Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Five Years

Yep, we've been in our house a little over five years now.  There's so much we've accomplished but still so much I would like to do.

 I try to keep the house tour page updated.  As I was going through pictures, I noticed how different the spaces look since the beginning.  I wanted to take you through a few rooms and the changes.

Let's start with the family room.  Here are some photos from the house listing.  I don't think I ever took real before photos when we moved in.

 Notice everything was still pretty builder grade.  I don't think the previous homeowners had done anything but move furniture in.  There were no holes from hanging any curtains, there was no color on the walls, and the light fixtures were original.

Here is the same space shortly after moving in.  We installed hardwood floors, painted the walls, and changed the original family room light to a ceiling fan.  Before we moved in we bought furniture for the place.  I really loved this sectional when we picked it out.  The rug mixed the red and blue and the pillows matched.  All was good...

until I decided I no longer liked the two-tone sectional.  I sold it and bought a new one a year later.  The color is neutral and perfect.  It's microfiber and easy to keep clean.  The lighter color made the room look brighter and larger.  I felt like the previous one was too dark and didn't really give us enough seating.

I couldn't leave well enough alone and wanted to trade the rug in too.  This made me a happy girl.  My husband never really gives me too much grief about switching things out, as long as I can sell the old to make money to buy the new.  I bought a gray trellis rug that was so much more me.  I love the pattern and the gray goes with everything.  Slowly the reds were fading away.

 We also bought a new arm chair for in front of the window.  It's also neutral but provides extra seating.  It has become my husband's chair. I also switched up the pillows to add more blue in the room.

Connected to the family room is the breakfast area.

Again, the floors were changed and walls painted.

I began to make a few changes.  The artwork was changed and I put up a drum chandelier.

I'm really happy with how things have progressed in these adjoining rooms.  I'm sure some colors may change, new furniture pieces will be added, and artwork will change.  No, honey these spaces aren't done.  No room ever is.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Summer Patio Ideas

Hello there.  I know it's been a minute since you've heard from me.  We're just soaking in the last few days of school and planning our summer.

Since summer is on it's way, I keep thinking about spending more time outdoors.  I have plans of hosting barbecues and family together time.  I have yet to pull out my patio accessories and get things going outside.  I still love the setup from a couple years ago but the rug didn't make it.  It was an outdoor rug but I guess I missed the part about not keeping it outdoors.  The sun and other outdoor elements ruined it.  It started to shed and come apart.

I've been obsessing over patios and taking notes on what we can do to improve ours.  I love bright colors for the outdoors, especially blues and greens.  Here are some patios and outdoor spaces that I really like.

I'm on the search for a new rug and some other accessories.  I would really like a garden stool for seating and extra color.  I found some at Home Depot last year that I didn't get but now I wish I had.

Do you have a favorite color for outdoor decorating?

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