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Kitchen Renovation – The Final Before and After Reveal

Alright, here it is! The final reveal of our kitchen renovation. All in all it took almost a year for us to complete the DIY reno from start to finish (oh and in that year we worked and had a baby), but we couldn’t be happier with the result and we do feel a sense of pride having done it ourselves (ok, with lots of help from family too!) Our kitchen has officially left the orange1960s vibe behind, and has been transformed to a modern, chic space.

Caution: the before & after photos are shocking.

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I drew the color inspiration from Emily Henderson’s kitchen (one of my favorite designers!) It took a bit of convincing to get Matt on board with blue for the lower cabinets (I understand, color in a kitchen is scary for some!) but he trusted me and we love the color combination of the deep blue on the bottom, and a crisp white on top. And YES folks, those are the same cabinets as the before photo….sort of (read on…)

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You’ll notice in the kitchen renovation that the floors got a major overhaul from the 1960s faux cobblestone linoleum (ew) to fabulous hardwood hickory in ‘butterscotch’ tone (the lightest tone). I love the variation and rustic feel it brings to the modern updated kitchen. Oh and that cute white vase show below for kitchen utensils? It’s from Magnolia Market (don’t you just love Fixer Upper!) and is one of the fabulous gifts from our fun Christmas Exchange, our favorite things (read more on how that works here).

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You may have noticed that we also extended the counters out beyond where the original footprint used to be in our kitchen renovation project. We added the cabinet to the left of the fridge (which really makes the fridge more a “part of the kitchen” vs. hanging out alone in left field like it was before), and added to the left of the butcher block counter, which allows us a pull out garbage drawer (best. thing. ever.)

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The cabinet doors got a lovely facelift in this kitchen renovation. You can see that we added a 1/4″ thick, 2″ wide frame outline to each cabinet door, giving them a shaker style look, but still using the original (real wood) cabinets (hence saving a LOT of money). I will do a post more on this later because it really is amazing how much just a small border and some paint completely transform cabinet doors. The doors of course also got some stylish new hardware (we bought the hardware off Craigslist, but needed a few additional pieces that we matched from Amazon here). You will also notice in the before and after photos that we took down the ugly scallop detail above the sink connecting our upper cabinets and replaced it with a straight piece of wood (amazing how much that scalloping dates a space!)

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And oh the bar, how I love the bar! (It may be my favorite component of our kitchen renovation). My dad made us this butcher block (yes MADE, he’s so talented) and I love how it compliments our new hickory floors. We sit here all the time, often you can find Matt working on his laptop while I cook in the evenings, or me working on my laptop during the day and watching Vera in the living room. (Or Lewis enjoying the barstools as you can see below. He doesn’t get much fame these days with Vera so I figured I’d give him his spotlight on this post). Of course the opposite side of the bar in the kitchen allows us for AMAZING counter space and lots of outlets (is there ever such thing as too many outlet?! I think not).

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Yay for pretty appliances! (see you never again, Jenn-Air) We had purchased the fridge in the ‘before’ photo (the old one died on us), but this dual oven 5 burner gas range is brand spankin’ new and we love love love it. If you recall we also moved the location of the stove (kitchen layout plans here). The refrigerator and stove are part of the Frigidaire Gallery Series.

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I am also nerdily excited that my microwave is tucked away and hidden in the nook in the base cabinets (a high priority in my kitchen renovation plans). The shelf also does double duty to store my cookbooks, and the large drawer under the microwave (large like hugely deep), stores all our pots and pans. (You can see our dishwasher is our last appliance to update eventually, but it’s still kickin’ and tucked away so it doesn’t bother me too much). We also love our gray upholstered barstools with nailhead detail from Target.

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And our backsplash! Ah I just love it. We went with gray glass subway tiles laid in a classic brick pattern. I love that the gray tiles bring in the gray from our quartz countertop. The countertop really resembles marble but is a great durable material, quartz (these countertops were installed a few days before Vera was born, oh kitchen renovation timing). We ordered our range hood off Amazon (see it here).

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I love walking into this kitchen every day (real life: it’s never this clean, you should have seen the living room and dining room filled with all the clutter I took away for the photos). But clutter or not, it has made leaps and bounds of change for the better, both function-wise, and aesthetically.

A few future additions/projects/tweaks to the kitchen include lighting above the sink, a possible window treatment, upgraded dishwasher, and maybe pendant lighting over the bar.

