to participate in a DIY Blog Tour. Ummm, really? YES PLEASE! They too are from Chicago, and I heart their work so much; how could I say no? (Seriously, these girls kick some serious DIY butt, and I’m completely honored they even consider me!) The girls sent me a few questions which I’ve answered below and then I’m handing you off to my favorite DIY blogger. That might just have been the hardest part of the interview! There are so many talented bloggers out there.

DIY Blog Tour

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Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet

October 20, 2014

Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet

So a few weeks ago while glamping at Camp Wandawega, we ate at The Duck Inn, and I ordered a Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet. Unless you live in Wisconsin, it’s hard to find a bartender who can mix up a good one. So upon my return from Badger country, I took matters into my own hands.

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Interior Styling – Front Room

October 15, 2014

Interior Design The Front Room

So a long, long, LONG time ago, I photographed my front room and posted it to the blog. This is when I had about 5 visitors a day and you guys probably hadn’t any idea of its existence. So this past weekend, I decided to rephotograph it (since it has change a bit…does that surprise anyone? Nope. Not one bit.) and repost. Y’all know my love for interior styling, #cantstopwontstop, am I right?

This room in particular is probably one of my most favorite in the house and coincidentally also closest to completion…if there really is such a thing? Yes, I keep moving small items like vases and antlers around, but for the most part, this room has not changed much. Oh, I did add into the mix that pretty little Katy Skelton hairpin end table a couple months ago. And yes, those are brass hairpin legs! I know we’ve all discussed that calling furniture sexy is super weird, but in this case, well that table is sex on a platter. (Although I must confess. See that brass planter all sad and empty? The one from Schoolhouse Electric? Umm, ya, I know, it’s in dire need of a nice leafy plant or succulent. I just haven’t found the right one as of yet.)

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Estate Sales

October 13, 2014

Attending An Estate Sale

This past weekend for me was really weird. The boy goes on a duck hunting adventure in Wisconsin every year. Normally that means he drives the kiddos up a day early, drops them at grandpa and grandma’s house, and I follow Friday night after work. Well, this year was different. He kept saying to me, “Wow momma! You get 4 days off to yourself! What are you going to do with all that quiet time?” Huh, umm, well, I have to work and then I’ll be at my parents, with the kids, and you’ll be at some cabin. I don’t get it.

Surprise! Surprise! Some how my parents were finagled into watching the critters from Wednesday to Sunday, and I got to stay home! BY MYSELF! IN COMPLETE AND UTTER SILENCE! TO DO WHATEVER I WANTED TO DO! OMG! What the heck was I going to do with myself? Well, first I made a hair appointment. Then I perused the estates sales. Have you ever been to one? Read More

Grandma Pearl’s Zucchini Bread

October 13, 2014

It must be that time of year again because my parents keep showing up on my doorstep bearing zucchini by the armload. The neighbor lady brings it to their back door when she harvests extra. We like to make this casserole called Zucchini Italiano which has really no Italian ingredients in it except for tomatoes and possibly some oregano? But it makes for a hearty meal here at House Of Hipsters and resides in the church cookbook with my name beside it. I also make my grandmother’s Zucchini Bread recipe. A recipe I’ve eaten for years and years. A recipe I now make for my children that makes them squeal with glee. Today, I’ve decided to share it with you.

Zucchini bread recipe

 

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Let’s Talk About You!

October 9, 2014

Let's Talk About You!

There are so many new faces to this blog as of late, that I decided it was time to talk about you guys again. I’m always so curious about you! Who are you? What are your interests? How did you find this little spot I like to call my virtual home? And even if you’ve done it before, do it again! I’m always switching it up.

So here’s the drill. I put together this quick questionnaire. Leave your answers in the comment section. Easy peasy, right? And go!

1. What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

2. What was the last thing you put in your mouth?

3. What is the most favorite item in your house as of right now, this very instance?

4. What room in your house needs a makeover?

5. Last song you listened to?

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Hanging Curtains

October 9, 2014

Do you guys remember how I make Emily Henderson cry? Remember my sad, sad, sad looking bedroom? If not, click here to read about it. Well, the makeover has started. I’ve had some backorder issues and a lot of wait time, but everything is starting to arrive and I’ve been dying to give you a tiny sneak peek. While I’m at it, I figured I’d give you a few tips on how we hung our rods from The Shade Store. BTDubs, I’m not getting paid for this post, I’m just crushing hard on this lovely brass hardware. If you could ever marry hardware, I’d marry these brackets! I mean look at this little lovely! Pretty dope, right?!?!

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