Ah, the fun part!! In this post, you will see a glimpse into what is going on in my brain, basically every free minute of my life these days. I have been working hard to design every room of this cabin! We recently found out that I have to go to California for work for 5 out of the 9 days that we have to refurnish this place! Yikes! Thankfully, my brother is going to join Ty for the days I am gone. They will be building furniture, unboxing deliveries, and getting as much done as they can while I am away. Meaning, I have to design every little detail beforehand and leave clear instructions (because ya'll know I'm not likely to let them shop for decor without my presence, ha!)
Time for the full cabin "before" tour! After looking at over 100 cabins online (literally!), all over the country, over the course of 9 months, I came across the above photo, and knew this was the one. The two story decks and wall of windows spoke to me! I showed Ty the listing. A few days later, we booked an Airbnb nearby, jumped in the car, and drove down to Georgia for the weekend to see it in person. It felt like a "home away from home" right away. We pictured cozy winters evenings in front of the fireplace, brisk fall mornings on the deck with hot coffee, and warm summer days filled with long hikes and dinner on the grill. In the podcast episode all about the cabin, we share that we will be updating this home in phases. Phase 1 will be furnishing, decorating, and stocking the kitchen. We have to get it livable quickly (in just one week!) and ready for renters! Phase 2 will be a full renovation....kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, lighting, exterior updates, and more! We would love to tackle it all right away, but have some renters booked coming up...oh, and a baby arriving in a few months, so the renovating will have to wait! The cabin is beautiful as is. We were searching for something that was already in great shape, but that we could slowly update over time as we visit versus our more typical "sprint" renovation style . This home was a perfect fit!
FINALLY we get to share our next project with you all!!! This has been a long, long time coming. Maybe not this cabin in particular, but our very first dedicated short term rental! This cabin, located 30 minutes outside of Chattanooga, TN is going to be a short term rental that we will use periodically! We published a podcast all about it here. In the podcast, we are sharing why we decided to transition from long term rentals to short term rentals, why we landed on this particular area of the country, and our many plans for this home! Oh, and It is actually already available to rent!
SOLD! It's hard to believe that this project is finished! This home, located in East Grand Rapids, had a lot of original charm but needed a complete overhaul. We designed the house striving to embrace the original era of the home, all the while modernizing it and bringing it up to date. This project took about 6 months to complete from purchase to sale. We worked with partners on this home and had an absolute blast. Read more about that here! We were grateful to have accepted an over asking offer, and can't wait for the new family who is going to call this place home!
How does one decorate and furnish an entire beach house in only a week? And maybe more challenging...how to fit it all into one blog post!? This project was a literal whirlwind! Long story short (seriously - there's a long, crazy story of how our close friends happened upon this house. It all started 10 years ago when my husband met this couple at a clothing store in Seaside, FL. Then 2 months ago, the four of us spent a weekend visiting this neighborhood...a bunch of other crazy circumstances, and we found ourselves "speed-decorating" this house just a few weeks later. We will have to share the whole story in a podcast!). Keith and Jen, our close friends, closed on this home one day before we arrived in Florida (30a area). From purchase to closing, we spent hours creating design boards for each room, sourcing furniture online, and sending links via text/email everyday. We had just over one week to get this place ready for Airbnb renters. We shipped as much as we could, scheduling delivery the week after closing. We spent the first weekend designing, planning, shopping, managing deliveries, and gathering furniture and decor. We filled the SUV to the brim MANY times (see photos below) to and from Target, World Market, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and local shops. Painters arrived and painted the entire home Mon-Thurs. The following weekend, we built furniture, mounted TVs, hung artwork, and accessorized every nook and cranny of this beautiful Floridian home.
We are so excited to share that we are pregnant! Team Jansma is growing by one this fall! We cannot express how grateful we are that God has entrusted us with this blessing. It has been so hard to keep this secret; we are elated to finally share this with all of you! We will share the full story soon. Telling Ty I was pregnant was the best day of my life (and I got it on video!). The past few months have definitely been a whirlwind.
One of my best friends photographed our announcement pics, and I could not be more in love with the photos! It was so special to have this memory captured, and by such a close friend. Thank you, (soon to be Auntie) Avery! Here is a link to her website and Instagram..she is SO TALENTED!!
Mother's Day is right around the corner! We all know that the moms in our lives deserve some major celebrating. My mother raised nine (yes, nine!) children, so she is immensely deserving of a day of celebration! Truly, I don't know how she did it. She's beyond amazing. I can't wait to spend the day showering her with love, gratitude, dinner, and of course - gifts!