Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Last weekend we made a quick stop at the pumpkin patch.  It was a beautiful day but a little cold for Abby.  She was sleeping so nicely we decided not to wake her up just for a photo shoot.  We will have to go to the pumpkin patch next year when she will enjoy it more.

Don't mind my giant hair in the picture, but we got a quick shot with Abby and her pumpkins.  At least they were in the same frame :O)

Abby is a Moo Cow this year.  It's snuggly and warm and it might be a little big on her, but you can't really tell.  I had great plans of getting a picture of Abby inside that pumpkin, but it's not working out well for me. 

Remember that time when we tried this photo shoot?

Yeah, that didn't work out so well.  I tried it one more time at home with generally the same result so this year Abby is just going to sit next to her pumpkin.  Next year she will be able to sit up by herself and I'll get some good shots.

Hope everyone has a safe and candy filled Halloween.  We are staying home to hand out candy.  I'm hoping some of the neighbors will stop by so we can meet them.  We've got Snickers and Twix just in case (my favorite in case we don't get anyone, HA!).

Thursday, October 25, 2012


The House Tour post I did a few days ago was sort of a tease...see, we've done a ton since we moved in and I didn't show a single picture of it.  Well, today is your lucky day.  I've got a few rooms to show you of the progress we've made and a few space I'm ready to officially call "DONE", at least for the time being.  I tired to take the pictures from the same angle so you'd have something to compare to.  But, I added a few bonus pics so you could see all the work we did.  So, here we go.

I'll start with the hall bath, one of the few rooms I'm calling done.  We didn't do a ton in this room, just changed the shower curtain, hung a few fixtures, and changed the paint color.  You'll notice a theme of greys through out the house (and owls I guess).

Moving on to the guest bedroom.

The guest room got new paint (a pretty robin's egg blue), a new light fixture, and some new artwork.  Oh, and closet doors!  We put all new closet doors in the whole house and it made a huge difference.  This room is 90% done.  I just need something for the sides of the window (maybe some floating shelves?) and a nightstand of some sort.  Maybe a dresser too...but guests don't usually need dressers and the ones in our bedroom actually go with this bed, so we will see.

So, in the master we've got a new coat of paint, a new light fixture (thank god!) and that's about it.  The ceilings in our bedrooms are 7.5 feet tall for some unknown reason, instead of the normal 8.  Meaning that light fixtures tend to hand pretty low.  The old fixture was so close to our bed it drove me crazy.  You'd nearly hit your head if you sat on the bed so we got a low profile fan and it's so much better.  We've also got that tile bought for the bathroom redo.  You can see it piled in the shower in the last picture.  The shower is the next job on the list and we can't wait to get it done.  We've been showering in the hall bath since we moved in and we are both excited to finally have a master bath back again.

The last room for today is Abby's.  And I'm proud to say it's officially done!

Let's see, Abby got new paint (the same color I'd picked for the nursery in the townhouse), new closet doors, the lights fixed on her fan, and all of her decorations hung.  I love this room, which is good I suppose since I spend so much time in there.

I apologize for poor lighting in some of the pictures, and for not sprucing the place up to look showroom ready, but I snapped the pics quick while Abby was sleeping and figured you guys would rather have shotty pictures than no pictures at all :O)

I've got lots more to show you and lots more to do before we can call the whole house "done", but I hope you enjoyed these few rooms.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New House Tour!'all ready for this??  Lot's of pictures are coming your way so here we go; a tour of the new house!

Front door's open, come on in!

From the front door looking into the living room.  You can see a peak of the kitchen towards the very back.

From the kitchen looking back at the front door.

The kitchen looking into the dining room.

The dining room.

Looking down the hall.  The main bath is right to the left, the guest room is the first door on the left.  then you can see Abby's room at the end of the hall, and the master is the left of that.

The main bath.

The guest room.

From the guest room looking back into the hallway.

Abby's room.

Looking into the master from the hall.

The master and the walk-in closet.

The master bath, with a strange hotel feel with the sink in the room, and the toilet/shower behind a pocket door.  We plan to change this by moving the wall into the room, and enclosing the sink into the bathroom.

The Master Bath

The mudroom/laundry.  We plan to convert this into a mudroom only and move the washer/dryer into the basement.

The garage.  The previous owners decided to close up the garage (the door used to be where the beginnings of the fireplace are on the back wall.  We will be converting this back to a garage/shop space very soon.  We've already go the garage door sitting in the driveway.

Looking back towards the door into the house.  That closet area in the back left corner is where our temporary washer/dryer are.  Not ideal, but it works for now.

The right hand side of the basement. You can see a storage area to the back left and the door to Ryan's office to the right hand side of the picture. 

The left hand side of the basement.

A great storage area in the basement.  We've already filled that up!  :O)

Ryan's office/bike room.

Looking from the doors in the kitchen out onto the deck/pool area.  You can see a three-season room that will get a ton of use!

A great view of the backyard and the shed.  More storage!!  If you helped us move, you know we needed it!

Looking back at the house from the pool.  You can see the walkout from the basement and the area where we plan to build our additional garage/shop space in the top right hand side (where the fence is).

From the far corner of our lot looking back at the house.  The dogs love the yard space and we love letting them hang out outside all day long.  They love it here and so do we!!

Now that I've FINALLY got a post up with all of the before pictures I promise to go around and give you updates of what we've done so far and of the plans we've been making for the house.  If you haven't been out to visit us yet, we'd love to have you!! 

Friday, October 19, 2012

One small project for me; one giant leap for our dining room

I know, I know, I still need to post pre-move in pictures along with some updates of the changes we've been making.  I'll get to it...promise!  I'm just stalling, figuring pretty soon I won't need to post them since everyone we know will have made it over by then :O)  Just kidding, sort of.

In the mean time, I figured I'd share a quick update I did with you.  Here is a picture of our dining room chairs.

Not bad right?  Especially since we got them for super cheap a few years back from Barn Sale.  Well, we thought we'd try to find a larger table at Barn Sale this year but we struck out, so we kept this one.  The only problem was the seat cushions just weren't my style. 

See, there's nothing wrong with them...they just weren't doing it for me style wise.  Especially with the new paint colors I've got going on.

So, this past weekend I went to Joann Fabrics and picked out something that was more my flow.  A few staples and about 2 hours total and here is what I've got instead:

Do you love it as much as I do?  It was so easy and a pretty cheap fix.  I got the fabric on sale 50% off by just asking the lady when it would be on sale next.  I spent less than $100 on this fabric and the fabric to redo the windows too.  I'll post that update later once it's finished. 

It's like we've got a whole new dining room set!!