ALL THE UPDATES! WHERE HAVE I BEEN? MOVING TO DALLAS AND BUYING A NEW HOME

I felt a little bit sick when I saw the last time I’d posted was in mid SEPTEMBER. EEEEK. It’s been over FOUR months since I’ve posted here! I feel a ton of guilt about it. Having a blog is a personal space where I write and share and in these four months, I’ve done almost no writing or sharing, here or otherwise. Even my social media accounts [Instagram and Facebook] took a major backseat.

I’ve been very much off the grid. It’s been a whirlwind of life changes. Family changes. House changes. Location changes. Just about everything that could shift in my life has. So many things have changed for the good, but change nonetheless is daunting. I’ve especially discovered how difficult change can be to my creative outlets.

These first few months of the new year I’m set on reworking my two websites [this one and my design business, A Simpler Design]. They’re my most satisfying outlet to work on, and I just haven’t given them the attention they deserve. I need to get back to taking beautiful photos, sharing what I cook, where I go, what I’m working on, all the things. I’ve started sharing little stories on my instagram account and as I do, I’m reminded that many of those short musings are essentially blog posts, only on a different platform. To ease myself back into blogging and writing life, I’ll start sharing my short daily somethings here.

In the meantime while I get that up and running, I thought I’d share photos of my beautiful home in Dallas, Texas and a [semi] brief update on how I got here. In October I sold my beloved home in Atlanta, Georgia [how I miss you Greenwood!], bought my new home [Edgefield is my new smaller, but just as beautiful gem!], drove from Atlanta to Dallas with my entire fur baby family in tow. In November, I did some renovations to the house straight away [mostly cosmetic, but still messy!], hosted my first Thanksgiving in said new home [literally the day after my countertops and sink were installed!], and completely decorated my new home [almost entirely with things I already owned, but still an endeavor because unpacking and organizing is a bitch!]. December brought the holidays, more organizing and decorating [so much holiday decorating on top of it all!], and my mom came and stayed for a couple weeks [she missed the fur babies and me too possibly hah]. January has been a struggle bus. I’ve been sick since just after Christmas, and have had ups and downs with relentless colds and coughs and fevers and bleh and I’m starting to wonder if I have pneumonia and AHH. But I’ve been trying to truck through and keep telling myself February will be my month of health since January was a complete bust in that department. #goals if I’ve ever needed them!

There’s so much I want and need to accomplish in these coming months, and I’m hopeful for the year ahead. Never-ending sickness aside, I’ve been so lucky in many ways, and so thankful to have such supportive family and friends, and I know there are only more good things to come this year.

Ok…now you can check out the photos of my house! [of course these are just the real estate ones and I haven’t gotten around to photographing it with all my things in and with the renovations I’ve made, but of course I will share all that in due time!].

Missed you and glad to be back and rambling :)

xx Jo

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WHOLE HOUSE VIDEO TOUR [WHAT'S BEEN KEEPING ME BUSY!]

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!

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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!

NEW YEAR, NEW DESIGN: TOUR MY AIRBNB!

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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