First Christmas in Our New House

Our first Christmas in our house! Crazy! I didn’t do a ton of decorating, because we just don’t have a ton of stuff to decorate. But I did do the big stuff- wreath, mantle, tree. Along with a few other things like towels in the bathroom. Mama used to do stuff like that and it just made me happy. My new thing I want is Christmas china. Maybe one day.

The only thing we did outside was a wreath. Next year, we’re going to have to step up our exterior game because it looks so dark and dreary at night. But I love our live wreath and I even like the bow I made for it, although it probably needs to be bigger.

Our TV unit has this connecting piece that we’ve been procrastinating doing. Ryan didn’t think he would like it and I thought we were going to have to take everything down to put it all together. However, I knew I wanted to use it like a mantle because we don’t have a fireplace, so it forced us to do it. And it wasn’t as hard to put together as I thought and Ryan really likes it. We should have done it months ago. Oh, well.

But like I said, I’m using this as our mantle. It’s not ideal because it’s deeper than a regular mantle, but it works. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Trees are just impossible to take pictures of. They never look as pretty as they do in real life. This year, I layered regular lights with bigger, outdoor lights and I love how it turned out. I’m of a heritage that believes you can never have too many lights on a tree.

I didn’t have tags when I bought this tree, so I used post-its for now. Classy, I know. I do try to coordinate all of my wrapping. I’ve bought so much after Christmas at Target for 75% off that I’m never going to run out. And the cords are a mess, I know. Type B+ over here- lights are perfect, but the cords are a disaster.

This little vignette on the dining table is probably my favorite part of the entire house. Love the old ornaments, those tumbling Santas that were Mimi’s, that little reindeer in my Christmas cactus, the whole thing.

We hung our Christmas cards in the window of the kitchen. I love how it looks, but it’s impossible to take a picture of. And we’ve already gotten more since I took this picture. I may need to add an extra string below.

And that concludes our little house tour! Y’all come back, now, ya hear?

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The Living Room Plan

The other night, I got sick of all of the boxes and dining chairs just stacked in the living room, so I went on a frenzy and cleared them out (spurred on by this post from Modern Mrs. Darcy.) I can’t even tell you how much better I feel now about the space. And all it took was maybe 15 minutes. So here is our (my) plan for the living and dining room.

The entire room- walls, trim, ceiling- is being painted Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. It’s a soft, pretty white and it’s what the entire store is painted. So I’m keeping it simple with that and just going with something I already know I like. There are a million different whites out there and I could make myself crazy picking or I can make it easy on myself. I also decided to just change out the trim to Chantilly Lace also. It needs to be repainted anyway, so I may as well choose a new color. Because the ceiling is vaulted, we are just going to have someone come out and paint. That is currently what we are waiting on to make some other purchases for the room.

Mama bought two chairs for us at the church yard sale that we are having reupholstered. The pink and green plaid has got to go.

We are planning on redoing them in this fun floraly-paisley from House of Fabric. This fabric is our jumping off point for the entire house. I’m a primary color girl.

My original inspiration fabric was this Duralee floral from fabric.com, but it sold out before I could buy it. Happy accident, though, because I think I like the new fabric better. It is a little bit more sophisticated, anyway.

The sofa is the same one from our apartment. Comfy, but will need to be slipcovered at some point. Still debating a color, but it will definitely be solid. Maybe a blue or a different green or just a neutral linen. We’ve got some time on that, though. The side tables are just hand me downs from my parents and Mimi and Papa. We also snagged this wooden chair from Mama and Daddy. It’s actually really comfortable. Ryan has taken it over ever since the Lay-Z-Boy was sent to the basement.

 

We do need to get a pair of lamps for them. My inspiration came from these lamps that Hollywood Housewife saw while thrifting in her hometown. I love the white and brass. I’ve found several on Etsy, I just need to pull the trigger on a pair. Let’s be real- it all comes down to money. I should do a post on lighting. For me, it’s one of the most important aspects of a room and can take the room from builder-grade to custom really quickly, even if the rest of your stuff is standard Ikea or Target.

