Unique Bridesmaid Invites 

It is time to officially invite our friends and family to be a part of our wedding party! I’m kicking off the celebration with some custom bridesmaid invitations. Nothing says “I love you” quite like handmade. 

  

I decided to made the most of this opportunity, and created an invitation that was both a gift & functional. 

I designed an accordion style card, by attaching multiple pages together. Each page included important details about the wedding; the vibe, the attire, and the accessories. I suppose I could have just sent a text, but this is more fun.

 
I’m opting to go a non-traditional route with the wedding attire. Each bridesmaid will wear a different style dress. This mismatched trend has become popular in the last couple years. Most brides ask their ladies to wear different necklines & hemlines, but keep everyone in the same color. In my case, I’m going a step further. I plan on having the ladies wear a range of nuteral tones, from ivory to soft grey, in various patterns and materials. The goal is to have the overall styling be a cohesive look. I discribed my wedding as “1920′ bootlegger meets 1970’s free spirit”. 

Notes: For inspiration; search Pinterest for boho bride & off beat bride.

Necklaces purchased from World Market are a great gift and fit my eclectic bohemian theme. Partnered with a headband, the statement necklace will help tie the girls looks together & will set them apart from the rest of the guests.     

To attach the necklaces; I cut slits into thick card stock, then slipped the chain through. To hold the chain in place; I used large sheets of white adhesive label paper, cut to size.  This created a smooth surface on the back of the card. A more professional, polished look. 
  
  
 

A little special note at the bottom. 

 

Now it’s time to wrap things up & add custom name tags!

    

I went a different direction on the outside & use a soft cursive font. I want the packaging to feel like vintage-postage. 

 

Now for the finishing touches. Could this be any cuter?!

   

“Brown paper packages, tied up with string. These are a few of my favorite things.”

  
Thanks for following! Stay tuned for more Design & DIY project updates as we prepare for our biggest adventure, our wedding  day!

xoxo Jill

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Disneyland Proposal! 

We interrupt your regular scheduled broadcast to announce; We’re Engaged!       

Okay… We have been sense January 17th!

I’ve been so busy, I have not had time to blog about it! My days have been filled with the usual wedding prep work; picking invitations, hand writing addresses on envelopes, collecting accessories, decorations, accent furniture, building props, and lots and lots of time on Pinterest!  In the mist of all the Pinning the thought finally occurred to me “why am I not blogging about this?” I know it is not a home decor topic, but when two house-flipping, HGTV-watching, DIYers plan a wedding…. Well, you know. 

Let the wedding decor blogging commence!   

To catch you up to speed:

Joel proposed in Disneyland! We were front row center at the castle for Disney’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration. The firework show had just wrapped up, and we were taking a moment to let some of the crowd clear. The place was packed. We all began to take the standard couples in front if the castle shots. We posed for a few snaps in between all the photo bombing & drive-by stroller action. It was all so much fun, the show had been awesome and I was on a Disney high. Happy and satisfied, I was prepared to begin fighting my way through the masses to cash in our fast passes at Tower of Terror. Until… Joel said, “Wait.” 

(My heart stopped.) 

“Sam & Maddy will you stand over there and block people from walking through. I want to take one more picture.” 

I watched as he started reaching into his pocket. This was it!

 

(Now I need to confess. On our walk into the park I had looked at the outside of his pockets hoping for any sign of a small box-shaped outline. I was fairly convinced that it was not there. Little did I know that he was carrying it loose in his pocket, brave guy. Smart too, he knows me well.)  

I looked around for a moment as he started to get down on one knee. All at once, the busy crowd had come to a stop as everyone formed a circled to watch the action (only in Disneyland).  I saw my sister & brothers faces, they were as surprised as I was. He had kept the proposal a secret from my family, apart from asking my mom for her blessing earlier that evening. 

Complete strangers were holding up cell phones, flashes were going off in every direction. It was as if we were part of the scheduled entertainment. A million thoughts were firing in my head at the same time;

“I can’t believe this is it!”

 “I can’t believe he is doing this in front of so many people!”  

I looked again at my family watching and thought, “Wait. Why arn’t you all recording this?” 

Joel was holding my right hand and he began to slip the ring on. His eyes were glassy, and I started to cry. “I don’t even know what hand this is supposed to go on.” he said laughing. I took my left hand down from covering my face and held it out. He said, “You’re my best friend, I love you, I want to spend the rest of my life with you.” 

I was so excited that I jumped the gun, we went straight to him slipped the ring onto my finger. YAY! We kissed & hugged. A lady watching from the crowd yelled, “But what did you say?!” 

  

Joel laughed and said, “I forgot to actually ask you! Will you marry me?” 

