Valentine’s Day!

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, it is time to share our Valentine’s Day decorations. This past week I was on Spring Break and while I enjoyed every minute of this vacation, I was also able to accomplish a lot of projects on my to-do list. In the next few weeks I am excited to share some of the changes that have been happening around the house, a lot involve paint colors!

 

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Christmas Decorations

We always seem to run a little behind when sharing our holidays. However, as we enter February, I think it is perfectly reasonable to finally share our Christmas decorations, especially so considering we just took them down last weekend. Overall, it was fun to find new homes for our decorations and to purchase a few new things. I was able to do some after Christmas shopping at Hobby Lobby, which turned out to be a steal, bringing home a lot of great items at 90% off. Enjoy!

Trees…

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Decorations around the house…

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New Shelves…

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Entryway Piece + Crafts…

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Halloween!

 

 

A little late, but before we decorate for Christmas, I wanted to share some of our Halloween decorations!

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Progress

Progress is an interesting word for us here in our new home and it can mean a lot of different things. Some days I am making progress if I am just getting out of bed or moving from the couch for dinner. Other days, I feel like I have made a lot of progress when I have hung my clothes and cleaned the dishes. Still other times, I get an idea for decoration or a change in the new house and I work on those. Since we have moved, 3 months ago, wow, yes, really 3 months ago, I have felt some days like a lot of progress has been made and other times; I am embarrassed at the lack of accomplishments. So in the spirit of change with fall upon us, I will focus on the positive changes around the house.

Over the summer, I sprayed our white wicker furniture brown with teal accent tables. I was so jealous of the pretty brown “wicker” in the stores this spring and I wanted it so badly. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars, even on sale, I decided to just change the color to the ones of my desire. I am beyond happy with how they turned out and so proud that with about $20 of spray paint I was able to achieve my desired look without the price tag of the stuff in the stores. With the new color, I can enjoy reading a book or talking with family while indulging in the lake views that much more!

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The office has seen some changes for the better over the last few months. This summer I also updated a filing cabinet that my grandma gave me to match the one I made over last summer. I just love the teal color and I find an excuse to use it any chance I get. The drawers were updated with wrapping paper from Target and modge-podge. I love how my side of the office is looking since we hung the teal-framed bulletin board I made last summer for the duplex. We also bought this bookcase from Target last week and it was put together rather simply. We had priced out creating our own, but after seeing this version online, it was already made and a lot cheaper than we would need for the materials, we were sold! Sometimes, progress isn’t about the projects we create, but the ones that are already done for us!

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Some other progress around the house can be seen in our new rug in the living room: a blue and off white chevron pattern, boxes have been hung in the guestroom that have been colorfully styled, a high table for the deck to enjoy a tasty dinner, and a mirror now hangs above the buffet.

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Other projects have been planned or are in progress and I can say that as we have been here 3 months, I know that this has place quickly became our home and now is the fun part; watching it truly become ours and filled with our treasured possessions and memories!

One month in

Another week has passed which means we have been here a month. On Friday the 12th, we hosted our first party in the house, a game night, reminiscent of our college days when our friends had Thursday Night Game Night. It was exciting to see friends that live far away, as well as ones who live close while showing off the new house. We also had our first house guests: Chelsea, Kyle, and Theresa stayed for the weekend! I think the accommodations were nice, but the 6am wake-up call by the builder’s blaring music on Friday morning did not make the best impression on Chelsea. We were very happy to have Kyle, the expert in all things handy, finish showing us what to purchase and then installing the correct parts for our dryer! One month in, I am excited to finally have a fully-functioning dryer. Taking a break from our board games, Kyle, Theresa, James, and I ventured towards the pond to try our luck at fishing. A few hours later, we had not caught anything but seaweed and grass. We had a lot of fun despite the lack of fish. The pictures below are from the past week after the party, so please dismiss any mess!

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Officially home.

Well, it’s official, we’ve moved in. It’s a bit hard to believe even as I type these words in the office of our brand new home. Slowly but surely, it’s becoming ours. Every day it’s a little bit of progress here and there, and with each day we wake up, look around, and remind ourselves all over again that it really is true. Perhaps soon we’ll speak in a bit more detail about the process of the move and all the wonderful help that showed up; but for now, let’s get to the pictures you’ve all been calling, texting, and emailing about. 

We’ve done our best to take a new picture of each room every Sunday when we wake up. It’s been a goal to strive for all week and we promised ourselves before the first set to never clean, alter, or otherwise make the place look any better than the progress of the previous week had allowed.

Welcome to our new home.

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The aftermath of the move:

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And, of course a quick preview of next week to show that we’re not still living in Detroit Box City (bonus: some new furniture):

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More pictures to come as progress continues. Thanks for being here for the first chapter of this blog, we hope you’ll stick around for the next.