The day has finally come! After months of renovation, our own version of “Fixer Upper” – our home – is being featured this month in Housetrends | Tampa!
We couldn’t be more excited or proud of our house and the work that has been done!
Click here for the entire magazine. If you must see our house FIRST, go straight to page 68!
It has been a labor of love for My Man and I. For example, it took so many samples of gray and white in the living room that we started to call the room Fifty Shades of Gray. I was only about eight samples short of that!
Instead of just rambling on, LET’S JUST CUT TO THE CHASE!! Here is the our seven page spread in Housetrends | Tampa.
Pretty darn awesome, eh? Want to see more of the pool and read more of the magazine? Check out the Housetrends website! There are so many great articles and gorgeous pictures!
I have written a number of blog posts about our move from Los Gatos, Calif. to Tampa over the last few months. You can review those three posts below!
January 2017: How A House Is Becoming Our Home
February 2017: The Fixer Upper We Love To Call Home
May 2017: The Big Reveal From Tampa!
Why Travel, Cooking and DIY? A creative type, I have always loved painting and decorating as a hobby. Upcycling is a real passion. My mom was a Home Ec teacher when we were growing up. I learned a lot from her and because I love hosting get-togethers, I had to step up my game in the kitchen as well. And lastly, my love of travel comes from my Grandma Schmitt.
An Illinois native, I worked in the White House Communications Agency early in my career (President Reagan), prior to returning to Illinois State University to finish my undergraduate and Master's. After a couple of post-graduate internships (minor league baseball and Big Ten Conference), I then worked in college athletics full-time for more than 22 years -- first at the University of South Carolina for 15 years and then at Santa Clara University for the last seven years. We moved to Tampa, Florida in Dec., 2016 after spending 8.5 years in Northern California.