Every week I think to myself, “this week I’m doing a blog post.” And then the week comes and goes. haha. Well THIS week I’m doing a blog post, and mean it! haha. Unfortunately the blog is at the bottom of the totem pole these days but I gave it a makeover and want to keep it up and running because in the VERY near future I will have lots more time on my hands, when I kick the 9 to 5er to the curb, and I intend to fill that time with more blogging! Currently it’s hubby, kids, house, corporate job, R+F job, and then blog. But SOON…it’ll be hubby, kids, house, R+F, and BLOG! 🙂
I know lots of people are probably wondering about where I’m at with Rodan + Fields and replacing my corporate salary because you may have read THIS post a while back. Well I’m happy to report it’s going very well and I’m right on schedule. I had in my head 3-5 years. That after working R+F part-time around my full-time job, for 3-5 years, I would be able to replace my corporate six -figure salary, allowing myself to quit my corporate job and just continue to work R+F part-time around my family. Well this coming September it will be 3 years and I’m, almost there!! I’m of course going to miss the double dip of two incomes which is super nice right now, but you only live once and I’m looking forward to living a more simplified life and working my job around my family instead of my family around my job. Being able to do this all while maintaining our current life style is really such a dream. I’m so thankful this opportunity came to me and I ran with it. The plan is to have baby #3, take advantage of 4 months paid maternity leave, get one final year end bonus and then not return to work. After giving my corporate job almost 15 years I think its safe to say I earned one last paid maternity leave from them. Now if we could just get preggers 🙂 All in gods timing right!? Lots of you are also asking about how the house selling is going. Well…its going. No bites yet, but I just keep telling myself there is a buyer for every home! Yes, we get lots of compliments on the decorating, and floor plan of our home but there’s been some concern about how close we are to the golf course or some people want a three car garage and we only have two. Just need to find that right buyer that enjoys a home for entertaining and loves the golf course view. There out there, i know it! But, we really appreciate all the kind words on how beautiful our home is and all the kind thoughts that it will sell fast.
In the meantime, I’m really enjoying some of the projects we did in order to get it ready to put it on the market. One them being our master sitting room. Since our current office downstairs is a playroom I knew I wanted this room to be a sitting room and office. I take a lot of R+F calls at night with prospective clients or current teammates so I knew I’d get a lot of use out of it… coming up here and relaxing in a chair while I take a call in peace! I also wanted a small desk space where I could retreat to during nap-time or in the evenings to do some R+F work. On the flip side, we didn’t want to spend a lot of money because we were putting the house on the market and you just never know how well the furniture items are going to fit into a different house. With that said, we set out to do this as cheap as possible and can say we stayed under $1000. Which I realize still sounds like a lot but that’s including three new chairs, a desk, two lamps, a side table, book shelves and all the items I styled the shelves with. Oh and window treatments. Not to shabby!
The prior owners of our home had book shelves in the little nook area of this room, which I thought was great, so I knew I wanted that. If we were staying in this home longer we would have done more of an ikea hack type project and made these shelves look more “built-in” to the wall.
Next came the rug. I fell in love with this rug on overstock and couldn’t beat the price so I just ordered it. I highly recommend doing that when you are re-doing a room. If you fall in love with one item whether it be a painting, rug, or couch. Just go for it…buy it and build the room around it. My mom always said don’t worry too much about stuff matching. If you LOVE it all and its all YOUR taste it will all end up fitting together. And if you buy pieces you LOVE versus just buying something because it fits the space or you think it matches then you’ll be much happier with your room.
After the rug and shelves I really wanted these chairs from PB but again didn’t feel like footing the bill so I scoured joss and main for the cheapest, best looking chairs I could find. And lastly I originally purchased THIS desk from joss and main – so cheap, its practically cardboard, but you get what you pay for. It was totally fine and suited the purpose of the room but then we were handed down this acrylic desk from a family member, so we lucked out there. It’s perfect and I’m so in love it. I LOVE how it practically disappears in the space given its see through which is perfect given the space is so small. If you have a very small space using lucite or acrylic items whether it be a chair, desk or table is always a good idea!! Not a day goes by where I don’t use this space. I think master sitting rooms can often get a bad rap as being wasted space that people dont use but turning it into an office/sitting room made it WAY more functional than I ever imagined. Can’t believe we spent almost 4 years in this house using this room to pile junk. But isn’t that always the way it goes…. you get your home perfect right before you sell it? Keep praying to the selling gods for us. Love ya’ll! xo
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