Meet Kenz

Yo homeslice, I’m Kenz.  Thanks for stopping by.  If you are a reader of this blog, let’s throw the term “follower” right out the window and replace it with friend.  Ah, much better.

You’re on this page because you want to know more about me.  So here’s the dirt:

This is me and Aaron.

Interiors By Kenz

We jumped the broom on April 8th, 2011.

Unique Vintage Bridals

Me and Aaron have a dusty blue house in the greater Salt Lake area.  It’s a 1980′s Rambler.  She was dubbed Green Meadow Manor.  GMM for short.   GMM was never able to ditch her metaphoric acid-washed jeans and crimped hair.  Her style got stuck in the 80′s.  Most people were too embarrassed to be GMM’s friend, but we knew under those acid-washed jeans there lied something stunning.  Join us in the efforts of taking off our house’s pants.

1980s Ranch House

This blog documents our efforts to turn our small house into a functional home where babies can run wild.

 

My design philosophy is that if it makes you happy and looks the way YOU want it to, then nothing else matters!  Who cares if people judge my house?  Ain’t nobody got time to care about house-judgers.   Extreme humiliation should not keep us from creating beautiful things!  Let us be brave if we must.  And we must.

 

GMM is teaming with commotion.  Aaron and I are parents to two of the cutest/naughtiest dogs in existence: Indy & Buster.  80% of their awake time is spent wrestling each other and eating our toilet paper when we’re not looking.

Indy & Buster Crowder

Ever since I was 16 years old, different doctors told me I’d probably never be able to have children, and that my chances were less than 1%.  We got the surprise of a lifetime after coming home from Disneyland in April.

Pregnancy Announcement

Evelyn Faye Crowder was welcomed into our family on December 23, 2013.

Evelyn Faye Newborn Pictures Interiors By Kenz

10 Useless facts about me:

Interiors By Kenz

-My first major in college was Art History.
-I have my pilot’s license.
-I play first Violin in a symphony.  The rehearsals are on Saturday mornings and cut into my DIYing time, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
-I am scuba certified.
-I have been sky diving twice.
-I hate onions.
-U2 was my first favorite band, when I was 6.  Nothing like falling in love with Bono & his leather pants when you’re in first grade.
-I love musicals with a wild passion.
-My favorite car I’ve ever had was my 1995 Grand Voyager mini van when I was 16.  Thing could off-road like you wouldn’t believe. (I also had blue hair.  It was a horrid phase.)
-I have PCOS, and I deal with it by way of a gluten free/sugar free lifestyle.  And if you need a soul-cyster, you’ve got one.

I have PCOS

Now that you know me, I want to get to know you!  That’s what makes blogging fun for me.

Email me whenever you’d like [email protected]

  • Trudy Burton

    Absolutely love your headboard project! Can’t wait for mine!
    Keep up the great work – you are amazing!
    TB

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Thanks for being my biggest fan mum :)

  • Mom Baugh

    I am very proud of you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Mom Baugh! We love you!

  • Mag

    You are seriously the most adorable and inspiring DIYer on the web. Maybe the world. I don’t know. I’ve just devoured a baker’s dozen of your posts and will be back for seconds for shiz. Thanks for sharing your zany life! :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      I’m not used to such sweet compliments. Thanks for stopping by! Thanks for eating my cookie-posts. I hope they were Nom. Do you have a blog? I’d love to follow you back.

      • Mag

        Nahhh I live vicariously through bloggers like you. I’m totally trying that antiquing-with-glaze tutorial you posted, BTW.

        • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

          Well, welcome to the family :) And totally send me pictures after you try it!

  • Angie R.

    Just stumbled on your blog and love it! I too was diagnosed with PCOS but a few months on Metformin and a couple of rounds of Clomid later, I now have three beautiful kiddos, and the last was God’s little miraculous surprise! And Dr. Christopher Seeker in Austin, TX is AMAZING.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mekenzie.crowder Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Hi Angie! I’ve heard great things about Metformin. I’m still in the process of finding a good doctor. It’s like going on several first dates… ya know? It makes me so happy when I hear about PCOS success stories :) Thanks for stopping by! I Hope you keep coming back. Do you have a blog? I’d love to follow it :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1523329979 Judy Deaton Simmons

    I just found you! This blog is great and so are you. The faux mercury glass is wonderful–can’t wait to try it. I think we will be bff. Just to let you know my youngest had pcos and is now a mother! I sorta know what you are going through because of my Becky. Only thing–I LOVE to play Scrabble. So if you want to venture out and try that I will be happy to play with you. JDS

    • Kenz

      Hi Judy! I’m glad you found your way here. It’s always nice to know I’m not talking to myself :) Definitely let me know after you’ve tried the mercury glass. I’d love to see the finished product. I LOVE hearing about people who have PCOS who then have babies. It gives me lots of hope. I just switched to a new doctor who seems to know his stuff. And we’re managing it from a new approach. I’m already feeling so much better. One of these days I’ll need to buy a Scrabble board and learn! I’m glad we’re friends JDS :)

  • Bethany @ The Sepia Puppy

    such a cute about me. You are crazy interesting, and I learned a buncha new schtuff about you just now! so booya! <3 B

    • Kenz

      Thanks B :) I think I’m more on the side of crazy than interesting. I’m glad we are friends!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lindsey.broud Lindsey Jordan Broud

    Everything about this screams stellar! I miss that van, btw…

    • Kenz

      Aw thanks Linds! You’re super stellar. I miss that van too. It was a sad day when that thing bit the dust.

  • Jen @ The Yellow Brick Cottage

    You are seriously my favoritist blogger (but you already knew that!) Thanks for all of you tips and tricks as I start my adventure! I love having a friend like you! Plus, Bono is like my boyfriend, so anyone that loved him (even though it was only first grade) is in my “cool friend” category!

    • Kenz

      haha thanks Jen! I’m glad we’re friends too. My favorite part of blogging seriously is meeting other people. I’m always happy to offer up what I know to help others along their way :) Bono is the greatest! I’m still in love with U2, although I think my favorite is now The Edge!

  • http://twitter.com/ameenamarie ameena

    oh goodness, i just spent my morning falling in love with your blog and realizing how much I MISS YOUR FACE AND ADVENTURES IN THE VAN.

    you are the cutest and this blog is a work of art. obsessed.

    • Kenz

      AMEENA! I LOVE YOUR FACE!!!

  • Sybarite

    I just found your blog, but I have to agree with Mag’s comment from six months ago! You make me (almost) want to move to Utah!

    • http://twitter.com/Interiorsbykenz Mekenzie Crowder

      haha! Move to Utah! It’s awesome! And the mountains are the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen :)

      • Sybarite

        I visited Utah once in college with two friends. Together we comprised a short Filipina, an average height Black woman, and a tall, blonde surfer chick. Somehow everyone knew that we were from California! That, and the fact that we kept trying to buy things on a Sunday. :P

        • http://twitter.com/Interiorsbykenz Mekenzie Crowder

          hahaha that is hilarious! Well come visit any time you like! I was just barely in California. I should have said HI!