I’m Kara. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and spent most of my adult life in Portland. In 2013, my husband and I and our two boys moved from Portland to my husband’s home town, a small college town in Northern Idaho. Oregon will probably always be home to me. Luckily our house is surrounded by a forest full of Douglas Fir trees (the kind I grew up climbing as a kid and have a particular affinity for) which makes this place feel more like home. I hug them on a regular basis. I encourage others to do the same.
I’m a recovering alcoholic, a wife, and a mom of two boys. These roles are equally important to me because everything important in my life is dependent upon my recovery. If I can’t be sober, physically or otherwise, I am not the wife or mother I want to be.
I started motherhood as a teenager and did a lot of growing up along side my oldest son. He’s turned out better than I could have ever imagined and I owe a big part of that to my husband who I met in college when Casey was two years old. There are not many people who would give up their carefree twenties to help raise someone else’s child, but my husband did. And he’s been an amazing and devoted father to both of our boys. To Casey (who he eventually adopted) and to our youngest, Caleb who was born in 2003.
When we moved to Idaho, it was a conscious decision to slow our lives down and start living in a way that really mattered to us. My husband left a job that was sucking his soul and I left a job where I was tied to a desk for 4 hours a day. We took significant pay cuts in order to do this, and it has been a real learning and growing experience to scale our life down to the essentials. I started a vintage shop in 2014 (www.douglasvintage.etsy.com) to earn some extra income and it’s pretty much the only way I have been able to decorate our house.
I absolutely love hunting for vintage. It’s in my blood. I’ve been doing it since I was a little kid and it’s one of the things I am most devoted to. I sell my vintage finds online, in vintage stores, and at vintage and antique shows and it’s the most fun I’ve ever had making a living.
This blog is a way for me to share my love of vintage, of home, of living with less, and being more. I invite you to follow along….