Is it Fall Yet?

This weekend I finally pulled the trigger and went full-on fall decorating. Between chilly running weather, football, and my caramel apple spice drinks from Starbucks, it’s my favorite season. I’m loving copper tones this year, mixed with cozy mohairs and preppy plaids. I picked up a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers mixed with and purple flowers that make the prettiest color pallete!

I’m also so happy to finally have the carpet off my front steps (future blog post, I promise!).

What are you most excited about for fall??

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Installing Vintage Hardwood Floors | Part Two

 

Installing Vintage Hardwood Floors | Style and the Suburbs

In part one, I shared how I installed vintage hardwood floors in my hallway. For those of you not keeping up, I salvaged hardwood flooring from a tear down house to match with the existing flooring in my house. That meant cutting each board out, stripping the nails, and sorting out boards that had been damaged or cut off.

Taking on the living room was a much bigger process. After weeks of measuring, squaring, and then ripping up carpet and the plywood sub floor, we put down new tar paper, marked out the studs to nail into, and started flooring.

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Live Beautifully

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I was recently inspired to re-launch my blog to better connect with other inspirational people. My new life motto is to live beautifully, which to me means to make healthy choices on how I treat my body, to work hard and appreciate the little things, and to inspire those around me. Much of this blog is dedicated to making your home a beautiful space, but I hope you see the love and passion that goes into it.

I hope you will join in and help me stay inspired! Where do you pull inspiration from? How do you live beautifully?

Installing Vintage Hardwood Floors | Part One

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When I bought my house, most of the flooring was covered in beige carpeting (an interior designer’s nightmare). One of the bedrooms had the hardwood floor exposed and although it wasn’t in the best of condition, I knew it could be re-sanded. When I finally had access to the house and went to rip up the carpet, I was heartbroken to find that the bedrooms and all of the closets in the house had hardwood floors, but the hallway and living room did not.

After coming to terms with the fact that I would wait until my house was paid off and then save up to install the floors, I lived with the awful carpet and tried to work around it. Then, in a match made in remodel heaven, I had the opportunity to rip the exact same vintage red oak flooring out of a house that was being torn down. And by rip, I mean we literally cut the nails underneath the floor to pull up the boards without damaging them. For over 500 square feet of flooring.

We then had to use a punch to remove the nails one by one and note if any of the end groves had been cut. I also measured each board and noted its length on a piece of tape and stacked the wood by size in my basement. Sounds like absolute madness right? But just wait!

We started adding the flooring in my hallway after ripping the carpet and sub floor. Luckily the house had been set up for the hardwood floor so we just had to continue out from the bedroom doorway. A few of the door frames had to be cut so we could slip the boards under without any gaping. We also had to add a transition board to the back bedroom and closet where the flooring wouldn’t have lined up.

At some points we were sliding rows in that we’re the exact distance from the bedroom to the closet without any gaps in the rows. This is where heaving the measurements on the boards came in pretty handy!

After a few weekends of working and hiring a professional to come sand it, you could barely tell the floor wasn’t installed in 1950 with the rest of the house.

And then it was on to the living room..

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Guest Post: DIY Succulent Planters

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been a little blog MIA lately. I just started a new job and have been busy working on big projects for future blog posts (the 600 square feet of vintage hardwood floor pieces are now sorted by the inch in my basement..). But lucky for you, my adorable friend Britni agreed to do a guest post!

Check out her DIY for trendy succulent planters:

If you have a hard time keeping indoor plants and flowers alive like I do, succulents are the answer to all of your green thumb problems. Not only are these little guys one of the easiest plants to take care of, they can live in just about anything and added bonus – they are super cute! Here is a quick and low-cost tutorial on DIY succulent planters to add a fun summer vibe to your place.

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DIY Outdoor Flower Boxes

One of the final details of my shed construction project from last year was to add flower boxes under the windows. You can’t have the cutest shed in the neighborhood without flower boxes. I had a lot of lumber scraps left over from building the shed, and was able to reuse pieces I had laying around, making the total cost of this project free.



Here’s how I did it:

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Design Your Own Pleated Skirt Tutorial

If you don’t have a lot of experience with patterning and sewing clothing, a skirt is one of the easiest items to make. This pleated skirt is a great basic that you can make out of almost any woven fabric that you like– from lightweight cottons to heavier wools. You can also play around with pleating patterns to really make it your own style.

Design Your Own Pleated Skirt Tutorial-- jenniferrobertusdesign

Design Your Own Pleated Skirt Tutorial-- jenniferrobertusdesign

Design Your Own Pleated Skirt Tutorial-- jenniferrobertusdesign

I chose a rich emerald green medium weight wool for my skirt. The fabric was a little pricey, but I just loved the color and texture of the fabric. Here’s how I made it:

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