Monday, September 18, 2017

Kitchen Reno

IMG_2378 IMG_2375 IMG_2374 IMG_2801 IMG_2750 IMG_2802 IMG_2745 IMG_2743 IMG_2800 IMG_2787 IMG_2804 IMG_2748 I love watching home renovation shows on HGTV. Rehab Addict, Good Bones, Home Town, Fixer Upper, just to name a few. I could spend a whole morning just watching them. I've since learned from our small kitchen reno that I much prefer watching a reno show, than actually going through one!

When we bought this house, I knew I wanted to change the granite. It was too dark and I wasn't feeling it. I went on a Pinterest pinning frenzy of all the kitchens I loved and noticed a trend. White quartz counters and dark grey cabinets. All the kitchens I pinned had those two elements. So of course, that's what we did. Our new kitchen isn't as open as our previous one, so I wanted it to be bright. And bright it is! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the kitchen now. I thought I would miss the island from our previous kitchen, but I don't. The only thing I miss is the gas stove. I'm not a fan of cooking with electric. Being out in the country we would need to use propane for a gas stove, so I'm getting use to electric again. I will say the cook-top is a lot easier to clean though. We've talked of changing the back-splash, but that will have to wait. And I'm OK with that.

How about that big, white cast iron sink! It'a a favorite of mine! I love to see it all shiny and empty. I'm thinking it will be motivation to keep it empty. And the kitchen clean. Ha! Let's see how long it lasts.

Next project, the front yard and the porches. This past weekend we cut down a few trees. Well, Fonzy cut down some trees and started staining the front porch. I can't wait to share the porch once I have it all decked out for Fall!

Home Sweet Home!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Home Sweet Home

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We have been in our house exactly two weeks now. We still have a bunch of boxes in various rooms, and things not quite in their places, but it's starting to feel like home.

We have a small kitchen renovation underway, which feels like a big renovation, and all the interior walls have been painted a light grey. A picket fence is being built for Titus to roam free in the backyard, and soon Fonzy will stain the front and back porch floors. Slowly, but surely it's coming all together.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

All The Pretty Horses

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After losing three homes we put offers in for, we decided to check out a house I had saved in the beginning of our search. Whenever deciding which homes to view, this one never made the cut. I'm not sure why, I guess it just wasn't the right time.

Pulling into the driveway the first thing I noticed was HORSES! The property backs up to a huge pasture with horses! Once I got over the excitement of the horses we viewed the house and loved it. It has everything we wanted! A big front porch, a screened back porch overlooking the horses, 4 bedrooms, and 3 1/2 baths. There are a few changes we want to make, I don't like the granite in the kitchen so changing it, and a few other updates with fixtures and painting the interior, but all in all, it's perfect.

 I'm so excited to get settled and right at my favorite time of year - Fall! The front porch will be filled with pumpkins and mums, two rocking chairs with Fall themed pillows. I picture chilly mornings with the horses shroud in fog as I sit on the back screened porch, cuddled under a knit blanket with my morning coffee. Even though we'll miss our current home, I see many happy memories being made in the new one.

5 more days to go!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Life

me I've been wanting to come back to this space, to write down life like I use to, but I felt like I had to play catch up before I could start again. And there is a lot to catch up! So this space has languished, until I finally decided enough! I'm going to start where I am - today.

So today we are smack dab in the middle of a move!

When we bought our house a little over 7 years ago, we swore this was it. We would never move again. Well, you know what they say - never say never! In the beginning of July, we decided to put our house on the market and it sold on our first open house. Houses right now are selling like hotcakes, some only on the market for hours before being snatched up! It's madness! And that's the madness we entered looking for our new home. We viewed over 20 homes, put in offers for three and lost all three! The searching continued and we finally found "the one" and our offer was accepted. We were too excited, but then reality slowly crept in. We were really moving! Leaving our first home and all it's memories.

There are so many emotions. Excitement, uncertainty, wondering if we did the right thing. We walk around our house now, filled with boxes and messes and mutter we can't believe we're moving. Its bittersweet.

If all goes according to plan we close next week on August 29th. We still have tons of packing to do, and moments of what in the world have we done, but I feel once we move and get settled, we will be happy we embarked on this new journey.

"and suddenly you just know it's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings."