The Saturday Six
I've spent a fair amount of time on my Insta Stories discussing my sleep...or lack thereof. Is it ridiculous that sleep is a goal of mine for 2017? Probably, but that's where I'm at. After I mentioned it in last week's Saturday Six I had several reach out to know what I was doing to conquer the elusive sleep. I'll cover the nuts & bolts of that, along with the best thing I've ever watched on Netflix.
I had the passing thought to go an apparel diet, and I was really dedicated in this thought, thinking I could hack it for 6 months. 6 months?!? I almost had myself convinced & then told myself not to be so darn ambitious. Mostly because I knew if I went on an apparel diet, I'd surely go on a home wares splurge, which would probably be more expensive than the occasional new shirt. So I did myself a solid and backed right off that idea & found some new favorites online this week...
5 Things to do BEFORE You List Your House
Selling season will quickly be upon us & if you have plans to move this spring/summer now is the time to start getting your house in tip top shape in order to receive top dollar. Does the thought alone overwhelm? Not to fret, you don't need to re-furnish your house with all the latest, BUT you do need to clean & refresh so that your home will show the very best it can.
While you are making plans to leave you're home & perhaps you're already losing your attachment to it, you have to remember the buyer's perspective: they're looking for their dream house...and it just might be yours, if you show it properly.
So FIVE things to do BEFORE you list your home.
The Saturday Six
Welcome to a new series we're starting here: 'The Saturday Six.' Each Saturday will be a little different, as this post will consist mostly of things that have been on my mind the past week, or something I've tried that I think you should know about. Kind of a random assortment of goodness. This week's includes the book I'm reading & my alternative to false eyelashes. What do you want to know about next Saturday?
1. January is nearly over & I'm just getting around to setting some ideas & goals to paper. They aren't too rigid, but include things like sleep better...I'm obviously firmly in my mom jeans in this goal & you've probably heard my talk about it on my IG story -- I think I've made some headway on my insomnia. Mostly though, I want to be a bit more aware and purposeful in 'doing what matters.' I don't want to wear 'busy' as a badge of honor, because let me assure you, it is not. I'm sure I'll share more down the road.
2. It rained all day yesterday and is supposed to rain all weekend. This is a big deal. In Arizona, if it's under 60 degrees, we tell our kids to bundle up and we have hot chocolate on hand for them when they get home from school, because BRRR! But under 60 AND raining for 3 days?! I'm not sure what to do with myself, but I plan to enjoy every second of it. In two more weeks it could be 90 degrees or something ridiculous...but for reals it was 90 degrees in February last year.
3. What I'm reading: David + Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell he also wrote The Tipping Point, Outliers and a lot of other great titles that involve lots of research and good stories. It's not too research heavy to where it's a total bore and it'd helped to remind me to be grateful for what I think are my 'disadvantages.' Good for the 14 and up crowd.
4. I finally have made it back to my consistent gym routine (holla!) and I've also made it back to my have-a-bowl-of-ice-cream-every-night routine as well. It's called balance.
5. New Product I'm Loving: R+F Lash Boost. So I've always the look of eyelash extensions, I've just never ever been willing to give it that much time (an appt every 3 weeks?!) or money. I can hardly handle my hair appt. I'd heard about the Lash Boost but was hesitant to try it, because it's not cheap either, but comparatively to doing extensions, well it's a no brianer. You have to use it for 8 weeks for full results and I'm only 4 in, but I can notice a difference. I'll give you my full before and after in another 4 weeks, but if you're in the market, try it! It's awesome & I heard if you order by the end of the month, you'll get a free mini eye cream too.
6. This month my husband spent an agonizing 14 days with intense vertigo. Like couldn't stand up vertigo. Room spinning, can't keep his balance vertigo. It was miserable. It seemed we saw a different doctor or had a follow up every single day. We heard every single vertigo story in a 5 mile radius, some who had it for 6 months. Yikes. By day 8, I found myself sitting outside a door that said 'nuclear medicine' while he got a CT scan. We were fairly sure that it would come out clean, but having to go check makes you mentally walk down that road of 'worse-case scenario' and it wasn't fun. Safe to say, we were wound a little tight. Finally we landed on a chiropractor who had successfully treated a friend of a friends vertigo and it worked! Naturally, my next question was, 'can you solve my insomnia too?' He had some good ideas that I'm trying and it seems they are working.
9 Swoon Worthy Exteriors
There are so many types of exteriors from French Country, Modern Farmhouse, Craftsman to Santa Barbara (a long time favorite of mine) its okay to love more than one. While the rest of the world is buried in snow, in Arizona we're actually starting to get prepped for outdoor living. Naturally, my mind has been drawn to exteriors, so that I might add a few touches to my own as we head into spring, which will be here in about 3 weeks.
Here are the current ones on my mind. Talk to me next week & they'll probably have shifted just a tad, but each of these have elements that I really love.
I love the high contrast on this one, with the structured hedges. I have the perfect spot for a boxwood hedge...I just haven't told my husband yet.
I grew up in a brick house & so to some degree it always feels, 'like home.' The copper roof is a major bonus.
More high contrast black & white. This is the backside of the house, but what I'm really loving is that side porch with the fireplace & TV above it. Give me my comfies, some popcorn & I'm set for a weekend movie fest.
I think every craftsman house should be required to fly an American flag. It just completes it.
