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My name is Kristen Van Loon and I just bought a house. It’s an overwhelming, clean slate with white walls and carpet as neutral as Switzerland. That’s not to say there’s no charm (I wouldn’t have signed my life away on a 30(!!!)-year-mortgage if it was a windowless block of wood paneling,) but there’s just no oomf. You know, *Oomf!* That sparkling lightness you feel when you walk into a space, but you just can’t put your finger on the thing that makes it so great? The flow, the colors, the light, the functionality- that is *Oomf!*

This is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere AND raise a toddler (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired.

You can follow my journey for a multitude of reasons. You may

-be looking for cheap alternatives to expensive ideas.
-wonder how the hell I plan to pull this off.
-need suggestions on fun (and durable) rooms that work every day.
-have the desire to look inside a stranger’s house (it’s O.K., we all have it.)
-have a sick sense of humor (because I will post my failures.)

For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it.

At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. I’m just like you. I can’t throw around money like confetti, take 6 days off work to complete a project or spend hours driving around looking for the best deals (although I would do all of the above if the situation permitted.) Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

There is no plan and it is going to be a bumpy ride.


13 responses »

  1. Congratulations on buying your house. The world is now your oyster. It is amazing what you can do with a bucket of paint and a brush. You go girl. Virginia

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I always love getting feedback 🙂 glad you enjoyed my post and I will be following you on your journey of giving your house oomf!

  3. Thanks Jenna! I’m so glad you decided to check out my adventures and….misadventures. I’ll be following yours also, so when I’m elbows deep in plaster I can live vicariously through you while you’re in Spain or Italy with your husband!

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog and the “like”!

  5. Awesome!

  6. I enjoyed this and I look forward to more of your entertaining posts. You have some great ideas too 🙂

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  8. I can so relate! Except I am not currently working (but trying to start a business) and my kids are older, but still, life gets busy. I certainly don’t have money to throw around either and part of the fun of DIY and repurposing is in trying to figure things out. You have inspired me. So glad I found your blog.

  9. Wow. After three days plus putting up tile in my kitchen, I’m done for years. Good luck! Thanks for dropping by “Honey.”


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