It’s Starting to Look Like Home: Part 3

Here’s the last post in this little series! There’s a few more rooms to go, but they’re still a mess and will have to wait for another day. You can see the living room and entry way, as well as the kitchen in those previous posts.

Our bedroom is on the second floor of the house, at the end of a short hallway just off the stairs. It’s a good size and the furniture from the old house fits perfectly, with a little room to grow too. At the old house, the king MALM bed was too big for the room (it was Aaron’s from his old house) and we couldn’t open the closet door all the way. I’m happy to report we have full clearance here. I can’t ask for much more than that!

It's Starting to Feel Like Home: Part 3

That little blue box at the end of the bed is Biggie’s booster step. It’s still going strong!

Let’s talk the paint color. I think it’s here to stay! It makes the white MALM set look good and that makes me happy! I was over all of the MALM stuff big time at the old house, but I plan to keep them around for a little bit longer. They’re in great shape, they look good and work just fine. And anyways, I’ve got bigger fish to fry!

If you’re sitting on the bed and looking out into the hallway, this would be your view.

It's Starting to Feel Like Home: Part 3

Those frosted doors to the left is our closet. Doors are closed because it’s a big ‘ole mess (we need some sort of organizer system). The door to the hallway is in the center of the photo… the guest bathroom door is directly across the hall. Back in the room, our bathroom is the space to the right.

In the bathroom looking into the bedroom, here is our view.

It's Starting to Feel Like Home: Part 3

Have I mentioned that we really, REALLY need window treatments? The sun blazes through these windows so blackout shades/curtains seem the way to go! And I promise I won’t wait 5 years to put shades up this time…

Now, let’s talk the rug. I LOVE this rug! I initially bought it for our kitchen makeover at the old house but it works well in here too. I’m not sure if we’ll do a large area rug in here eventually, but for now, this little rug works well as a soft place for the pups to stretch in the morning. We are happy!

If it wasn’t for the paint color, this room would look crazy similar to our old bedroom. If only we had a pretty stained glass window! I am missing that window!

It's Starting to Feel Like Home: Part 3


The stretch of wall space in the photo above (where the light switches are) will be the future home of a small dresser and a TV.

So that’s our bedroom! With the help of window treatments, maybe a large rug, another piece of furniture and some accessories, we will be all set for awhile! Most of our accessories (little decor tabletop stuff) is still at our old house as a part of the staging, so bringing that over will help out a lot too.

That’s it folks! Not sure if I’ll be back before Christmas, so just in case, have a very Merry Christmas!




It’s Starting to Look Like Home: Part 2

We’ve officially owned this home for a month now and it’s feeling SO much better than those first couple of days. It smells like us, our things are somewhat put away and we’ve settled in to new daily routines. Last post I shared with you the living room and entry way and today I have the kitchen/dining/laundry room space to share with you.

This is the view from our front door to the kitchen. Every room is visible from this standpoint and it’s one of the reasons I love the house so much. It’s open in an old home kind of way. It’s fun to be at the kitchen island at the back of the house and be able to see the goings on outside on the sidewalk.

It's Starting to Look Like Home - Part 2

As you make your way down the hallway, the kitchen island is the first thing you see. A quick turn left is a big bank of cabinets, our appliances and the main sink.

It's Starting to Look Like Home - Part 2

Eventually that little rug will be replaced by a long runner. I love the color though… just need to find something longer and skinnier. Finding a new location for those dog bowls is also on our list (we spill them, trip over them nightly).

Anyways, the big to-do in this space has been unearthing and organization. I say unearthing because 95% of our wedding gifts did not fit in our old house (and especially not in our kitchen). It felt like Christmas morning to be able to go through all of our gifts and find a space for each item. We filled this kitchen up in no time!

It's Starting to Look Like Home - Part 2

Above is another look at the bank of cabinets with all of the appliances. I’m breaking my 3-things-on-the-countertop rule here but we’ll get there eventually. That white box by the paper towels is our security system panel. We’ve got to figure out how to mount that somehow to get it out of the way. We followed the same rule organization-wise as we did in our other house: display the pretty stuff behind the glass fronts and hide all the junk behind the solid doors. :)

Just beyond the island is our back door, a laundry “room” (really a closet!) and a half bath. A big part of our to-do’s this last week was getting that washer and dryer installed. We (Aaron) did it ourselves! I am weirdly proud of that. Successfully fixing/installing anything that could leak water is nothing to sniff it.

