Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Salvaged How-to's

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Introducing our newest feature: Salvaged How-to's! We post a lot of projects, from before and afters to building a piece of furniture from old scrap wood. But pictures only take you so far. So, we decided to take a look back at some of our old projects and the future ones we have in mind, and slow down and document the building process, to share a more detailed "how-to" version of these projects. So far, we have three favorites, but we will be adding more soon! Stop by the how-to page and get some inspiration!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Junkmaster Update: Junkmarketing 101 & Senior Thesis

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Lucky #7 and #9 of my Junkmaster Curriculum have been completed: gather at least 1,000 page views on one post on Salvaged Spaces and post on another website/blog. The goal of our blog was never about getting a lot of page views, but it's fun to see nonetheless. 1,000 page views seemed far from achievable when I first made this blog, but I soon realized it doesn't take long. Here's a quick look back at how our blog's page views have given us some lucky breaks, opened up doors, and introduced us to some pretty amazing people!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Scrap Wood Desk

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As we all know, January is Build Your Wife A Desk Month. At least, that's what Leslie told me. She's a weekend writer. She has notebooks filled with stories and notes, her research of historical events, binders bursting with characters that only exist because of her imagination, and one of her favorite things to do on a lazy afternoon is take her laptop and binders down to the library quiet room and write the day away. Why the library? Well, we don't exactly have a writing desk--until now.



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

DIY: Wooden Window Frames

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Growing up in a house built in 1905 spoiled me. Natural hardwood floors, tall ceilings, crown molding, wooden window frames! I love the attention to detail that you find in older homes and have been on a mission to make our 1980s home feel 60 years older. Our first step was to add wooden window frames to our bare windows. I've decided to share some photos in case others are inspired to do this to their own windows. It's a simple addition that makes a dramatic difference!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

How I Found The Perfect Wall Color

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One of the first things we said when we walked through our home for the first time was, "I love the wall colors. We wouldn't even have to paint!" The owners before us painted most of the walls a color called Simply Sage by Behr and there was nothing wrong with the wall color. But, we love the feeling of having something to do, so we decided we would re-paint the walls to make it our own.

Lesson learned: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Before and After: Ikea Billy Bookcases

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Even though we moved in about two months ago, it has felt like we've made no progress on the home since my books have still been hiding in boxes. We've done a few things to the house, but I didn't feel excited about it because all I kept thinking about were my books. At our old apartment we had a few birch veneer Ikea Billy Bookcases, but they didn't fit the new style we were going for so we kept waiting and waiting for inspiration.

When I couldn't wait any longer, I begged Pete to make our Ikea shelves work for our new look and I am thrilled with the results!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Urban Barn Room Planner

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One of my favorite designers is Sarah Richardson, the beautiful Canadian designer who you can sometimes see on HGTV. She is a GENIUS! I have never seen something from her that I didn't like.

I could really spend several posts talking about how much I love her designs and approaches (and maybe I will later), but I want to focus on my first approach to room design. A digital room planner!

What does that have to do with Sarah Richardson?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

We Bought a House!

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I have remained quiet on our blog because all I have wanted to talk about was trying to buy a house. Searching for a house. Finding a house. Putting an offer and crossing our fingers. Pacing in our tiny apartment. Waiting to hear from our realtor. Waiting to hear from our lenders. Waiting. Waiting. Inspecting. Waiting. Waiting. More waiting.

For some reason I thought if I posted anything, I would either embarrass us when we didn't get it. Or maybe I'd jinx us. But now it's ours! WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!