Life Love Larson: 2016


Friday, December 23, 2016

Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Merry almost Christmas! Steve and I just got back from a quick trip to NYC. There's nothing like it this time of year and it definitely put me even more in the spirit! A separate post to come all about our trip, but for now I wanted to share the exterior of our home all decked out for Christmas!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Chalkboard Winter Bucket List

Hi friends! It's been whirlwind couple of weeks, but all fun stuff, so I can't complain! It's become a lot colder the last few weeks and it really is starting to feel like winter is approaching. We even had a little dusting of snow. Our winter bucket list chalkboard is now up! Bucket lists are easy for this large wall because I only have to change it out every few months. It's fun and it cures my chalkboard cleaning laziness...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fall Recap

Before another season gets completely behind me, I wanted to catch up on all things fall that happened around here! Anyone else's life flashing before their eyes??? It's finally getting cold here in KC, we got our tree and the house is decorated, so it's feeling a lot more like Christmas around here! We had an absolutely AMAZING fall! The weather has been gorgeous and the Cubs won the World Series. We couldn't be happier!

This is our house post-Halloween. My pumpkins lasted forever this year because we never carved any and those huge Costco mums were so pretty. Of course, I chose pink. And the grass has been so green with cooler temps!
Monday, November 28, 2016

DIY Colorful Abstract Art (So Easy a Child Did It)!

Hi friends! I've recently been scrolling through thousands of photos on my Mac trying to clean up duplicates and delete anything that is clogging up space. While doing this, I came across several photos of projects I never blogged about! This DIY is from an embarrassingly long time ago (2 years, ahem)! Better late than never, right?!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

School Storage in the Mudroom

Hello friends of the blog! I'm trying to get back into blogging after a long hiatus. I'm convinced I will never abandon the blog because I have too much to share! But real life just gets in the way a lot of the time!

We tweaked our mudroom just a tiny bit recently and I'm loving the added storage/organization. Our mudroom isn't huge, but it serves many purposes, so it has to function well. With the kids being in 3rd and 2nd grades this year, I noticed there were more papers coming home, reading calendars to manage, spelling lists/notebooks, and one big, heavy math book coming home. Each child also brings home a planner and folder each night to go through (that has to be signed). This is all in addition to remembering library books every week! In years previous, we could keep all this stuff on the refrigerator or in piles in the kitchen. This year, I was OVER it! I love a clutter-free fridge, and I was feeling the need to upgrade our school storage and become more organized in the process. Excuse the bad, grainy photos...our mudroom doesn't get any natural light!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cubs Win the World Series!

Well, it's been over three months since I've visited this blog. You know, the one I'm the author of - ha! We have had so much going on with the basement reno and I have a laundry list of things to share with you guys. Today though, I feel compelled to blog and share about the history that was made last night. I have to share about the Cubs victory and about all the fun leading up to the win. I never want to forget what this day feels like, mostly for my die-hard Cubs fan of a husband, and for my kids who will hopefully always have memories of this month. What a fun October it has been in our household! We are all exhausted, but it's all been worth it. For the love of the Cubs, and all things sports, what an incredible moment in time!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Our Trip to London

Steve and I traveled to London in March, and I'm just now getting around to blogging about it! I want to share with all of you, but I also love keeping a little travel diary on the blog so I can always go back and quickly reminisce! You can find our other travels under the "Travel" tab at the top of the page!

This was Steve's second time traveling to London and my first. Steve got a wild hair one day in January and said "let's go to London. Let's just go". I'm a planner and not super spontaneous, so I was a little apprehensive, but he assured me we could pull it off, and by mid-March we were on a flight across the pond! And because Steve travels for work most weeks, and books his own travel, it's like being married to a travel agent! We are also lucky to have retired parents who will watch our kids for extended periods of time. I will NEVER take this for granted - such a blessing! Well, London was everything I wanted it to be and then some. We just had the most fantastic time together exploring, eating, walking miles and miles, pub hopping, laughing, and enjoying each other's company. I can't wait to go back!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Finishing the Basement - Part 1

Well, we all made it to Friday! The sun is shining and Steve and the kids are in Chicago, so I have a feeling it's going to be a wonderful, relaxing weekend for momma! :) Our basement project is in full swing and I wanted to post about the progress so far. Our contractor and his crew are just working like crazy and moving so fast, I'm just amazed. Every night when we go scope it out, so many things are different and new. Here is a little snippet of the bar and where they left off last night...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Moving the Fiddle Leaf Fig Outdoors

