Entries Tagged as 'Home'

BuzzFeed: These Photos Prove Exactly How Much Real Estate Photos Matter

March 20, 2015

Because no one is going to pay $2,000 a month to live in your overexposed and out-of-focus apartment.

real estate pics

Photo: Harry Lim Photography

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Three things about clutter

February 19, 2015

Packing is terrible for a number of reasons, but mainly because it makes you hate yourself and your life choices. Why do I own this? Why didn’t I throw this thing away three years ago? Why am I so goddamn materialistic and wasteful? WHY DID I WANT TO MOVE IN THE FIRST PLACE?


In the midst of packing hell this week, I happened upon a few interesting articles about clutter and how to get rid of it. The first, The Clutter Cure’s Illusory Joy, was just an interesting read on how different cultures feel about clutter. Meanwhile, my friend Dallas is currently doing the 40 bags in 40 days challenge. And finally, this article had some really good advice on getting rid of things (even if you aren’t going through a breakup). Here are the three best tips I took away from it:

1. Take everything out (of the closet, bookshelf, etc.) first. As you go through each item, ask yourself “Does this item spark joy when I touch it?” This helps you to think in terms of what you want you want to keep, versus what you need to get rid of. It also helps with the feeling that you’re being wasteful.

2. De-clutter by category, not by location. In order, you should do clothes, books, papers, miscellany, and mementos. I actually didn’t do this with packing (I’ve been doing it by location, but have also been jumping around a lot) but last night I righted the ship and went through my closet.

3. Scan paperwork and toss the original copies. Logically, I’ve known this is a good idea for a while…and yet I’ve never really felt compelled to do it. But now that I have a great scanning app on my phone (Scanner Pro is legitimately amazing), I’m feeling motivated to try it. I haven’t started tackling the paper yet, but when I do that tonight, I think scanning some of it will be really helpful!

One year

February 16, 2015

This weekend, Eric and I celebrated Valentine’s Day and our first wedding anniversary. We marked the 14th with a breakfast at Miller’s in Galveston (where we went on our honeymoon) and then a visit to the outlets (our V-Day tradition). We spent the 15th taking a road trip to Austin to pick up our anniversary cake. (Instead of having you save the top tier, our baker just bakes her couples a fresh cake on their first anniversary.) We also absolutely gorged ourself on brunch at Lambert’s (the restaurant where our reception was) and then attempted to walk it off with a stroll around the river. (It didn’t work; we weren’t even able to eat our cake last night, we were still so full.)

Now that the fun stuff is over, we have to get onto the not at all fun stuff: packing. The time has come to pack up our house in Texas and drive all our shit to Brooklyn. It’s a big way to start our second year of marriage and while I’m looking forward to the marriage part, the being in NYC part, and even the two-day drive part, packing is an unromantic goddamn nightmare and I’ve got a lot of feelings about saying good-bye to our home and to Houston for real this time. But hey: at least there’s cake.

BuzzFeed: 25 Tutorials To Teach You To Fold Things Like An Actual Adult

January 3, 2015

Bend like a boss.

BuzzFeed: What Happened When I Lived According To The Pinterest Popular Page

December 15, 2014

This post.

Gallery wall progress!

November 17, 2014

So approximately 14 months after starting our gallery wall, it’s now *almost* done. 

Gallery wall

It’s actually been really close to being done since the beginning of this year, but we left space for a large wedding photo and, uh, still haven’t ordered one. Then when I was in Michigan this summer, antiquing with my mom, I noticed that a lot of the merchandise I had liked when I was in that antique store in May 2013 was still there. I wandered off to see if I could find a framed photo that I had loved a year prior—a black and white photograph of the 1930 Flint Northern High School varsity football team that I thought would look perfect in our living room, but that I couldn’t bring myself to spend the money on. It wasn’t in the same spot it had been in 2013, and then I ended up getting distracted by a lot of vintage beauty products and sort of forgot about it. A bit later, I told my mom I wanted her opinion on the vintage beauty products; as we were looking at them, I looked up and noticed the framed photo I had been looking for was now actually hanging right above the beauty products! And it was 50 percent off! “Grim, I lost her once! I’m not going to lose her again!” I shouted as I rowed my boat furiously. (The lover I did not know was actually half fish = the antique photo in this situation.)

After a couple months of waiting for my mom to ship the framed photo to me in Houston, I finally had the perfect piece to complete our gallery wall. So naturally, I let it sit in our living room for several weeks because I didn’t feel like taking 20 minutes to hang it and the other photos I’d framed over the summer. But yesterday, I was getting shit done around the house and I finally took care of it.

And I’m so glad I got it done JUST IN TIME TO MOVE OUT! But since we’re basically moving in phases, and phase 1 doesn’t include all the breakables from the living room, it just made sense to hang the remaining photos up now. At least when we do take all the photos to New York, we’ll know exactly where to hang each one?

BuzzFeed: 21 Smart Ways To Multitask Like A Boss

November 5, 2014

Get ideas for killing two birds with one stone in your daily routine on BuzzFeed!

BuzzFeed: 23 Ways To Make Your New Place Feel Like Home

October 29, 2014

Because it’s hard to feel settled when you’re surrounded by boxes and can’t get to your couch or clean underwear.

I’ll definitely be employing these tips in a few weeks!


BuzzFeed: 20 Tips To Up Your iPhone Photography Game

October 26, 2014

Read all the tips here!

(Photo by Two Twenty One)

BuzzFeed: 21 Fall Porch Ideas That Will Make Your Neighbors Insanely Jealous

October 25, 2014

Want to inspire major envy in your ‘hood? Try one of these simple front porch ideas to totally win at autumn.

(Photo from Design, Dining, and Diapers)

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