Just a Girl Blog http://www.justagirlblog.com Interior design ideas on a DIY budget Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:45:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Basement Progress: Choosing Flooring http://www.justagirlblog.com/basement-progress-choosing-flooring/ Mon, 06 Mar 2017 03:15:33 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10239 Author information
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When we first started this very-diy-adventure we call the basement, we knew one thing would be an important decision–the flooring.

basement mood board

We considered the who’s, how’s, and what’s that come with making up our minds.

Who would use it? Adults and kids. Oh, and dogs. Maybe some hamsters? Kind of covered a lot of ground there.

How would the floor be used? Entertaining–and a whole lot of it. From teens to adults, we like having people over. It makes us feel like we have friends.

What did we want it to look like? We were easily in agreement that we wanted wood. Well, we at least wanted it to look like wood.

All the answers we came up with pointed us in the direction of laminate flooring. We had already begun exploring the world of laminate when Pergo reached out with an opportunity to work together. After doing some more research, we felt like that confirmed our decision. Perhaps it was meant to be?

Pergo flooring

We went to various flooring stores to look at the construction (in other words, the validity) of laminate flooring. The laminate we grew up with is certainly not what you find today, so it took us a minute to dispel that misconception. We were sold.

My favorite part, of course, was deciding on what it was going to look like. Based on the mood board, you can see that we were looking for gray tones. We wanted wide planks, and my husband wanted it to be rustic. But not too rustic. Ya feelin’ me?

choosing laminate flooring

We painstakingly narrowed it down to four choices–all of which are gorgeous!

1. Vintage Tobacco Oak–a bit too brown

2. Stonegate Oak–a close second, but perhaps a little too rustic for us (in honesty, too gray for me)

3. Handscraped Manor Hickory–too red

4. Smoked Chestnut–juuuust right

We loved the width of the planks, and the tone of the Smoked Chestnut was exactly what we are looking for. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know that we are well into installation, and I can’t wait to show you that process! It was so fast, I almost missed getting pictures of it.

Ok, you twisted my arm. Here’s a sneak peek for you.

pergo flooring

I’ll be back soon to show you how easily it went. And then…how gorgeous the completed floor is. I’m in love!

Disclaimer: Pergo generously provided the flooring and accessories for our basement in exchange for an honest review. You will definitely be getting that! 

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Haven Ticket Announcement! http://www.justagirlblog.com/haven-ticket-announcement/ Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:06:33 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10260 Author information
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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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It’s a BIG WEEK for us Haven girls! Tickets go on sale!! The girls and I have been working behind the scenes for months already, so this is always a big time for us!

haven tickets

Set your alarms and have your computers ready for this Wednesday at 7am EST. It’s time for Haven!

Haven conference team

If you have any questions about where, when, how, why, who…go to our Haven Conference page! We’re answering any and all questions as soon as we know the information!

SEE YOU JULY 20-22!

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Just a Girl Midweek Mentions http://www.justagirlblog.com/just-a-girl-midweek-mentions-2/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:12:25 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10257 Author information
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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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Happy Wednesday! I’m back with some midweek mentions. You know–stuff I like, items I want to buy…items I will buy. :) I can’t believe I’m actually on week two. Could this thing actually stick? We’ll see.
Midweek Mention 2

 