It's Starting to Look Like Home - Part 2

The washer and dryer was a big task all in itself. We swore up and down the builder told us to buy front loaders (we think we heard wrong), so we did and when they arrived they did not fit! Well they fit… we did measure… but then the doors could not swing open. D’oh! Lowe’s would not complete the installation because it involved stacking and wrong hoses and a too-short drainage hose… it was a little bit of a mess. But in the end, it all worked out.

We’re tall people so it’s nice to have at least one appliance (the dryer) high up but the best part? That little nook you see to the right of the machines is going to be perfect for storing all of our laundry supplies, doggie food, tools… you name it. We are thinking top to bottom shelving. It will be removable shelving so that we still have access to the back of the machines and the water hook-ups, but yea. The storage will be nice.

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And we need the storage. BAD. Check out this big ‘ole mess…. These are things waiting for their new home.

It's Starting to Look Like Home - Part 2

Just beyond the kitchen in the same space is the dining area. I would say we’re magazine ready.

Ugh. We’re on the hunt for a dining table (or maybe a DIY?) and chairs, but we don’t want to rush it. We want forever pieces that we love so for now, a card table and a bunch of plastic IKEA chairs will have to do. Oh yea, and a coat rack. We need a coat rack.

So now that’s officially the first floor. My mind is racing about what I want to do in this space, especially the kitchen! My mind is set on these barstools:

Anyone got $1300 to blow on some leather bar stools? Sigh….. I do have a savings envelope set up for these little darlings believe it or not.

I also am considering moving over my big Edison chandelier from the other house….

And the WALLS! I want to go a very light beige or tan. Remember, I’m still on this long journey to warm and funk this house up!

OK, that’s all I got for now. The master bedroom will be next! Everything else is still a mess!



Wrapping Up The Old House

There’s an opportunity to win $10,000 from BLACK+DECKER at the bottom of this post! This project is largely inspired by them and their new “Your Big Finish” campaign. This movement celebrates getting those little projects out of the way. 

The old house (it feels so weird calling it that!) is still on the market. Understandably, showings crawled to a stand still as soon as the holidays arrived. We don’t expect it to pick back up until January. We’re using this downtime to continue to improve the house and get it even more show-ready. And yea, I’ll use any excuse to spend a few more hours over there any day. It’s still my baby!

One of the things on our list is re-installing the master bedroom door. We removed the door a very long time ago, when the room was first used as a living room, and it never got replaced. Now that it’s the main bedroom, I’m sure it looked a little odd to buyers that the door was missing. Aaron popped a couple of blood vessels getting this huge, solid wood door back on but we have success!

Wrapping Up the Old House

Here’s a fun picture of the living room in honor of #throwbackthursday. Check out that sweet stack of DVDs in the corner! Such fancy.

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I could go even further back, to the era of the super embarrassing pumpkin-orange overstuffed sectional. But I won’t. Because what you put on the Internet stays there forever.

ANYWAYS, it feels great to have the door finally re-installed. It’s a big project… one of those that bothers you in the back of your mind until it’s completed. Below is another one. Remember when I finished the bathroom back in February? But never finished installing the wallpaper? And then a super fancy pants photographer from Better Homes & Gardens discovered said missing wallpaper? Well I finally got that fixed too. It feels so good to have it done!

Wrapping Up the Old House

ANYWAYS, there’s something that feels so good about finishing projects. Especially for this house. To leave it better than I found it I guess. I partnered with BLACK+DECKER because their Your Big Finish campaign is all about finally, finally finishing those projects you’ve been leaving to the side. And I am so on board with that.

Now it’s your turn to show off a completed project you had been putting off. Do it. I promise— marking it off the list will feel so good. As for motivation, $10,000 sounds pretty good to me!

For this “Your Big Finish” campaign, there are Weekly Prizes, at approximately $439.91 per prize, and one Grand Prize of $10,000. The Weekly Prizes include one of each of the following:

BLACK+DECKER prize package comprised of one (1) of each of the following:
• BDCDE120C 20V MAX* Lithium Drill/Driver with AutoSense™
• BDEMS600 Mouse Sander
• BDCS40BI 4V MAX* Lithium Pivot Screwdriver
• BDCDCMT120 Matrix 20V MAX* Lithium Drill/Driver
• LCS1020 20V MAX* Chainsaw
• BDCMTRS Matrix Reciprocating Saw Attachment
• BDCMTI Matrix Impact Driver Attachment

To enter, visit the Your Big Finish campaign landing page, and enter your First Name, Last Initial, Email, City, State, Phone and upload a photo of yourself and your completed project. The contest ends December 28th, 2014.



p/s: A big shout out to BLACK+DECKER for sponsoring this post!