Hi friends! I decided to try something I've been wanting to try for a few years now. I recently moved our 6 foot fiddle leaf fig tree outside, to the back patio. I'm scared. I love "Jewel". I had my kids name her when we got her. Yes, it's strange. Yes, I love plants. Yes, I am the crazy plant lady! I have somehow managed to keep Jewel alive for over 3 years, and I don't want this move outside to kill her! Obviously, it's a temporary move, as we live in Kansas and it will only be hot and humid enough for her for a few months, but I am going for it. Here, you can read all about when we first got her, as well as see pictures of how full she used to be...hence my need to move her outside!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Chalkboard Summer Bucket List

Good morning! I hope you're summer is off to a wonderful start! Our kids got out of school May 20th this year, so we have been in summer mode for a few weeks already. No snow days this year, so we had two full weeks before our pool opened or any activities started. Having a few weeks with nothing really going on is so glorious. My kids needed the downtime and I think it's so fun having them home. June is full of fishing and camps and being pool bums...we heart summer around here!

This is the fourth year we have made a summer bucket list on our chalkboard wall. It's a favorite and I'm so glad we started doing it. The kids are getting older (7.5 and almost 9), so we have to tweak the list every year, but I know we will be doing this for years to come. There is so much to do in our city, we should never run out of things to do!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer Home Tour

It's that time of year again - summer home tour time! Marty, from A Stroll Thru Lifehas been gracious enough to put together a blogger's home tour series all this week. Welcome to the start of day two! I hope you will hop around to all the tours, feel inspired, and find some new blogs to follow! See a full tour line up at the end of the post!

Plants and greenery usually dominate all of my spaces, and of course, summer is the best time for this. Fresh cuttings from the yard are abundant right now, which is so great because they are free! Changing out pillow covers and tweaking things here and there breathe new life into our home. Maintaining our outdoor spaces (porch & patio & yard) are also a big part of our living space, as we spend so much time outdoors. I like bright and airy with pops of color, so decorating for summer is right up my alley! Many items in our home are no longer for sale, but I have listed where things were purchased so you get an idea of where I shop! :)

Nothing in our home is super expensive or fancy. We live here and we like lived-in, cozy, and fresh spaces. We never want anyone to feel like they can't put their feet up here!

I thought I would start in the heart of our home, the kitchen. We spend most of our time here and it's one of my favorite rooms in the house. It's so easy to change up a kitchen for the seasons using flowers, herbs, and fresh fruit. I also added a pink runner in here several months ago, and it just screams summer. I love, love, love pops of pink in home decor. This runner has changed the whole look of this kitchen.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

DIY: (Re)Staining Our Kitchen Table

It's been awhile since I've posted about a DIY project, and this one is a long time coming! I restained our kitchen table LAST summer and am just getting around to blogging about it. Yes...last summer. I realize it's pretty pathetic! But better late than never, right? I figure I have to post before this table becomes yet another color or we get a new one!

If you have been reading for a really long time, you will remember this kitchen table has previously been stained by me before. Apparently, I just can't get rid of this table! And I actually have no desire to get rid of it. It functions well, it's sturdy, it seats six, it fits our space. There are a lot more things I would rather purchase for this house, so until I completely tire of it, I will just keep changing it up! You can read all about the first time I stained this table here. The pictures are small and my taste was different, but that's the beauty of home decor. I love looking back to see how things have changed. So, in short, this table has been oak (original), stained a dark walnut (in 2010), and now a gray wash (2015). Wow, this table has been around a while!
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

String Lights on the Front Porch

I'm currently blogging on the back patio on a gorgeous afternoon! In between rain storms, it's been warm and sunny. Baseball is in full force around here, kids are out of school in 10 days, and it's really starting to feel like summer is just around the corner. I love it!

