RFRM Jewelry

January 20th, 2014

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I’ve been a big fan of RFRM Jewelry for a few years now. Chicago-based designer and co-owner of Knoed, Kim Knoll, hand-makes each piece and finds that perfect balance between a timeless, everyday look with a bit of edge. I love a good long necklace and RFRM has me wanting every single one! Check ‘em out.

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Jeremy Miranda

January 16th, 2014

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Ned and I are starting to look for art for our home and I think I found a favorite in Jeremy Miranda’s paintings. So moody. So gorgeous.

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Hallway Before+After

December 11th, 2013

After moving into our place one of the first projects I wanted to tackle was to freshen up the downstairs hallway. It was a little dark and there was this coatrack made out of an old baseboard that I wasn’t in love with so I figured it would be a relatively quick weekend project (almost always a sign that it will take at least a month).

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Well when I went to remove the coatrack, a good chunk of the wall came with it. *deep breaths* Looks like I’m going to learn how to plaster a wall!

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I watched some youtube videos and did a bit of research and found this kit made for plaster in older homes. Perfect! It’s a relatively straightforward process, it just takes time & patience while everything sets between steps.

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A few steps later and the 3 ft wide hole was completely repaired + new coatrack + fresh paint color. I love how bright and sunny that little stairwell is now! It really helps pull lots of light into the kitchen & basement as well as showing off the woodwork on the stairs.

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New Digs & a quick kitchen Before + After

December 6th, 2013

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We’ve been in our new house for a month now and absolutely LOVE it! It’s been a crazy-busy month but I wanted to share some updates. Our place was in spectacular condition when we moved in and the previous owners had really taken great care of it so thankfully there weren’t any big issues we had to deal with right away. We started off by writing a list of plans for making this house our own. Mostly smaller “weekend warrior” type projects with a few bigger long-term upgrades in the works.

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First off, color. It’s a small thing that can make a huge difference to making a new home feel like your own. We’ve been spending 80% of our time on the main floor so that’s where we decided to start with new paint. When we lived in our condo, we had a LOT of dark colors (my personal favorite but change is a good thing right?). For the first floor we’re going to bring in a lot of light neutral tones to brighten the space and show off the original woodwork. It’s a small house so making the space FEEL bigger is key. Here’s what we’re thinking so far.

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Changing the hardware your space can also be a quick (although sometimes spendy) upgrade. Our kitchen has some lovely custom cabinetry however the metal + chain hardware just wasn’t our jam. We did some shopping around and finally settled on dark rounded square knobs from Home Depot. While I love the fancy-schamncey brand names, they will run you $7-$12 per piece EASY. In the end, price won and I’m pretty happy with how they look (please excuse the crappy iphone photos).
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Choices Choices

October 23rd, 2013

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Guys! My puppy-dreams are finally coming true – with our move to the new house coming up soon we’re finally in a place where we can have a dog. If i were picking one now, it would probably be one of these (who am I kidding – if it weren’t for Ned’s allergies I’d be the proud owner of a pack of huskies). Now I just need to stop myself from buying all of them.

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Hopewell Textiles

October 21st, 2013

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I’ve been finding myself mildly obsessing over quilts lately. There seems to be a bit of a revitalization going on in textiles, with young quilters using traditional techniques and breaking down the standard patterns to create something fresh & their own. The other day, I stumbled across Hopewell Textiles via their Instagram and was instantly in love.

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Minimal with pops of unexpected colors, their quilts (and linens) are too charming. Hopefully there’s more to come from Hopewell in the future!

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Our Soon-To-Be Home Sweet Home

September 19th, 2013

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Well after months of searching, a few missed offers and temporary moments of utter hopelessness
(it *might* have been an emotional summer), we finally found our new home! It’s located in a neighborhood in south Minneapolis that we both really love with lots of green spaces and some good friends close by. The house is in great shape considering it was built in the 1930′s but I’m hoping to share the updates we make along the way. I’ve been collecting references that feel original to the time the home was built while keeping modern and warm.

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Indie Gaming Roundup

August 23rd, 2013

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This year we’ve seen so many fresh, inventive games released so I thought I’d post a few that have gotten my attention.

Limbo was originally released a few years ago on XBOX arcade but recently launched their mobile version and I have to say, the experience translates very well. Taking a fairly straightforward platform structure, Limbo is spooky, atmospheric and truly a gorgeous piece of design. Get the headphones on for this one! iOS Version.
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The first release from the newly formed Fullbright Company, Gone Home is an extremely successful exploration of compelling storytelling through gameplay. The story focuses on a girl coming home from a year away to find her family’s home empty and is left to piece together what happened while she was gone. The stellar sound design and voice acting adds depth and authenticity. Set in the mid 90s, it felt almost like walking through my own childhood house (right down the the X-Files VHS collection) and left me surprisingly nostaligic. PC/MAC Version.
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This game is F.U.N. Inventive and silly, this follow-up title from the makers of Castle Crashers is probably one of my favorite co-op games out there.
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A platform puzzle game with a unique element of time travel that adds an interesting twist. The sound design is excellent so make sure to grab some headphones. iOS Version.
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I imagine that The Room is what Myst would be like if it were made today. Revealed in Chapters (with just the first chapter released) it’s a surprisingly atmospheric puzzle game with a compelling underlying story. Another one to grab your headphones for. iOS Version.
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