Thursday, March 29, 2012

home made lovely


Hi there! I'm sharing our home & what it means to create a lovely home on Heather's blog today! I'd love if you hopped on over to check it out :) 


love.


15 comments:

  1. Does that dress have bikes on it? So unexpected and cute!

    I will definitely go check out the guest post!

    Sarah
    singanddontbesilent.blogspot.com

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    1. it sure does! definitely my favorite dress :D

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  2. I went and had a look and WOW! I'm super envious of your beautiful craft space, your home is endlessly beautiful. :) http://teaforowls.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. Your blog brightened my day, and was so cute. I love your home, and feel as if I have been there through your post. I love all the colors and little details that make it you and Chase. Super cute and inspires me to finish my apartment. Hopefully soon. Hope you had a great birthday yesterday as well.

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  4. I adore that dress! Perfect for a pretty summer's day!

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  5. Talk about adorable, your house is just too much! But most of all, I loved what you said about how having a beautiful home is more about nesting and living than it is indulging in fancy furniture or expensive accents!

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  6. "He is a Church Planter and I am a blogger and a part-time Personal Shopper...needless to say we aren't rollin' in the dough."

    If the above is true, how can you afford to only work part time, but buy furniture at West Elm? Shop at Anthropologie (even on sale with a discount is expensive)? Travel to places like Sri Lanka, have a summer home? Live in an apartment in Colorado? I'm working full time and barely making it. How do you do it? I'm really interested in how you make it work! You must be a miracle worker!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth!

      I contemplated not responding because I don't feel the need to justify our spending to anyone, but for the sake of transparency, I'm happy to share the following:

      1. We live on a budget. A tight budget...and use mint.com to track all of our spending. We don't have any debt, nor do we use credit cards. If we can't afford something, we don't buy it. If we feel it's an investment, but can't afford it -- we save for it.
      2. I work part to 3/4 time at Anthropologie and run my business ( blog & shop ) the other part of the time. Chase is the sole provider of our family and I am free to quit my jobs at any time because he is happy to fill that role. However, I see my job(s) as a ministry.
      3. We saved for almost two years in order to buy our West Elm pieces. There is never ever any "splurge" spending in our home. In all honesty, west elm is pretty affordable, but I researched and saved for a long time so that I knew I'd love it for a long time.
      4. I have a clothing budget within our monthly budget. It's not much, but I stick to it and it's plenty. Do keep in mind that as a Personal Shopper, I essentially get paid to be "current." The discount definitely helps, but instead of nickel & diming my clothing budget, I invest in high quality & staple pieces that will last me years. An occasional trend item (i.e., colored denim) is purchased when I have a chance to buy it at an extreme discount only.
      5. We went to Sri Lanka as a sabbatical while we were serving as missionaries in south asia. We took money out of savings because it's not every day you find yourself on the other side of the world with a week off ((our classes we were teaching got cancelled)). The flight (cost & time-wise) would be the same as flying from Dallas to LA. We stayed in super cheap hostels and ate pb & nutella sandwiches for most meals. It might sound luxurious, but it wasn't. ((it was amazing and fun and a great experience, though))
      6. We do not own a summer home. Chase's grandparents purchased a cabin in the 60's and it now belongs to his parents. We live close enough to get to be able to enjoy if frequently.
      7. "Living in an apartment in Colorado" - The Lord called us to be "missionaries" and church planters here. He is providing and that's that. We don't live above our means and live in a very modest place for Boulder, Colorado.

      Make a budget, include money to save, and stick to it. Pay off any debt you have and be a good steward of your income. It's all His anyways and we are happy to use it for His glory, not to build our own little kingdom here on earth.

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  7. Love that dress so much...would go great with my little penny whistle necklace I got at Forever 21. I just came across your blog and LOVE it. :)

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  8. i LOVE your sweet home, and all the colors in it, kim! :D

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  9. omg this blog/dress is soooo cutteee!

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  10. I think your home tour is adorable! Love it! I feel that you were worthy enough to be featured!

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  11. Kim! I found you thru Heather's Home tours! You are soooo adorable! Love your blog and style. And how the heck did you get so lucky to score the Anthro gig??? I bet that's awesome!

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  12. ah i have been eyeing the dress! i absolutely adore it!

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  13. Your home is so darling, I would love to hang out there.. It'd put me in a cheery mood for sure. Love all the quirky details. And I have decided that if Joel and I end up moving out of state that we just have a framed map of Michigan sitting on our mantle :)

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