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Sharing a shot of the...

We all know where the Big Apple is....
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I got the blog post put together showing you all where I put the big vintage sexy-beast-of-a-sectional!
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Ya'll know I've been raving about the #getsmart @tiltsmarthome blinds. πŸ‘I'm obsessed!
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For example, our daughter likes to hang out in here and do her nails, read, chat on the phone with her bff.  All the teen girl things. πŸ’…
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Ya'll know I've been raving...

Last time I was someone's type...
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I was donating blood πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈ
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Happy Monday! 😘
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I'm really getting excited about the upcoming @oneroomchallenge πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈ
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My friend Ari @arianna_danielson hit on something in her post today.
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LOVE your home. πŸ’– I create the spaces I do because they make us feel happy, cozy, comforted, relaxed and fun.  Spaces we want to hang out in!
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You don't need anyone else's permission to tell you what's right or wrong.  You just need you. Find your style, rock it and own it. πŸ’–
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This is unapologetically me, this is us and this is our home. 🏠 Welcome to the party! πŸ˜πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈ
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I'm stoked to share with you that I'm a new #purplepartner embarking on their 100 night trial.  We are a few days in and I've been dying to share this with you! πŸ’œ
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Tulip was giving the @purple dog bed a test drive, which she literally spent every moment on until she passed a few days later.  We are so grateful her last days were spent in such comfort and support enjoying this bed. ❀
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Now our other pups are enjoying while we get a feel for the mattress!
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It's been a bit over a week and I must say we are very impressed! I have lots of back issues while the hubs gets numb arms from side sleeping.  So far this has made a difference in our quality of sleep! πŸ˜ͺ
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I am really looking forward seeing what kind of longer term usage benefits there might be from this mattress, which is one of the coolest innovations (in my humble opinion) in sleep.  Holla 4" purple smart comfort grid!! And coming from a horrible sleeper that's saying somethin 😁 #lifeonpurple
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Hit up my stories where I share the process from delivery to intial impressions!
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I'll share my honest thoughts and experiences with you during this 100 night trial so you can make an informed decision on what's best for your sleep! πŸ›
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How I Got Into Interiors and Finding My Style

finding my design style, what makes me who I am, interiors, home, decor, design, how I got into interior design

 

I’m on a kick of answering questions lately and given that I’m currently sitting in the middle of a blizzard, I’m feeling reminiscent. So I’m going to share some more about lil ole me and how I got into interior styling.Β  Not only that but I’m going to go a step further and talk about my style evolution.Β  Oh yeah, it’s gonna be a good one. (winky wink)

I wasn’t big into design as a kid.Β  I know shocking right?!Β  It seems that so many you hear about have been messing with their bedroom furniture or paint since they were wee ones.Β  Not this gal, I grew up in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere and I never really felt like I fit in.

So surviving high school was more at the forefront of my mind.Β  And then I got to college, in a town where they actually had a grocery store!Β  It was a whole new world, when a few months in I met a guy.Β  I was still not into interiors yet mind you.Β  I was too busy living this new amazing life!Β  I meet said guy and a mere 4 months later we’re engaged and 6 months after that….married.Β  I’ll do the math or ya, I was just barely 19 and he was 20.Β  (We’re still married with 4 kids BTW going on 18 years this year woohoo!)

Me and ma man

Β Our first apartment was a college housing townhouse.Β  It sounds much nicer than it was.Β  Cinder block walls, no shit.Β  It was prison with windows. I started really understanding the impact your environment had on your mindset.Β  It was cold, depressing, sad and ugly. 2 years later I tried to make styrofoam panels wrapped with fabric attached to the cinder block wall with sticky tape for our soon to be son’s nursery.Β  I was desperate. But at least it felt a bit more cheery.

We finally moved to an apartment with DRYWALL.Β  It was a revelation in opportunity!Β  Although I still had to live with the off white color on the walls I could actually hang stuff on them.Β  And I really discovered thrifting/flea markets.Β  All of our furniture was from hand me downs (aka free church donations, thank you people!) and I wanted to get some new little pieces for the new place.Β  I still remember my first purchase, a $40 table with shelving made of recycled materials.Β  It was SO much money.

I had to be smart financially because decor was NOT a priority.Β  We were both working, in school, with a baby.Β  But I made it work with a few small dolla amount pieces here and there.

