Living Area Complete- & Finding our Personal Style

Like always, Derek and I have been so busy this month, and it’s going to stay this way for a while. Between Shara’s wedding, family being in town, friends coming to stay with us, and Derek’s birthday coming up- it’s been a great month filled with celebrations and busy days. With any free time we’ve had, we have spent it working on our home (AKA our Dursteler abode).


30711097_1611800882206328_6476323401148399616_nIn the two years we’ve owned our home, we’ve never had a room that feels 100% complete. There has always been a small project to be done, another furniture piece to be bought, or a small list of things to hang. We kept procrastinating these little projects since we knew we were moving out last fall, but since we’ve been back in our home, we’ve been so inspired and motivated to get things done. And I am so happy to say that our living room and dining rooms are FINALLY complete.



Owning our own home and finding our design style has been one of the most fun things we’ve ever done together. I’ve learned a lot about myself and my personal style while doing so. Derek has too, even though he always just says “whatever you think, I trust you. It always looks good.” I don’t know what the exact word for my design style would be, but I’d say its a mix between modern, mid-century and minimalist.30709639_1611800968872986_2957857222710788096_n



30744010_1611801072206309_8148697693850435584_nNothing makes me happier or more inspired than nature, so I love to decorate with blues and browns and of course, green plants to bring the feeling of the outdoors in. I also have learned that I am a lover of neutral colors. I used to think that I always loved a bright pop of color, and while I do in other homes, I have learned that I am personally most content surrounded by gray, white, brown, and black.



As far as decorations go, I have learned that I love decorating with items that have purpose to Derek and I. Whether that is personal photos, our favorite books, souvenirs from our travels, or a good hand-me down furniture piece like this rocking chair that my mother was rocked in as a baby, as well my nieces, sisters, and I.



30710071_1611800965539653_3469650250166173696_n30708788_1611800822206334_3685760025109725184_nWe love things that make our house feel like our home and coming from a minimalist point of view, we don’t like things that don’t have purpose to us or make our space feel too cluttered. I am also a lover of candles. I don’t think there is one room in our house that doesn’t have at least two candles.

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30762772_1611800892206327_7250540167339966464_nI have changed these two rooms a lot, I have got rid of furniture and decorations that I don’t love, and have spent a lot of money and time filling these rooms with things I do love. I’ve redecorated, re arranged, re organized and just about again remodeled these spaces to make it feel like the way I want it to. I think it’s important to have your home reflect who you are. Your home should make you feel comfortable, inspired, and happy. If it doesn’t do these things, get rid of the things that don’t have purpose to you and fill your home with things that do.

Onto the next adventure, Wren

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The Power of Good Energy -and how to find it

30227168_1601471149905968_2828284428826968064_n“Just like a fish isn’t aware that it is surrounded by water, people aren’t always aware that they are surrounded by energy.”

I am a very sensitive person and have been for as long as I can remember. I used to think it was a bad thing that I would cry at the drop of a hat, or get a laughter high for no reason at all. I’ve been told to “stop being so sensitive” my whole life, but I have learned to accept this personality trait of mine. Recently, I have learned that not only am I sensitive with my emotions, I am also extremely sensitive to the energy that surrounds me.

I’m a firm believer that the energy that surrounds us is what affects our moods and emotions, our connection to other people, and basically our whole outlook on life. It can pull us into darkness, if we allow it. But it can also pull us back into the light. Since I am more sensitive to this energy than most people, I am always searching for ways to control the energy that surrounds me. These are a few things I’ve personally done to find the good energy; the sunshine, the glow, the “high on life” feeling. It’s not always there, and sometimes it takes some extra effort, but if I try hard, I can usually find it. And I believe you can to.


How I’ve personally found the light:

  1. Find that inspiration: this is can be as simple as listening to your new favorite podcast, to buying a plane ticket and having something to look forward to. When you are feeling inspired, your brain will soak in good energy. You will have an urge to exercise, create, and achieve. And nothing will get in your way.
  2. Get outside: I believe that the natural energy the Earth has is the best energy of all. Thank you Mother Nature. If you find yourself falling into the darkness or are feeling a sense of negative energy, get outside. Climb a mountain, swim in the ocean, look at the stars. Your body will absorb the energy from Mother Nature, and it will have noting but a positive effect on your body and mind.
  3. Start from the inside: All of us have positive and negative energy within us and what we choose to do with it is up to us. I believe that what we put out, we get in return. Sometimes it is more difficult to find the little light within us, but if we look for it and share it with other’s, the positive energy will eventually return to us. Practice small acts of kindness, compliment others’, and most of all, even when you don’t feel like it, keep smiling.  
  4. Other people’s energy: This has definitely been the biggest learning curve for me in the last year. I never realized how sensitive I was to others’ energy until recently, and learning this about myself has opened my eyes to a whole new social world. I know that there is good energy and bad energy in everyone and I have always tried to treat others’ like they’re only full of good energy. But, recently I have learned that even if people are full of good energy, it doesn’t mean that it is always compatible with ours’. Pay attention to how you feel after you spend time with someone. Do you feel better about yourself or worse? People can have good intentions or be a great friend, but that doesn’t always mean they will bring you light. Our souls weren’t made to connect to every other person, and spending time with people that you don’t feel connected to can pull you away from the light.
I could probably write a whole novel on my views on human connection because it’s been one of my favorite topics lately, but I will save that for a later post.


For now I will leave you with this;


There is good and bad energy everywhere, in everything, and in all of us. Look for the light, find the sunshine. It may be difficult, but I promise it is always there. It may come and go, or it may stay for a while. Don’t ever stop searching. And most importantly,  when you discover it, remember you have the power to let it in or shut it out.

Keep Shining.

Onto the next adventure, Wren