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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

xo,

emily

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!

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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.

xo,

emily

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

It’s Starting to Look Like Home: Part 1

We have internet! We have internet! So here I am with an update for you. Our first night in the new house was Saturday, November 29. Since then, we’ve been unpacking, organizing and setting each room up one by one. It’s been helpful to do it this way—we stay focused on a room until it’s “good enough for now” and then move on to the next. The entry way and living room were the first to reach this state, so I wanted to share with you where we are. Here’s the picture tour when we first moved in if you need to get caught up!

Welcome to our living room!

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Let’s back it up a bit. Here’s a wider view of the space.

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We have a new sofa! It’s ginormous! It’s traditional! You know… after years of awkwardly sitting on “form over function” furniture in our main space we were ready for a true TV-watchin’, nap-slingin’ sofa with no microfiber. And this is it! We got it for such a steal… for about $495 on eBay from a local seller so no shipping. It had very little of a description so it was one of those “well, let’s pay for it and see what happens” eBay experiences and we got lucky—it seems brand new. The brand is Jonathan Louis which is Macy’s furniture manufacturer.

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Let’s talk floors. Our past home had oak laminate floors and now we have 113-yr-old pine floors (with a new, dark stain). It’s been an adjustment to say the least! I see lots of rug purchases in our future. We nabbed that 9 x 12 beige rug you see above for $130 from the local Bargains & Buyouts. About the floors, the pine is a very soft wood so we have to be reasonably careful. That will be hard for me because I’m not precious about floors AT ALL. The dark stain looks pretty but holy moley it’s a pain in the butt. If we had the cash, I would have stripped and stained all the floors a lighter tone before moving in but here we are. If you need me, I’ll be sweeping, mopping and dusting on a near-regular basis. Anyone else on the dark floors struggle bus—especially those with dogs? I need all of your secrets!

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Everything else in the living room are pieces from our old house. Eventually, that TV will get mounted above the fireplace and the white chest will move to a yet-to-be-determined spot.

Just beyond the living room is the entryway (or entry way? 2 words? 1? bear with me…).

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We chose this spot for the Christmas tree because it’s the only spot where you can see it from the street, right through the front door glass. I get home after dark most nights and this tree is like my little beacon of home. Cheesy, but true!

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The campaign dresser in the corner was another recent used find. It needs a LOT of work (mostly repair of a cracked corner) but it was $50 with a lot of potential and I need furniture for this house! This is its temporary residence. It will move upstairs after we find a good console table for the entry. For now, it’s holding all of our doggie accessories.

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This is the long hallway connecting the entryway to the kitchen. The kitchen is in pretty good shape too but I’ll have that update for you as soon as I can take pics!

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So yea, things are taking shape around here. Slowly but surely. It’s going to be a long process finding affordable pieces that will take these spaces from the current look to the aesthetic that I’m going after, but we’ll get there. I did make a small leap in the new direction when I ordered this crazy Sputnik thing using my sofa snafu store credit. Not sure where it’s going but I’m sure I’ll find a spot! It will arrive in a few weeks.

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So that’s where we are! Our original plan was to have our first night be here two days ago (hence the long stretch with no internet), but parents, family and friends showed up and accelerated this move to something I never thought was going to be possible. People loaned us their utility vans, their muscles, and their vacation time for days at a time. It was so, so awesome and it meant so much to us.

OK, that’s all for now. And YES, in case you were wondering, I am homesick for the old house. It’s getting better and better, but the first couple of days were no fun. I’ll have an update on the other house here soon.

xo,

emily