Tiny House Living

I teamed up with The Dakota Adventist Academy again for this tiny house project. The students built and designed this tiny house, and I was asked to stage it again for the Bismarck Mandan Home Show. I absolutely love staging this space. It’s fun to imagine living in this space, and how a person would use it.

As soon as I got off the phone with them I started a mental checklist in my head. I have a room in our basement full of staging items, and I also shop the rooms of my house. I love how it all came together. Its modern, chic, a little bit of farmhouse, and tiny!

Another fun thing about this project was that I had an interior design student reach out to me on her spring break to see if I had any projects she could help with or job shadow with. This was the perfect project! It was fun to meet with her and visit about her college experience! She is attending the same college I went to in Alexandria, MN!

Just Start

I was organizing my office today, and I came across my college portfolio from 2002! Just Opening that up tugged at my heart strings. It reminded me of all the hours I sat in my tiny apartment bedroom and worked on projects. I LOVED Design school. It brought out all of my creative energy. I cant even tell you the hours I spent on school projects!

We knew in college that many of us would graduate, and not find a job in Interior Design. Not because we weren’t good enough, but because there wasn’t a lot of jobs to pursue at that time, unless you went on to a big city. or working at a big box home improvement store. That ended up being the case for me. I worked in design for a few months as an office designer. I did not find a lot of joy in that job. I wasn’t able to be creative, and it was basically putting puzzle pieces together. So instead, I used my skills in our personal homes throughout the years. Which really led me to where we are now, building houses.

Many people don’t love the building process, but we love it. My favorite part is walking through a home that just got framed. its so great to see the plans on paper come to life.

My point to this whole story is, even though I didn’t pursue a job in design the past 15 years, it’s always been my passion. It hasn’t gone away. I don’t love design just because of Chip and Joanna Gaines, or HGTV. (I mean, they are my mentors even though they don’t know that!) I Love it because it brings me joy, And when I opened up that portfolio today it brought me so much joy, and it was a good reminder that it doesn’t matter when you start, just start!

My point to this whole story is, even though I didn’t pursue a job in design the past 15 years, it’s always been my passion. It hasn’t gone away. I don’t love design just because of Chip and Joanna Gaines, or HGTV. (I mean, they are my mentors even though they don’t know that!) I Love it because it brings me joy, And when I opened up that portfolio today it brought me so much joy, and it was a good reminder that it doesn’t matter when you start, just start!


Christmas Joy for Tiny Living

My latest project was so much fun! I was asked to decorate a house for the Holiday Home Walk, here in Bismarck, ND.    I was partnered up with the Dakota Adventist Academy to bring some Christmas Joy to their tiny house project.

I couldn’t wait to see the space, and I  was blown away by the tiny house! We’ve all seen the Tiny House Nation shows, but to be in one was very cool.  This whole project was built by students at the Dakota Adventist Academy.  They planned, designed and built the entire house. They did an amazing job.

Once I seen the space I went into vision board mode.  I knew immediately I wanted to bring the modern farmhouse charm to this space.  I am also so drawn to the buffalo plaid Christmas décor, I knew I wanted to incorporate that into the Christmas design.

Decorating a tiny house had its challenges.  I felt like a human puzzle piece! I wasn’t just adding Christmas décor to the space, I staged the house with furniture pieces to give it a lived in feel.   Once I got all my pieces into place I was able to edit out, and bring in better pieces to suit the space.

Decorating this space for Christmas was one of my favorite projects. I am so gratefully to be teamed up with an amazing project!

Happy Decorating!

Scenic Hills Home Tour Continues

The home tour continues on!  Today I will share the bedrooms with you.  I love this master bedroom.  I have to admit, I even like it better than my own master bedroom. It’s spacious, and has room for a sitting nook. It also has a tray ceiling and recessed lightning.

The other two bedrooms were staged as kids bedrooms. They are a nice size room and each could easily hold two kids, be used as a guest room, or even be used as an office. Both rooms have large-sized windows and extra deep closets.

My secrets in staging include Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart and Target again! My favorite find was the metal bed at Walmart.com. 🙌🏻

Master Bedroom Bliss
Mid Century Modern Nursery

Pottery Barn inspired little girls room

Scenic Home Tour

The Fall Parade of Homes came and went and it was such a whirlwind of an experience. We met so many great people, and heard amazing feedback regarding the house. I felt like I was in awe a lot of the time.  I am so grateful for the experience.  This wasn’t our plan in the beginning, but I understand sometimes our plans don’t work out, and it will lead you to better paths.  I believe this is the case for this house.

Now that the home tour has ended I can give you a virtual home tour! In the next few posts I will share photos of this home we’ve been working so hard on.

Let’s start with the main living area! I love an open concept because I like to be social with my family. I think that’s the case for a lot of people. An open concept makes for an inviting atmosphere. It’s also a great place to entertain guests.

I chose to paint a cool toned paint on the walls, yet it feels warm! The paint color is Passive by Sherwin Williams, and the fireplace wall is Unusual Grey, also by Sherwin Williams.

We had so many positive comments on the paint color. I do not do builder beige or builder grey!! I spend a lot of time on paint colors, it drives my husband insane! But it pays off in the end. I got the perfect neutral shade of grey that tends to look blue or green or grey in the right shades of light. It was a win with all the Parade attendees.

