Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Tour of Our American Foursquare House- Second Floor!

I'm back to share a little more of our century-old home with you! This time, we're headed upstairs. In true foursquare-style, the bedrooms are all upstairs in the four corners of the house. Hence the name foursquare.

The foyer landing upstairs is just a big open square, but it's the perfect place to do a little staging:

Master Bedroom
Our bedroom is light and bright. We went with a traditional iron bed and clean colors to make it a restful environment. I don't like "stuff" everywhere in my bedroom- it just makes it feel cluttered and chaotic, so we try to keep it as minimal as possible!

Vesper's Room
You'd be able to tell immediately which room belongs to our princess-loving four year-old. Yeah, it's the BRIGHT pink one. She loves it, though! I wanted something that didn't feel too baby-ish or themed, so we went with something she could grown with and switch up easily.

Grey's Room
You might've seen Grey's room in this previous post, but here it is again. It's a really sweet little space for our guy. He is rough and tumble and likes lots of room to run in circles or spread out his millions of trucks. Ya know. Boy stuff. And in case you're wondering, that patch of green with roses in it is the original hand-painted wallpaper. It's been left uncovered through the generations, so we did the same when we went to repaint the space! Cool, right?

Dressing Room
This room is affectionately called my "dressing room," but let's be real: it's a catch-all. It's got my closet in it, but the room itself seems to fill up and empty out monthly with odds and ends- things to sell, furniture to rearrange, toys that have been taken away from kids, etc. I also use it as a photo studio occasionally, so it's no wonder it never stays clean. But you're in luck, I photographed it on a day when it had just been organized!

Second Floor Bathroom
This bathroom goes down as the coolest bathroom in history. I don't know if that's a thing. I bet only old house nerds like myself care about things like original tilework and claw foot tubs, but trust me when I tell you- it's cool.

Well friends, that's the whole shebang. Our favorite place to be together as a family... I hope that when we sell it next year a family finds it that has loved it as much as we do!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Just Between Friends, Tulsa!

I buy pretty much all of my kid's clothes second hand, which is why it's crazy that I've never shopped at a Just Between Friends sale before. I know. Nuts, right? Every year, I watch on social media as my mom friends go and find boatloads of amazing deals, and I think, ' I should go next year!' but it just never happens. Mostly because I don't like lines and crowds, let's be honest. I'm envisioning Black Friday for moms...

This year, however, I was determined to attend. Mostly because my kids have outgrown nearly everything except a few dresses for Ves and some t-shirts for Grey. So I was completely ecstatic when JBF asked me to be a part of their Blogger Pre-sale Event!

Here's the deal- they basically wanted me to see how far I could stretch $50 at the JBF presale event, and if you know me, you know that I can stretch dollars like nobody's business, so I gladly accepted!

When I pulled up, this was the line... I died a little inside, but once they opened the doors, everyone just walked in. No stampede. No rushing the door. No one got trampled. Easy Peasy.

And let me tell you, I was not disappointed once I got inside either! It's PACKED with tons and tons of amazing products- clean, great condition, variety of sizes, and SAFE! JBF is currently the only children's and maternity resale franchise in the industry to employ a safety and recall expert, so you don't have to worry about getting that carseat home and then finding out it's unsafe for use!

Before going, a friend of mine suggested that I bring a laundry basket with a belt attached to drag it around. I kind of laughed at it, but she assured me I wouldn't look crazy because everyone else would be doing the same thing. She was totally right. You will not have enough arms to hold all the amazing deals!
So, How far did my $50 stretch? here's what I ended up with at the 50-mark:

Those are all clean, name brand items- Gap, Old Navy, Oshkosh, and boutique- some NEW with tags! I had planned to stop at $50, but I couldn't. There were just too many deals that were too good to pass up! So I added a few more essentials to my belted laundry basket, and ended up with THIS:

The rundown:
2 winter coats
3 pairs of pants
2 button down shirts
1 pair of pajamas
2 pairs of shoes
2 dresses
2 tank tops
1 cardi
1 pair of shorts
2 skirts
1 pair of boots
2 nightgowns
1 Halloween Costume

That's 22 items. And my grand total? Only $128.00

I would estimate that all of this would have cost hundreds at retail value. I mean, I would have spent that much on just shoes and coats for the season! I was so impressed that I'm already planning to come back and shop at the next round of sales! But that's not all, because shopping is not the only way you can save money with JBF- they make consigning super easy AND their consigners get to shop presale! Imagine using last season's clothes to pay for next season's! I'm sold.
I had no idea what I was missing all these years!

The sale in Tulsa is running through the rest of the week at the Tulsa Trade Center. If I were you, I'd plan to shop the discount days starting on Thursday too! If you'd like more information about where your closest JBF sale is, you can go here! Happy hunting!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Tour of Our American Foursquare House!

It's been so nice to take a step back this summer and just really enjoy some lazy days with the kids. I've gotten a few projects done including organizing several rooms, which has really made things much easier since the crazy school year started.

We've made the decision to sell this beautiful home in order to move closer to the people and places we love most. It was a tough decision, but we're trusting in the Lord's sovereignty. More on that later, but I thought it would be fun to do a little tour of the house! I'll show you the first floor in this post, and I'll be back next week to show you our second floor!

The one room you won't see on this tour is the School Room. I'm planning to do a separate post about our school room and which items we can't live without!

A quick background on our house: it's an American Foursquare that was built in 1911 and has most of the original features including antique glass windows and the original floors. There are also several fireplaces and a pretty impressive collection of antique lighting fixtures.

Living and Dining
The living and dining rooms are connected, but can be separated by some really cool double-pocket doors. I love the woodwork in the house. All of the trim on the second floor has been painted, but the wood downstairs is mostly still untouched!

The Kitchen
The kitchen has beautiful light and bead-board walls that lead up to high ceilings. I love the window over the sink and the pretty counter tops underneath the glass-front cabinets. It makes the space feel very light and airy and charming. There's also a window over the stove that opens up into the sunroom. We use part of the sunroom as a play room, so it's perfect for watching the kids while I cook dinner!

The Sunroom
This was originally the back porch, but at some point it was enclosed to create a beautiful, bright, relaxing space. We use half of it as a play area for the kids, and I don't have a picture of the other half, but it's used as a mudroom and a space for our dogs.

There is also a full bath tucked at the bottom of the stairs- and speaking of the stairs... it's my favorite space in the house to photograph. The light just glows all day long through that huge window! It's also where we like to display our favorite family photos and artwork.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of our home. Come back next week to see the second floor bedrooms!