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From Gardners 2 Bergers- Summer Home Tour Series


Welcome to another edition of the Summer Home Tour Series. Today is a perfect example as to why renting a residence is no excuse for not making it a home! Becca from Gardners 2 Bergers gives her rental an eclectic feel with a vintage modern edge that just screams style and comfort. Come take a peek with our incredible  host...
Becca

Hi- My name is Becca and I run the blog from Gardners 2 Bergers, or from G2B. I've been writing my blog for 3 1/2 years, and during that time I've lived in a condo. In fact, my hubby and I are actually renters!
Four years ago, when we moved from a custom built home to this small, two bed+2 bath condo, it was a HUGE adjustment. I'm afraid I took it less then "gracefully."  Before living here, we had a gorgeous house, great paying jobs, we traveled a lot and could mostly buy or do what we wanted. But we weren't happy. We weren't fulfilled. We felt stuck.
As time passed things got worse, our jobs seem to have a hold on us. I felt I was living the very meaning of the "daily grind." We became dependent on the income from these jobs, our bills demanded we keep them. It was as though we were being held hostage by our paychecks.
We realized it would take something drastic to break us from this cycle of earning  and spending then earning again. After a year of this unhappiness, we made a gigantic decision to return to school for MBA's. ✴Both of us.✴ We had finally determined that living this way wasn't living at all- meaning that the only way to really feel alive is to grab your passion, your innermost desire, your dream and become it.





It sounds trite, "follow your dreams." But I truly believe we all have a path we would follow, if money didn't matter. If there were no bills to worry about, if you had all the confidence in the world, if there was no fear- then: What would you do with your life? What would you become?

When I decided to put my fears aside and to follow my dreams, I realized I didn't know enough to make them real. That's why I needed to go back to school. The first year of my MBA was eye opening. Now that we just graduated, I know the MBA has been the best decision of my life. I have learning the principles of business, and with them, I will have the tools to push my dreams higher and higher.
In the meantime, I have made this small little nest a "home." I've painted, DIYed, and built myself a place I can now say I love. You and I know, when you look around at the things we have made, with our own two hands, it somehow means something more. This space now reflects who I am better than my 'custom built' house did!  Our bedroom has actually become a sanctuary, a place I feel reflects "us". I just never thought that could happen here.
I love the vintage meets modern style- and I've tried to mix things up in our home. To incorporate both time worn items and brand new, to give our home a collected feel. The most difficult place to decorate has been our kitchen. There is not a lot that can be done when you rent, you know? At least this chalkboard contact paper backsplash has toned down the honey gold cabinetry!
As for the future, I run my blog and a wood stain business,  Weatherwood, and it's a wood stain that ages and weathers wood in minutes. I can't wait to share my upcoming adventures with you- as I continue to follow my dreams and make them into a reality.  If you want more of my home tour, check it out right ▹ here and if you want more from me- check me out ▹  here
Thanks to you and Michele for having me!!
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Would you have ever guessed this home was a rental? I never would have. What a wonderful ecclectic touch and an amazing sense of style. Thank you Becca for showing us around, and thank you all for joining us! Go ahead and enjoy more tours by clicking here, or visit Becca's blog here
I look forward to seeing you again next time
 

Mudroom Reveal

I know it is long overdue to share my mudroom with you, since it was clear back last fall when I promised the big reveal, but I am just finally finished and ready to share the results of my labors with you today.
 YAY!
I know you were just waiting with bated breath and will be heaving a sigh of relief. I've been really good at being on the run these days and so am pretty thrilled about being able to actually share something with you that I've completed. It makes me feel like I've actually accomplished something. You know, a word I'm not real familiar with lately.

Anyway, I don't want to delay any further, so let's get started, shall we?!  

 When we first moved into our house there was another 2 feet in the mudroom. The room right next to it is the kitchen, so when we were renovating the kitchen we decided to take the wall out and move it as close to the window as possible to give that extra space to the kitchen. We have been very happy with this decision, even though it created a challenge with the window in the mudroom. 