Black + white...again, with the stone fireplace. I apparently can't help myself.
All about the porches on this one & the natural light that must be perfection on the inside.
Totally out of my wheel house, but executed so so great. Love it.
When done right, a Santa Barbara is tough to beat.
While I've showed you lots and lots of white & it's just about all you ever see anywhere. This. This is the one I'd pack my bags right up, leave all my furnishings behind & move right on in.
To see ALL our favorite exteriors & to source all these out, head to our Pinterest board where we have them all saved, here.
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Top 3 New Build Subdivisions in Mesa, AZ
I've walked nearly every new build model from South Mesa, to East Mesa to North Mesa. I've driven each subdivision & spoken with every builder's sales agent. I've looked at price per square foot, amenities, lot sizes, schools, resale value and location, location, location.
The major things that qualified these 3 as the best of the best were location, which includes their proximity to freeways, good schools & daily conveniences, but also price per square foot in conjunction with lot sizes & finishes available.
Here are my Top 3 New Build Subdivisions in Mesa.
Inspiration is everywhere. In a social media world, we are inundated with visual stimulus & yet there are times I find myself seeking out MORE inspiration. Perhaps, that's an overstatement. I'm not necessarily looking for more inspiration, I'm looking for GOOD inspiration. Something that speaks to my heart or my way of living, as I work on creating this environment called home.
"Home is where the happy happens."
I've said it before & I'll say it again: Home is where the happy happens. So how do you 'create' that happy. So much of it has to do with first, setting the stage. For me that includes comfortable furnishings, meaningful artwork & a bit of tidiness. We've been in our new house a bit over a year & now that I understand how we live & function here, I'm beginning to set my stage in a much more deliberate way. Here are my 5 favorite places to look for home inspo.
1. House Beautiful. I've been a long time subscriber to House Beautiful & my heart gets a little giddy when I see that cover in the midst of bills or other random junk. Way back when, it was a House Beautiful article that gave me the guts to paint my kitchen nook kelly green. No joke. I loved it & never would have done it if hadn't seen it in those pages.
And while I can readily admit no kitchen of mine is going to look exactly like this one, because #reallife, I can look at it and appreciate the design & aesthetic. And then, I can pull from it. Perhaps add in some copper, more plants in terra cotta pots, just small little touches that aren't dependent on powder blue cabinets...love them though we may!
Then there is this...notice the copper & the plants in terra cotta? When you see elements like that repeating themselves in drastically different spaces...you should feel free to incorporate them into your own. Don't even get me started on those wood beams & that built in bench in the nook.
2. Pinterest. Now you can find all sorts of anything on Pinterest. Don't let yourself be overwhelmed by all the everything. Instead, make boards for yourself that allow you to build out each room in your home. The more you pin items you love, the more Pinterest will help you find more of what you love. It's crazy smart like that. I have an entire secret board for my current house, but you can see lots of my other favorites here. I'm currently obsessing over bookshelves...and still loving kelly green.
3. Domino Magazine. That perfectly feminine office ^^^ it was from Domino Magazine. When you find a pin you like, actually follow it to it's source...you'll be sure to find more inspiration you love. Domino Magazine is similar to House Beautiful in the sense that none of it quite seems like #reallife. I mean, the day I have an office that looks like that, well I've #madeit. But I might arrange my books like that top shelf, or put an animal print on the floor...and the lights on the bookself, I love those too!
Speaking of a good book shelf. I found this image on Domino as well & I can think of nothing better than falling asleep surrounded by books.
4. Bloggers + Designers. Tell me you've found a few favorites & stalk their instagram feeds whenever you have the itch to start a new project? No? Well I've got you covered. Here are my 3 favorites...a list within a list...I die!
Studio McGee. They make my preppy heart sing. Clean, classic + never over the top.
Becki Owens. Her work is California Fresh...and her blog, well its chock full of goodness. Look here to find great deals & sale alerts.
Jenny Komenda. She is the queen of DIY and is my favorite mixer of pattern & color, old & new.
5. HGTV...or really just Fixer Upper. Joanna Gaines is a master at taking old spaces & making them new again. While her style might not be yours, you can't argue with her use of creativity in tight spaces. If you have a trouble spot in your house that doesn't function in a way you like, click through some of her ideas, she is sure to have tackled something similar.
If she isn't your cup of tea, HGTV has huge photo galleries from a ton of different projects. Start there to find a designer that speaks your language & enjoy!
I've been up to my eyeballs in floorplans & elevations these past couple weeks & now I can finally show you what I've been working on with Pinnacle West Homes. There newest project is currently under construction & features some amazing floorplans, like this one, that features an optinal above-garage storage room. Brilliant. I love when builders think outside the box & give awesome options, that we're dying to have. Because let's be honest...at some point I might actually build out that above-garage storage room into livable space.
This project features, rear loaded garages & side yard living space. If you are at all familiar with Eastmark, then you know about the orange monster & community center amenities -- they are over the top. Pinnacle West Homes is located directly across the street from the orange monster & I'm already visualizing sunsets + park days. For all pricing & info regarding lot reservations (happening tomorrow!) head to their website, or sign up for our newsletter here...
Hi, I'm Amy. When I'm not scouring the valley for the perfect new house, you can usually find me in the kitchen with a gaggle of kids. Chips, salsa and a Diet Coke are usually in hand.