 1. Leather Tote–This tote at Target is currently sold out, but it will be mine
2. Black and white home tour–I shared this picture on Instagram this week, but you just have to see the whole house. It’s divine!
3. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate 08–I stumbled on this lipstick last week, and it’s my new favorite. Love the color; love the feel of it!
4. Navy rug–I’m incorporating indigo into my living room, and this rug has my attention
5. Woven drawer organizer–Target is killin’ me here. Also sold out, but I love the colorful combo
I’ll add some links once they get re-stocked, but I wanted to share. I hope you love that home tour as much as I do! Still dreaming about it.
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Industrial Wall Sconces http://www.justagirlblog.com/industrial-wall-sconces/ Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:09:28 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10253 Author information
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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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Well, the basement has been slow-moving recently. Sometimes those rascals we call kids and that nuisance we call careers tend to get in the way, ya know? #eyeroll
I have, however, been doing some reconnaissance–aka shopping–to be fully prepared when we’re ready to go! I’m a lazy blogger, so I’m just using some cellphone pics to update you on the basement bathroom. Let’s start with the inspiration–
industrial bathroom
And then let’s finish with my first design mistake. I told the electrician the wrong place for the lights! ARGGHHH! Why, Chris, why?!  I’ll tell ya why. I was tired, the electrician was coming the next morning, and my husband was “rushing” me about my lighting decisions. I need a good 6…7 years to make up my mind, and I freaked out. I panicked. It happens.
basement bathroom
 I guess that means we go with option 2–sconces. Wanna see what I’ve come up with?
Industrial Sconces
As you can see, I’m going back and forth between polished silver and a more rustic bronze. Almost all of the options above come in either shade, so it’s just a matter of making up my mind (6ish years, remember?).
I obviously have some decisions to make, but I’ll let you know what I decide!
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Just a Girl Midweek Mentions http://www.justagirlblog.com/just-a-girl-midweek-mentions/ Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:36:59 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10248 Author information
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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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Happy Wednesday! In an effort to make myself check in more often, I thought I might share some of my findings midweek. Being a teacher and a DIY blogger means I can’t paint a room every week or frame out a chalkboard on a Thursday night. I told myself to blog smarter last year, and I’ve failed miserably at it. Instead, I just blog less. That’s a bummer. So let’s see if this works (and helps take the pressure off from remodeling a room every week).
Midweek Mentions
St. Paul house tour–I’m kind of obsessed with small homes that still feel light, bright, and airy. This house is so charming!
Threshold Baskets–I’m loving these baskets from Target. They’re light and airy (I’m sensing a theme here), and I need them for summer storage.
DIY Shibori–Do I dare try this myself, or will I end up looking like this?
Jennifer Lawrence
Kate Spade wallet–I purchased this for myself last year, and I get so many compliments on it! Thought maybe it was worth sharing. I love it.
Anthropologie quilt–I’m jonesin’ for this ruffled quilt. Is that pretty or what?
So there you have it. How I spend my time when I’m waiting in a parking lot after practice. See you soon!

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The Week in Review http://www.justagirlblog.com/the-week-in-review-2/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:51:31 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10236 Author information
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Monday: Feeling alright! Walked into three sneezes today. That can’t be good.

Tuesday: A kid just blew his nose in front of my desk. I’m doomed. I would say it’s quiet in class, but kids are coughing so much I can’t hear myself think!

Wednesday: There are zombies walking in the halls. Shells of students who shouldn’t be here but have decided to infect the building. Disinfect the desks! Bleach the door handles. We’re talking Defcon 10.

Thursday: A staff member just puked in the bathroom while I was eating lunch. The plague is upon us. My body is fading. Fast.

Friday: Death is here. I may not make it. Leave me–save yourselves! My lymph nodes are swollen. And hot! Whaa? Leaving early for the med center. I love you all.

sick teacher

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What in the World is Hygge? http://www.justagirlblog.com/what-in-the-world-is-hygge/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/what-in-the-world-is-hygge/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2017 02:17:40 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10226 Author information
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You may have heard the new buzz word recently and wondered what everyone’s talking about. Hygge (prounounced “hoo-gah”) I’m not one to jump on bandwagons, but this Danish concept appealed to me. I live in Michigan, and we are now on our 22nd day of NO SUN. We were recorded as the “cloudiest place in the world” this week. Yup. The world. So what do Michigan and Hygge have to do with each other, you ask? (pretend you asked)

Hygge basically translates to cozy. In it’s most simple form, it means taking pleasure in simple things–finding happiness and joy in the mundane. It’s a way of creating a sanctuary in your life. That could include warm, fuzzy socks, a brewed cup of tea in a fancy tea cup, or perhaps snuggling up with a good book under the comfiest blanket you can find. You see what I’m getting at here?

cozy living room

Anette Willemine

Hygge and a cloudy, cold Michigan winter go hand in hand. Hygge is candles, slippers, sheepskin rugs, beautiful lattes, a crackling fireplace, a raggedy old sweater that brings you comfort. Hygge is comfort.

sweater mugs

Ideal Home

So what does that mean for home decor? How can we “create Hygge” around us? I’ve searched the world (via Google) and brought you some suggestions. Granted we don’t live in Denmark or Norway….but sometimes it feels like it in the Midwest! Want to bring some Hygge to your life? Here are some suggestions.

Hygge Comfort
Drinks
Candles
Chunky Knits
Articles and pictures on Hygge were so fun to explore. There are several online and in books if you’d like more information, but hopefully these collages give you an idea!

