Laura Sima

Hello and welcome! 

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog. I'm Laura- a pediatric nurse with a side passion for home design and decor. My husband Josh is a project manager who loves anything involving construction or the outdoors. We bought our "fixer upper" in April 2016 and have been renovating it ever since. We'd love if you follow along on our DIY renovation journey! 

We were both born and raised in Minnesota. Growing up, I loved going to open houses or model home showings with my parents, spent a lot of time rearranging my room, and loved creating "mood boards" by cutting and pasting (literally) photos from magazines. As a teenager, Josh worked for his dad's plumbing and heating shop and spent time helping with home construction projects. 

Josh and Laura Sima

Fast forward 10-15 years... Josh and I were married in December 2015. In the spring of 2016, we were house hunting and fell in love with a home in a cute neighborhood in St. Paul, MN that needed some major fixing up. Two years later, we're still working on it! Neither of us had any true experience with a major home renovation in the past, so we are learning as we go.                  

My childhood love for decorating has been reincarnated as an adult- I've discovered my passion for interior design and decor throughout the process of our renovation. I enjoy getting my hands dirty with the renovation process, and I absolutely love the process of design and decorating!

We are doing a full-scale renovation of our home- essentially every single inch of our home is getting updated- interior and exterior included. What makes us different from other couples is that we are doing the vast majority (90%) of the work ourselves. I design the spaces (with Josh's occasional input), but then I get in and swing a hammer, skimcoat walls, lay tile, paint, and help in any other way I can. Josh is skilled in electrical and plumbing work, carpentry, and is an overall amazing "handyman" and can figure out how to do just about anything. After the hard work, I get to decorate, which is the icing on the cake for me! Together, we make a great team and have transformed this home into something we could only dream of when we saw it. 

 I've always loved writing, and this blog is a perfect platform to share our projects, "before and afters,"  home renovation tips, decorating tips, and our favorite products. You might see our  Australian Shepherd, Dexter, or our tabby cat, Percy, might make an appearance every now and again, too. My goal is to provide inspiration for you to find the beauty in your own home- if we can do it, so can you!

Look around, stay awhile- I'm happy to have you here!

-Laura

Josh, Laura, and Dexter