House progress- 2.5 months in

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I don't think anyone can fully warn you about what owning your first home is like. The endless projects, the complete responsibility, and utter satisfaction from a job well done. There are places in my home where I feel so comfortable. Other places have barely been touched, and still others cause emotional and physical pain. Hello, tiny pieces of grout that chip off the kitchen floor and tuck themselves into my feet. But we are making huge strides.

Master bedroom:

The before (during carpet removal)

  Progress: new floors, new paint, no more bathroom cabinet in the master bedroom. 

 Proud owners of the world's second-most hidious light fixture. 
You'll be happy to know that they still sell these at Lowe's. You can have one too!

  As it currently is. Planning on some large white curtains for the window.

Still debating on closet "door" options and what to do with the weird nook.
And your eyes do no deceive you- that door really is two colors. Nice.

Hall bath:
The glorious before.

 This is very much a first go-round update. The walls and ceiling were all the same green that the ceiling still is. Walls are gray, gross foam baseboards were removed (leaving more gross stuff beneath), faulty towel bar removed.

This little nook held nothing more than a single hook until my awesome husband hung some shelves. Hopefully it will soon be filled with baskets, towels, and jars to hold everything we need since all three of us use the same bathroom! Lots more to do in here.

Living Room:

On the list: add a mantel, rug, art above the couch, and a new lamp.

Over here I'd like to mount the tv on that little wall. The wicker basket was a great gift from my parents. It holds all of Margaret's toys and is currently the best way to store things for us. I can clean up this room in about two seconds by sweeping it all into the basket.

In case you were thinking that I somehow had a perfectly clean house. This also shows where we widened the entry into this room, and further back, where we knocked out a wall blocking off the kitchen. (If you missed some before photos, check them out here).

 This was a wonderfully easy project. The hook/cubby/board combo came from Ross and 
the boot tray was a great deal from Target. Moby needed to say hi too.

That covers the entryway, living room, master, and hall bath. So much left to do, but leaps and bounds ahead of where we were. We are forever doing little things around the house, like any other homeowner, but as far as major projects, we are going to try to tackle the exterior in the spring. A new fence (to be determined if we do it ourselves or find a company), and some major landscaping are on the horizon. After that, the kitchen!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Caroline Howard was our wedding photographer and she currently runs CarolineRo - photographing the coolest weddings and couples. I think very highly of her as a person and of the work she does, but she already got a gushing thank you letter, so now is probably not the time. However, if you have a major event coming up, I'd get in touch. :) She took some pictures of us before we left Charleston, and it was the highlight of my day to receive them recently.

 Anything cuter than a baby belly?

Not a fan of bare feet on concrete.

Still haven't mastered the closed-mouth kiss. Still.

Proof of why Thomas and I aren't models- but this picture is so us. Margaret has hope.

 Family. The best. 
And Margaret waving good-bye.