The #HTlakehouse is our 5th home. On a long walk the other day, Hannah and I were reflecting on our 5 homes, all so different from one another! We lived in new construction in the country, moved to a condo walkable to shops and resultants, renovated a mid-century home in the woods, moved back to a tiny condo near the city, and finally, moved out toward Lake Michigan. These living experiences were vastly different from one another, and we learned so much about ourselves with each one. It's been an unpredictable journey, and one that neither of us could have truly estimated. Sometimes we get asked if our plan was to move so frequently all along. And the short answer would be "NO WAY!" When we found the EGR condo (#2 of 5 of our home babies), we thought we'd live there until we had children. But after we caught "the bug," we began what seems like a never ending process of moving. This time around, it feels different. More on that later. Today, we're chatting about these 5 vastly different experiences, and which is our favorite!
I recently placed a large order from H&M home! They just launched a new line and it is lovely! H&M has become one of my favorite sources for home decor. I love the neutral, soft color palette; and the prices are great! Furnishing a house in 2020 is no easy feat as SO many things are sold out online. I was pretty excited to stumble upon a new line with some availability. I ordered a bunch of pillows for the bunk room reading bench (even the bunny one which Ty thinks is ugly....I think it will be fun and playful for the bunk room!) along with these pillow inserts. I also ordered a few rattan hanging planters for the kitchen, and an oak frame with will look great on the kitchen shelves!
Oh, and be sure to follow along on Instagram as we will be hosting a GIVEAWAY for one of the darling hanging planters!
We recently embarked on a little road trip to 30a, Florida. We blogged a 30a travel guide here. As described in our travel guide, 30a is truly a special place, especially for anyone with a deep love for home design! The curated neighborhoods, unique architecture, and West Indie color schemes are unexplainably dreamy. Today, we're sharing a few snippets of our most recent trip. Honestly, we love this place so much that we want to share it with everyone, while simultaneously want to keep it a complete secret so that it doesn't get too busy, ha! One of these days I may delete all 30a content for that selfish reason. TBD. she types while laughing nervously
We definitely have a love/hate relationship with IKEA. When Ty and I first got married, we furnished nearly our entire home with IKEA. Half of the things in our home fell apart, or didn't assemble quite as depicted (as I'm sure you suspected). While IKEA does sell many "cheap" products; we keep going back for the same few things that are tried and true. We are living in our 5th home. As you can imagine, we know our way around IKEA. Today, we're sharing what we think are IKEA's best finds!
Yesterday, we shared the completed bunk room, which is adjacent to the upstairs guest bedroom. Originally, this was going to be our office. Long story short, we decided to put our office in the bunk room as we'd rather work in the room facing the lake! Last minute, we threw a queen bed into this room and it became another space for guests. The queen bed fits perfectly, and we love having a separate space that sleep 4 (perfect for family and friends with little kiddos!). Our home's bed per square foot ratio is pretty sweet. Currently, we have two queens, two twins, and one king in this little abode, ha! That's a lot of beds for a family of two; but remember, we are designing this space as a cottage!
When we bought this house, Ty referred to the second floor as "Paul Bunyan's cabin in the woods." Knotty pine paneling and dark wood flooring made this space feel cramped and dreary. We knew that there was a fun, whimsical space hiding beneath the old pine! The scariest space in the house soon became our favorite. When we moved into the house, we slept up here for a few days (our queen mattress had not yet been delivered). Yes, we slept in the little twin bunks (Ty and his 6'2" stature managed to fit!). Those first few nights were memorable as we stayed up playing Scrabble and chatting late into the night. Something about the slanted ceilings and built in bunks made us feel like we were at summer camp!
I've linked everything we have selected thus far for the lake house! I will update this page as we renovate and move in!
Hannah & Tyler
We are a home renovation and real estate duo currently sharing the renovation of our Holland cottage, along with flips and new builds. We created this blog as a resource for our readers, helping home owners, travelers, and future friends to learn how to renovate efficiently, and affordably!