My crew

Β Fast forward and we moved to Colorado in a Uhaul with our paltry belongings for my husband to start his career.Β  With a 2 1/2 year old and me 9 months pregnant ready to give birth on the side of the road.Β  I highly recommend NOT doing that.

A year later we bought our first house, this was 6 years into our marriage.Β  It was a HUGE deal. I got to PAINT ROOMS!!Β  Finally it was a chance to do what I wanted.Β  Except I had no idea what I wanted haha.Β  I had spent so much time restricted by rentals I didn’t know what my style was.

I started by hitting up all the local flea markets (which I still visit weekly today) and went full on farmhouse.Β  Hey, it was what I saw was popular.Β  Until I figured out I needed more color.Β  After that I dabbled in some awful paint colors in the kids rooms (when you are just figuring it out you are totally allowed a pass).Β  Then I went and got bold colored drapes and the rest is history.

All of my babes

Β We got lucky with this house during the recession.Β  I had penny pinched and watched the market and found this amazing home, a foreclosure.Β  It was perfect for our growing family.Β  (By this time we had 3 kids)Β  And the whole thing was builder beige…a blank canvas.Β  We got a great deal, spoiler it’s the house you see today all over the blog and IG!

I have made some mistakes along the way with questionable color choices and “not my style” aesthetics but it all led me to figuring out not only my style but WHO I am.Β  What makes me/us thrive?Β  What makes us happy?Β  What do we value?

Every decision, every experience, every relationship has led me to figuring out who I am….who WE are.Β  And that is what you see. I am obsessed with DIY and thrifting because I hate spending money I don’t have to and I will find a cheaper way to do it. That hails back from our 6 years of being so broke it was questionable we had to file taxes. haha

Color makes me happy, maybe because I spent so many years with my hands tied into white walls with rentals.Β  I value craftsmanship and the stories of pieces because things worth having are things someone spent time to create or enjoy before me.

Everything in your life shapes you in some way and even though there are things from growing up an outsider to being broke to the challenges we’ve faced along the way, I am grateful for it all.Β  It makes me me.Β  It makes my style the way you see it; happy, bright, fearless.Β  Because after all that….it’s exactly how I feel.

What is your story?Β  Or your style?Β  I always love to hear from you so hit me up in the comments or shoot me an email!

And don’t forget to hit up the subscribe box in the sidebar, I have a couple of big projects coming up soon I am developing.

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4 Comments
  • Moira
    March 14, 2019

    Hello Tina,

    I recently chanced on your postings, and you are a girl after my own heart, even though I am much older than you (read, old enough to be your mother).

    I felt an instant connection when you said you love (obsess over?) COLOUR. I am the same way. We recently downsized to a condo, so I had several decades of stuff to get rid of as there was just no room for it here. However, getting rid of things I had bought while still settling into my own style was very freeing, I can tell you.

    I admire your fearlessness with colour. I have missed out on several items I loved at flea markets because I took time to β€œthink about it”. Oh the disappointment on going back to see the empty space where it had been! I am now of the mindset that if it’s love at first sight, just buy the darned thing, you will always find a place for it eventually.

    Anyway, just wanted to say hello and tell you your colourful rooms cheer me up no end. That bed in your daughter’s room is beyond cool!

    Colour rules!
    Moira

    • Tina Bousu
      March 15, 2019

      Hi Moira! It’s so nice to meet you! Oh yes letting go of things that you have amassed while still figuring out your style feels SO good. It’s kind of like shedding a skin (at the risk of sounding gross haha) and I definitely did that with more than one piece. I learned the hard way not to let things slip through my fingers by hesitating and regret too. I am the same now, “it’s coming home and I’ll figure out where it goes later!” And I always manage to find the perfect spot. Thank you so much for the note and colour most definitely RULES!! XOXOXOXO

  • Dianne
    March 14, 2019

    cute story…but wait! Colorado? I thought you were in Australia! Colorado in a UHAUL would have been quite an accomplishment . Anyway, you and your family are adorable – love your home and the colors and whimsy.
    Cheers!

    • Tina Bousu
      March 15, 2019

      Hi Dianne! Yes Colorado, oh my Australia would have definitely been quite the journey! Thank you so very much XOXOXO

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