Behind the Boutique Before and After Upstairs Bathroom

Happy Day! Today I’m sharing some before and after photos of our upstairs bathroom!

This was actually the last room in the house that we got to. It took us over six months to finish (thank you, toddlers), but I think we finally finished it at the end of 2015 (we moved into the house mid-2011). There is a bathroom downstairs that we use more frequently because it has a shower (it’s a smaller clawfoot tub, but it has a shower kit). In this bathroom, we ultimately decided to leave all the plumbing where it was. We originally had grand dreams about moving things around and getting a shower kit for this bathroom, but the slanted wall really made it difficult to accommodate our fantasies. Also, by this time, my posture was: lets just get it DONE already. By this time we had already had both kids, and a second bath with more storage and space was much needed (the downstairs bath, although a full bath, is tiny). View Post


Behind the Boutique Ellie's Room Before and AfterBehind the Boutique Ellie's Room Before and After

Hey guys and gals!! Today I’m sharing some before and after photos of Ellie’s room!

As a quick note, I would just like to say thank you to everyone that has said kind words about our home on social media. Truly, your compliments mean so much because our house did not always look the way it does now, and it’s taken years to get to every room (like five of them, haha). In full disclosure, sometimes I feel dishonest about showing photos our house (although I’m obviously not being dishonest) because viewers only get to see the (mostly) finished product. They don’t get to see the arguments, the injuries, the tears, the respirators, the messes, and the utter chaos and disorganization that went on here for years. It’s my sincerest hope that anyone who stumbles on photos of our home and loves what they see, sees things with a grain of salt. There were several years before that, that weren’t so beautifully curated. Anyway, that’s my disclaimer 🙂  View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Kids Owning Stock

When my kids have reached an age where they have more defined interests, I’ll encourage them to buy stock in companies they’re interested in. Obviously I’m not talking about loads of money here; I’m also not talking about all of their money. I’m talking about just enough to care about how the business is operating and what their investment is doing. I’m especially interested in having them invest where they eventually will/would like to work. Here’s why: View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Cameral Roll

‘Just going through my camera roll with a heavy hand (the kind that is quick to delete), and thought I would share a few more from the last few days that I had on my camera. Evidently I already deleted the extra photos I had of my husband with the kids during bathtime 🙁 See?! Heavy hand. Roll the camera! View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Mom-Wife Thoughts

I always think it’s great when mothers open up about the thoughts they have on motherhood and wifery (I don’t even know if that’s a word, but it sounds like “wizardry”, so I love it). We all sort of go about our day with the most intimate and comical thoughts swirling about in our heads, but they tend to stay in there. So the other day, I decided to record my thoughts on my phone. Honestly, I don’t know where I stand on the spectrum of “normal” mom-wife thoughts (something tells me I may be a few too many standard deviations away from the mean), and I’m totally okay with that! All I wanted to do was open up about what goes on in this brain, in the event it resonates with anyone else out there (Bueller?). So without further ado, enjoy my disaster head. I hope if nothing else, you’ll get a few laughs. All my love 🙂 View Post