I nodded my head, laughing and crying, then yelled back to the crowd “YES!” 

My family rushed in to hug us, followed by strangers who began hugging us. Another lady stepped in to hand me a Disney button that read “Happily Ever After”, they really are on top of their game there.

Joel looked at my family, “She’s not my girlfriend any more! This is my fiancé!”  Music to my ears.

   

Looking back now… Was I surprised? YES! We had been dating for four years, and for the last two years a proposal was always in the back of my mind.  When it finally was the moment I was genuinly surprised. It’s like hoping that your team is going win the Super Bowl but it’s only day one of the pre-season. The championship is on your mind the entire season. When your team actually does win you can even say you “expected it”, but the truth is that you never really knew for sure. That’s the great thing about Hope, it makes reality that much sweeter. 

I have wanted to get engaged in Disneyland sense I was 12 years old, never in my wildest dreams did I actually think it would really happen there! When really did, I was in shock. It was happiest I’ve ever been. Worth the wait. Best moment ever.  

 

Rug Obsessed 

Texture, Color, Pattern, & Style! 
Obsession? Let’s just call it a decor crush. I’m celebrating my current favorite household accessory by counting down my TOP FIVE RUGS for 2016!        

  
#5 Urban Outfitters

8 x 10 ft White with Black; Magical Thinking Printed Boucherouite Rug. $199   

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=34105734&category=A_FURN_RUGS

   
#4 BEHomeCo

 2.5 x 8.5 ft Vintage Persian Baluch runner. Red, Orange, Navy. $425 
 https://www.etsy.com/shop/BEHomeCo http://etsy.me/1UAHPyR

    
#3 World Market

XL White & Light Tan; Palomino and White Brazilian Cowhide Rug. $349 

http://www.worldmarket.com/product/mobile/light-natural-cowhide-rug.do

    
#2 Urban Outfiters

2 x 8 ft White & Grey; Beatrix Woven Rug. $99 

(I would even hang this up on a wall, or fold it & stack it underneath a wood bench in my entryway. Swoon. Now I’m wishing I could buy two, or three. Caution: This one has Major hording potential.) 

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=36070266&category=A_FURN_RUGS 

     
West Elm

 2.5 X 7 ft  Colca Wool Rug. $169 

http://www.westelm.com/m/products/colca-wool-rug-t1657/?pkey=crugs-flooring&isx=0.0.1203

     
#1 Bodie and Fou

3 x 5 ft White & Charcoal; Woven Rug Block. £99

 


https://www.bodieandfou.com/products/rug-ad0220-block

I know, I know. Oops! That was six. But seriously can you blame me? Are you even mad?! We can call it a runner up (Haha, runner). Also a shoutout to Urban Outfitters, making the list twice! Their overall collection really is on point. 

Happy Decorating! 

xoxo Jill 

 

“Journey” Table Setting | Quick Pic

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Whether you’re entertaining for a party of five or fifty, the success of any event relies on the details.

Here is a quick post using some of my favorite things in a traveler inspired table scape.

  • Natural wood tones
  • White enamelware “camping” plate
  • Vintage pilot’s map
  • Kiln weave napkin
  • Hand-poured “wildflower” candles
  • Fresh greens

Industrial Dining Room

Step 1: Open up the Space

The new open concept Dining Room has been one of the biggest transformations in this house. Originially there was a large, awkward wall dividing the dining room and living room. The layout of the kitchen was also odd, with an extended countertop that jetted out into the dining room space.

We took a risk by deciding to opt out of doing an island. We toyed with the idea of continuing the cabinets and counter tops onto the far wall, and expanding the kitchen. In the end we fell in love with the open space. We decided to keep it clear for a dining room table. I’m glad with our decision, I think it flows a lot better, is great for entertaining, and compliments the size of the home.

(Behr “Snowfall” white paint. In eggshell finish.)

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Step 2: The Light Fixture

I love, LOVE this light. It’s so modern but the black rod iron finish & exposed light bulbs gives it just enough of an industrial edge. It just gets me.

Also. It was incredibly well priced at $299! Compared to other similar styles, which range from $700-$1,900, it was a steal. I’ve had a lot of requests on Instagram for the source, but I’m only posting this one on the blog.

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Modern Geometric Pendant Light /By: Design Classics Lighting

Step 3: The Table

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Galvin Cafeteria Table $599 (regularly $799)

Base: Solid Metal / Top: Wood

This beautiful creature is a product of World Market! And yes, we bought it on sale! (Side note: if you purchase an item at WM, and within 60 days that item goes on sale, they will give you the difference on a gift card! Even if it’s a only one day sale! AND they are always having sales.)