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Basement Progress http://www.justagirlblog.com/basement-progress/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/basement-progress/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2017 18:54:28 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10219 Author information
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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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Happy Monday! I am literally sitting on a goldmine of updates for you, but I just haven’t had the time energy to blog. Perhaps it’s the 24-hour-a-day clouds. #justaguess

We have had a lot of progress in the basement, however. My declaration? Tile takes forever. The. End.

So the big dog here is the bathroom. My husband and father-in-law worked tirelessly to get this up, and I’m pretty smitten with it. The basement is considered my husband’s space (I hate the term man cave), so it has a very masculine tone to it.

tile urinal wall

It’s a small bathroom, but man does it have a lot of function! We went with a shower, urinal, toilet, and single sink/vanity. We live away from all of our family, and my kids worship sleepovers. We wanted to make sure there was a full bathroom to accommodate all of them.

gray bathroom tile

Small space meant trying to keep the lines as clean as possible. So I had the floor tile run all the way up the shower wall.

gray shower tile

Now that the tile is complete, we’re moving onto other details! My favorite is this square wainscotting we’re doing on the stairwell walls. It adds some dimension to the space, eh?

square wainscotting

There’s a little peek of the new floor, but that’s going to be another post(s). I’m in a deep, loving relationship with it, and I can’t recommend it enough. I’ll be back with more pictures! Perhaps I’ll even use an actual camera then, too. #iphonejunkie

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HomeGoods and NYC http://www.justagirlblog.com/homegoods-and-nyc/ Mon, 23 Jan 2017 03:13:51 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10204 Author information
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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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WOAH! Is it 2017 already? I guess I….took a few minutes off, eh? You ever have those days where you sit on the couch moments before your bedtime and think, “Where in the heck did the day go?” Me too. For about the last 30 days.

Things are starting to calm down a bit, so I thought I should check in. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know I took a little whirlwind trip to New York City last week. I work with HomeGoods on their social media team, and a group of us went to NYC for some “business”. I wish I could tell you more. It’s really top secret. Not really. I just wanted to sound cool.

I was able to travel with some amazing bloggers, and this is seriously one of the only pictures I took. I’m a disappointment.

bloggers

We stayed at The London hotel, and it was beautiful. So beautiful that I barely took any pictures of it. What’s wrong with me? I got the good stuff though. The lobby…

The London Hotel

My room…

The London Hotel

And my view…

New York City view

Truth be told, my favorite time in this city is at night. It simply comes alive, and I want to take pictures of everything! Pictures that obviously do the city NO justice at all. (No bloggers were harmed in the taking of this photo.)

New York City

Bryant Park–one of my favorite spots in the whole city.

New York City ice skating

My last day was full of sun, so I fled the high rises for Central Park. That skyline is amazing.

NYC skyline

And then I headed to the American Museum of Natural History. I have a bit of an obsession with dinosaurs, and they had a phenomenal display. I still can’t wrap my brain around it all! They’re so huge!

dinosaur bones

As for the food….I recommend Gyu-Kaku. It was interesting (cooked our own food) and delicious.

Japanese restaurant

Of course, there were moments of panic because of the chopsticks. Fear not. I did not starve to death like I thought I would.

japanese restaurant

As for sweets, I tried Magnolia Bakery cupcakes for the first time. Let’s just say I took a little time to thank Jesus after eating one. That good.

Magnolia Bakery

It was a quick trip, but it was soooo nice to check in with some blogging friends. Of course, I can’t thank HomeGoods enough for providing us with the opportunity. The whole trip was top-notch!

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Rustic Winter Bedroom http://www.justagirlblog.com/rustic-winter-bedroom/ Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:16:16 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10183 Author information
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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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In typical Chris fashion, I am still decorating days before Christmas. The good thing about this room is that it will be able to last through winter–which happens to be about half the year for us. Ugh.

winter decor

HomeGoods is my absolutel go-to when it comes to pillows. They never disappoint! They were able to quickly turn my son’s rustic room into a little more holiday vibe.

winter bedding

I can’t say how long my son will let me keep the furry wreath on the wall, but so far so good. By now, he just knows to let mom do her thing. #welltrained

rustic bedroom

Oddly enough the room goes very well with the view of nothing but snow. Cozy, warm, and masculine–perfect for my teenager!

winter decor

Hopefully, your Christmas shopping is done (mine isn’t) and you’re ready to relax for the holiday season (I’m not).

Well, just in case, HomeGoods is offering one lucky person a $100 gift card to help you through! Simply leave a comment. What are your favorite things to shop for at HomeGoods? I’m not missing something, am I?! :)

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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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