Friday, September 15, 2017

New House: This and That

The house is coming together~~~ sigh of relief. If I never see a moving box again, I'll be okay with that. Unless of course it's a move to the water.. then we can talk. HA! As my husband rolls his eyes.....

Found a cute kitchen mat from HomeGoods! For the record, HomeGoods Columbia is not as good as Savannah's, and definitely not as good as Atlanta's (duh). Sigh.

But, I do love this mat... and my messy untidy kitchen. Real life!

The dining room is quickly becoming my FAVORITE. I spent twenty minutes (if I'm being honest, it was like 45...) yesterday trying to find the 4th mirror. Guess what, I never owned 4, I only ever had 3! Ha. One of those DUH moments. Good thing Ballard still carries this mirror 5-6 years later!! I've got to paint the chairs again. They were off white and that worked in the last two houses since the trim was creamy white in both. Here, everything is SW Extra white. It's ok to layer creams and whites in a room, but it's not the look I want for this dining room. If I can ever find the time... or the Annie Sloan box from our move......

We still need a whole lot of furniture! We aren't sure if we want to do bookcases/media where the couch is. Going to live with it a while and see how we use the space. TBD.

My dad is going to build us a breakfast table! And then hopefully we can finally hang that light that was delivered a month ago... :)

I still love these chairs from PB. Two in our living room, please! 

This is the table I saved for my dad to build. 

And then some Gabby furniture I am obsessed with right now.

And some pillows on Etsy that want to come home with me. 


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

School Starts and Irma

My kids started school! Hooray! Evans has now officially been through 3 different schools this year. We had a falling out over an unfortunate incident that occurred at her "baby" school, so I quickly scooped her out of there and sent her to St. James. St. James was TERRIFIC. We loved it and hated to leave (we especially hated to leave her best buddy Emma! two peas in a pod). We moved to SC back in July (before the house was even ready/closed on). It was a long summer of me and the girls, BUT we made it through. Woo wee. Staying home is hard. I never really realized all that goes into it. Yowza.

School finally began on September 5th! So far so good! The girls seem to really enjoy it, and the teachers have been great.

Hurricane Irma gave us a little show, but nothing bad here in Chapin. I am counting my blessings after fretting through Matthew last year in Savannah. Several of my friends in Savannah got flooding :( My aunt and uncle in Tampa returned home to POWER and NO DAMAGE. A miracle! Praying for everyone that was in the storm's path. Hopefully everyone will find some way to help out or donate money and supplies towards the clean up and aftermath. We had my grandparents and Aunt Judy in town from Savannah. As it turned out, they probably didn't have to leave (again, thankfully!) since the storm turned west. Now we are all praying GO AWAY JOSE. We also got a quick visit from cousins passing through to the mountain house in NC. Evans loves playing with all of her cousins!

I'm continuing to unpack boxes and try to get in the swing over here. Extremely grateful for a dry home and a roof over my head. Funny how you realize things are just that... things.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

New House: We Moved In!

Geez oh pete I am the world's worst at keeping up with the blog. Ooph.

We moved into the new house last Monday! Hubs was in Canada, but my dad helped me get a lot of the furniture inside. Thank you, Dad!!! When Hubs returned, he along with our friend Kris got in the washer/dryer and our big farmhouse table. No one lost any limbs, hooray.

Obviously, the floors are done! All the furniture is in place. We still have to go furniture shopping for some pieces in the breakfast room and living room. Moving from 1800 sq feet to 2800 sq feet- you aren't going to have enough stuff. But, we haven't exactly found that money tree.. sooooo... there's that!

I want to get a couple of chairs and an ottoman for the living room. The breakfast area just needs a small round table and some chairs. Eventually I'd like to get some side tables in the living room and some new lamps.. but those things can wait.

We updated some lighting right away. Starting with the dated florescent light in the kitchen. Bye. bye. It's replaced with a track light from Overstock, but you can also find it at Lowe's. I've ordered the light for over the breakfast table, but don't want it installed yet since you'd bump your head without the table under it :)

The guys installed the foyer light over the weekend. It's made the BIGGEST change in our entrance. Amazing what a fixture will do! This one is from Millennium Lighting in antique silver finish.

I started hanging pictures on the wall over the weekend, too! We've collected so much stuff over the years in the way of paintings and framed pictures (seeing as I had quite the gallery wall obsession at one time). I'm trying to do minimal at this house. which means a lot of stuff is on its way to Goodwill.

I started to hang some curtains---- and then realized my fear. Yep, all of our drapes are TOO short in this house. The last two houses were 8 foot ceilings and standard windows. Not so much here. Oops.

That's it for progress as of now. The girls LOVE this house. They have so much space to run around upstairs and just be kids. I love that. The blackout curtains I got for their room have been clutch. They are sleeping until almost 8 every morning lately! Which for my kids is an act of God!

I am going to get back to it..... One box at a time!