So naturally this calls for tinkering around in the kitchen with new tastes! I came up with this combo after trying to modify several other recipes to fit what I already had on hand! I will link the ingredients below but now on to the good stuff!
When we moved in, we used this room located at the front of the house as a sort of formal dining room (if you can consider a folding table your formal dining set). With the one window it was very dark all the time! The original wood work in the house is stained a dark crimson brown, and we really felt that it's beauty was hidden with all the red!
We realized pretty early on that standard primer wouldn't cut it (especially since these wall are plaster). After consulting others with old plaster walls, we learned that Killz has several extra strength primers, that have worked wonderfully! First thing to do once we primed over the red was giving the ceiling a fresh coat of white paint.
One of the biggest changes we made to the room that impacted the brightness factor was repainting the ceiling. As you can see in the above photo it was a yellow cream color (no wonder it felt so dark in there)!
The process took several weeks to complete and we made sure to preserve the original woodwork.
This room is truly our biggest transformation to date! The color we selected is Sailing Salt by Nautica. It has a purple hue in the warm evening hours and a fresh blue in the morning. I think it looks the most magical in the moody early morning light! Here are some after shots taken around 7:45am!
We really love our custom sofa from Interior Define! If you haven't heard of them, you should for sure check them out! I'm pretty particular when it comes to furniture and when we knew we wanted to invest in a good sofa, I wanted to make sure it ticked all my requirements!
This is the Maxwell sofa, in Zinc Pebble weave with black turned legs. The material is so durable and easily cleaned. I love that all the cushions aren't attached so that I can flip them/fluff them so they don't get that strange droop. They also don't use flame retardant chemicals in/on their cushions and fabrics, which is important to me.
This amazing lighting piece was designed and built by Collin from local thorny trees.
Stay tuned for a shop launch coming soon, filled with handmade pieces by Collin!
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Clothing generates a huge amount of waste in our world; discarded clothing makes up a significant percentage of landfills. This massive industry contaminates land and rivers with toxic dyes and cotton-growing practices. Big brands manufacture in places like India and Bangladesh, hiring women and children for cheap labor in dangerous conditions. We can raise the standard with the choices we make and companies we support. One way to impact is to buy and sell second-hand!
Trusting looks very different in the face of growing a life and all the new scary/exciting things that brings, than it does in a place of loss of life and the questions/unknowns that won't be answered.
In some ways it felt like our miscarriage flew in the face of my trust. I felt let down in so many areas I was trusting him: to keep my loved ones safe, to guide me, that he is bigger than my failings, that he had a future for me to hope in, to give good gifts beyond my wildest dreams.
This spring I began replacing my conventional teas with Organic, mostly herbal ones.
An important part of reducing my body's exposure to toxins is buying organic as much as I can. Organic means there's a higher standard for quality growing and ingredients and often having a 3rd party certification (like USDA) provides integrity assurance that organic isn't just a company claim.
There are a lot of hype out there about "organic" and "natural" products and a lot of brands and companies to wade through. The more I read, the more I discovered fakes! It led me to ask: "how do I know it's the real deal?"
I've decided to start sharing new products I'm trying and the steps I'm taking on a monthly basis toward a healthier lifestyle and sustainable home! Growth and improvement don't happen over night. Small, but intentional steps add up over time. With that being said, welcome to the first installment of Monthly Green Roundup.
I really thrive on interior design and think the perfectionist side of me loves those "before" and "after" home renovations-- seeing people dream, transform and use their skill to bring life to a space. The thing is, many times its not like that. Unless you have saved up, have a generous budget for remodeling or work as a designer, that "before" and "after" looks more like a progression of photos, of a space evolving and growing to become the vision you have.
Getting to the root of why I'm eating/not eating certain foods, I realized it's not that a food is "bad" in itself, as much as it just doesn't serve my body well. If I view the food I eat as the building blocks for my mind, body and even emotional well-being, eating foods that my body can't use or foods that cause destruction, doesn't fulfill my purpose.
We've lived in this house a little over a year now. Our first Christmas it all felt so new and I didn't have an inkling what would dress up our little place for the holidays. I think knowing a space is sometimes something that takes time and experimenting. This year I planned ahead and acquired various pines, cedars and fir branches.
Reaching a milestone is something to celebrate. For us, part of celebrating is remembering --remembering our priorities and goals, remembering how we chose one another. Remembering that no matter where we go in life-- living on the fruit of our dreams with abundance, or facing our short-comings and starting on the long and often painful process of growing-- we are for each other.
Fall holds a lot of dreamy inspiration for us. Maybe it's because it was this time of year that we were putting the finishing touches on our first party: our wedding. Maybe its the subtle shifting of light and temperature or the transformation of the landscapes with autumnal hues.
Whatever it is, we have some really exciting dreams in the works this fall. Beginning with the launch of House of Stamm on this, our first anniversary.
When we were planning our wedding someone said to me, "when you think about it, this is really just the first party you are throwing as husband and wife." That describes exactly what our hearts desired. It was so important to us to have all our family and friends, those who had been a part of our journey and whom we wished to honor in our lives, present and engaged. It was a celebration of a new season in our lives and of the community around us. We planned our dream party. From the gorgeous florals, to the Krispy Kreme donuts, to the fireworks, all involved some friend or family member and I think that's part of what made the atmosphere so festive. Everyone had a part in the celebration.
All photography by Ritter Collective
Tent Rental (sound system and dance floor) by Integrity Rental and Logistics
Floral and table greenery: designed by bride and Audra Stamm, Alexis Stamm and Amy Mast; supplied by Fifty Flowers.
Chalk board signs and arrow signs by Sarah Mast and Sophie Mast
Dessert table: Donuts from Krispy Kreme and cheese cakes by Sarena Jackson
Photo booth designed by bride and constructed by Cliff Mast
Marquee lights designed and made by the bride and Jessie Stover (backdrop constructed by Cliff Mast)
Giant Jenga made for the bride and groom by Fremon Mast
Guest book table designed and constructed by the groom
Centerpieces designed by the groom
All displays designed by the bride and groom
fireworks by Steven Andrews