The flooring was the next favorite! I use a high-grade Mannington laminate floor. It holds up so well to pets, kids, and traffic. It also has a 72 hour water lock, and you can’t beat the look of this floor!

I used a combination of furniture and accessories from my house, and found pieces online and in stores to stage the home.  This was my favorite part of everything.  It made the home come to life, and it actually made the rooms look bigger!  I love combining styles from different stores to use in a room.  That way your house will never look like a particular store when you walk in, and best of all it will feel like YOUR home.

Fall Parade of Homes, entry #15

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The BMHBA Parade of Homes is September 27th – 30th. Join in and get inspired by home design and décor! You can download the app by searching BMHBA in your app store.

We hope to inspire you as you walk through our project.  We are entry #15. This whole process has been so exciting.  I have enjoyed staging the house and finding the perfect items for each room.  It definitely feels  welcoming, and I can’t wait for someone to walk in and have it feel like their home.

When you stop by our entry,  you will have a chance to win this “welcome home” basket.  We can’t wait to see you there!

welcome home

Making a Statement

When deciding on a vanity style and color for this master bathroom I wanted to keep with the style of painted cabinets, but I also wanted it to be different from the kitchen.  My first instinct was to go with white.  White is pretty, it’s traditional in a master bathroom, and I love the crisp clean look it.  Then I was inspired by a black master bathroom vanity https://domino.com/modern-neutral-hollywood-home-tour.

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I knew that I wanted to make a statement in this bathroom.  Our windows are black in this house, the exterior brick is black, and this bathroom would be a good match. I went with https://www.cliqstudios.com/ again. We loved working with these cabinets for the kitchen, so it was an easy decision use them for the bathroom as well.

I was so scared, nervous,  excited to unbox these cabinets!  The black was exactly what I imaged it to be! It gave the bathroom a nice modern look, and it made the statement I was looking for.  I dressed up the cabinets with chrome hardware and faucets, and topped it with quartz countertops. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!

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Using a ceramic marble tile in the shower I was able to compliment the quartz countertop, and the dark subway accent tile brings in the black.  I found the perfect marble mosaic hexagon tile to finish it all off.

Buyers aren’t walking into their typical master bathroom at this house.

Stage This House

A few weeks ago we decided to enter our spec house in the BMHBA Fall Parade of homes.  I’m not gonna lie, the thought of this house being in the Parade of Homes scares me,  (I won’t even list the reasons why) but it also excites me.  I can’t wait to show off what we worked so hard on.

Since deciding to enter the home into the parade of homes, I decided it needed staged as well.  My dream from the beginning was to stage this house.  This just pushed me to do it.  I find so much joy looking for the right piece for a room, and finding it at an affordable price! Good design doesn’t have to be expensive.  A good tip is to walk down the back isles of the home department at Target, you’ll find all the clearance items there, and you’ll find the best deals during the change of seasons.

Today was the deadline to submit photos. I’ve had this day written in my calendar for weeks. I’ve been working on staging the home, but this day came sooner than I expected!

It looks like a home, it feels like a home, and someone will call it their home.

Kitchen Bliss – Cliqstudios

My favorite part of any home design process has to be the kitchen! I love how families gather in the kitchen for meals, conversations, holidays, and cooking. For this kitchen, I decided to do some researching on what my options were other than the big box stores. I wanted something different, and I wanted to be in budget. When I came across https://www.cliqstudios.com/ I was intrigued. After getting sample cabinets and a quick quote, I decided to give them a try.

Working with their designers was a perk! They not only do this every day, but they are educated about the product lines. I was able to collaborate with my designer, Myisha, and we came up with a great design. She was quick to get back to me with any questions I may have had, and gave the project her full attention.

I am so pleased with the final results. The shaker style cabinets give the kitchen a classic feel, but the Studio Grey painted finish adds a modern touch. We added classic subway tile as a back splash and quartz countertops for a sleek look. All the doors and drawers have soft touch hinges, which you don’t always find in cabinets. This gives the cabinets such a high-end touch. The kitchen cabinets have a lot of drawers, because I love how they function for storage.

The kitchen island is my favorite. It is also topped off with a beautiful quartz countertop. It is a nice large size to give a family a casual eating area, and also plenty of space to prep food. I can also see this space as a dumping ground for after school backpacks, homework space, or an art studio area for playdoh or water colors!

I can’t wait for a family to enjoy this kitchen!

Welcome

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Welcome! My name is Sarah, I am married to an amazing husband, and we have two kids that give our life so much joy!

Grendahl Design is a new Design company Specializing in New Build Construction and drafting home plans.  

We got started with our business about 3 years ago.  4 years ago we built our personal house,  and we found that we loved the house building process. We didn’t want it to end. So,  we decided to take a risk, and build a house to sell. I have a degree in interior design and my husband has worked in the construction field as a sub contractor for 13 years, so we have a bit of a background in the construction business. A lot of people feel overwhelmed when they are in the building process, but we found out we thrive in it.

My husband Roger is the project manager and I am the designer. I draw out the floor plans, designing everything from the layout of the house, to the exterior and the interior.  Kitchens are my favorite room to design.

I’ve spent the last 12 years raising my amazing kids, and now is the time to help others with making their house feel like home. Whether its designing a house with a family in mind, or helping them along the way. I can’t wait to give others the feeling of joy when walking into their home.

Sarah Grendahl – Associates Degree in Interior Design

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