One more before and after side-by-side, just to remind us of how far the kitchen has come and to instill belief that there really can be potential and life in old spaces to make them new.

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Kitchen Renovation Before & After | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

I’m Loving: Blanket Ladders


My favorite interior decor pieces are ones that not only look great, but are functional as well. Right now I am love love loving the idea of using a ladder for blanket storage. In so many amazing interior designs that are popular on Pinterest, you will notice a combination of rooms having lots of interesting depth and textures. A ladder blanket adds a great rustic element to a room and provides vertical storage space where there was otherwise just a blank wall!

When I approached Matt with the plan to make the ladder he was pretty skeptical (just seemed too basic and a very ‘man approach’ of “A ladder is for climbing”), but as you can see below, it turned out great! SO great, in fact, that we’ve decided to take orders to make these puppies and sell them (just call us the ladder makers 🙂 We will see how these do locally and then maybe they’ll hit the Etsy market.

If you’re interested in a ladder, we are selling them for $60, pickup in Eden Prairie. Email to place your order! (One week turnaround). Also posted on local Craigslist here.

Blanket Ladder

Blanket Ladder

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Kitchen Renovation Layout

Kitchen Renovation Layout

We bought our house knowing we would be doing (a lot) of work to it. One area in particular was the kitchen. I read somewhere on a blog that you should live in your house for a year with the current kitchen before you go gutting/remodeling it to find out what works and what does not (by actually living in it), hence the kitchen renovation layout plan. As much as I wanted to tear it apart right when we moved in, we knew the whole main floor reno would be a process, so we started to consider what we liked/didn’t like before starting our renovation.

Let’s start with the positive (glass half full).

  1. The cabinets themselves are made of real wood, solid oak. Very sturdy. This made it difficult for us to say “just gut them and replace with new ones” because a lot of new cabinets are pressed particle board and Matt just couldn’t not have real wood (which I understand)
  2. The cabinets went to the ceiling maximizing storage = win!
  3. The general “U” layout of the kitchen really worked well in the space. With the garage access door where it is, the window above the sink, and the sliding door in the dining area, it really utilized the footprint well.

Didn’t Like:
Oh boy, I warn you, it’s a big list. A combination of both function and aesthetics.

Kitchen Renovation Layout

  1. The cabinets (oh wait, I thought we liked those?) Well, we liked the real wood aspect of them. What we didn’t like was: the orange-y 80’s color, how the doors were flat and lacked depth, the hardware, and somewhat the layout (more on that later)
  2. The scallop above the sink, enough said
  3. The lack of counter space (hence our microwave sitting on our counter = pet peeve!)
  4. The Jenn-Air stove with its “easy-bake-oven” size oven (for real, pans had to go in vertically and it couldn’t fit a Papa Murphy’s family size pizza. Not. Ok.)
  5. The pantry (cabinet next to the fridge in the photo above) ate up valuable counter space/kitchen area and it was a black hole of no organization
  6. When you walked in from the garage (to the left of the fridge in the photo above), which is an access we used often, the fridge pretty much smacked you in the face (or so it seemed) since it was right up next to the door.
  7. Our garbage that sat out for the world to see (and smell) at the end of the cabinets. Ew.
  8. The 70s step down counter that was a dumping ground for junk
  9. The floor – 60’s yellow/orange faux cobblestone laminate just isn’t a dream of mine. “Shocking” I know.
  10. Lighting – Yep there was one overhead light for the entire kitchen space (one of two in the entire main floor, they didn’t believe in overhead lights back in the 1960s, lamps were the cool thing)

So first thing was first, were we going to gut and 100% start over with new cabinets/layout? Long story short, we decided no. It was a combination of the high cost of new cabinets, and knowing we had real wood solid oak cabinets that were super sturdy and had potential (I KNEW I could save them and bring them back to life!) But we did want to change the layout (slightly), so we knew we would be building a kitchen with a mix of ‘old’ and ‘new’ cabinets. Oh boy, here we go.


Refrigerator Location
As I mentioned in the list above, you don’t really how much you hate a refrigerator being right next to a door unless you experience it. Our light switches for the kitchen and garage were also BEHIND the fridge so you had to stick your hand behind there to use them. Just silly. So, we knew we wanted to move the fridge but our layout didn’t lend too many options. Therefore, we decided to slide it inward and put a 1 foot cabinet on either side of the fridge. To the left, there was now the 1’ cabinet right when you walk in the door from the garage (and we can access our light switches!) Also a great spot for coffee cups, charging phones, etc. On the other side of the fridge, it was the buffer between the newly placed stove and the fridge.