 I know how fortunate we are to have a mudroom since we have owned two other houses that didn't have this luxury, so I knew immediately how I wanted to utilize this space. 
 Having a blank slate gave me ability to let my creativity flow. I know it isn't anything out of the ordinary, but the first thing I did was take an old cabinet from our kitchen and move it into the space. It was a microwave, oven, and cupboard combination and the only cabinet we didn't sell. I knew it would provide the perfect storage, I just didn't realize how much! That old cabinet has a variety of sized snap totes to store things like aprons, watercolors, refridgerator alphabet magnets, bubbles, playdough, sidewalk chalk, coloring and workbooks, and cat supplies, with plenty of room to spare.
The first thing I installed was beadboard and then a bench with cubbies for the many shoes and equipment I knew would pile up and need a place to be. 
I then added a board for hooks to hang whatever is needed for the season. I wanted a little padding to sit on when taking off and puting on shoes. So I made this pad using colored canvas and foam from JoAnne fabrics. I made cusom piping using the same colored canvas for a finished look. It's a little looser than I like, so I will be adding a little batting in the near future. 
To see the post on the umbrella sign click HERE,
 for the window go HERE
and for the sunshine pillow click HERE.


Completing this room has been a process over 8 years time. *sigh*
The next wall was finally completed last fall. It was my back to school project. There are a few versions of this on Pinterest, you can find the one I used as a model HERE, I just modified it for our use.
It has been a great place to display the children's artwork, jot down reminders, and keep schedules straight. The metal file hanger I found at a yard sale for $1. I immediately spray painted it white and have yet to completely finish it to fit my vision, but it has been a great place to hang keys and leave items that are outgoing. 
You can read more about the chalkboard center HERE,
for the fence to frame post go HERE,




the You are My sunshine eye chart was found HERE.
Thank you for joining me for my mudroom reveal and sharing with me in my excitement! I'm sure I will be changing things up regularly, but for now...
we are enjoying our finished space.











{Home-ology}-Summer Home Tour Series

 I was really excited when I came up with this idea to share this series of Summer Home Tours, but I had no idea just how much I would love it. Not only do I get to tour these beautiful homes, but I have had the opportunity to get to know some truly amazing women through working with them along the way. Let me tell you, it has been a wonderful experience, and Sarah Krouse from the blog {Home-ology} is absolutely no exception. Not only does she have an incredible taste for modern vintage, but she is such a sweet lady! Her flair for decorating is a treat, so come meet Sarah-
   Hello ladies! I'm Sarah, andI blog at {Home-ology} modern vintage. I'm so happy to be sharing my home with all you lovely Shelstring readers. Michele has created a wonderful line-up of home tours, and I'm honored to be included in the mix.

AKA design- Summer Home Tour Series

I'm thrilled to share another home tour with you today by AKA Design, and trust me when I say that you have GOT to run over to her blog after you finish the home tour. The pictures are beautiful, the inspiration abounding, and Shannon is a delight to get to know, so let's not delay any further! 
                                                                    Meet Shannon

Town and Country Living- Summer Home Tour Series!

It's Friday and time for another lovely home tour, YAY~I love this day of the week! This tour is of an older house built in the 1800's and everything you imagine a house this age should be. When I saw Jennifer's design and ability to mix the new with the old and still keep the authentic feel of the home, I was impressed and inspired. Her house makes you want to find an older home too, just look around and see all the character and charm here!
This is Jennifer  
from Town and Country Living.  Let's join her, shall we? So she can show us around-

Pepsi Garden Crate

I had to replace a rosebush that perished this year leaving a blank space in my garden, so I decided to get a peony bush instead. The children are always complaining about the roses thorns when they have to go fetch a ball in the garden (do you blame them?!) So I thought this beautiful plant with it's amazing flowers was the perfect solution.