Intentional Living

Over the past few months I have been making serious attempts at intentional living. That sounds super broad and I guess it kinda is. We live in a small 2 bedroom condo and entertain often plus operate my little etsy shop out of our home as well. After years of shoving stuff into closets to make room for house guests I finally am getting around to purging and living with items that are meaningful and necessary.

This takes a long time to adapt to! No joke. Honestly, we aren't excessive or live in this crazy hoarder home that will take months of cleaning. We are tidy people. But, I wanted to adjust the way we live and operate. It's working for us so far (with some fails along the way mind you).

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Having this mindset about the items, furniture, decor in our home is about as far as I initially envisioned this intentional living thing. But it kinda hasn't stopped there -- it's invading everything from meals to clothing to {gasp} friendships! We want to be intentional with the friends we have and invest in what is important to us. We aren't purging friends--don't be alarmed. But, we are making moves to value those friendships better. Always room for improvement, right? And meal planning--oy, that's my biggest struggle. Meal planning goes right out the window when I shop at Trader Joe's--everything looks delicious there and I feel the need to buy it all....!

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I mean let's be real, we won't get it right everytime. We live in a world that is constantly debuting the latest and greatest and things we must have to live. I give in all too easily. It might be a little more obvious decisions for others but for me--I gotta preach the gospel to myself daily.

Anyone else have feelings on this lifestyle change? Any tips--do share!


sources
pouf: Target / Nate Berkus
candle: We Took To The Woods
chair: Ikea
accent table: Target / Nate Berkus
rug: Schoolhouse Electric / sold out

West Elm Local + Perch Shop

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I'm so excited to share the news! You'll be able to find Perch Shop knots and keychains at the west elm store opening in Virginia Beach, VA. The west elm local initiative is just plain cool. I love that attention is being drawn to local makers in partnership with main stream stores.

Maybe because I'm a small business owner/maker but I truly do see this movement of buyers being drawn to quality hand made goods. It's so inspiring and fuels my creativity. I love learning about other makers and supporting local makers is even more thrilling!

I hope you stop by and check out the new west elm store located in Towne Center, Virginia Beach. Opening soon so stay tuned for dates. And if you spot a keychain or knot you love, I won't be mad if you buy one {wink, wink}!

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Freezing Perch Shop Blogging

Blogging is just not my thing lately. But, instagram is. Find all the latest deals and news over @perchshop.

Oh, and we'll be switching to a quarterly newsletter starting in January. We'll have lots of pictures, ideas, deals and more.

Thanks for all your support for Perch Shop!

xo
Ali

Guest Bathroom Renovation

I am so bummed that I didn't snap a really good before picture. Just imagine cabinets from the 80's with a missing cabinet door, a frameless mirror that sat propped up on the vanity leaning against the wall with a lovely hazardous jagged edge and walls that needed patching (oh, but kinda hidden from random wall art I strategically placed). So there--got a good vision yet?

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The previous wall color was one of my favorites to date. It was just a leftover gallon of paint that my parents gave me and I can't seem to figure out what color it was. All I know is that it's a Benjamin Moore color. Not very helpful! Choosing to go with a navy color was a bold move, but I am so glad we went for it. Dark colors in small spaces seem to be a good match. The white accents and shower curtain help break it up a bit.

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We hired a contractor for moving the pipes, patching the nasty holes and laying the ceramic tiles. The ceramic tiles had to be cut and we only had 3 leftover tiles to work with so we didn't want to risk making a mistake.

When we originally decided to renovate the bathroom, we immediately were hooked on this one particular vanity, but quickly learned that it would not work for our space with the way the pipes were positioned. Trying to keep costs to a minimum we opted for a pedastel sink which was much more affordable. We still had to move the pipes, but with the lower cost of the pedastel sink it still came out cheaper than vanity + pipes.

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After everything was in place and the walls were painted, I had to figure out where to hang shelves and hooks. I let the bathroom be for a few days to kinda think through where I wanted to place everything. It's so nerve-wrecking to drill holes in freshly painted walls!

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Everything was complete before my brother and his girlfriend came to visit. So glad to have it all wrapped up! I'll share the guest bedroom makeover next.

Happy Friday, friends!

Escaping the Whirlwind

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Last week was a dream. Literally nothing was planned and nowhere to be other than home. It was exactly what I needed and I feel so refreshed. My mind has been going on warp speed for about two months--everything from Renegade Craft, camping trips, friends in town, and processing my Poppy's recent passing. Life has been throwing me all sorts of adventures and testing my emotional stability. I've learned so much about myself and how I handle stress -- which is not as good as I thought! Seriously, this was a huge revelation. I always considered myself as a planner, but still pretty easy going and able to adjust to whatever is thrown at me. Which I still believe that is me. But what was missing during all of that was my relationship with Jesus. I completely shut him out and tried to handle it all on my own. It's incredible that I can't learn that lesson...! Reading through the Psalms gave me this overwhelming amount of peace and just reminded me that it's not through any work of my own that these fantastic opportunites have come my way. This whole "I'm not in charge and need to surrender to God's perfect plan" is always going to be a battle for me but so glad my family and friends are top notch and can keep me on track.

So, here's to another lesson re-learned. Happy Tuesday my friends!
xo
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