July 19, 2014

Six Years

Happy six years, Jonathan!



You are an amazing husband and father.  Hardworking, first to say you're sorry, helpful, a wonderful cook, caring, and thoughtful.  I could never say enough wonderful things about you.  I'm so glad I found you.  Happy six years and many many more to come.

July 15, 2014

Home Progess

Since we closed on July 3rd we've been in reno mode ever since.  I have a lot of paint on me as well as sweat but it's well worth it.

Jonathan and I painted all the regular wall ourselves.  Mostly Jonathan.  We paid to have all the wood in the home painted (which was a lot).  All the trim, the wood panelling, the kitchen cabinets, and the bathroom cabinets.  All was painted white except the panelling, that was painted Silver Drop by Behr.





We've done all the yard work ourselves so far.  Still a huge work in progress.  Trying to remove things mainly and just get it clean.


Here is the yard before:


Then, I started cleaning the flower beds...


Then, we cut down the cedar tree.  I'm not a plant hater.  I swear.  I just don't like oddly placed plants.  And, we're having the garage door area turned into one garage door on Thursday!  YAY!  Then, we'll still need shutters, and color, and landscaping.


So, we have a long way to go but we're getting there!  We are still living in the house my mom owns while this is going on.  It's really nice to not have to live in a reno!

Hopefully I will be able to post some great before and afters soon!

Read about our color schemes HERE

July 14, 2014

Creating A Color Scheme

How to create a color scheme using Kuler and Fresh Hues.
{This is not a sponsored post.  I just like these sites.}

Select an image or item that you love the colors of and you can go from there.  When you go to the Kuler website click the camera button on the right to upload your image.

Obviously, these are not all paint colors going on the wall.  They look super colorful but think about the colors being on pillows, frames, and vases.  The walls will be mostly neutral.  And, these images will not neccesarily be in the room.  The colors of the image are just the jumping off point for me.

This is the color scheme for Georgia's room.  For this one I found an image I loved online and went from there.


Here is the color scheme for the living room and breakfast room since the rooms are pretty much one big space. For this room I used the largest colored item in the room.  The area rug and ran from there.  Working with what I have!  I do love this Ethan Allen rug though.


Master bedroom color scheme.  I want this room very neutral and calm.  This painting instantly jumped out at me for our master.  In the master I tend to use feminine prints and design but in more masculine colors.  It's a win win.


I found this premade color scheme here and it fits well with what I want to do in our hall bath.  The tile is beige.  I'm painting all trim and cabinets white and just want to accent with turquoise.  Clean and simple.


Obsessed with the playroom/guest room color scheme.  I just love this painting that I saw on Pinterest (By Erin Gregory).  Jonathan has requested some purple in the house (because it's Georgia's favorite color) so this is where it's going.  As of right now she's the only child and the guest room won't get used too often so it's like Georgia will have two rooms.  Lucky girl.


This room will first serve as a guest room until we have another baby.  Once we do it will turn into a nursery.  Boy or girl the nursery will be blue and white.  If we end up having a girl we will add pink. (The brown on the color scheme is actually gold).


The laundry room and kitchen don't have a door between them right now although they have a doorway.  I guess the owner just took the door down.  Anyhow the two rooms are going to have the same color scheme.  The laundry room and pantry are a large space that I'm going to put my office in as well.  ALL these spaces will share the same colors.  I found this premade color scheme here and love it although most of this space will be white.


This is the formal dining color scheme and it seems really bright but it won't be.  These colors were taken from a print that came from an Anthropologie calender.  I plan on hanging six prints in the dining room in a very symmetrical orderly way.  It was one of my main wish list items for Christmas.  So the prints themselves will add most of the color and probably the upholstery on the seat cushions.


Once I created the color scheme on Kuler I screen "shoted" it and put my image and the screen shot together in photoshop so that's how I merged the two images.  Now that I have all these images I save them on my phone so that when I'm out shopping I can stay focused on what I need.

July 9, 2014

How We Roadtrip


Back of the car:  Things we need when we get to our first destination.  On this trip our swim bags were on the outside because we were stopping at a swimming hole before the hotel.  Makes sense right?  And, the potty seat is easiest to get to because if there is not restroom in sight we plop this down on the side of the road and G does her business without any of us getting peed on.


Georgia's window has two suction cup containers (from the bathroom section) that hold a few of her favorite things so she can reach them easily.


Left:  Notice Georgia's iPad holder on the back of the seat and the clean canister that holds our trash can.
Right:  Her basket of toys is next to her car seat so she can reach them and the yellow basket holds our food.  It has a handle so you can easily pick it up and take it where ever for an easy quick picnic.


And, here is our happy traveler.  Blurry but happy :)

July 7, 2014

Buying Our Second Home (For Real This Time)

On May 29th 2013 we officially sold our first home.  On May 30th 2014 we submitted an offer (our 7th offer drawn up) and it was ACCEPTED!  Almost a year to the day our blessing came through!  We closed on July 3rd 2014.

The house is about 2200 sq feet.  Built in 1965.  On an acre.  Mostly original.  Needs updates but not really "repairs" so that's good.  It has a lifetime roof (metal shingles. unique but we love it) and an A/C that is less than 5 years old.  All very good things.

Closing was originally scheduled for June 30th but got moved back a week...of course.  When we closed work started ASAP and Georgia will be going to stay with her MeMe for a few days very soon.

Brace yourself for the before pictures.  In the home owner's defense this is her late mother's house (not hers) and she was in the process of packing.  So, don't take her mess as a clue to how she lived.

Worst outdoor pictures ever.  I know.  A lot of the curb appeal will be editing.  We're taking down the tree smack in from of the middle of the house and the large shrub in the flower bed.  Redoing the garage doors.  Taking off the diamond screens.  Painting the trim and front door.  And, taking down the pipe hand rails.  By the time we move in the entire house will look a lot different than it does right now.  (Having it professionally painted, exterminated, cleaned, and getting the carpets cleaned all before we even move in.)



Here is the entry way.  Remove brick planter.  Replace flooring.  Take out FUZZY wallpaper.  All the brown trim, paneling, and doors are being painted white in the entire house.




To the left of the entry is the formal living and formal dining.  We are walling the formal living off and turning it into Georgia's room since there is access to the formal dining through the kitchen.


Here is the living room and breakfast room.  Only downfall...no fireplace.  We're adding an antique mantle to remedy that and the entire space is being lightened up with paint.  Those are peel and stick "wood floors" so those will eventually need to be changed.




The kitchen is small but being painted all white and some cabinets and walls will eventually be removed.  Appliances are being changed to gas.  Actually, they were gas originally then converted (dangerously) to electric so we are switching them back pronto!  It also has two layers of linoleum.  Fun.



This is the laundry room/pantry that is off of the kitchen.  Need to put a door in and add a fresh coat of paint to the entire surface.



Here is the hallway, hall bath, and hall closet.  Three bedrooms are down this way.  And yes, that is glitter wallpaper in the bath.  That along with the shower doors are being taken down SO FAST!



Here is the master bedroom and bath.  Needs a face lift for sure but it has two master closets so that's a plus.




Here is the future playroom/guest room.  The terrible cabinets are being sent to the garage and the closet doors are being removed for open storage.


Here is the guest room/future nursery.


And last, the screened in back porch.  It actually has plastic panels too that you put over the screens for the winter.  We'll see how that works out.


 We have a lot of work ahead but we're excited!  Hope you share the same vision we do :)

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