Home sweet home!

I haven’t blogged in a while due to trying to get the new blog up and running, work travel, wedding season, and of course, life in general. This week I’m lucky enough to have my husband home with me since it’s a “holiday week” and next week too, since we’re traveling the East coast to participate in the weddings of two of our dearest friends. We’ve been busy trying to make the most of our time together and having a little “Staycation”: Saturday we did yard work and unpacked our office, Sunday we had a cookout with friends, Monday we hiked Crowder’s Mountain and today we are grabbing some wedding gifts, doing homework and museum hopping! Since we’ve spent so much time on the house lately, I wanted to invite you inside for a tour (it’s mostly unpacked at this point!).

houseThis weekend, my husband bought and put together two rocking chairs for us which almost completes our front porch. Still hoping to get my hands on my grandfather’s glider for the other side, but if not, we’ll put a porch swing up. Either way, we’ll be spending lots of time out there rocking, swinging or gliding together.

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Once you come in the house, you walk right into the living room. The open floor plan of the house is one of the things that we loved most when we saw it the first time. And of course, all of the windows with plantation shutters.

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Our corner China cabinet in our dining room is one of our favorite purchases thus far (behind the king-size bed and our plush couches). This piece fits perfectly in the room, almost as if it was made for it and does a stunning job of displaying our China and LW’s grandmother’s China.

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The red kitchen cabinets were not my favorite part upon moving in the house (or purchasing it) but they are growing on me. They definitely brighten up the room, and get people talking when they come over.

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Our kitchen leads out to our screened in porch, which is arguably our favorite place in the whole house, but before we go there, let’s visit the other side of the house. Our dogs have lucked out with the spare bedroom and have chosen to sleep on a queen size bed together instead of their dog beds. We have some work to do in this room still but the boys are happy to share a picture with you.

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Our spare bath sits between the guest bedroom and our office, along with our coat closet, a linen closet and access to our attic. Did I mention how much storage space is in this house?

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I was so happy when we unpacked the office. Books, stationary and inspirational prints, oh my! We had to set up a dual-office due to our working from home. Luckily, we have very little crossover on days that we are actually both working from home. We love the large window that looks out into our backyard.

My inspiration wall is one of my new favorite things in the house! Sweet phrases encouraging me to follow my dreams, be grateful, and always choose happiness are absolute perfection!

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Our master suite is large, but still cozy. I miss my extra large walk-in closet from our old house (it was the size of a small bedroom), but our new closet has lots of shelving which helps. The bathroom is deceivingly large and seems to go on forever. My favorite part? The deep tub with it’s tile ledge which holds wine perfectly during bubble baths!

Upgrading to a king-size bed was the best decision we made. We love the mattress/boxspring combo that we chose and our bedroom set from IKEA. We seem to always gravitate towards the Hemnes collection with it’s modern, yet classy look.

And of course, our favorite spot: the screen-in porch. We love watching the birds eat from feeders, having dinner while the sun sets or sipping morning coffee in this serene space. It’s what dreams are made of!

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We of course love the backyard too, and for more than just the dog’s enjoyment. Our garden is doing so well, as are our blackberries and blueberries! We use herbs from the garden in just about every meal, mainly mint, basil and cilantro.

We have had such an amazing time seeing what the previous owner’s planted. We have of course added our own hydrangeas, irises, azaleas, and a fox glove. My husband has quite the green thumb.

Our home is absolutely perfect for us. We are so glad to have found it and been the winning bid on it! Hope you love it, too!

 

 

 

Where happiness lives!

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we randomly saw and fell in love with a house and put an offer on it even before talking to the bank (who does that?). Well we got it, and our closing date is quickly approaching and we could not be more excited.

houseMoving gives us a chance to de-clutter before we get in the new place. Simplicity is something we both yearn for at home. The things we’ve found we’ll be okay without?: a fold up chair that hadn’t been used in 7 years (will get much more use in C+J’s house), framed artwork that no longer matches our colors (you’re welcome, mom), a futon (still up for grabs), a non-flat screen TV, 3 computers & a printer/scanner, 8 bags of clothes/sheets/blankets, tons of random picture frames (Aruba? Family? Florida?), and the rickety bookshelf I’ve had for too many years.

I’m looking forward to the opportunity to decorate a new place. My husband owned our current home when we met, so it had already been given his personal touch (in the form of a Virginia Tech room and a green kitchen). I do love the Hokies, but I’m hoping in the new house to have an office space with less maroon and orange decor. And the good news is, my husband will be traveling, so he’ll get weekly surprises when he returns home to see what I’ve accomplished!

At the top of our list for things to do/buy:

  • A new bedroom set with a king sized bed – I’m thinking the Hemnes collection from IKEA
  • A new sectional (sadly, our 10×7 sectional wouldn’t fit the right way in the new house)
  • Trees/bushes for the back fence line for privacy – I love our neighborhood but I also love privacy, plus the dogs need something to pee on!
  • 2 white rocking chairs for the front porch (I’m also patiently waiting to hear if I can have my grandfather’s glider that is so memorable from my childhood)
  • Bikes! We’re so close to everything that we can just cruise around on our bikes instead of driving and looking for parking!
  • New furniture for our darling screened in porch:

house pI know we’ll spend a ton of time on this porch, whether for morning coffee, afternoon lunch, dinner, cocktails with friends, or any number of other reasons to be out there. We are totally smitten with this aspect of our home.

I would love to hear your favorite decorating/home item sites so I can start my search for the perfect new items for our pretty little house – feel free to share in the comments!

Good things!

The last time I wrote was two weeks ago. Since then, my husband accepted a new job, I traveled to Boston and Indianapolis, we went to the Heat/Bobcats game (and Shane Battier sent me a personal message on Twitter), I ran 25 miles, I got certified in Change Management, my husband was interviewed for a follow up story in the New York Times, I turned a year older, and we bought a house. So, per usual, my excuse for not writing is that we have been BUSY. However, I could not be happier about the busy moments that are happening in our lives right now.

jarWe started a “good things jar” on New Years day and have been diligently putting in notes about any thing that we determine to be good (i.e.: new job, new house, fostering puppies, etc.). I love this idea because not only can we see how our jar fills up (cup overflowing much??) throughout the year, but at the end of 2014, we’ll be able to sit down and remember all of the good things that we might have overlooked otherwise. It will be a good reminder to us of how blessed we were throughout the year and how lucky we are to have so many good things in life. Bonus: the jar was used as a decoration in our wedding festivities!

handsAs we were frantically getting pre-qualified for our adorable new house, in the middle of a bidding war, and me having just returned home from -2 degrees Indianaoplis, my husband made the comment that he felt like everything was happening to us all at once. I had to remind him that we wanted all of this to happen: he wanted to go to grad school, I wanted to be certified in Change Management (which required me being out of town the week we were trying to buy the house – the same house that I had never even seen the inside of!), he wanted that new job, and we wanted to buy the house. None of these things just happened. Yes, it’s a lot and all at once, but isn’t that life? If it wasn’t this scenario, it would be me in grad school, consulting on social media, taking on new jobs, traveling for work and planning a wedding.

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We are not alone in our busy-ness. How we choose to handle the situation is up to us. I choose positive. I choose to be excited about everything that is happening in our lives (not to us). I choose to be happy about our new house, his new job, and all of the new adventures we are going to have.

I’ve decided to transition my blog from a bridal/wedding blog to a life blog about maintaining happiness in your life. More to come as I build out this place where I’ll share more of our stories and more on keeping a positive attitude and cultivating happiness in your life, your marriage/relationship and maybe even rubbing off on some of those Eeyores we know in life. I hope you’ll continue to follow along!