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Creating a Meaningful Home: Just Destiny Mag

CREATING A MEANINGFUL HOME blog series featuring Bloggers sharing the story of their home: FEATURED is Destiny of Just Destiny Mag - a MUST READ story!

Today’s guest post for Creating a Meaningful Home blog series: Year 3 is Destiny of Just Destiny Mag. Welcome Destiny…

Hello!

My name is Destiny and I blog over at Just Destiny Mag! I believe that whether it’s through a smile, laugh, fresh flowers, bike rides, hiking in search for the sun rise, chocolate chip cookies, a made bed, or a painted wall, being authentic, genuine and loving are all ingredients to a meaningful life and home!

I’m so happy + honored to be guest posting here today and that Jenna asked me to be apart of this yearly series with some other amazing bloggers.

Here are a few things that I intentionally do make my home meaningful.

COMFORTABLE

Comfort is the number one thing I think about when designing any room in our home. It can look as pretty as a magazine but if it’s not comfortable then it’s not live able. Comfort just doesn’t come in the form of pillow and blankets. It’s familiar pictures of vacations past, it’s having a place that says “come sit down” instead of ” do not touch”  it’s having a place for everyone to sit and read, watch tv, or have hard conversations.

Our family room is definitely the heat of our home. It’s were we invite friends over, have movie nights, laugh, cry, relax and play games. I used a big sectional for tons of seating with the extra luxury of down filled cushions so we can really sink in on those hard days:0) Plus pillows, carpets floors and drapes add to the overall coziness to the room. I also love using neutrals because it keeps things in our home quiet. If you know us personally we have enough personality to fill these walls with all types of colors! SO I think the neutrals balance out life out very well.

BUT, I could never not have any color in my home so I always add a pop of color to each room. In our family room it’s green…

CREATING A MEANINGFUL HOME blog series featuring Bloggers sharing the story of their home: FEATURED is Destiny of Just Destiny Mag - a MUST READ story!

CREATING A MEANINGFUL HOME blog series featuring Bloggers sharing the story of their home: FEATURED is Destiny of Just Destiny Mag - a MUST READ story!
In our guest room it’s blue…

CREATING A MEANINGFUL HOME blog series featuring Bloggers sharing the story of their home: FEATURED is Destiny of Just Destiny Mag - a MUST READ story!

COLLECTIONS

I don’t have many collections in my home right now but I feel like in the future we will have plenty. We are still a pretty young family but that doesn’t stop me from collecting some of my favorite things.

Below is a small collection of green glass from Goodwill. It goes so well with the green in our family room!

CREATING A MEANINGFUL HOME blog series featuring Bloggers sharing the story of their home: FEATURED is Destiny of Just Destiny Mag - a MUST READ story!

In my kitchen I have this fun collection of cake plates. I just can’t resist a pretty cake plate as you can see! Displayed on these open shelves in my kitchen helps me show them off instead of hiding them in a closet!

Collections are so wonderful because it’s something that you can pass down from generation to generation! I hope one day my little girl will want to have some of my collection in her home!

INSPIRATION

I love using inspiration in my home by using gallery walls! It’s the perfect way to let your family’s memories and personality shine in the home. Plus you can incorporate gentle reminders, including bible verses and family mission statements so everyone can be inspired daily.

CREATING A MEANINGFUL HOME blog series featuring Bloggers sharing the story of their home: FEATURED is Destiny of Just Destiny Mag - a MUST READ story!

CREATING A MEANINGFUL HOME blog series featuring Bloggers sharing the story of their home: FEATURED is Destiny of Just Destiny Mag - a MUST READ story!

FUN AND FUNCTIONAL

You can have all of the things above but if your home isn’t fun and functional then you’re missing out on one of the best part of designing! Like I said before my home is pretty neutral. That’s they way I like it. But when it came to my office I wanted it to be FUN but FUNCTIONAL! So I experimented a little and came up with a space I LOVE to be in. Boxes and painted dressers house all of my crafts that I do on my blog plus it’s a place where I feel motivated and inspired to create, which lead to a meaningful life for my entire family!

CREATING A MEANINGFUL HOME blog series featuring Bloggers sharing the story of their home: FEATURED is Destiny of Just Destiny Mag - a MUST READ story!

CREATING A MEANINGFUL HOME blog series featuring Bloggers sharing the story of their home: FEATURED is Destiny of Just Destiny Mag - a MUST READ story!

CREATING A MEANINGFUL HOME blog series featuring Bloggers sharing the story of their home: FEATURED is Destiny of Just Destiny Mag - a MUST READ story!

Thanks so much for having me Jenna! Fall and Winter seasons are big for us over at Just Destiny Mag! SO, I would love for you to hang out with us for some inspirational crafts and home decor >>> www.justdestinymag.com

“A smile, laugh, fresh flowers, bike rides, hiking in search for the sun rise, chocolate chip cookies, a made bed, or a painted wall, being authentic, genuine and loving are all ingredients to a meaningful life and home!” How true is that?!  Destiny always has me in awe with the creations + rooms she creates.  Her style is so fresh + crisp, yet comfortable + inviting.

