Entryway Progress with Bona Floor Cleaner

This post is sponsored by Bona Floor Cleaner.

For whatever reason, having an entryway (or foyer, if you’re fancy) was really important when we were on the hunt for a new house. At our old house, the front door opened up directly into a small living room… nearly missing the back of a sofa! A more spacious entryway seemed like a total luxury. A separate space to set mail! A cute little area to set up a vignette! A place to toss shoes! The possibilities seemed endless.

And here we are. We have an entryway! And all of those benefits I had dreamed about came true. But there was more I wasn’t expecting. Entryways are a lot of pressure! They provide the home’s first impression. From the floors, to the walls, to the decor… it all seems important to get right in the first space you enter.

That being said… we are maybe 20% there. But hey, it’s progress!

Entryway Progress with Bona Floor Cleaner

There’s still a lot of work to do (paint, maybe wallpaper?, styling, maybe a stair runner) but it feels good to get even a little bit of a start. The gold Sputnik light overhead is what I purchased with my Joybird store credit and it is beautiful! And holy cow BRIGHT! Yes, it will be going on a dimmer. The large palm plant we inherited from Aaron’s parents. It outgrew its spot in their home, so we gladly adopted it. It’s the perfect size for this little corner… I can’t wait until it gets massive. The gold foil Covington print Aaron made me a few Christmases back. It was hanging in the kitchen at the old house.

The biggest pain point in the entry are the floors. Dark floors + high traffic area + winter = GROSS!

Entryway Progress with Bona Floor Cleaner

We have tried every kind of mop/cleaner you can imagine on these floors. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Mop, Swiffer Wet Vac, Libman’s Mop (which worked great on my laminate floors), Pine-Sol, Water and Vinegar, the Shark steam cleaner and the Bona Hardwood Mop. Of all of those, there are two that have risen to the top. Shark steam cleaner and Bona… without a doubt the best in my mind when dealing with dark floors: no residue!! We love the Shark steam cleaner for the weekend deep clean (there’s something about the steam that makes the floors feel amazing, but it requires more set-up time) and we use the Bona hardwood mop for in between touch-ups. I’m sure Bona loves me mentioning Shark but hey, they’re both good and that’s my honest opinion.

Entryway Progress with Bona Floor Cleaner

The thing we love most about Bona is that it’s a great result in a very short amount of time. Just spray and mop. There’s no residue, it leaves a shine and it dries quickly. The trifecta! Plus, I can appreciate that it’s non-toxic and safe, but honestly I’m the type to pour chemicals on these floors if it meant a good, clean shine!

Entryway Progress with Bona Floor Cleaner

Here are the entryway floors after a quick Bona touch-up. Not too shabby!

Entryway Progress with Bona Floor Cleaner

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Yay for progress and yay for clean floors. It makes me feel almost ready for Spring.

xo,

emily

Nursery Walls Going White

Here’s a little corner of the nursery currently. I was going to settle by leaving the paint color as-is, but similar to the guest bedroom walls, it’s just not working no matter how much I ignore it.

Nursery - Before Paint

Its walls are being painted Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore this week (a warm, off-white) and should be done by Saturday. And get this… they are not being painted by me. Professionals are in this DIY blogger’s house painting these walls. It’s bizarre! I’m not exactly thrilled about paying someone to do a job I can do for free but we got a great deal. I’m much bigger now than I was when I painted the guest bedroom and even then, it was a struggle going up and down that darn ladder.

I can’t wait to share nursery progress with you. I’ve just been waiting until these walls are finally the color they should be!

Stay tuned…

xo,

emily

Update On Our First House

The last update I shared on our previous house was that we were moving! And it was for sale! So one of those happened (we moved of course!) but we made the decision in late December to pull the house off the market. I was contacted by a friend of Aaron’s sister who wanted to rent the house. She reads the blog, lived nearby and needed a backyard for a future pup. We weren’t even considering renting at the time, but she was/is absolutely the type of person I trust handing over the keys to. So we said YES! She moved in officially February 1.

Update on House #1

Despite finding such a great person to take over, making the decision to rent was really hard for us. Was it the right/smart thing to do? The house hosted a good number of showings (about 10 in a 2-month period) despite the holiday season. But when an offer didn’t show up (the reason being: “it’s small!”), we got spooked. We had planned and were prepared to handle two mortgages comfortably until August (theoretically when the twins start daycare), but what if the house needed more time to sell?

The “what if’s” seemed so much more scary than reality. What’s that saying? A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush? That’s exactly how we felt. We had someone willing to rent and ready to move in… someone that we know would be awesome. And on the other hand we had the unknown. We went with the more comfortable choice.

So far everything has been going well. I still haven’t shed a tear over that house, but I have been close many times. We still pass the street on our way to the grocery store—it’s just a few blocks over! January 17 was our last day moving day (we moved slowwllly) and Aaron snapped a few pics of our empty home.

Update on House #1

Update on House #1

We kept several things at the old house. The bookcases, the kitchen table, the window curtains and shades… even the Edison chandelier! We didn’t have a place for them at the new house, we were tired of moving and I know they would be put to good use. Plus, one day when we’ve got to put this place back up on the market (or renting it out again… who knows at the moment), staging it will be a little easier.

Update on House #1

Update on House #1

Yes I left the cabinet plants and planters! And gave our renter the license to kill if desired. Ha! Also, the bathroom ostriches are missed. I still have an entire roll of wallpaper leftover. They will find their way somewhere in the hew house I am sure.

Update on House #1

So that’s the last update (sniff) I’ll be giving on the old house for awhile! It’s sad to see it so empty but I’m so glad it’s in good hands.

xo,

emily