I've been working on sprucing up our landscaping, potting plants, moving perennials around, and getting our porch ready for summer. I'll post daylight pics of the porch soon, but for now I wanted to talk about adding string lights to our covered porch.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Master Bedroom Sitting Area

We've sort of made over the little sitting area in our master bedroom and I wanted to share it with you. By "made over", I simply mean that we actually added items to it. It was a blank space for a long time, and we've slowly added furniture, art, and of course, plants. The space isn't huge, but our master bedroom is. The space needed to be filled to make the room look finished.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

New Living Room Rug

Hello friends and happy Tuesday! I bought a new rug for our living room a few weeks back and I'm just getting up the nerve to remove the tag. I love the rug, but it's very different from what we had before which was a white, high pile shag. I've needed to "live" with the new rug for a while and I have since grown to love it in the space.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Spring Mantel Details

Thanks for all the sweet comments on the spring home tour! I love this time of year and I love all the bright light pouring into our home. I can't wait to get out into the yard this weekend!

I wanted to break down our mantel really quickly and source some of the items. I only purchased the "Spring is Here" banner to complete this look. Everything else was in another part of the house or in the basement. Shop your house first! Purchase items on clearance after the season is over and have them waiting for next year! You don't need to spend a lot to make something look great. It's all about height and color and keeping it simple.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Weekend Recap

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We headed to Iowa to spend Easter with my family. Apparently we missed a little snow in KC, but that's okay with me. I would rather not see it this time of year! :) Here is our obligatory Easter family photo. Any time I can get Drew in a collared shirt and khakis, it's worth documenting!
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Spring Home Tour

Spring has finally arrived in Kansas City! The first signs of green popping up in the yard makes this girl's heart happy! Warmer and longer days, working in the yard, and eating outside are all on their way! I've teamed up with Marty from A Stroll Thru Life, along with several other home, design, and DIY bloggers to share our spring homes with you! If you are stopping by from Remodelando la Casa, I'm so happy to have you here!

Per usual, I don't do a ton of "decorating" for the seasons, but I do love to switch things up and add fresh flowers. Over the years, I have cleaned out all seasonal items that I thought I "should" put out, and now I only use what speaks to me and what I love. Our home lends itself to spring all year long because of my love for fresh greenery, plants, and the color pink!

In an effort to keep things real, these photos were taken to provide inspiration, this is not an indication of how our home looks every day! I love to decorate and change things up and have a comfortable and inviting home, but we also are real people with busy lives. We have piles and messes and shoes strewn about, and dust bunnies and unmade beds, and crumbs on the counters at any given time. My kitchen island is never as clean as it looks in these photos! And thank goodness you can't see my baseboards... :)

Now, let's get started! I made this DIY tulip wreath last year, and it's one of my favorite DIY's to date. The colors make me happy and looks great off of our black door. Come on inside!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Marbleized Easter Eggs Using Nail Polish

Hello! Happy March and happy spring! Things are greening up in KC and I couldn't be happier about that. We are headed out of town for Easter weekend, but we wanted to decorate eggs this week and I'm also using them in my spring home tour decor (see below)!

Last year we dyed eggs with shaving cream and they turned out great. Messy, but great. This year, we tried marbleizing eggs using nail polish and water. They turned out very cool! Almost graffiti-ish and very abstract, which I just love. This project is super simple and can be done in minutes.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Hardwoods in the Home Office

In preparation for posting about our finished office space, I first have to go back all the way to April 2015, when we had the carpet removed from our office space and replaced with hardwoods. This space is our small 5th bedroom off the kitchen that we use as a home office. Now that Steve is working at home when he's not traveling for work, we use the space all the time. Our entire first floor has hardwood floors, and we decided to just extend them into the office last year (something we probably should have just done during the build, but we weren't sure if it was going to function as our guest bedroom or not). I'm always amazed at the transformation when going from carpet to hardwoods. Wow- what a difference! This is the space currently...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

An Unforgettable Road Trip Out West

We busted out of Kansas the day after Christmas and embarked on a 10-day road trip out west. Thank you to all who followed along on Instagram! The original catalyst that even got us talking about this trip was that our football team, the Iowa Hawkeyes, would be playing in the Rose Bowl game. This game would take place on Jan. 1st in Pasadena, CA. Steve and I met at Iowa, and are huge Iowa fans. After many debates on whether or not to go, lots of planning and organizing logistics, we decided to go for it! My parents also joined us on this adventure (also huge Hawkeyes), which made it that much more special. I wanted to share our experience not only to push some of you to consider a road trip (yes, even with kids!), but I also want to have this journal of our adventures!