Saturday, February 8, 2014

Oh, the difference a year (or three) makes...

The saying goes "time flies when you're having fun" and I couldn't agree more. When it comes to renovating, as fun as it is, there should really be an entirely separate saying for what time does!

The last time I was a dedicated blogger was back in December of 2010.
So why the huge gap of time, you ask?

Those years span the period of time when we were house hunting, then buying, then packing, then moving, then dedicating the next two years to changing as much as we possibly could about our "new to us" house.

Our "new" house (the house you will see on the blog from here on out) was built in 1989. It had no character to speak of, and by way of foil wallpaper and English countryside borders, and maroon (yes, maroon) Formica, this house had its previous owner's name written all over it. Every room we walked into and every time we turned the corner, it screamed "this is not home".
It wasn't "us". Not even a little. So, the transformation was inevitable.
Inevitable, not only because we wanted to make it truly ours,
but because transforming things is what we do!

So little by little, project by project, we are well on our way to making this house completely "us". First up was wallpaper removal, then paint, then decor. The basics. Then a bathroom remodel (goodbye maroon Formica!), and giving our old, hollow core doors a big makeover, and a fireplace makeover much like our previous two from our old house. And the kids' rooms - 1, 2, and 3. And the backyard, moving a pond so that the yard is more useable, and a chicken coop (yes, we finally got our chickens). And adding trim to all of the windows on the front of the house. And tearing up carpet and painting the sub-floor because living with that old carpet was worse than living with the in-between phase until we figure out our flooring choice. And then a huge remodel of our tiny entryway, hallway, and stairwell - the single biggest change to this house that was so badly needed! And...

Of course, we have a wish list that still has plenty on it: kitchen remodel (where green Formica is the star), hardwood flooring throughout the main floor, french doors leading to the backyard from both the family room and the dining room, a deck that runs the length of the entire house, a wider opening between the kitchen and family room, a new master bathroom for us, a closet makeover, etc.

 The list goes on, which is exciting (really exciting!) because for the first time, we're finally in a house that we plan on calling home for a very, very long time! We have time to dream and plan and turn those plans into reality.

Every single thing we've done to this house has been followed by Will saying, "Are you taking pictures? You should be blogging this." For him, it's a no brainer. Having a visual record of every change we've made is incredibly satisfying! Don't get me wrong, it is for me too. But I also consider all of the hours that blogging takes. It's a commitment. I just need to find a way to do it differently than I had before. A new way for me to document. I can't deny the value that it holds for us in capturing the memories and the progress. So, until I get back into the swing of things...

If you would like to see what we've been up to, it's all on my Instagram:
Username:   karlaswoveland

And I still update my Facebook Page:

And there is always Pinterest:
Username:   karlaswoveland

 For those of you that are new here, (and by "new" I mean post-dedicated-blogging era), welcome!

For those that never left, thanks for sticking around!

And to everyone that has sent comments and messages, thank you. Your words are inspiring! Oh, and Will thanks you too! I think he's more excited than anyone about my return to blogging! ;)



Monday, December 5, 2011

9 Months Later...

Christmastime is here!

And I couldn't be more excited to enjoy all that December brings. Our family of five is busier than ever, and this month, just looking at the calendar is enough to wear me out! But the holiday season is well under way at our house and I can't resist the urge to share it all with you.

Nine months have passed since the last time I sat down to write a post...

(9 months!! Sheesh!)

And while I don't feel that I have to explain why I took a break from blogging, I do feel like I want to explain. There have been a lot of changes for my family, and even some changes just for me!

That post will have to wait though. There's so much holiday cheer to focus on right now, and the business of it all (so very busy!) means that it will, no doubt, fly by. 2012 will be here before we know it and there will be plenty of time to chat about my new ventures and what's been happening with us when the New Year rolls around.

That being said, I have a new post to share! It's just...not all here...on this blog.

It's over at Girl Power Hour.

Because I have been asked to be their new Home blogger!

My first post went live this morning and I would love it if you would check it out. I'm sharing my three favorite "go-to" gifts to make for family and friends for Christmas.

Here's a little peek to entice you:


You know how the saying goes…'tis better to give, than to receive. I grew up hearing this, and it’s now what I strive to instill in my children as they grow up. The beauty of it is that, it’s true! I have three, favorite “go-to” gifts that I make during the holidays to give to family, friends, neighbors, my children’s teachers…anyone that holds a special place in our hearts. Simply put, they are Hot Chocolate, Pecans, and Candles. But, like almost everything at Christmastime, these are all dressed up!

The first, and most loved by my little ones: Peppermint Hot Chocolate.

It couldn’t be easier to make and it looks so pretty in a glass jar.

Mix together the hot cocoa powder of your choice, mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and crushed candy canes. Decorate the jar with pretty ribbon and the heating instructions, and you have a very sweet gift that will warm up your loved ones on a cold, wintry day!

To see the complete Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe, click here.

To continue reading and see my two other favorite gifts to make, click here and head over to


And one last thing...

to those of you who have been here from the start, those of you who showed up while I was gone, and everyone in between...

thanks for sticking around and waiting!

It means the world to me.

Thank you *

Monday, March 14, 2011

Green With Envy...

I'm not sure if it's because St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, or if it's the promise of spring that is so close, I can feel it...

but either way, I find lately that I am drawn to green in a way that I have never quite been before.

I have slowly, but steadily been adding the crisp color of apple green into my decor and I love the fresh feeling that it brings to spaces that are starting to feel a little ho-hum and boring, and I'm wondering if maybe green should make it's way into our home as a stronger statement.

For inspiration, I went to Houzz, and this is what I found:

Twenty photos that draw me in and make me crave green in a big, bad way.

From light and bright, to bold and intense, green has the ability to be
calm and relaxing
or bold and energetic.

I could happily exist in any one of these spaces...

what about you?

Living Room eclectic living room

Upper East Side contemporary bedroom


green kitchen eclectic kitchen

Family Room accessories eclectic family room

Dreamy Whites eclectic dining room

Beach House Bridgehampton modern living room

Baylor contemporary bathroom

Yellow girls bedroom eclectic bedroom

Noe Valley Two contemporary family room

South of Market bedroom modern bedroom

Lake House contemporary exterior

Alphabet Teen Boy eclectic kids

Brentwood Regency State eclectic powder room

Gerald Tolomeo - Living Room eclectic living room

Family Room contemporary family room

Family Living Areas contemporary family room

Bold dramatic statements eclectic family room

Living Rooms contemporary living room

color inspiration eclectic entry

All of this inspiration prompted me to put together a green mantle just in time for St. Patrick's Day. It isn't a holiday mantel, by any stretch of the imagination, but more of a subtle reminder.

And, as it turns out, a great way to bring a little bit of that promise of spring to the inside of our home!