Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Meeting Clint Harp!

Hi friends! Before we left for our two week Asian adventure, I got a chance to sit down with Clint Harp, most known for his work on Fixer Upper, for a meet and greet. The group was small, so we were able to really engage with him and he wanted us to ask all the questions! Clint Harp attended the Johnson County Home and Garden Show where he was a speaker. He now has a new book out called Handcrafted and a TV show on DIY Network, so he is a busy guy for sure! Let me tell you right off the bat that he is the nicest guy! Humble, real, relatable, and authentic. I got all the positive vibes from him. No wonder he has been successful after some chance encounters!
I took some notes over the hour we chatted, so I thought I would hit upon some key bullet points! He told us the story about how he met Chip in a change encounter at the gas station and things started from there! He spoke about his wife and their family and how they didn't have any financial help from their families. Hard work and making hard decisions, and failing, and getting back up, and sticking it out was all a part of his journey. All in the book!

*Clint believes we all are more alike than different. We all have stories to tell and we connect by sharing them with each other.

*No one singular person has inspired him. He talked about people along the way of his journey that stood out, and small moments along the way, and chance encounters, and timing, and meeting certain people all pushed him and made him what he is today! Love this!

*His book, Handcrafted, tells all about his journey in life. He is thankful for the good and the bad. Hard work and perseverance has gotten him to this point. He believes every interaction is important and timing is everything! You never know what might happen in your day! That's exciting to think about, right?! He said connections matter, timing matters, and to keep moving one step at a time.

*Just ask! You never know what might happen!

*Start NOW! Baby steps are still steps. Go after whatever it is you are dreaming of! Stay in your lane! I love all of this!

*He said he now has employees that do the woodworking as he is now promoting and being the face fo the business. He believes in letting employees screw up so they can learn from their mistakes. He tries not to micromanage and let things go, which has been a challenge for him, but he knows it's important!

*In hard times, go back to the thing that means the most to you! In his case, his wife and kids. Together, they can do anything!
I want to thank Clint Harp and his team for reaching out and inviting me! I love encounters and interactions that step me out of my comfort zone! Clint was nothing short of gracious and down to earth.
I did have ask him about how he feels about painted furniture! Ha! He said go for it. As long as people are being creative and using their hands and doing things that mean something to them, he is all about it! Except for maybe that really old antique piece of furniture passed down! ;) I loved this answer since I've painted a thing or two in my day!

I've never been to Waco, but I think I need to plan a trip! He said they are getting ready to open a storefront! And they also own Harp Design Co. where you can shop if you can't make it to Waco! Thanks for stopping by!  XO

Friday, March 29, 2019

Basic Invite Business Cards

Hello! As I grow my little side hustle, I decided I needed some simple business cards to hand out at events that I attend. I actually went to an event recently and the guests were asked to drop their business cards in a bowl. I didn't have any...but now I do! I want to be able to keep some in my purse at all times in case I'm ever in a situation where I need to pass along my info quickly. I've partnered up with Basic Invite, a stationery and paper website, and ordered the cutest, most unique business cards! Life Love Larson is officially very "official" and I'm excited! Ha!
The ordering process through Basic Invite was so simple. The business card choices are vast and you can get colored paper or clear. I went with the clear style for something modern and different. I just love them! I truly believe there is a business card style for everyone! Basic Invite offers customizable business cards and the website makes it easy to do so! The business cards arrived quickly and even came in cute packaging! Happy mail for sure!
Below are a few more examples of other styles they offer.

Right now, Basic Invite is offering 15% using coupon code: 15FF51. If you are in the market for some chic, simple business cards, I highly recommend Basic Invite! Basic invite also offers invitations and cards and announcements. There are so many color choices, even foil options! And you can even order a custom sample of your card to see what it looks like in person before committing! I hope you'll check them out!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Painted Dresser Using White Chalk Paint