Kitchen Renovation Layout

Stove Location (& Update)
Our retro Jenn-Air stove used to be on the peninsula side of our kitchen, leaving a scrappy amount of counter space on either side. Not ideal. We chose to move the stove location (and upgraded to a new dual oven, 5 burner gas stove. Swoon! Quite the upgrade) over to the garage wall side to free up much needed counter space.

Extend countertop for garbage/more counter space
At first I worried that we were extending our kitchen, but I think that now-a-days as compared to the 1960s when the house was built, the kitchen is so much more of a living space and social gathering place than a tucked away secluded area. Therefore, we decided to extend the former peninsula side of the kitchen out to flush with the new 1’ cabinet by the door to the garage. This also allowed us to build a pull out garbage drawer so that we would never have to look at (or smell) our trash cans out in the open (hallelujah!) AND gave us even more counter space, which let’s be honest, you can really never have enough of. Win. Win.

Add bar-height counter
I grew up in a kitchen that had a raised bar-height counter and I have memories of sitting there ALL the time. Homework, breakfast, lunch, sometimes even dinner, or just hanging out with my Mom while she cooked dinner (still in the kitchen to socialize but out of the way). I knew I wanted to add this to our kitchen and I’m SO glad we did.

Layout Before & After
So as not glamorous as my mockup plans are, this was really a huge undertaking to figure out the new layout of the kitchen without REALLY changing the footprint/designated space. (And now you have officially familiarized yourself with our OLD fabulous 1960’s orange-y kitchen as it was in all it’s glory. That will be clutch when you see the new reno and the huge transformation!)

Ta da!

Kitchen Renovation Layout

Kitchen Renovation Layout

I am so excited we are ALMOST done wrapping up our entire kitchen process that has literally taken a year to undergo (in our defense, we did a lot of the work ourselves, and had a baby 🙂 Jaw-dropping before/after photos to come!!

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Vera’s Woodland Nursery

It was so fun to plan Vera’s woodland nursery. Here is my moodboard that inspired the end result. I wanted to go for a baby girl woodland nursery that wasn’t too girly (but I just had to paint the walls a fabulous blush pink/coral 🙂

Baby Girl Woodland Nursery

And here are photos of the nursery, we are so happy with how it turned out.  Here are some details:

Branch Mobile – I DIY-ed this by finding a branch in our backyard and hanging strips of fabric leftover from the quilt along with gold ikea ornaments. (I also added that cute little bird on the top of the brand, held in place with jewelry wire 🙂 We hung it from the ceiling with fishing line and tacks so it has a great “floating effect” above the crib.

Baby Girl Woodland Nursery

Gallery Wall & Deer Head – I knew I wanted to do a gallery wall above the changing table/dresser.  My mother-in-law did an amazing job by making the faux taxidermy deer head from this tutorial! Other elements on the gallery wall were mostly from my basement. I framed three photos of Matt and I, one of our engagement, one from our wedding, and one of us with the ultrasound of baby 🙂

Baby Girl Woodland Nursery

You Are Our Greatest Adventure Sign – Inspired by the Etsy listing, Matt & I DIY-ed this sign by using strips of pine wood with danish oil (it is the same wood and oil used as the closet – more details on that here). Then, I cut out the saying “You Are Our Greatest Adventure” on white cardstock paper using the Silhouette machine and used spray glue to adhere it to the wood.

Upholstered Rocking Chair – Don’t you just love that chair?! I searched long and hard for an upholstered rocking chair that wasn’t uber expensive. P.s. It’s from TARGET! Check it out here, I took a leap of faith and ordered it without being able to sit on it to try it out (it is an online only product, but I’m pretty sure we COULD have returned it to the store if we didn’t like it, but luckily – we love it!)

Baby Girl Woodland Nursery
Baby Girl Woodland Nursery

Gold Foil Tree Decals on Gallery Wall – I used the Silhouette machine to cut out simple triangle shaped trees on gold contact paper. The best part is that the contact paper is already sticky on one side, so I simply “stuck” them on the wall in a grid pattern! I love that these have a geometric aspect to them so they can be trees or more like arrows, either of which goes great with the woodland theme. I think it really added to the feature wall.
Baby Girl Woodland Nursery
Baby Girl Woodland Nursery
Baby Girl Woodland Nursery
Baby Girl Woodland Nursery

Moodboard Links: 
Blush Paints
Color Scheme
You Are Our Greatest Adventure Sign
Target Wingback Rocking Chair
Branch Mobile
Etsy Woodland Prints

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Painting Wood Paneling


It’s been awhile since a house project update – don’t think it hasn’t been on our mind (trust me), but we are excited to start our kitchen plan!