Along with the gorgeous spaces she creates, she also has a great sense + style for making beautiful printables for the home.  She recently made this fun pineapple printable (that can be printed free) for Summer…

Pineapple Art Print for free by Just Destiny

Head on over to Just Destiny Mag, and give Destiny a BIG HELLO!

Check out all the Bloggers that have contributed to this series on
Creating a Meaningful Home

Plus don’t miss out on all the previous Bloggers who contributed to this series in 2013 and 2014!

 

Creating a Meaningful Home: Year 3

Ever since the beginning of time with cavemen writing on the walls of caves depicting their adventures and stories, we’ve communicated how we live by the things we surround ourselves with.   Yes, ‘home is where the heart is’, but creating a home with meaning that reflects YOU and YOUR STORY is just as important to honor where you’ve been, what you love, and what’s most valuable to you.

“We love that our belongings honor where we are from and where we have been.  Our home houses our story.”

Great quote on Creating a Meaningful HomePhoto Credit: home of Hanni Liliedahl and Jesse Silacci, featured on Design Sponge

I am over-the-moon happy to announce the start of Year 3 for the CREATING A MEANINGFUL HOME blog series which will feature fellow bloggers over the coming 2-3 months who will open their homes and share the story they’ve created on the walls + in the spaces of their homes.

I am thrilled to have created a platform to inspire and share my thoughts on design and decorating a home.   With this blog series, even more great ideas + personal stories are shared about how a meaningful home can be created. Whether a thrift store treasure, a garage sale find, or hand-me-down ‘something’, anything that catches the eye and reflects YOU is something that should be incorporated in your space.

Can you believe it is YEAR 3 of this special series?!

Check out the past Bloggers who contributed to the series in 2013 + 2014

The talented Blogger and now Author (of the fantastic book Love the Home You Have), Melissa of The Inspired Room, kicked off last years blog series with her beautiful story.

This year, the equally incredible Blogger + Designer Mandi Gubler of Vintage Revivials is kicking off the series.  I am so thankful to her for taking the time to share her homes story with us.  Mandi has impeccable style and was voted one of Better Homes and Gardens Top 10 DIY Bloggers this year.  She’s been on Nate Berkus, has had countless magazine features, has a huge blog following of DIY enthusiasts, and is just fun + fearless.

Here is a picture of her and I when we met at a blogging conference a few years back…

Picture with Mandi of Vintage Revivals at the Haven blogging conference in 2013

Without further ado, here’s Mandi’s story…

CREATING A MEANINGFUL HOME blog series featuring Bloggers sharing the story of their home: FEATURED is Mandi of Vintage Revivals - a MUST READ story!

Oh my gosh you guys, I am so excited to be here today! I am Mandi from Vintage Revivals and I am thrilled to chat with you about something that is so near and dear to my heart! Creating a meaningful home.

Macie After

| Buttoned Up Boho Bedroom Makeover

I have a story for you about a girl. For some reason this girl had this preconceived notion that creating a meaningful beautiful space required 2 things, money and an interior designer. One random day 5 years ago she stumbled upon the world of DIY blogging and was BLOWN AWAY. It shattered every idea that she had about decorating. And even though she had literally no idea how to do any of it, she jumped in with both feet. That is how Vintage Revivals was born. The undaunted motivation of a spray paint virgin.

Along the way I’ve found that while there are a million different ways execute making your space feel like home, that feeling that we are all trying to capture is the same. Safety, comfort, a place that we can feel like ourselves.

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| Loft Living Room Makeover

For me this means that I can be creative, wherever the mood strikes.

It means that my kids have bedrooms that feel like childhood.

Dylan After 2

| Dylan’s Dream Room

And the biggest thing is that it is always changing and feeling different.

I feel like there is this gaping chasm between the beautiful images that we see on the internet and the boring beige, boob light infested places we deal with in real life because they are good enough.

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| S-W Color of the Year 2015

Get inspired and do something exciting to your house, I know you wont regret it!

And have you checked out Mandi’s latest love… The Nugget.  A complete trailor renovation filled with DIY inspiration + creations!  Goodness, my wheels are spinning with love & ideas.

Vintage Trailer Renovation Makeover by Mandi of Vintage Revivals.com

“Safety, comfort, a place that we can feel like ourselves.” … That’s it, that captures what WE ALL WANT.  No matter our style or size, we are all trying to capture the same essence of home.  It’s truly about the feeling that is conveyed on the walls of our home + the things in our home. I’m always in awe of what Mandi creates and I am overjoyed that she is kicking off this annual series of Creating a Meaningful Home.

A home should tell the story of who you are and what’s in the home should have purpose.

Later this week and continuing over the next few months, I have an amazing lineup of inspirational friends / Bloggers who will be opening up their homes to share ideas and show you how they’ve created a meaningful home.

Same as in 2013 + 2014, once a Blogger has shared their story, a snippet to the post will be added below. I encourage you to check back often to find new Bloggers and to learn about their story…

Let’s get started!

