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Did anyone catch Austinite Chelsea Fullerton’s home tour on the Everygirl?  If not, feast your eyes on this slice of design pie.

Chelsea Fullerton's home

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Chelsea is a lover of all things made.  Whether it’s designing a logo or website, or creating a piece of furniture with her husband, it’s clear she loves the process of telling her story through design.  So much so, that she helps others do the same.  She launched her company Go Forth Creative back in 2012, offering creative direction to other businesses.

Judging by what she did with her home, I could safely trust her with my life.

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Chelsea Fullerton's back porch - the Everygirl

Living Room Nook - the Everygirl, Chelsea Fullerton Home Tour

Easy going.  Lived in.  Simple.

Chelsea Fullerton's home - built in shelving - the Everygirl

In the article, she mentions her love of Craigs list bargain hunting and shares tips on working from home.  I’m pretty sure we could be bff’s.

Chelsea Fullerton's office

I love the little accents of Texas throughout her home.

Chelsea Fullerton's bathroom

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Chelsea Fullerton

To read or see more, click here.  Happy Monday!

(photo credits:  Sarah Natsumi )

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lately.

Austin, TX! - Vim & Vintage Blog

Let me sum up life for you in the last few months in one simple word…..  Work.

Lots of it. Yes there are other things I do from time to time.  Like eating, sleeping, and keep up with the NCAA tournament (my bracket may be busted, but GO SPARTY!!!).

MSU - only the best school ever!(credit: Michigan State Spartan’s Pinterest Page)

My new job is not so “new” anymore.  I’ve been there almost 6 months already!!  I can’t believe just how fast time goes by.  And as I’ve gotten familiar with all of our active jobs, my involvement level has risen.  We have so much going, we are extremely blessed.  I wake up thinking about it at 6am, and before bed I’m typing up a quick to-do list in my phone of items I can’t forget to do in the morning.  I’ve been dreaming about it too.  Sounds scary?  It is.  It’s insanity, but a good insanity. The kind that challenges me, tests my patience, and pushes me out of my comfort zone.  What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  And I’m not dead yet.

We’ve got some cool projects in the works.  And here’s a preview of a very modern one we are doing with Foursquare Builders:

Home Exterior - by Foursquare Builders in Austin TX

(rendering is property of Foursquare Builders)

Living & Kitchen selections - Vim & Vintage blog

master bath selections - Vim & Vintage blog

What else is new?  Hmmm….. I got a new car – a little charcoal gray Ford Focus.  This is pretty big news for me because I’ve never had a car payment.   I’m kinda (extremely) cheap, so of course I got a good deal on it.   (Having a dad in the car business is quite a nice perk I might add.)  The only inconvenience was I had to go pick it up in St. Pete, Florida from my dad’s house.  I KNOW, IT’S A ROUGH LIFE.  So my friend Brooke came with for a long weekend and we turned it into a little trip.  I got to see my Dad and the ocean, so I was a happy girl.

No visit to the Tampa area is complete without hitting up Busch Gardens.   I love that place!  It just makes me so happy and reminds me of my childhood spring break visits.  We splurged and did the safari and got to feed the giraffes, which I totally recommend.

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On the long drive back we stopped by my old home, Destin.  It was my first time back since we moved to Texas almost 3 years ago.  I felt so good to be back, even though it was just for one night.  It’s just so beautiful and laid back.  I will always have a special place in my heart for this area.  And, like Michigan, it will always be my home away from home.

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Florida Sunrise

Sunrise near Pensacola, FL

We definitely felt the effects of the polar vortex in Texas this winter.  I even woke up to snow on the ground one morning.  Actually it looked more like Dippin Dots ice cream, but whatever.

Snow Day

In the last few weeks Spring has sprung.  The weather has been much warmer,  so it’s time for me to come out of hibernation.  We have a lot of home projects we want to accomplish before the summer heat strikes again.  We’re running a 5k next weekend, and as you may remember, it is my first.  And I’m totally not a runner, so this is a pretty big deal to me.  I hope I can do the whole 3.1 miles without stopping – I’ve never been able to before!

Life is good.

Oh and Nate and Maci are both doing great!

Family.

(all images belong to me unless noted otherwise)

Barkitecture

Each year, Austin does an event that combines two of my favorite things in life: architecture/design + dogs. It’s a called Barkitecture, and local builders and design/architecture firms create little home’s for man’s best friend to raise awareness and money for local animal shelters. Truly there are some amazing, one of a kind creations! Submissions are judged by a panel and prizes are awarded for categories such as Most Unusual and Best in Show. Take a peek at some of the interesting buildings and contest winners from 2012:

I can’t wait to go this fall!

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A Doggie Farmhouse
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Dog Cube Condo by Gensler
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Rex Box – Greenest Design
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The Woof Stream
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The Barkelow – Best Fundraiser
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Doggone Vault – Best in Show
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Photos from Kara Mosher for Houzz and Barkitecture’s website.

See this other site for more pix from the event!

Red Bud Isle: where dogs (and people) roam free

Over the weekend, Nate & I spent the day in Austin.  After getting some lunch and meeting up for a short shopping stint with my Aunt & cousin, we wanted to kill a couple of hours… but didn’t have any clue of what we wanted to do.  So we drove.  I pulled out my phone and was like “let’s go here” and pointed to some random island near Lake Austin.  So it was completely by chance that we stumbled upon Red Bud Isle.

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As soon as we parked (which FYI, parking is limited), we soon figured out this place was devoted to man’s best friend.  Basically it’s an island where dogs can roam free, off leash.  (Unfortunately, we didn’t have our little furball with us, but we plan on bringing her sometime soon.)

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There’s lots of random paths and trails. Totally not uncommon to just see dogs chasing each other through the woods.

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So serene.

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This was my favorite spot.  At the very tip of the island, there is a tree and all of it’s roots are exposed.

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My favorite picture.  Sigh.

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Of course I had to add some pictures of our furry friends we met.

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This dog below is Sidney. She’s 14. What a doll.  I can only wish I look that good at 98.

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So if you and your pup are looking for a fun time in Austin, I suggest you go check it out.  Because of the terrain, don’t be surprised if your pooch gets wet and/or muddy.

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(All of the pictures belong to me.  If you would like to use, just ask – and share my blog with your friends too of course!)

lately

I’ve realized just how impersonal my posts have been because, well, I never really talk about what’s going on around here!   I live my life in pictures, so I know I haven’t been up to much when there isn’t much photo documentation.

Here’s the highlights from my life story in recent times.

 

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I do have some mildly boring interesting news to share though  –  We’re heading to Michigan next weekend!  My friend Colleen is getting married and my husband has his 10 year high school reunion! (are we really that old now??)  I’m pretty excited.   Summer is the best time to visit, and it will be great to see friends and fam! 

xoxo