Now let me preface with a tough decision we had when it came to our kitchen update plans.  We figured there were 2 routes we could go:

1) Gut + Brand New

We did go through the research process of drawing up a kitchen plan, meeting with the Menards kitchen designer and getting quoted for custom cabinetry (ouch for pricing).  Menards came in around $8K for cabinets alone (not counting countertops, hardware, etc.)  We found a discount cabinet supply store that had pretty good pricing on cabinets, but again being in the thousands for cabinets alone, then taking into account the incremental costs associated with the flooring, countertops, etc. – it just seemed like a lot at this point in our lives.

2) Facelift

Matt has always had his reservations about facelifts (home decor cosmetic facelifts that is, I am opposed to human facelifts too :).  I understand his concerns.  To put money into an “interim solution”, but when we plan and think we are probably going to live with our current kitchen footprint for the next 5-ish years, it is well worth the investment to spruce up what you have with some budget friendly updates.

So, facelift it is!

One thing I have hated in our house since we bought it is the excessive amount of orange-toned wood, including this beautiful paneling we have.  The paneling is along this wall (the chalkboard wall), the sliding door wall (which does really have much wall), in our entry way, and then down the hallway to our bedrooms/bathroom.  So some, but not everywhere.  It isn’t in our living room at all (whew).


Rather than ripping it off and revealing a bunch of destroyed drywall we have to replace, I’d like to paint it.  The question has now become – what color to paint it?!  Initially of course I was thinking a white/cream color.  But our kitchen plans are starting to involve some “bold color” (OMG are you guys excited?!  I sure am. Can’t wait to share 🙂

Anywho, so I’m leaning toward keeping our walls white and maybe going with painted gray paneling. I am drawn to the gray from this inspiration photo, I just love the clean white walls with the contrasting gray.

photo credit

Here is the mockup of this little corner of our kitchen with the gray paneling:

Plus the white is leaning a little too ‘country’ for my taste, while I feel like the gray is different.

What do you think?!  I seriously need opinions as I am totally torn over this one…

Painting Wood Paneling Gray


Fireplace Mantel Plans

So now that we can check the window off the list (CHECK! – I mean, what’s a checklist without making a big deal about the checking off action), we are turning our attention to the fireplace mantel.

We essentially need to focus on the fireplace wall because as we are losing a wall to create an open concept kitchen/living/dining space, we are losing the wall our TV is currently up against.  Therefore, the living room layouts will be shifting, with the fireplace wall being the focal point (which, it should be), and our TV will go on the fireplace mantel. Ta-da! Wait, oh yeah back to the planning…

So here is what our fireplace looks like, as you can see it is not like a usual fireplace with brick/stone in the center and drywall on either side.  The ENTIRE wall is brick (I included a close up so you can see how cool/unique this wall is, the “bricks” are SO wide!)  Now, I think it’s a really awesome focal point that totally pays tribute to the era of the house and I wouldn’t dream of covering it up/re-doing it. However, we do need to make it more functional, hence the mantel.

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Fireplace Mantel Plans | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

At first I considered framing the fireplace itself – using this photo as inspiration – but thinking further and seeing the mockup, it just isn’t a “clean” look and chops up the stunning feature wall.  Strike 1.

Fireplace Mantel Plans | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress
Fireplace Mantel Plans | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Then, I thought maybe we would do a centered mantel in the middle (across 3 columns of brick), but I just worry it will look too puny/dainty for the wall.  I love the look if I had built ins or drywall on either side, but the entire brick wall? Eh, not sold.  Strike 2.

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Fireplace Mantel Plans | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Finally, I decided that I love the feature wall and that I love the idea of having the fireplace mantel span the ENTIRE width.  Functionality wise I think I will really like having that much mantel for decor, photos, artwork, stockings, etc. (oh, yes and the TV).

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Fireplace Mantel Plans | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

As for mantel style, I really like the mantel that my brother and sister-in-law have at their house, a family friend made it and we’re calling that same friend in to do ours.  So while I don’t really know exactly what it will look like, I am going for a rustic and natural look and think that it will do great contrasting against the vintage modern feature wall.

