Wednesday, July 8, 2015

It's Good To Be Back!

I truly cannot believe how long it's been since I've blogged.  I'm going to use the cliche excuse that things have been crazy busy, and as lame as that may sound, these really have been some of the busiest weeks of my life.  

Within the last month, we purchased a house, put ours on the market and sold it, moved, took an out-of-the-country vacation, and started renovations on our new place.  All while keeping our nine to fives and trying to get my new jewelry business off the ground.  Whew. 

With all of that going on, something had to give, and it had to be my blog.  But, I'm back, and I hope I'm back to stay.   I'll be sharing some updates of the renovations over the next few weeks.  We're trying to knock out the kitchen and living room as quickly as we can.  Not having a functional kitchen has been tough (nowhere to chill my wine), and I don't know if T will be able to live much longer with out his chair and TV.  Priorities people, priorities.

Our last photo in front of our old house
Here are a few of the before and during reno pictures.  We moved in on Tuesday evening, and left for Mexico first thing on Wednesday morning.  I'm so glad I thought to snap a few before pictures that evening, but I wish I had taken more.  While we were gone the contractors started ripping up our old floors and replacing them with the new.

The kitchen and living room will receive the majority of renovations, so I'll focus on those two for this post.  We fell in love with this house because of it's flow.  I've always told T that I wanted a kitchen that opened up to the living room one day when we have a family, so finding one that did was major plus. (For the record I am not preggo- but we do hope that this will be the house we have kids in one day.) The vaulted ceilings and skylights in the living room are another one of my favorite parts of the house.  The floral wallpaper, pink bathroom tile back splash, and box florescent light in the kitchen?  Not so much. 

Here are a few pictures taken after we had the wallpaper removed and hardwoods initially installed, pre-stain.  Already a vast improvement.

And these pictures were snapped this morning.  We still aren't supposed to be walking on the floors yet, so I had to take them from upstairs.  The stain color we chose was Minwax Provincial, and I LOVE it.  The existing floors had a lot of 90's yellowy orange in them, which I wanted to get away from. I like the look of dark brown hardwoods, but I was afraid they would show too much wear and tear from our pets.  Provincial is a medium brown that has more ashy walnut tones than red or orange.

And here's a little breakdown of what we plan to do to each room.  


Remove linoleum and replace with hardwoods
Remove wallpaper
Replace light fixture with two pendants
Install can lights
Replace all appliances
Kitchen island re-installed
New back splash
New counters installed
Paint Walls (Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray)
Install shutters/blinds

Living Room

Remove carpet and replace with hardwoods
Replace ceiling fan
Paint walls (Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray + a darker gray for accent wall)
Whitewash fireplace
Install shutters/blinds

Ahh, it's good to be back!


  1. Congratulations on the new house! I can't wait to see what you do with it - it's looking good so far! :)

  2. Beautiful! I want to whitewash my fireplace too, but have been too nervous to start it. I'm not exactly DIY girl ;)

  3. Welcome back, and congratulations on your new home! It looks fab so far!!

  4. Beautiful!!! Congratulations on your new home! Hard to believe you left for vaca the day after you moved lol the hardwoods and walls without wallpaper look great!

  5. Congratulations! The floors are beautiful.


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