Hey gang – Since I’ve worked in the political arena for the last 15 years (yup – a story for another day!), I’m not an expert on interior design/decorating. I’ve taken a passion for both and started down the road to becoming legitimate through courses & certifications, BUT sometimes the best way to learn is to just do.

Since starting Rustic Acres Design, I’ve found myself constantly reaching for the same tools and equipment over and over again. Some are obvious, like a tape measure; others like chalk, are not. Well, at least not to me!

So here’s my ole college try at weekly series, where I’ll post about a tool that I constantly have in my bag ‘o tricks.

Huzzah! My new idea: #ToolTipTuesday!

We’ll kick this series off with a roundup of the best tape measures a girl could ask for. While this may be pretty mundane or obvious to many of you – tape measures are something I carry around with me on the daily, and you’re going to want the right one for the job.

Here are my two hand dandy tape measures that I always have in my bag:

I typically have a flexible tape measure with me too. That’s critical for those tough-to-measure spots, think window treatments or under cabinet lighting, as well as any small, hard-to-reach corners.

You don’t need anything fancy when it comes to flexible or standard measuring tapes. The flexible tape measure I bought on Amazon for $4 and I think the Stanley one was around $10. No need to break the bank but make sure to look for density when you buy your standard measuring tape. You want it to feel heavy in your hand with the right release mechanism for times when you’re taking measurements alone.

And because I want to know what my measurements mean, I always have space dimensions and room plans saved in my phone to verify and use as a guide!

Plain and simple, carrying a tape measure in my bag may seem batty but it has saved me multiple times from buying a piece that’s too large or too small (the WORST!), or just not quite right for the space.

Happy ToolTipTuesday!

-Rustic Acres Design

We’re in!

It’s official – we moved into #BirchRoadReno a little over a week ago and are loving it! We’ve been quiet on here and insta, but it’s been a bit overwhelming with the pure amount of STUFF we have to unpack. Example “a” below:


As the sunset on what was to be our first night in our new home, the movers finally arrived to unload our belongings. Two storage units, one basement of boxes, one temporary living situation, which I realized when my sister and brother-in-law brought over multiple bags of stuff we left there, that we had WAY more in their home than I remembered , were all loaded into various rooms of our home <insert wide eye emoji here>

This go around we used Gentle Giant as our movers and despite their almost double price tag from the last few moves we had, their service was superior. They were polite and helpful, they took pictures of the damage done to our belongings from the previous movers (yes, I filed a complaint with them) and had me write down the time they arrived and time the left. We will use them again in the future!

I thought I was being clever by using different color duct tape to color coordinate what boxes would go where in the new house; except for the fact that I packed most things so long ago I couldn’t remember what the color of the duct tape stood for. Needless to say, there were pots and pans on the third floor and bedding in the kitchen but it was fun to “find” all of our stuff again.

Here are a few pictures of our state of affairs! Check our instagram for daily posts and stories and…for our other projects to take a turn being reported on.