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

An Update on Cincinnati’s Bargains & Buyouts

Today’s post is for my local Cincinnati/Tri-State people! Or maybe you get so excited about this place, you’ll decide it’s worth the drive. :)

It’s been over a year since I shared the Cincinnati bargain furniture warehouse—Bargains & Buyouts—as the ultimate deal source for everything home. A lot has happened since that post. So many of you have gone there and scored major deals. Word has spread (of which I was only a minor contributor) and it’s become an attraction for people traveling to the area. The place itself has gone through major changes. It went from 1 location, to 2 locations back to 1 location, but in a different place. The owners have not been great about communicating its new whereabouts and location changes, but I’ve figured it all out and I have an unofficial update for you.

Welcome to the new Bargains & Buyouts.

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And it’s HUGE (this shot is only half of the store).
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The ONE and only address is:
5150 Glencrossing Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45238

Hours of operation:
Monday – Saturday 10 am – 8 pm EST
Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm EST

Credit cards and cash are welcome forms of payment

Bargaining is also welcome, but I didn’t perceive it to be as good as before. You’ll have much better luck on getting a negotiated price if you bundle multiple items together.

The store now is much more shoppable—they are aisles for walking, most everything is priced and there are somewhat clear “departments.” You can expect to find here your basic home furnishing needs: bedframes, headboards, bedroom sets, sofas, lighting, accent chairs, ottomans, coffee tables, rugs, outdoor furniture and more.

Now, I will say (as far as I can tell) that the prices are a little higher. I’m guessing their overhead as increased significantly (nicer store, lots more employees) but yes, you will still get amazing deals on quality pieces here. I went about a week ago and thought I would share some of the highlights.

These campaign-ish x-side tables were $50 each at the time. These also came in other colors.

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Tabouret-style dining stools and chairs were just $15 a piece.

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This bentwood chair was $99. If there was a pair, they would have come home with me.

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So, SO many round tufted ottomans. Like this one for $149…

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And this one for $250 (although I would have pointed out that the same model in the darker gray was just $150, in hopes for a bargain).

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There are no words for this wood/brass coffee table. NO WORDS. $150.

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Accent chairs as far as the eye can see. These ranged from $150 – $300.

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I was crushing on the color of this settee for $278. I’m convinced camel/cognac tones are the new gray.

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This cage light caught my eye too. I think it was $100.

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Lots and lots of ottomans. I liked this black and white one a lot. A price wasn’t marked but I’m guessing somewhere in the $150 range.

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I loved the shape of these counter stools at $75 each.

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And of course they taunt you with this as soon as you arrive. This is an actual Jonathan Adler sofa (NOT the JCPenney Happy Chic line). Price was $1499, which isn’t too shabby considering the retail price is nearly $5,000. I’m guessing it’s an older version of the Lampert sofa.

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So that’s the new Bargains & Buyouts. With a new house to furnish, you can expect to find me here every weekend. :)

Let me know if you go!

xo,

emily

Introducing… the Wallace House

Hey hey hey! We closed on the new house! We did it! We were just 2 days shy of our original goal of closing in 30 days, so I consider that a win. The night of the closing, we did what any new homeowners do: We walked around and dreamed, ate pizza sitting on the kitchen countertops and just generally freaked out like, “OMG did we seriously just do that?!” We have only moved one thing from our house to the Wallace House so far: our Christmas decorations. As usual, we’ve got our priorities in check.

I have photos for you today of the whole place. This is a 113-year old, 3-story, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath historic home. We’ve been calling it the Wallace House because it’s in a neighborhood called Wallace Woods… the name has stuck. The work on this home has been done by the kick-ass construction team MB Custom Construction. If you’re in the area and need some work done on your home, check ‘em out.

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PHEW! I’ll share more details when we get moved in and settled. We’re moving a little bit in this weekend (mostly my monstrous basement hoard) and taking the rest slowly. We still want to keep the other house as staged for showings as possible. I think we hope to be fully in and sleeping in this house by early December. I’m already feeling the early pangs of sadness leaving our current home. I love it so much and I love the comfort we feel there. I may or may not be planning a dedication post… lol!

xo,

emily