Let’s get the small talk stuff out of the way. Like, the things we would chat about if we were sitting next to each other on an airplane. I tend to be pretty friendly on airplanes and my husband tells me I perpetually overshare with anyone who will listen.
Hi, I’m Tasha. I’m from the great state of North Carolina (a phrase I use often) and have always lived in the South. Nope, I know I don’t have a Southern accent—it’s a long story, but my mom trained it out of me now I totally resent the fact that I don’t have one. I know, it’s weird.
My husband, Joe, and I have been married for over 15 years. We are college sweethearts and he is hands-down my favorite adult in the world. We have sweet twin girls who are growing up way too quickly and are almost 7. Yes, the first year was hard, but overall I think twins are easier than singletons (insert the shocked face most strangers let out when I say that). Want to see a photo?
I’m a professional blogger. Yes, that is really a thing. I was a civil trial lawyer for over 13 years. Yes, it was stressful. No, I didn’t set out to become a professional blogger, but when my hobby blog started getting readers other than friends and family, I thought I might be on to something, so I grew it into a full-fledged business. I gave up my partnership at my law firm almost 2-years-ago to blog full-time. Yes, I’m serious. No, I don’t regret it. In fact, it's the best thing I have ever done for myself and my family.
Now that we’ve gotten all of that out of the way, let’s get to more fun stuff.
Joe and I have been DIY addicts since we purchased our first home in 2002. We became DIYers because it’s the only way we could afford to get the look we wanted in our home. We started out with some basic hand tools, a circular saw and a straight edge. With that, we built furniture, built-in bookcases, an entire closet system in our first home. And we've acquired a whole lot of tools and tackled a whole lot of projects ever since then.
So, I don’t usually look like this (showered, with make-up and hair done).
You are way more likely to find me looking like this.
And I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Why? Because through creative DIY projects and hunting down affordable home decor, we have been able to design homes (we are in our 4th house now) that we LOVE and we haven’t spent a fortune or gone into debt to do it. And I firmly believe that living in homes we love are a huge reason for how happy and fulfilled we are as a family. Because our home is our happy place. Plain and simple.
And now I my mission is to help everyone design a home and life they love, too! Here’s the thing.
No one should hate their home.
No one should feel embarrassed by their home.
In the midst of crazy busy lives full of work, kids, homework, housework and well, LIFE, our homes should be our happy place–the one place we would rather be than anywhere else.
Our homes should be designed and decorated in a way that make us feel welcome and happy. We should love every single room in our homes. Yes, even the often neglected laundry rooms, utility rooms, garages, and closets of the world. You should love EVERY room in your home.
We don't love every room in our house yet, but we are well on our way. When we moved in, every single room was dated, boring and BEIGE. Here's a sampling of some of the rooms.
And here's what those same rooms look like 4 years later after a whole lot of DIY projects that EVERYONE is capable of!
Big difference, huh? And you know what, we've spent a whole lot less money renovating our house than you probably expect. Because here's another thing…
No one should settle for rooms they don’t love because they are on a tight budget. Don’t believe me? I totally transformed our laundry room for $71 out of pocket. For real. You can read about the full transformation here, but the point is, a little creativity and elbow grease can go a very long way. Check out the before and after.
So WHY does all this matter? Because…
Having a home that you love is possible, and it will actually REDUCE your stress and make you feel less overwhelmed. When your home is clean, organized and designed in a way that you love, you can rest, relax and enjoy time at home.
And one more thing that I just HAVE to blurt out or I will explode (pet peeve alert)…
How many times have you known a friend or family member that decides to sell their house and then tackles a “to do” list of fixing things or sprucing up their house before the listing goes up? Yep. All the time, right?! I've even known people’s who renovate entire rooms just to sell their house. And more often than not, I hear them say, “Our house looks so great now. I wish we had done this years ago so that we could have enjoyed it before selling it!”
Y'all, that is so sad! We shouldn't just tackle our list of things to fix or finally weed our yards so that other people will want our homes. We should do those things so that WE can love our homes! Do you really think a total stranger deserves having those things done for them more than you deserve to do them for yourself? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
You deserve to design a home you love now. Do it for yourself. I promise you, YOU can design a home you love.
Trust me, if we can do it, you can do it! We are busy, working parents and we have no special training whatsoever, just lots and lots of passion and creativity. In other words, we are a lot like you!
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You can see me talking all about my $71 laundry room makeover on the Rachael Ray show by clicking here. And in case you are wondering, YES, it was incredibly fun!
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