Hello! It's been a minute! We've had a lot of snow days this winter! A perfect time to complete a small painting project in Kate's room! Country Chic Paint reached out to me to see if I would like to try their line of chalk paints. I knew I had the perfect piece that needed redone. And it was a great motivator to actually DO IT and not just talk about it!
Kate's dresser was already white! Why would I paint it white again, you ask? This dresser was original wood when I bought it at a thrift store 8 years ago. I painted it red when I first got it. Then I wanted to paint it white and used oil based paint. It took forever to dry and several coats and it still ended up looking a little pink. The dresser was also chipped after having it in my daughter's room. White is a classic choice that will grow with her (she's currently 10 y/o). Country Chic Paint sent me a primer to use over the top of the existing white oil based paint. No sanding necessary! Love that!
We decided to just paint it in her room using a drop cloth underneath. We first cleaned it well, then started adding a coat of the primer to the dresser. We applied it using a sponge they sent and it was so easy to use. I was able to get into every nook and cranny with that sponge. I used one coat of primer on the dresser and the drawers and let it dry overnight. We barely used any of the primer, so we will have leftovers for future projects.
Next, we picked one of two whites they sent. We went with the color Simplicity. Kate actually chose it because it was a little more white and less cream. They have so many pretty colors to choose from! This is clay based paint, which I have never worked with before. I loved the ease and the texture so much!
I added one coat of paint using the brush pictured above. It was so simple to use and it didn't leave brush marks. The texture is definitely dull and more chalky, but the paint covered so well. I was amazed how well it covered the oil based paint that was on there before. After the first coat, I let it dry for several hours before starting the second coat. Each coat took me no time. I felt the coverage was so good after two coats that I was done! Simple! This small container of paint was more than enough for two coats for this dresser.
Here are some more photos of the completed project! I love how it turned out, even though it doesn't look that different. I know that it is now fully "white" and all the chips are gone!

I also touched up the dresser hardware while I was at it. I used my favorite metallic gold spray paint. This is a super simple way to update your hardware. It was already this color, but it does fade/rub off over time, so I just gave it another quick coat.
Overall, I was so pleased with the ease of these paints and this project! These chalk paints are easy to distress if that is a look you like! Check out Country Chic Paints and all of their paint color choices/options!
Have you ever used chalk paints? I would love to hear your experience! I would also love to connect! I'm on Instagram and Pinterest daily! Or find me on Facebook! Come say hi! XO

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Let's Talk Laundry!

Real catchy title, right? Just makes you want to dive in and read all about that exciting topic of laundry, right? Ha! I've recently been on a purging and organizing kick, and I did several instagram stories in our laundry room. I had lots of questions about my laundry habits, what I use for laundry bins, etc., so I thought I would put it all down in one post! And apologies for the bad lighting in these photos! No natural light, so I have to keep all the lights on! Also, I'm showing you this is real life with clothes hanging to dry! We all live like this, so why not just show it!
For starters, I'm a weirdo and I like to do laundry. I know. There are many home tasks I despise like dusting and emptying the dishwasher and making my bed. Yep, never do that unless I need to take pics! Eventually I will teach my kids, who are currently 10 and 11, how to do laundry, but for now, I'm kind of possessive about how I like things done in the laundry room. It's my little space and I find it calming to fold laundry.
Second, our laundry room is not huge. We live in a larger than average home and I have an obscenely large master bedroom, but for whatever reason our builder didn't believe in large laundry rooms. If it were up to me, I'd take a huge chunk of master and switch it over to the laundry room (shared wall). That's never going to happen, so I work with what I've got! Our laundry room is upstairs where all the bedroom are which is nice and convenient, but alas, no windows. So, we just painted the room white in the hopes to brighten up the space (more on that later).
Told you it was small. But I do have a sink and quite a bit of storage, which I love. And speaking of storage, here is what I store in the laundry. Upper cabinets get twin/queen sheets, extra shower curtains, tissues, extra blankets, and laundry detergent.
Lower cabinet houses cleaning supplies, old towels to clean up messes, trash, and small broom.
And below our sink we have more cleaning supplies and bleach! Real exciting stuff, right?! The more I open up little nooks and crannies of our home on instagram stories, more and more of you are curious and asking questions. It's fun to know how other people live!
I forgot to open the cabinet above the sink and take a picture, but that house pillow cases and kind sized sheets for our bed. We store bath towels in a different location. I LOVE having a sink in the laundry room for hand washing items and to throw wet towels in in a pinch.
Now on to a few more bullet points on how I manage the laundry at our house! Side note: we are a family of 4. I know everyone's homes and kid situation and needs are different. This is how we do things!

Kid's Laundry Baskets: Our kids each have a laundry bin in their closet in their room. Both are tall rather than wide. All clothes go in one bin, both lights and darks, everything. I also have two fabric bins that stay in the laundry room. After I fold kid laundry, it gets separated into the two bins. The kids are required to come to the laundry room, grab their bin, take it to their room, empty and put away clothes and return the bin to the laundry room. This system has been working out so great!!

Steve and I have two tall fabric bins in our master closet. One of the bins holds all clothes, the other bin holds dirty sheets and towels. The kid's dirty sheets/towels also get placed in this bin. I love having these items sorted out. Excuse the disarray of purses! I haven't purged/organized my closet yet!
Hanging Clothes: I hang dry a lot of things! My mom always did and I just always have. It helps with shrinkage and fading and overall wear and tear. I utilize every inch of hanging space above the washer/dryer. We also added another wall mounted hanging rack from Ikea a few years ago, and it's perfect for smaller items and it folds down when it's not in use (which actually isn't very often)! The electronics on the shelf above are for the TV in our master bedroom, which is on the other side of that wall. We have no cords in the master because they are all up here. :)
Laundry Schedule: I DON'T HAVE ONE! NEVER HAVE! I try to at least do a load a day. Some days I do more and some not at all. It just depends on my mood or who has told me they don't have any underwear left!

