Saturday, December 20, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Two weekends ago we cleared out a big section of the backyard closer to the resevoir that had a lot of little bushes and tiny trees and other brush. We're planning an ice skating party this winter and need a good spot to hang down by the ice. It is crazy how much bigger the area looks now that it is cleared out!
When we were down there, we saw that the beavers across the Res have been working hard. That tree is HUGE!!!
On Saturday, Justin meets me at the front door to tell me that a woodpecker has been pecking our house!? WHAT!? I didn't believe him until about 20 min later when we heard TAP TAP TAP TAP. We poked our head out the window and it flew away. At least it wasn't that awfully annoying Woody the Woodpecker laugh. It apparently likes one particular shingle, so Justin patched up the hole it had made with some wood putty. Haven't heard any tapping since.
Yes, I know our house really really needs a paint job.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
What do you think, next tattoo to commemorate my first house?!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Omnia Vanitas means "All is Vanity," in Latin. This phrase comes from a Latin translation of the Book of Ecclesiastes.
This weekend we visited Justin's mom in CT and she very sweetly gave me this piece of furniture that she was planning to store.
It works perfectly as a vanity in the bedroom - now I just need a chair for it!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
*Edit - Option one is on the left, option two on the right. You can click the pictures to view actual size.
Note that in option two, we would be walling off the hallway that connects the kitchen and the bathroom. This means the only access to the bathroom would be from the hall off the living room. Option two also means that we'll have a larger bathroom (big enough for a double vanity) once we renovate the bathroom. I'm also hoping for a window bench in this design.
Option one keeps the basic layout the same as it is currently, but updates the cabinets and adds a few more. We keep the peninsula and add bar stools.
In both designs we will have a corner bench and two chairs around the dining table.
We have decided on white cabinets to keep the space bright, and I think we are leading toward the beadboard style.We did real work on the house this weekend - I swear! It just got too dark before we took pictures of anything.
I'm going to try to stay on top of updating this more frequently in the coming weeks as we make a decision on the kitchen and move forward.
Comment with your thoughts! Is it weird to loose the walk-through to the bathroom from the kitchen? I'm worried about guests/outdoor parties and walking through the living room... Does the peninsula cut off the room and make it look smaller? Are the beadboard cabinets going to go out of style quicker than other more classic designs?
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
It was gorgeous out today, with a hint of fall in the air and I spent some time in the yard after work. I can't believe that it's already the last official weekend of summer.
Five bug bites and some OFF later, I walked down to the edge of the reservoir in the backyard. I hadn't really ventured down there yet because there is a lot of brush that needs to be cleared out, but I wanted to see if I could catch a glimpse of the heron that we have seen hanging around down there. It was there! But apparently it is camera shy. After I came in to grab the camera and went back out, it was gone.
Here is where it usually lounges.
I think that there are some animals that like to chomp down trees that live in the area.
And we might have some blueberry bushes! They look like blueberries, but to be safe, I wasn't doing any field research. What do you think? Because of all the rain this summer, the fungi have really been thriving. We have our share of mushrooms.
I hope there are some more days like today left in the summer!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
The bathroom has been mostly finished for a while. We tore down some wallpaper and put a fresh coat of paint in there until we are able to totally rehab. You love the pink and blue tile, right? It's kitschy?
I'm trying to convince Justin that we need a new vanity, but (thankfully) he is keeping us focused on the kitchen.
Bedroom pictures should be up tomorrow - we finally found the most perfect shade of pale blue/grey!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
We got a lot done this weekend.
After the brush dump trips we focused on more demo in the kitchen and getting the bedroom painted.
I'm still wavering between two colors in the bedroom. I was going for a light grey-blue, but the more I look at it, the more I'm not really feeling the grey.
What do you think?
Justin's father, Steve, has been coming up on the weekends with Nancy, which has been a HUGE help. We are so lucky to have his expertise and his help.
Here they are finishing up some of the demo between the kitchen and the living room.
We opened up the header at the top of the pass through and took out another piece of the wall that goes into the "working" kitchen. I can't wait until the kitchen is done. The below view is from the kitchen - we need some mantle inspiration too - that needs a facelift.
Thanks to everyone who came this weekend!!
I can't wait until all the renovations are finished and we can throw a huge party!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
This morning we cleared out a little bit more brush in our backyard in efforts to improve our water views. And that plus everything that was ripped out of our front lawn last weekend made for 3 trips to the brush dump. Thankfully mom let me borrow the truck.
On the way home from the the dump we went to Home Depot. That's when it started to sink in that I actually own a home.
.Justin also tried out his new lawn mower today. I wanted him to get a push one that doesn't use gas, but since he'll probably be doing most of the mowing I didn't press the issue.
I really love the smell of fresh cut grass.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
We closed and moved on the same day and after a little legal hiccup, we were officially declared the owners of a 3bdrm/1bath ranch.
After a weekend of cleaning and tearing down wallpaper, (OH the wallpaper! Now when I say the previous owners went overboard with the wall paper, I am not exaggerating. She even wallpapered the outlet covers and the closet doors.) we are starting to feel settled in.
First on the agenda was a little demolition!
This wall and bookcase separated the living space from the eat-in-kitchen. Without the wall the entire space is brighter. We also removed that awesome light fixture over the dining space. After everyone who helped with the move hit their head on it at least twice, we decided it was time for it to go.
This is just part of the kitchen renovation, which is already underway. The kitchen is original to the house, which was built in 1954, so it is most certainly time for an update.
A HUGE thank you to all the friends and family who came by this weekend to lend a hand and check out our new digs. We feel truly blessed to have such fabulous families who are willing to help out.
You could say we got a fixer-upper. We are continually being told not to rush. Not to wear ourselves out. Enjoy the process. So, I decided to blog this little adventure we are on to share the joy of the process.
Any suggestions and/or thoughts are more than welcome!