The Happy Crazy House

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I began accumulating items for Jules’ room in December and I feel like I have come far enough to post about where we are today.

Here was where I started with the inspiration.

I am not sure why I had the pink in there nor why I was so on the fence about changing it to a teal.  I was set enough to start purchasing the teal as I was making that inspiration board!  Jeez girl.

**All of the pink went to Jane.  Jules only ended up with the pink as she found this blanket, that I had stored for Jane, and claimed it for herself……cuz it is crazy soft.  but not to worry – that teal blanket below is just as soft. 

We kept all the art from her Montana room.

She is super jazzed that everything is up on the walls and that her fairy lights are up.  The room is very small but it is the only one with a closet and that’s what was most important to her.

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My office in Montana was very spacious, spacious enough to double as the library.  Here are some pics:

the happy crazy house library


A couch for lounging and reading, desk for reading all of the internets i.e. watching cat videos.  It was very nice to have. In the new place, we do not have an extra bedroom that we can dedicate to a library/office.

The living room has the library now and I think that where the bookshelves used to be is where my desk will go. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen it.

I have been scouring the internet for ideas and have basically come to the conclusion that I should start looking for a small desk, leaning desk or corner table.

Here are some options.

Any of these speak to you?  I am leaning towards the leaning desk.   OMG sometimes I can’t even stand myself.

Whelp – the NeverEnding List of 2017 came to a screeching halt when we moved to ND at the beginning of 2017 and I did not make a new one for our ND abode. …Until now.  As a refresher the NeverEnding list came about when I realized that things were falling on and off my To Do list at an alarming rate and I was never sure what I was going to work on next.  Hence NeverEnding.

2014 List

More Updates

2016 List

More Updates

2017 List – Surprisingly, before we moved we finished half of this list.  A complete change up from the year to year and a half timing we had in the past.  Basement Bathroom – Done;  Guest Bathroom – Done.

Now that we are somewhat settled in.  I have been trying to nail down what I would like to accomplish first.

  1. Storage Solutions – There is 1 (!!!!) true bedroom closet in this house.
  2. Home Office – In MT I had a whole room to dedicate to an office/library.  Not so in ND.
  3. To Rug or Not to Rug – I am waffling on rugs in the living room and my bedroom.
  4. Paint the upstairs bathroom.
  5. Cabin stuff
  6. Not sure that I would get there- but a nice place to put my patio furniture would be great.

7.  And finally – some art in the hall downstairs.

I am trying to keep it reasonable for 2018 as my work schedule is incredibly full – not to mention all the kid activities.  What do you have planned for 2018??

I would like to start out with a recap on what I have done with Christmas decor in the past.  At our old house I went between going all out and then toned down ….which was a nice change.

Start with the all out:

over done Christmas - the happy crazy houseIMG_3052

And just in case you couldn’t tell – that’s 7 trees in one room!

And here’s the toned down version:

Gives your eyes a little break but ensures that you know its Christmas.

Now that we are in the Prairie Victorian and most of my Christmas decor is still in Montana – I have had to improvise and really go low key by necessity this year.  Since I packed up all my work stuff and had it delivered to my office here – I have my office Christmas decor which I have taken home to use there, as this office has 6 (!) totes of Christmas decor already.  I find it hilarious that my office Christmas stuff made it here but not my home decor.  Seriously girl!?????

Janey setting up our ceramic tree

Outdoor lights (all that I had!!!!)

Lights flashing through the house with a glimpse at our tall and narrow tree.

Since I already have a tree in Montana, I purchased this one with the idea that it could be used in the stairwell going to the second floor or in our ‘library’. But for now…’s the main event.

How is your decorating going?  Are you going all in or toned down?

I updated Jules’ room before we left Montana and she was very sad to leave it behind.  See Jules’ Room in the Montana House Tour.  Now that we are getting settled into the Prairie Victorian I have been pulling together some images of what I would like to do for her room here.

Jules' Room Part Deux


Jules’ Room Part Deux by whitney-gonitzke featuring Arteriors


The most striking item is the giant wall clock.  It remains to be seen as to whether Jules would actually say yes to it – but it a super cool feature in this proposal.  also that super cute furry bone bunny is just such an out of the ordinary piece…I had to add it in.  Our family loves Halloween, its just a slight nod.  I might also switch out the pink for a teal.
Jules liked the artwork in her previous room, so I will start with those and build from there.  This is what I had in her room before

Sometimes I think to myself – my poor family, they have to put up with constant changes in the house, me always asking if they are ok with how their rooms look…secretly crossing my fingers that there is something that they want to change.  And if they don’t want to change anything, me thinking up a reason to surprise them with something new.  Does that make me a lunatic?  Probably.  I am surprised Dave hasn’t lost it, especially when he comes home from a work trip and opens a drawer in the kitchen to find hand towels instead of our silverware or has to search for the plates for the umpteenth time in our marriage.

They must really love me.  🙂

The lake cabin has been closed for the season and we have moved down from the lake to the prairie.  Our new digs is an old (+100 years) house in Dave’s home town.  you know the one…..there is only 30 people here.

It definitely needs some love and attention.  Here is a little peak at what we walked into…..

the happy crazy house entryway before

All of the carpet needed to be pulled up and this back entryway got some new linoleum to take that yucky stuffs place.

the happy crazy house flooring replacement

Even though there are still a TON of boxes in the living room and dining room, I was able to organize enough of the kitchen to have a clear work space.  Thank goodness!  Cooking at home is one of my favorite past times and not being able to do that was brutal.

the happy crazy house white kitchen victorian house

Here is another shot as I was getting dinner ready.

Jules is digging the banister.

the happy crazy house banister twilight paint with white stairs victorian house

Behind Jules is a gorgeous leaded glass window – I will have to take some window pics to showcase them.  Below is another pic of some leaded windows.  This room is supposed to be the dining room, but for now it is functioning as my library.  Hello!  I need those books out and available for my reading pleasure.

The downstairs bathroom has been cleaned and painted.  I will have to address the floor – unless any of you have some kind of linoleum floor cleaning secret.  I have not been able to clean it any better than this ……

If cleaning is your super power….share your knowledge!

Last item – did you notice a tiny kennel in the dining room/library pic?  well……..

the happy crazy house norwegian forest cat Thorinthe happy crazy house norwegian forest cat Thorin

Meet Thorin.

Fall is a beautiful time of year in North Dakota…especially in the Turtle Mountains.  Sigh.  so pretty.


There has been a mass exodus of boats and pontoons from the water and it is so quiet up here now.  During the summer months the lake is a hive of activity.  Boats buzzing across the lake all the time.  And then Fall comes and it winds down slowly until that week before the first frost…..the rustle of the leaves is the only sound.


Perfect skies.


Cool mornings and warm days.  Love it!


Even on an overcast evening like this – I have this view.  ↓


I hope you are all enjoying the Fall Season.  Get your Pumpkin Spice while you can!  hahahahaha

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