Monday, July 10, 2017

Mid-Century Addition

Oh my word! It's been far too long! I haven't blogged since March! So much has happened since then. 

I have slowly adjusted to life without junking and now am aspiring to become minimalist! I have been listening to "The Minimalists" podcasts religiously and have been so inspired to travel light! I turned 49 yesterday and spent the early part of my birthday with my sister who is slowly dying from breast cancer. If you need a wake up call about areas in your life where you are feeling unfulfilled, spend some time with someone who is dying. My prayer is that her persistent faith persists in me long after she is gone. To steal a phrase from another author I have read, it has been "brutiful"-both brutal and beautiful. Holly was interviewed yesterday in church in front of the congregation and she talked about how surreal and odd it is to be dying among the living. I can't imagine the dichotomy. Painful. 
A part of my heart has been pulling away ever so slightly from her-perhaps to make the good-bye a little less painful, but I know this is me in self-protection mode. I know my soul at it's bravest, needs to enter in to all of the things. All of the hurt, the pain, the words that need to be said, the good-bye. Telling my brain that it will all be okay, hasn't managed to register yet. 

I didn't intend to put that all out there, but if Holly has taught me anything, it is that we can be honest about the difficult things and be okay with not being okay for a while.

Having freed up my schedule by no longer renting junking space at Not So Shabby, I have been able to focus more intently on helping clients create new spaces in their homes to play, live, entertain and rest. 

This was such a fun project that I was asked to help navigate. It was a mid-century modern addition that my friends and neighbors completed last month. The incredible Bouwkamp Builders Team did an exceptional job bringing Jeff and Rebecca's (he's really "Perk-Daddy" and she's "Beckles" to me, but I digress), dream to life. The front of their historic home is clad in Veneklaasen brick and leans toward an old world/shaker style. They wanted this new wing to be sleek, sophisticated and feel NOTHING like the front of the existing home and I'm pretty sure we achieved that. 

We were invited to an open house a few weekends ago, and I am not exaggerating to say that it felt like we were at an all-inclusive resort. It may have the been the bartender they hired for the evening and the unlimited food that was catered, and the state-of-the-art sound system, but the surroundings made it feel like we had left Z-town and were far from home-truly a resort destination without having to leave their own backyard-which is what they were going for. (I couldn't resist snapping some pics while it was all shiny new, so I apologize that the lighting wasn't the greatest at that time of the evening). 

I was so proud to be asked to help with this one, and LOVED working with these two-who by the way, got along with each other the entire time! I don't think I heard them squabble or disagree once! (And no judgement if they did, these projects are stressful!)
Jeff had such an amazing vision for the details in this wing, and I was really along for the confirmation or sometimes redirection. The best compliment I got that night of the open house was a friend of a friend that was there said, "I didn't know you could rock this style too"! (Most people think I prefer cottage or urban rustic styles), but the minimalist in me loves this simple, clean vibe. Jeff and Rebecca were so organized and loved to research (NOT my gift) so it made this process so enjoyable and truly a reflection of their posh style. We worked together with all the selections and the added benefit is that I'm their neighbor, so I get to reap the benefits of our efforts. :)
Please enjoy these pics and I promise I won't take so long to post again. Hope this finds you well and that you are enjoying this beautiful Michigan summer!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Misc. Monday Musings

 For those of you with whom I'm Facebook friends, you've already seen this and other non-photogenic pics of my wonderful family lately. :0 We are weathering the storm of Holly's terminal cancer as best we can in spite of the unknown future, the consequences of chemo and the up and down emotions from a very emotional bunch. We have been emboldened by your prayers and support and would ask that you continue to pray that her quality of life would improve and for continued hope on the days that are difficult. I head this week on a podcast that hurting with hope still hurts. We are finding that to be true on this journey as well. 
In spite of some mixed emotions, I am still feeling good about my decision to retire my booth at the end of this month. Already I am experiencing some freedom in my schedule but must admit, while out shopping for a client this morning, I found my neck craning to spot the bargains that I might re-sell. I had to keep reminding myself that I don't need to look for that anymore...but it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks. 
I am running huge sales and this week through Sunday the 26th, the entire booth will be 40% off. Next week Monday and Tuesday, everything will be 50% off and then Wednesday the 29th, Ken and I will empty it for good. 
We are excited though to be a part of the downtown Zeeland Fall Peddler's Market to empty our attic and Holly's storage area of her basement where we have stashed antique doors, windows, tables, furniture etc. for years. 
We are still more than happy to make custom sign orders (two of which you'll see below):

 This one was custom ordered for a client who just built a new home and she gave me permission to make another one to raffle off this weekend at our Zeeland Public Schools Hall of Fame athletic event.
 Just stopped at my booth this morning to find that this dresser had just sold. Things are moving out quickly so if you're interested in any items, please get there while the gettin's still good. 
I didn't see this large painted window either this morning which means that flew out the door the same day I brought it in. 

The large white pallet bench was sold as well and just moved out this morning. I brought the linen ottoman (below) in on Saturday and is a steal at 40% off. Needs a little bit of cleaning on the top (we can't do light linen in our house with two cats), but would make a great piece in place of a coffee table.

I am having fun on weekends cleaning out closets and paring down my wardrobe. I mentioned that my goal is to become minimalist in my approach to living and 'stuff' which is proving to be more difficult than I originally bargained for. :)
I have eliminated four totes of clothing and will be selling them this spring in our neighborhood garage sale. My target number for my wardrobe was 37 items but I can't get down below 50 tops and 15 bottoms at this point. I'll keep you posted. 
This (above) is only half of the pile I got rid of. I gave myself permission to go through Kennedy's closet too while she is in California. I'm sure I'll hear about that when she comes home in May. :)
Since this bottom pic was taken, I have purged even more. I am finding it very freeing to not have so many choices of what to wear every morning, although Brecken would rat me out and say that I still borrow her clothes from time to time, (which is true). 
And one last's a sneak peek of a downtown Zeeland home remodel that belongs to a friend of mine, Sarah. We have been having fun turning her historic home into an urban oasis. I can't wait to show you before/after pics of the main floor. We gutted this main floor bath down to the studs and added this amazing wallpaper. You should see the vanity and mirror! Stay tuned!


Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Where do I start? So much has happened since my last blog post. Many of you who I am friends with on Facebook have seen my updates regarding my youngest sister Holly and her recent diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer. 
Looking back and reading my last update on here (just a few short weeks prior to her discovery), I had posted that my hopes and prayer for 2017 would be to grow in my faith...

in light of Holly's health situation and her determination and ever present hope, my faith has indeed grown because of her and her witness to me already. 
She is tolerating chemotherapy quite well and has an amazing attitude and perseverance. So often we want to experience God's nearness, but if you're wired anything like me, we never want to suffer in order to have it. 
I am learning so much through my sister's struggle (oh, how I wish she didn't have to endure another trial), but it is teaching me things about this life and our future hope in eternal life...and that is changing me and my perspective.

All that being said and coupled with the fact that I find myself increasingly busy with my design work with clients, I have decided to retire from my booth at Not So Shabby. It's been such an incredible run and I am so grateful to Jackie Bordner, the owner for taking a risk and starting something new in downtown Zeeland, for mentoring me along the way, for modeling good business practices and for living out her faith in a way that gives me strength to look forward to what God has for me next. 

I have been with Not So Shabby since the start and it will be bittersweet to close this chapter of my life, but to be perfectly honest with you....I think I've burned myself out on JUNK. I love the satisfaction on seeing old pieces brought back to life, but I am ready for a clean garage, an empty attic, and some more margin in my life to spend with my loved ones. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me in this endeavor and for being faithful followers, junkers, shoppers, clients and friends. 

March will be my last month selling and I am offering deep discounts each week. Please be sure to check out some great deals....(I am bringing new items in every day). 

March 1-12 20% off
March 13-19 30% off
March 20-26 40% off
March 27-31 50% off

 Ken and I will still be peddling our wares occasionally and I will be at the downtown Zeeland Spring Peddler's Market selling lots of our items we have stored for years...old windows, shutters, doors, vintage furniture, linens,signs etc. 
May 27-don't miss it! Always a great market!

Here is a shot of our very first year in the original small storefront downtown Zeeland. 

 This is the second location (where the toy store is located today downtown Zeeland).
Above is a shot from a few weeks ago at our current location. 

I am looking forward to becoming a minimalist and am trying to talk Ken into living in one of those 'tiny houses' sometime in the future. He didn't bite on that one, but I won't give up trying. :)

Please continue to call for sign orders and any and all decorating needs. 

I've been busy with lots of construction, remodels, color consults, etc. 
I'm so thankful for that and for continued working relationships with clients and contractors. 
I will continue to post updates on this blog-both professionally and personally. 

Thank you for your continued prayers and well-wishes for my sister. This community is amazing and we are feeling the love! 

-The Boeverly Hillbillies....over and out. 


Monday, January 16, 2017


I cannot believe my last blog post was dated November 28.
 A lot has happened since then and then again not really much at all. December was a busy month around here-wrapping up some fall remodeling projects with clients and hosting Kennedy (my college aged daughter who lives in California now). It was a whirlwind of fun and family and bittersweet. My nephew Alex got married to an amazing soul mate...but it's a bit sad that the days of "cousins' outings and sleepovers are long gone. I enjoyed lots of quality time with Kennedy but I still cried like a stuck pig when she boarded the terminal to fly back 'home'.  Lots of happy mixed in with some sad. And the older I get, the more I realize that those mixed emotions are part of life and it's okay to feel both grateful and melancholy at the same time.
As a person who is usually very high or very low...I have been finding it a little surprising to be stuck somewhere in the in between. :)
I have been giving myself permission to be okay with that. 

I am praying that 2017 is going to be a year of "FAITH" for me. Hebrews 11:1 says "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see". 
I have felt my faith wavering lately with all this heartache in the world and my prayer has been that God would show me HE is WITH US, and living IN US and helping people THROUGH us. I pray the same for you this year...

 Switching gears from the mini-sermon, I thought I would show you the transformation of my friend/client Kylie's house. She is just the biggest sweetheart and she had me out last week on a rainy winter day to give her a little boost of confidence with her choices for her bathroom remodels. I couldn't help but snap a pic of the exterior to show you what can be done! Never judge a book by it's cover...or an exterior by it's facade. :) 

 She and her husband were struggling to find an exterior siding color that complimented the reddish/brown roof that was not going to be replaced. They wanted a siding color that had the complimentary cedar looking shakes to go with it and not all color choices have that. I suggested a white or creamy white (they had originally thought clay/tan) and away they ran with the design elements. Beautiful!!  The inside is as beautiful as the outside and I can't wait to post pics of the new bathrooms. We were in agreement with all selections. She did all the work, and I just said, "yes, yes, yes and yes". Decisions made. :)

I had a great month for my booth in November but probably because of my lack of marketing/instagramming/blogging- things were a bit slow for December. Ken and I just dropped off lots of new items and I have several more big pieces to bring in next week. Be sure to check things out and let me know if you're interested in any custom signs. Still firing those out on a weekly basis and will continue to as long as you guys keep asking. 

Here is a treasure hunt of other Not So Shabby finds scattered throughout the store. 

Signing off for now. Happy 2017!
-Melancholy me :)