What do you guys think?  How excited are you for a mantel?? Just in time for Christmas.  Fun fact, I’ve actually NEVER had a mantel to hang stockings on (my parents house we used the stairs, and my tiny house I used….well, the TV stand). Can’t wait!

Choosing a Fireplace Mantel Style

Bow Window to Picture Window Update

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We love the character and originality of our 1960’s Walk-Out Rambler home. However, one original feature that has become a “pane” (hahaha) is our original windows. (see what I did there?)

Now, most of our windows in our house that are original can be categorized under “annoyingly chilly”, to be replaced eventually.  However, if you Minnesotans can recall back to last winter (remember, we bought our house in January), it was a fr-eeeee-zing cold winter, one for the books.  We made the discovery that our living room bay window leaked soooo much cold air that it actually created ice on the INSIDE of the house.  Our solution?  Insulation by throw-pillows. So high-tech and energy efficient -not!  What was worse is that our living room layout called for our sofa to be up against the bay window, so if you were on the couch, you were freezing your bum off.  It had to be this way so we could keep the fireplace wall open because, well, we used the fireplace A LOT to heat the house and counteract the wrath of the bay window freeze.

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We knew after last winter that we simply could NOT go through another winter with that draft (and heating bill), so we set out on a mission this Fall to get this baby replaced before the snow came. We started by having Home Depot and Window World both come to our house to do proposals/quotes. Holy-bologne. Having an installer do the whole thing ranged from $3,000-$4,000. Yikes! We are truly fortunate to have my Dad be a retired carpenter, so he heard those prices, laughed, and said we’d be doing it ourselves (dear Matt, please take off work, thanks.)

So, as you can see, in my Dad’s more-than-capable hands, we had to decide next what we were going to replace the window with. While I’m sure there is very valuable information about the install process itself, that is not my forte, but here are some photos of the men in action making this happen:

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Bow Window to Picture Window Update | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Bow Window to Picture Window Update | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Bow Window to Picture Window Update | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Now, I learned a thing or two about windows (far from an expert, mind you). But I’ll pass my knowledge on for the next window-shoppers out there.

Bay Window:
Fun fact, our window that I keep referring to as a “bay window”- not a REAL bay window.  A real bay window either jets out 30 or 45 degrees to create a “bench/seat/ledge” in the middle of the panes. When we were looking into bay windows I liked the 30 degree bays a lot more, the 45 almost feel like a box has been shoved on the side of your house. Kind of weird.

Bow Window:
Now THIS is what our current window was.  Bow refers to a window that wants to be a bay, but didn’t quite make the cut. It doesn’t jet out as far as 30 degrees so its in more of a bow form.  Our bow window had 2 casement windows on the left and right side that opened (with a crank), and two center pane windows that did not open.

After discovering the differences and seeing bay and bow windows in big box stores and salvage shops, I came to the conclusion that bay windows are silly expensive. Now, subjective I understand, but let me explain my reasoning and things I considered that made me realize the bay window just wasn’t worth the investment for us:

Window Location/Function
So, we live in a neighborhood, and this bay window in question is in the front of our house, facing the street. Realistically, we have our shades drawn/covering the window 90% of the time. It just seems unnatural to have the neighborhood looking in on you like a fish bowl (and vice-versa). Now, I grew up on 10 acres in the country, and we didn’t have one single window covering because you looked outside and all you saw was trees & fields. That’s just not the case here. It’s a neighborhood, which is fine, but I just couldn’t justify spending the money on a bay window that I am pretty certain will be covered up by some form of window treatment for privacy.

Exterior Appeal
Now, I wasn’t about to just take the cheap route and stick something on the very front of our house that looked like garbage, so that was taken into consideration too.  The truth was that the bow/jetting out aspect of the window really didn’t do much for the curb appeal, so I wasn’t worried about changing it up (but something to keep in mind).

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 Change Of The Times
I think we were hesitant about taking out even the bow window (let alone a bay) because it just seems like a classic thing people want in homes. However, I feel like that is a little cliche/old school train of thought. I mean, we were keeping the same window opening area, so we were going to let in just as much light- which REALLY is what buyers are looking for in homes.



