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10 In Interiors

No Makeup Home Tour: My Place IRL

When Kyla of House of Hipsters asked if I wanted to be apart of the No Makeup Home Tour she was hosting, it was an immediate ‘yes’ from me. I feel like it’s easy to only share the pretty shots of our homes online, and for the most part I feel like that’s what people follow along for: inspiration. But only posting those perfectly coifed shots, starts to set an unattainable standard of perfection that’s just not feasible if you have a family, actually live in your home, or are a real, live human person. All this to say, here’s a raw look at my house: dirt, cluttered shelves, baby bottles, and cords in all it’s everyday glory. Eat your heart out!
 
A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all.
 
Our home is a duplex. This first image is a shot of our foyer where we split between units. The stairs lead to our tenant’s upstairs apartment and turn left from the foyer and you’ll find yourself at the door to our home on the main level. I don’t often use the word ‘unit’ in relation to our space, as it takes any ounce of homey-ness right out of our home. Sometimes I call it the ‘owner’s suite’, but that seems too pretentious for a no-makeup post, so I’m sticking with ‘unit’.
 
I don’t share this space often because we really haven’t touched this area since moving in, other than refinishing the front door, adding a plastic runner to protect the carpet (très chic, oui?), and throwing in a few accessories. The previous owner put in this black slate, which I really actually like, but it’s really tough to keep looking nice as it shows EVERYTHING. I have a pretty Moravian Star on order for in here and one day I’d like to paint it a moody, dark color.
 
 
 
A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all.
 
Our unit is small: one hangout space, a modified galley kitchen and one bathroom, so when there’s a big mess in one area, it’s easy to feel like the entire house is a wreck because of the small size we’re working with. We keep our home pretty picked up, but it’s definitely not always styled to the extent that you see it on Instagram. There are toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail, and laundry happening throughout the day, and we don’t live every day with as many throw pillows on our sofa and bed as you see when it’s styled out. 
 
The first living room photo above shows 2 doors. Behind skinny door #1 (on the left) is the coat closet, and behind door #2 (on the right) is the foyer.
 

A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all.

Alright, so our bathroom…I cannot even believe I’m posting this, but this is one of the only spaces we haven’t touched, and it’s BAAAD. Needless to say, everything but the tile floors and porcelain tub need to go!

A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all.

I keep our office/guestroom pretty sparse, so it’s a blank canvas for working on projects and photographing them along the plain, white wall. I have a collaboration coming up with Sara from The Forest Fern, and so that’s the black tassel project you see hanging on the moveable rack. When I’m photographing projects in here, everything often gets piled on top of itself in the corner with the wall shelves–out of lens view.
 
Guest linens are stored above the murphy bed and all my background substrates (like foam core and matte boards) are stacked vertically next to it.
 
A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all.
 
Our bedroom–where do I begin? It’s just kind of a forgotten room that I *hope* to tackle soon. It’s still painted the previous owner’s blah beige, along with the previous owner’s blah beige carpet. I dream of tearing out this carpet, but someone in the last 90 years, laid asbestos faux wood vinyl tile OVER the hardwood floors in here and the nursery. Ugh.
 
A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all. A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all.
 
Sylvia’s room stays pretty clean these days, because as a 7 month old, her toy situation is still pretty manageable. I have these cute Emily Windfield Martin prints that I want to frame out above the changing table eventually.
 
 
A no-makeup, real life look at my home via House of Hipster's Fall Home Tour: toys, cat food dishes, stacks of mail and all.
 
Thanks for stopping by today! I’ve linked to all the uber-inspiring bloggers’ real-life home tours below so make sure to go check them out as well. And a big thank you to House of Hipsters for organizing the tour! I’m hoping to do more IRL peeks in my Instagram stories too, so if you enjoyed today, hop over to Instagram to follow along!
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5 Clever Ways to Incorporate Blanket Storage In Your Home

 This time of year I find myself reaching for a blanket almost daily. Whether it’s to curl up with while watching a movie or adding an extra layer to the bed as we go to sleep. So I like to keep extra blankets out and around for easy access, but how do you incorporate them into your home decor so they’re not just in a stack on the floor or draped over furniture? Today I’m sharing some clever ways to incorporate blanket storage into your home decor, so they’re not only easy to grab, but also act as pretty accessories when not in use!

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3 In DIY

DIY Wood Dowel Blanket Ladder

Happy Friday Guys! I’ve decided to relaunch the DIY blanket ladder we made back in 2013, because the original photos were pretty darn horrible and my blog was tiny back then, so I’m pretty sure only my mom and best friend saw the original post. No joke. But the truth is, this fantastic blanket ladder, made from hardware store wood dowels has served us so well over the past 3 years. It’s sturdy, quietly beautiful, stores ALOT of blankets and the wood dowels only cost $34 bucks. Can you see why I wanted to bring the spotlight back to this gem of a project?!

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Clay Fabric Votives for We Make Collective

Have you guys been keeping up with We Make Collective’s DIY Kits? I wanted to share this little clay fabric votive project I did for their Polymer Clay Kit/E-course launch this summer, because these little gems would be SO pretty peppered around a Fall tablescape, and they’re super simple to make. I mean they’re not with out their rolling–lots of rolling out of clay, but that’s kind of a given when it come to clay! Clay Fabric Votives: My latest project for We Make Collective as well as the upcoming craft kit for October!

Of all things, I used a muffin tin as the mold for the votives, and then added the prettiest gold accent rim to them using a cool gold powder that you can mix with nail polish to create a glaze. The powder came in the We Make Collective kit, and was something I’d never heard of. Now I want to use it on EVERYTHING–it’s that cool!

If you missed out on the Polymer Clay Kit, but want to access this tutorial as well as several others, you can still sign up for the polymer e-course HERE. The October Kit is also now for sale and the theme is Macrame, which is so timely because I’ve been seeing macrame EVERYWHERE in interiors lately. I can’t wait to knot me up something textural for my home! Find that kit HERE.

Clay Fabric Votives: My latest project for We Make Collective as well as the upcoming craft kit for October! Clay Fabric Votives: My latest project for We Make Collective as well as the upcoming craft kit for October! clay-fabric-votives-1-of-1-13 Clay Fabric Votives: My latest project for We Make Collective as well as the upcoming craft kit for October!

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Autumn Picnic Inspiration

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Lordy, lordy, what an incredible fall we’ve had here in Minnesota! I swear we had snow on the ground this time last year, so this weather makes me want to drop everything, get outside and savor every waking moment. What better way to enjoy fall than to spring for a picnic?! Pack a cozy blanket, a thermos of steamy spiked cider, a spiced treat, a birding book (available on Amazon or pretty much any garage sale in America) and go enjoy those blazing fall colors.

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6 In Food

Saison de la Soupe

It’s officially soup season! Cool, crisp blustery weather and blazing fall colors, call for a bowl of piping hot soup (with bread for dunking of course). It just plain warms the soul. Here are 5 of my favorite tried and true recipes. Do you have a favorite soup recipe? Share the link in the comments!

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