Members of The Crew, Rise and Renovate’s VIP list, are entered into a gift card drawing every month. The winner receives a home improvement or home decor gift card of their choosing along with a spotlight in the blog!
I’m excited to announce July’s winner, Meghann Welch! Meghann has showed such passion for winning over the past month that I was shocked and had to laugh when my Excel spreadsheet picked her as the winner. She also happens to be my sister-in-law. Congratulations, Meg!
When I first moved to Arizona 2.5 years ago, I actually lived with my brother and Meghann for about 4 months! It was an exciting time as Meghann was pregnant and they were moving into their newly built house. We took more trips than I can remember to pick up new furniture, which usually resulted in me squeezing in the back of the car wherever I could fit.
Meghann’s Gift Card of Choice: Hobby Lobby
“I always find stuff there that I just can’t seem to live without.”
I was born in Busan, South Korea – the second largest metropolis in South Korea after Seoul. I adopted when I was 3 months old and was raised in Davenport/Bettendorf, Iowa as an only child by the best parents ever. In 2012, I was fortunate enough to return to South Korea to be reunited with my birth family which consists of my birth parents (divorced) and 10 total children (4 oldest passed away as babies/children from poor living conditions, four sisters, one brother, and me).
Over the weekend we shared a few live videos on the Rise and Renovate Facebook page of Andrew and I tearing out carpet and installing new floors in our bedroom! Before we dive into all the details, let me take you back to the beginning. Last Monday I received a text from my husband…
Such a light text for such a hefty decision, amiright?? 😆
Aaanndddddddd here’s the car later that night. I painted myself in to help you understand how I fit into the car for our 25 minute drive home (that’s not really me just so you know, it’s hard to tell)…
I want to take you down the road of how we saved 85% on our hardwood floors, but also take a realistic look at how much it actually costs to install your own flooring.
Staying true to foreclosed-upon fashion, our house was really dirty when we moved in. Not just sweep-away-the-dust dirty… more like hands-and-knees-scrubbing-the-tile dirty.
That being said, cleaning is so satisfying. While it’s hard work, with each scrub I felt I was giving our house a second chance at life! Here are two of the must-haves I keep around the house for all our hard surfaces.
Please tell me you’ve seen this shape. I am seeing it EVERYWHERE right now! Take a look:
I didn’t realize the extent of its popularity until we began buying home décor. Now we have two rugs and several sets of sheers with this design! And this is probably definitely just the beginning…
My curiosity got the best of me and I began to wonder… Where did it come from? What does it mean? After looking for a good 30 minutes, I was only lead to dead ends. Leave it to my superhero husband to find its name in approximately 30 seconds. It’s called…
I’ve always been a cat lover. My favorite stuffed animal growing up was “Lion King” and I treasured my first cat, “Patches,” whom I received for my 5th birthday. Among my friends I was known for my love of cats and by the time I graduated high school our family owned three of them. In college I would even FaceTime with my cats. To be honest, I never really viewed them as animals – they were always a part of our family.
On May 21st, 2016, this drastically changed. DISCLAIMER: This post is not for the weak-stomached.
Have you ever walked into someone’s house and just knew they had cats? I wouldn’t say our house was quite that bad, probably because it was uninhabited when we first saw it, but it quickly became clear that a cat ruled this house. RULED. No joke, I firmly believe it even had its own room.
Andrew and I began looking at buying a house around February 2016. With our marriage on the horizon, we thought it was the perfect time to start looking for our first home. While the thought of a move-in ready home was appetizing, we knew we’d enjoy a house that needed a little love (or a lot) – so we kept our expectations low. Additionally, we wanted a way to get a deal on a house. Enter: Auctions.
Most people I’ve spoken with have been semi-freaked out by the idea of buying at auction – they have the idea of driving to the courthouse with $200k hard cash in your pocket and wading through a sea of people to place your bid. To many-a-surprise, this was NOTHING like our auction experience! Here’s what happened…