Our coffee table is from work. It’s an ottoman from Lee Industries and I love the mid-century vibe. It’s much better than our old one, that was too high for the sofa and made your legs fall asleep. Plus, it will be extra seating if we need it. We probably do need to get tray tables for when we eat dinner in front of the TV. (Hey, it happens. Although we have gotten better about it since moving into the house.) I think it might be too big for the room, but I’m hoping that the tall bookshelves on the other side of the room will help balance it out.

For the TV, we are going to get one of these bookshelves from Ikea. This one is bigger than the one we will probably be able to get. The plan is to paint the back of the shelves green or blue. It’s probably not going to be able to hold as many books as I would like, but it will work. My dream house would have had custom built-ins, but I compromised. ;)

I would love to do something like this above those bookshelves, if there is room.

For the windows, I’m planning on making these Roman shades in white. Our window is HUGE and we desperately need something to cover it besides the hideous, all different length curtains that were left by the previous owners. (I don’t feel that bad bad-mouthing them. They left the house filthy when they moved out and said they would clean it, plus they left us their nasty dog bed and a bunch of other trash to deal with. Not very happy about that.)

At first, I was potentially trimming them in this Greek key ribbon. However, I think my drapery plans have changed.

To add some color to the window, I’m going to also do a drapery panel, but I’m not 100% sure what yet. I was originally thinking this blue stripe. However, I just wasn’t feeling it. It seemed to nautical/little boy for what I wanted.

So now I’m thinking green. Green and red are my two favorite colors, so why not? The green will go more toward chartruese, so it won’t look Christmas-y.

This is an option, but I haven’t ordered a sample yet to see. I would love a chunky green and white stripe, but haven’t been able to find one yet.

 

 

For the artwork, I’m going to use the same pieces that were above the sofa in the apartment. I love them. When we were in Greensboro over the weekend, I fell in love with this old blue piece of porch architecture. I mostly just loved the color and the fact that someone had painted their house this crazy shade of blue! Ryan is adapting to it. ;) You can see it peeking out from behind the sofa in this picture. Yes, it’s the same picture, but I know I’m too lazy to scroll back up, so I assume you are too.

I do have to buy another piece of art or two for this wall. My parents had this antique washstand upstairs in our house for years and then they moved it down to the lake. I’ve always loved the tile on it and when we were there a few weeks ago, I asked Mama if I could have it and she said yes! We’ve decided to use it as a bar. It’s a little small and we need to figure out the artwork situation, but I think it’s what we needed to add some warmth to the room.

That orange chair in the corner of the picture needs to be recovered also. It was one of the first pieces of furniture I ever bought. I still love the lines of it.

I’m thinking some cool black and white photography. I’m currently obsessed with this picture of Stevie Nicks and her dog. But do I want the Welsh Witch Woman to be the first thing you see when you walk in our house? I don’t know.

So that’s about where I’m at right now. We haven’t actually made any progress yet, but the pieces are all there. Just need to get moving on them.

 

 

 

 


So… We bought a house!

Gosh, I have been about to burst over this! I’m a TERRIBLE secret keeper (of my own secrets, not of other people’s) so this has been crazy hard for me to keep quiet.

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!!!!

(I know. I gave it away in the title. Oh, well.)

It’s just a little ranch house, not too far from where we are now. However, it feels down right PALATIAL compared to our apartment. We spent most of yesterday moving after a busy weekend and are finishing up today. Right now, it seems a little empty, but it won’t be long before we fill it up. It doesn’t need too much work, just a lot of paint and some new lighting. And rugs and new landscaping and reupholstered furniture. I have big plans for this little lady. (Yes, this house is a girl.) But, all of that will come with time.

Right now, we’re just excited about a place to call ours.

This was after the final inspection last week. We closed on Tuesday, which was exactly one year after we got our marriage license.

Ryan, we’ve come a long way, baby. And we still have a long way to go. There’s no one I’d rather walk this road with than you.

Full story and house tour to come. :)


Christmastime is here!

Merry Christmas from our family!

I didn’t go too crazy with Christmas decorating this year. For one, we are in a small apartment and don’t have much room or a lot of stuff to decorate with. Plus, the season is kinda short this year and Christmas is my busiest time at work. So just simple decorations were the order of the day.

This is our “front door.” The wreath reminds me of something my grandmother would have had in her house at Christmas, so that’s why I love it. It’s not perfect, but it is sentimental.