So all things considered, we went with a standard window from Lowes, they were having a promotion so we saved 30% which was great.  The window is flat, and features 2 casement windows (open with cranks) on either side, and one large pane in the middle (that doesn’t open).  While I was just relieved to have one picked out, I never imagined the new window would have these positive effects on our house:

 Room Feels Bigger
This is kind of ironic/seems backwards, since you would think that by taking out the bow window (which, remember, jetted outward from the room), would make the room feel smaller, that is not the case at all. We think it is because there is so much more glass vs. wood in the old window design.

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Walkway Feels Bigger
Remember when I said to make sure you consider your exterior? Well, we thought about the curb appeal of the house, but didn’t realize that our walkway (that used to have the bow window on your left jetting out from the house as you walked to the front door) feels SO much more wide and open without the window protruding from the house. Woot woot!

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Trim Makes A Big Deal
After the window was in, we had to decide on what kind of wood to use for trim. Since the interior framing of the window itself is pine, we opted for Pine for the trim (in case we stain it them the wood would match).  Going from our old yellow-y original 60s oak trim to this beautiful, thick, pine trim makes me weak in the knees with glee at the difference trim can make.

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AND the best part? The window is sealed and is keeping our living room toasty warm! (No throw-pillow insulation this year, yes!)  We got this done literally in the knick of time just one week before Mother Nature dusted the Twin Cities with snow and plummeted our temperatures into the 20s (which p.s. heard on the radio today, this is JANUARY weather, Mother Nature, not November. Check yourself.)

Bow Window to Picture Window Update | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Bow Window to Picture Window Update | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Bow Window to Picture Window Update | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

I think we can all agree Lewis approves too.  Anywho, yay for our new window! I hope you walk away with a small piece of knowledge should you ever have to replace a large window!

*Next on the docket, what should we do for trim?! (Finally, something more aesthetic/visual/fun). Such a huge decision (since it will carry through the whole house). I love white, but Matt isn’t sold. He wants to go with a clear poly over the pine, but I don’t want it to turn yellow-ish. How about white-wash?  What do you guys think?!

Changing Bow Window to Picture Window

Target Holiday 2014 Loves

Let me start with a confession about my previous Friday night.  I got off work with no plans for the night, so I headed to Caribou for a little recharge. From there I headed over to Target where I proceeded to get a cart (I mean, sometimes pushing around your purse while drinking a coffee is just way too nice). Besides, I knew I’d fill up a cart. Well, after perusing around the store for awhile, I left Target with one small makeup item 🙂  Confession or not, it was a pretty nice Friday night enjoying my Caribou coffee and perusing the Holiday section at Target to start to get into the “holiday spirit”.

So (for all my Minne-snow-tans) out there, in honor of our first real day of snow, check out some of my Target Holiday 2014 loves.  I think this may be a good way to justify these types of Target trips 🙂 I like the idea of sorting these by color schemes, so there will for sure be more to come.

Gotta love Target!

Target Holiday 2014 Loves


1. Texture Deer Figurine

2. Tabletop Deer Head

3.  Ornament Wreath

4.  Brushed Bronze “JOY” sign

5.  Beverage Dispenser

6.  Fair Isle Pillow

7.  Snowflake Sparkle Pillow

8.  Red Chevron Pouf

Home Office – Surprise Floor!

So you know when you tell your hubby an idea when he is really engulfed in something else and he doesn’t want anything to do with the idea (at the time).  Yeah that happened here.  So when Matt was building the desk, I brought up the idea of tearing up the carpet since we knew there was wood floors underneath, although we had no idea what condition they were in.  Rightfully so, Matt said he wanted to “finish one thing”, so we continued on with the desk project, and once it was in, it did look awesome, but those floors were just calling my name.  I brought it up again and Matt told me the order of operations was not ideal.  I calmly reminded him that I ACTUALLY did bring it up earlier 🙂  Ohhh the small wins.  Anywho, he was a good trooper of pulling up the carpet around the desk legs which revealed our awesome wood floors that were in really good condition!!  We will have to re-level the desk, but until I pick a rug we have little tufts of carpet to level it from it’s “original floor” (order of operations fail).  But just a few hours of pulling up tack strips, nails, staples, and cleaning, and ta-da!  Pretty psyched how it turned out!

Oh, and if you noticed we have a curtain!  First one in the house (which now makes me feel a little behind on the rest of the house!?) But it was a steal at Home Goods!  While the color palette is pretty neutral right now I’m excited to start accessorizing and adding some color.  Next up, the hunt for a rug!