We were a bit skeptical at first about the attached stools. They are easily detachable if you want to change to something else, so that is a nice feature. We decided to go for it. Plus it was nice not to spend the extra money on chairs. (Saved about $250).

It’s been in the house for 3 months and we have used it more than any other table our previous houses. Poker nights, board games, art projects, dinner with friends… We love it!

http://www.worldmarket.com/product/galvin+cafeteria+table.do?&from=fn

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Step 4: The Accessories 

(if you can’t buy what you want, build what you want)

I wanted to accessorize the room with pieces that had dramatic usual interest, without competing with the Light Fixture. I custom built this ladder. The idea was that if you are standing in the living room, looking straight on, it will fit exactly in the blank space between the wall and light. It was also important for balance that the line continued floor to ceiling.

Building the ladder took about 2 hours overall, hopefully I will get a chance to post DIY instructions on this soon. Or, you can purchase this item on my etsy shop; TWObyJillAbsten.

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I built this Vintage style “Lumber Mill” Sign the day Joel bought the house, with the intention of putting it in that exact spot. What can I say, I love signs. The bigger the better! Especially in the white with black lettering, it’s big enough to fill the space without feeling heavy. Also available to purchase on my etsy shop; TWObyJillAbsten.

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The Modern Cabin 

I was determined to fit this antique moose rack somewhere in our 3 bedroom – ranch style home. Although it’s not actually mine, it’s incredibly sentimental. It’s 100 years old, and it was a gift-on-loan from a former customer. It hung for three years in my little Fircrest Shop. Now, he fits wonderfully tucked into this nook in the bedroom.

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I tried to think outside the box in this room. I’m a little burnt out of the “go to” bedroom layout; a standard dresser, with a lamp, and a picture above it. I wanted to be original. Also, our house is not huge, a dresser would be too heavy. In preparation for resale I have to think “what will make the room look open”. Well… how ’bout a giant moose?

 

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If you notice to the left, there is the closet’s barn door. We built, stained, & installed this ourselves. All together it cost about $200. I will put the details of the “DIY Barn Door Project” in a future post. I’d like to also give some helpful tips for buying the right track, and installation notes. (It looks simple but there are some key points that can become big problems if your not prepared.)

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The leather tufted chair is a staple piece for me in every one of our houses. Before we even knock down our first wall, I have already decided exactly where it will go in the house. It’s also my favorite item to post updates on in every house, “The adventures of an arm chair… Where will it go next?”

(Notes: The chair was purchased at World Market, and sadly, they’ve discontinued it.)

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Compass pillow • Etsy

Tribal Stich Rug • World Market

Vintage School Boy Light • Lowes

White Curtains • Target

Barn Door • DIY
Thanks for following!

Created to be Creative

Welcome to TWO Market, a creative space that follows our adventures in House Flipping & shares inspirational tips about how you can bringing creativity your own home.

To start, here is a little about me.

I love making things! I began to fall in love with mechanics at a young age, while watching my grandpa work in his garage. One day I decided to “help myself” to some small pieces of scrap wood that he had piled up in a corner of the garage. I collected a hammer, a pile of mismatched nails, and I began to expieriment fitting the pieces together. My grandpa walked in and I knew I was caught in the act. To my surprise he went to his workbench, pulled out a wood clamp, handed it to me, and then he quietly took a seat to watch. The result of that day was a short, slightly lopsided stool that I used as a coloring table over my lap in the living room. From that day on, I was hooked on DIY!

The journey has been an Adventure! Over the course of my life I have had the pleasure of working in many different creative fields. When I was 15 I began in catering and was able to explore the awesome world of event planning & decor. I then got a job at a Flower Shop and worked as a Designer in Tacoma and Seattle.

In 2012 I started a small business, TWO in Fircrest, a coffee shop that sold home goods & decor. In that store, I developed and sharpened my design style and skills, grew as a business owner, and gained much needed confidence in myself. I made the decision to close the coffee shop to focus all of my attention on renovations & home decor.

“TWO Market” as it is now known, features unique home accent pieces and is now sold online at etsy.com/TWObyJillAbsten.

We Flip Houses!  My fiancé Joel & I began working together Flipping Homes almost right after we started dating. We’re a good team, Joel manages the real estate & construction side of the projects and I handle interior design. Most of the homes we buy, we live in, even during the remodel process. Once their fixed up, they go on the market and it’s on to the next house. Pretty wild!

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Before & After kitchen remodel at one of our earlier fixer uppers.

 

My design preference is simple and fresh. I prefer a more timeless design overall, but like to add modern touches. I love the use of industrial pieces that are a glimpse of how life used to be; making old things new and seeing the potential in every project. I want the design to tell a story, and to feel like an experience.

Thank you for Following!

XOXO Jill