Folding Laundry: I fold all laundry right here in this little laundry room. I don't have a shelf to fold, so I use the tops of the washer/dryer. Kid's clothes get folded and go right in those bins and I pile up mine and Steve's clothes and put away when the pile starts to fall over. Ha! Really, that's the truth. It's easier for me to pull all clean clothes into a pile on the floor and fold right then and there.

Dryer Balls: I just recently started using wool dryer balls with essential oils and am loving them!

Decor/White Walls: The color on the walls is Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee. We went cheap in here, linoleum floors and cheap countertop. And recessed lighting. I need something for that large wall so send me your suggestions!

Rug: This rug is temporary until I can find a vintage-y runner that doesn't cost a fortune, since I'm the only one that ever goes in here! I need to cover those ugly floors!

Washer/Dryer: As you can see, our washer and dryer are probably 10 years old. I prefer a top-loader. Nothing special, but gets the job done. Crossing our fingers we can get a few more years out of them!

What have I missed? Thanks for getting to the bottom of this post, I know laundry isn't the most glamorous thing one can talk about! Be sure to shop this post if you see anything that interested you! And you can find me on Instagram every day talking about lifestyle, and home, and casual/affodable fashion! XO

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Christmas Home Tour 2018

Welcome to our holiday home! I'm joining 29 other bloggers on a Christmas Home Tour. A huge thanks to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for putting this together every season! If you are visiting from Haneen's Haven, I'm so glad you're here! I love to decorate our home because I love creating an environment that feels casual and cozy and reflects us as a family. I believe decorating a home you love doesn't have to cost a ton! I also believe in using things in your home that you love, despite any "rules" that people think exist. Even though I don't do a ton of decorating with trinkets and Santas and snowmen this time of year, our home is festive and cozy with lights and candles and fresh greens and cozy textiles! The older I get, I care more about a feeling, and less about bringing stuff out of bins! When it starts feeling like clutter, I know I need to scale back! Also, this year, I barely spent any money on our Christmas home which just makes me happy! Let's get started!

A few years ago, I started putting a wreath in every street-facing window and I just love it! It's such a classic holiday look with the red bows. I keep the porch super simple as well, adding string lights, fresh cedar garland, birch sticks, and lantern. The gold garden stool adds a little pop and I pretty much keep black/white striped pillows on my rockers all year long.

The only purchases I made for the porch this year were the bells on the door and one large birch stick (both from Hobby Lobby). Also, I buy fresh garland every year from Costco! I'm just reusing the same rugs I used for our fall home tour because "Let's Stay Home" definitely fits for us in the winter!
Our dining room is one of my favorite rooms in the house because it always stays clean! And it's always a space that looks modern and festive with minimal effort. I kept it very neutral this year and let the plants/greenery do the talking (I'm a crazy plant lady)! Glitter trees and a faux fur add warmth and texture.

This vintage bar cart is always fun to switch up for the seasons. I love to junk it up and add a pop of color.

The real star of the show in the living room is the real Christmas tree! We get a Fraser Fir every year and this is the second year I started putting it in a large rattan basket. No more tree skirt to mess with and the needle clean up is so easy now!

Our breakfast nook hosts a simple wreath/ribbon, inexpensive bottle brush trees, and some festive balloons! I also hang our cards across these window using what looks like a clothesline. I only have two cards so far, but soon the line will be full! It adds so much to this room with very minimal effort! I just use ribbon and command hooks.

Next up is our kitchen. I used fresh garland in here and one faux wreath. I also bought a bunch of greenery from Whole Foods for $5 and I love how dramatic it looks on the island! I'm all about the fresh greens this time of year and all year long! They give life to a space! I also LOVE pink! I have it all throughout our home, and I keep it for all seasons. I'm loving pink and red together so much right now!

Right off our kitchen is the mudroom with our chalk wall. I change this up every season with a bucket list that the kids help us decide on. It's a fun and easy tradition and keeps us honest! We never get to everything, but it's fun to dream! Ha!

And because there seems to be a lack of traditional color in our upstairs, our basement is full of traditional colors and pillows and blankets! We have a fake tree down here with all the kids ornaments and red/white lights! We spend a lot of time in the basement in the winter and we love having this second cozy space to hang out in! Also added a new table/chairs to play games and work on puzzles!

I hope you are feeling inspired after touring our holiday home as well as all of the other homes on the tour! Next up is 11 Magnolia Lane! I love how unique everyone's homes and styles are on these tours. That is what I love about home design! Different makes the world go around! Thanks so much for stopping by! XO

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