Lewis is so excited too he had to photobomb.

Home Office - Surprise Floor! | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Home Office - Surprise Floor! | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Home Office - Surprise Floor! | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Home Office - Surprise Floor! | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

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Minneapolis Craigslist Finds: August 14th

Hello all! My name is Adrian and you’ve seen me on the blog before, but only in pictures :). I’m Mallory’s older sister and Vivienne’s mama. I live in South Minneapolis near Lake Nokomis in a 1,400 square foot home with Vivienne (obviously), my husband Jeff and our two dogs. In my (rare) freetime, I enjoy crafting, thrifting, reading home decor/lifestyle blogs and redesigning my house over and over again. I’ve decided I don’t have enough time to run a blog by myself, but have enough to write a few guest posts.  So here goes the first one!

As I said above, I enjoy reading blogs. One of my favorites, Style By Emily Henderson has a fantastic feature she rotates through calling ‘Trolling Craigslist.’ Basically, she looks at Craigslist in a random city and features things she finds. So I thought it would be fun to do it for Minneapolis. Why do you ask?  Because I LOVE Craigslist.

Craigslist is a great (online) resource for shopping and I’ve found some fantastic items at amazing prices. Herman Miller Shell Chairs? Check. 5 Vintage Dressers? Yep (not all at once). Dining Hutch? Yes! I could keep going, but I’ll stop 🙂

Now the issue with Craigslist, which is a good issue, is that there is always. new. stuff. Like I could shop my house every day. And with my under 1,400 square foot house full to the brim, I figure sharing great finds might satiate my shopping fix and ensure that some of these beauties find good homes. And maybe help me stop buying dressers. Or chairs.

So, without further ado, here are the finds!

Minneapolis Craigslist Finds: August 14th | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Wicker Folding Chairs I’m currently in a wicker phase. I don’t know why, maybe it’s the 70s influences coming back, but I’m really drawn to it. Anyway, these sweet little folding chairs would be a great addition to any home, perfect for extra seating, any stylish too!

Vintage Full Size Bed Stay with me on this one folks. With a little love and some paint, I think this gal would be lovely in a guest room or a little girl’s room. Very shabby chic.

Minneapolis Craigslist Finds: August 14th | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Brass Arc/Arch Lamp So much love for this floor lamp. Brass is back! This kind of lamp is great for rooms with no overhead lighting and perfect for behind a chair or behind the corner of a sectional. This is a run, don’t walk one people.  If I didn’t have a 17 month old that I knew would try to hang off of it like a monkey, I would have bought this already.

Wooden Spindle Bench As the Craigslist poster said, it would be a great hallway bench. It would also be great with a dining set in a dining room or kitchen as a settee. It also would be lovely painted. And maybe add a cushion?

Vintage Tall Boy Dresser This guy would be a great addition to any bedroom. The dresser is also a good scale for a hallway or entry. The detail on the drawer fronts is super unique. And who doesn’t need more storage?

Minneapolis Craigslist Finds: August 14th | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Vintage End Tables The shape. Oh, it makes me want to throw out my Lane Acclaim side tables and take these babies home. But all those corners don’t match with a wobbly walker. Lame yo. Someone rescue these. And put some fantastic lamps on top of them.

Bamboo Wicker 3 Piece Set I know, more wicker. It’s a miracle there are only 2 items on this list. But this set, seriously. Yes, it might need new cushions (or hey, get rid of the cushions all together), but imagine it in a sun room. Or on a 3-season porch. Or just use a piece for an eclectic look in a living room. In love. If I hadn’t just bought a wicker loveseat (or as I call it a bench to make my husband feel better), I would be en route to Northfield right now.

Minneapolis Craigslist Finds: August 14th | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Waiting Room Table and Chair Bench This would be awesome (recovered and painted) in an entryway.  You could lineup shoes underneath the table and under the chairs. Adorable. Yes, it’s a little waiting room-esque, but I think it’s in a good way.

Lucite Table Base This is a great deal! Throw a piece of wood on top (I’d go walnut or something with a great grain) and you’ll have yourself a stunning coffee table. It’s a little retro and little contemporary all in one.

Well I hope you all liked the post! We’re hoping to make this a regular thing, so if you’re looking for anything in particular comment below, and we’ll try to find/feature it next time!

NOTE: All of these items were available when I posted this article. They may not be by the time you look at them. In the Craigslist world, you gotta act quick!

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