On the other side of our door, we’ve been hanging our Christmas cards as we get them. Ryan is in charge of that. (I still need to finish addressing ours! Next year, hopefully I will order before Thanksgiving. But probably not, let’s be real.) I love seeing all of these sweet faces.

This little vignette is in our “hall.” I love that we can see it from the sofa. I painted the saying last year and the glass trees are from Target after Christmas last year- 70% off!

The little red flowers are left over from our wedding. They were on pins for everyone to wear. Lots of time spent making those, but I loved it!

Annnd the living room! I just hung some felt ball garland from West Elm over our pictures to make it a little festive.

Another glass tree with a football helmet topper. (Ryan put it on there and I just left it.) More red flowers and I love the reindeer in the plant. An easy way to add some cheer without having to change out all of my regular stuff.

And the other side of the room.

Our little tinsel tree. I love how it reflects the lights on it. I’m a “real tree” person, but when I got this one out and set it up in less than 3 minutes, it sure was nice. I also just added a print from Lindsey Letters above the tv and the Noel is from Target. The little nativity beneath the tree was a gift from a friend at work.

I bought us stockings from West Elm and hung them on the book case. Ryan is not a fan, but I like the “homemade” look. I just wanted stockings and couldn’t find any that I liked very much.

These are two of my favorite ornaments.

Thanks for visiting!


A Tiny House Update

In an apartment this small (about 650 sq ft.), with two people and all of their shiny new wedding gifts, it’s hard to have a piece of furniture that doesn’t serve any purpose, other than being decorative.

So, a few weeks ago when we were cleaning out Mimi’s room, Mama asked me if I’d like to have this little chest that had more storage options. It has a few drawers and a cabinet.

It’s a little lower, so I put a picture below to fill in the space and put the lamp on a few books. I need to print out a picture from our honeymoon for the frame.

I like the color of the wood against the gray. And it’s really nice that I could take some stuff out of the kitchen cabinet and don’t have to wrestle with all of the extra pots and pans every time I want one thing out of there. It’s the little things.


Making a Home

After we got back from the honeymoon, we had lots (and lots) of stuff to find places for in the apartment. We had 100s of wedding gifts that needed a place and I wanted to do a little decorating to make it a little more grown-up.

I hate decorating around TVs. I don’t really like to put artwork around them, but they just usually need something. But I saw on a blog a long time ago that they had put a shelf above their TV (this was waaaay before Young House Love had done it) and I really liked how it looked.

So off I went to Ikea! (I made sure to go when Ryan was out of town because Ikea is his own personal hell.)

I bought this picture shelf and then it sat in my car for 6 months. On top of things, I am not. My excuse was I didn’t have a drill and I asked for one for Christmas and got money for it, but never got around to actually buying it. See: previous statement. So I finally bought my drill and we I hung the shelf.

From left to right: a signed picture from David Mayfield (Ryan helped sponsor his latest album, so he sent all this cool stuff), one of our engagement pictures, a vase and candlestick I bought at Goodwill. Also, my QEII clock got a permanent home. (That is only of my favorite things I own.)

It already doesn’t look like that because the candlestick was too wide and it leaned against the wall so I switched it out. I bought 6 American flags at Target for $2 and put them in the vase for a little summer cheer. So it’ll probably keep changing, but that’s what’s fun. It’s my little version of a mantle.


Christmas Decorations… After I’ve Taken Them Down

So yes, these blog posts may be a bit ridiculous. Especially since my decorations are taken down and stored for next year. But no matter, I’m going to blog them anyway since it’s only 2 pictures.

I don’t have lots of Christmas decorations, which is ok because I don’t have lots of room for decorations, but I did collect a few at Target for 70% off, so I’m building my collection. I’m getting ready for next year.

Sadly, there is no room for a full-sized tree, so I used this tiny silver one Daddy bought me Junior year of college. I also found these large metal ornaments at Goodwill and snapped them up. They are my prized purchase from Goodwill for the month of December.

I also painted over an old canvas from Sips ‘n Strokes to knock off this painting from Pinterest. I don’t exactly have the best word-painting skillz, but it works.

It wasn’t much, but it kept me in the Christmas spirit.