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Publication Features + Happenings on the Homestead

As the Summer approaches, my plan was to *try* to slow down since the kids will be out of school in less than a week, but once the warm weather hit this year, everyone & their moms seemed to come out of the woodwork wanting to revamp their homes.  To say the last weeks have been busy, is an understatement.  Certainly no complaints though  – busy is good in my book.

Before I share more news on what’s been happening on the homestead, I am excited to tell you that there a few publications currently on newsstands that I am featured in…

NATIONAL PUBLICATION FEATURE

First up, the June issue of This Old House magazine has an article on E-design and since I offer virtual design services to anyone in the US of A, they reached out to me a few months back gathering some insight on how it works and it’s success.

Publication Feature in This Old House magazine on E-Design

My “feature” is small (3 lines on page 28), but a quote or 2 in a national publication is pretty rad! The whole article is about a homeowner in California who worked with an E-Designer to create a new kitchen space, which in my opinion came out gorgeous.

Publication Feature in This Old House magazine on E-Design

I loved this thought by the homeowner…

“I didn’t need a full-service designer to hold my hand, but I did need someone experienced to give me good, solid answers.”

YES!  That’s it.  I’ve worked with many folks around the country through email, skype, and phone that share the same thoughts on working with me.  I love pointing homeowners in the right direction to get them on track to revamp their space.

[Learn more about my E-Design services here]

Publication Feature in This Old House magazine on E-Design

LOCAL PUBLICATION FEATURES

Onto the next 2 features, which are in local (to me) publications… Saratoga Mama + Simply Saratoga

Simply Saratoga and Saratoga Mama publication feature

Both of these magazine features are articles I wrote.

In Saratoga Mama, I shared my DIY Kids Tent tutorial that I made for my kiddos a few Summers back.  The entire issue is based on Summer Unplugged, so these fun & simple-to-make tents seemed like the perfect addition.  And they really are easy to make!

If you’re local, definitely snag a copy of this Summer staple.

Saratoga Mama magazine featuring my DIY kids tents

[click to check out the full tutorial on making these DIY Kids Tents]

DIY Kids Play Tent

For Simply Saratoga magazine, I wrote a feature on Creating an Outdoor Oasis, which is similar to the post I shared a few weeks back here on the blog.

Simply Saratoga magazine featuring an article on Creating an Outdoor Oasis

About a month ago, I was full-steam ahead with getting the outdoors spruced up for the Summer and creating an outdoor living space on the patio, porch, and deck.   I’ve calmed a bit since…

[Check out more ideas on Creating an Outdoor Living Space]

Creating an Outdoor Living Space

It’s always amazing to me and such a blessing to be featured in a magazine!

onto other things…

HAPPENINGS ON THE HOMESTEAD

What’s on the boards?  I am working on a slew of exciting projects – more for clients than myself.

I just finished up 3 teen rooms (all siblings), which was a first for me.  Their parents wanted to give them the opportunity to create a space that truly reflects them & their unique style.  Before our initial meeting, I took pictures + measurements of the 3 rooms, and each teen wrote a list of wants / needs.  I met with each of them to discuss their vision and then created these mood boards…

Teen Room 1

Teen Room - Creative Vision Board

Teen Room 2

Teen Room - Creative Vision Board

Teen Room 3

Teen Room - Creative Vision Board

They’re going to do most of the “shopping” so I am excited to see how it’ll come together!

Along with those 3 rooms, I am also working on 2 kitchens, one of which is almost done – countertop is being installed tomorrow!

Kitchen Remodel

So crisp + fresh with new white and gray.  It’s a whole lot different than the dated look of the wood in the “before” space.

Here was the vision board I created for the kitchen…

Kitchen Remodel creative vision board

Plus I have an exciting restaurant project I am working on – pinch me – with a rustic industrial aesthetic… It’s going to be awesome.  More on that in the near future

As you can see, a lot is happening!  All good things which is wonderful.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

One more bit of “what’s happening”, Year 3 of the Creating a Meaningful Home Series starts next Monday the 22nd!  I’m screaming from the rooftops with excitement.  Can you believe this is the 3rd year of the series?!

Creating a Meaningful HomePhoto Credit: home of Hanni Liliedahl and Jesse Silacci, featured on Design Sponge

“We love that our belongings honor where we are from and where we have been.  Our home houses our story.”

If you haven’t been following along with the blog for that long (shame, shame, lol), the CAMH blog series is a 2-3 month long series that I host where other Home + Design Bloggers share a guest post on my blog featuring their homes and how they’ve created meaning in their space!  It’s a wonderful series on a subject near & dear to my heart.  This years lineup of guest bloggers is pretty awesome.

[Click here to see & read all the Blogger stories from Year 1]

[Click here to see & read all the Blogger stories from Year 2]

Last year, the incredibly talented Melissa of The Inspired Room (not only a fellow Blogger, but Author of the beautiful book, Love The Home You Have ) kicked off the series and this year I have a very different, but equally talented friend who will be starting the series.

SO DON’T MISS IT! The series kickoff will be next Monday, the 22nd!

Well that’s just a bit of what’s happening on the ole’s homestead, along with a million other things… 

What’s happening in your neck of the woods?

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