September is one of those months that always kicks me back into gear. I get weirdly, disturbingly, overly excited to do work and get things done. Even though my ‘back to school’ days have LONG since passed, I still get that nudge to get myself sorted, and start focusing on all the things I took a break from over the summer. My blogs, my furniture painting, even my Airbnb took a breather for a few months.  I spent time traveling, which I’ll get around to sharing more about in future posts, but the real reason I had a brief hiatus from all the things was due to my house being put up for sale. I’ve lived in my 1930s bungalow for 10 years now, and it’s hard to imagine myself anywhere else. I still don’t know if I’m ready to part with it [nothing is final!], but regardless of my hesitations and undeniable love for this house, we’re going to give it a try!


Staging a house is normally fun for me, but it’s a TON of work when it’s your own place. Having to figure out how to somehow hide all of your things so the house appears spacious and uncluttered while still living in it is nothing short of a nightmare! If anything, this process will turn me into a minimalist yet! [don’t hold me to that though, I’m no Marie Kondo] Normally I only share design-y things on A Simpler Design, my business website and blog, but this is my personal hub, and there’s nothing more personal than sharing my home.  Today I’m posting the video our realtor had made of the house.  When I first watched it, I couldn’t believe it was the home I’ve lived in all this time! It felt like I was watching some big reveal moment on an HGTV show. We put a good bit of work into the house this spring, and this video gives you a quick glimpse [though nearly 4 minutes does feel a little long for a promo video…but there are A LOT of rooms!] of the finished product.  I’ll be doing room tours on my other website, so feel free to head there if you want to snoop a bit more into my home!


The first month of 2018 is at it's end, but it's only the beginning for so many projects I have in mind! One big item I got to check off my massive to do list was giving the Airbnb a re-design. I've been an Airbnb host for just over a year now, and I've always had wonderful, positive feedback from guests about the space. I've been starting to get repeat guests, and I figured it was only fair they get a bit of a rejig of the space, so their experience feels fresh and new.  As part of my other job/hobby/love of my life, I paint new pieces of furniture every week, and I've been incorporating more of my painted pieces in the Airbnb. As I sell a piece, I'll swap it out for something else. I love the ebb and flow of the design of both my home and Airbnb.  I love to experiment, play with color, take chances, and switch things up.  I took new photos this week, partly to update my listing, and partly for another even more exciting project coming up! [will share more on that soon, I hope!] Below are the photos of what my Modern Garden Bungalow currently looks like!

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