So I’ve had “WRITE A BLOG POST” on my Urgent To-Do list for… 2 months now? 😛 It’s amazing how the holiday season will knock you sideways with all the busy-ness… not to mention I started working at Bath and Body Works and all those hours minimized the things I could accomplish. I unabashedly admit that blogging gets put on the back burner in favor of real-life people… and for that, I’m not sure I need to apologize. Happy New Year, by the way! 🙂
So with that off my chest, let’s move on to some glimpses of stuff we’ve done to our sweet little new house! 😀
The very first room we changed after moving in was the main bath, shared by me and my two brothers.
Originally it had a DISGUSTING (I mean REALLY disgusting) old glass frame fitted on the shower, meaning you had to crouch to hop in and once standing in the shower your elbows were squashed against your sides. We pulled that out first thing and added a curved curtain rod – *happy sparkly noise* voila! Elbow room!
And the new paint color – so serene, spa-like, and fresh. Yep, this is Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt, and boy, is it gorgeous. After seeing how beautiful it is in here, we’re probably going to use it in our dining room as well.
It’s amazing what a HUUUUUGE difference it makes just updating the hardware (knobs and pulls) on the cabinets. The dark wood isn’t my first choice but at least it’s better than 90’s honey oak. And with some brushed nickel knobs, they look just fine.
We even replaced the terrible showerhead-on-a-cord with a new one on a gooseneck, so my six-foot-four brothers wouldn’t be looking down at it anymore! Haha!
And then Mama and I got brave and used some stick-m vinyl tiles as a pretty splash guard above the shower. It’s not perfect but it was a whole lot easier than real tiles!
All in all, I’m very happy with the fresh new bathroom! Now I just have to figure out some great art for the walls and it’ll feel less like a blank canvas. 🙂
Very shortly (as in, THIS WEEK) I will also be blogging about how my room came out. Which is nothing short of absolutely gorgeous. ❤
This week has been extremely full of hard work! 😀 If you’ve ever moved – you know what I mean. But I’m delighted to say we are actually all moved in now to the little house on London Lane and we absolutely adore it. There are many things we want to change and upgrade – as the budget allows – but the layout and location couldn’t be better!!
Monday afternoon, my dad drove a moving truck home from work and we all started loading stuff onto it. Thankfully a friend of ours, Mr. Tim, showed up for an hour and assisted us with getting my mom’s piano on the truck! The whole rest of the move (all two days of it) we did with just the five of us… and only four were able to haul things, as my mom has severe rheumatoid arthritis. I didn’t get to sleep until 1:30 AM for two nights in a row – which definitely messed with my body-clock! I have yet to get up at a normal hour, ever since then!
The nights we moved our stuff to the new house were stormy and blustery (thanks to hurricane Patricia’s remnants. Oddly enough, our last moving day was the day hurricane Katrina – think the whole of New Orleans, flooded – almost hit Florida on its way to Louisiana!) … but THANKFULLY, the rain was light enough so that we could still move things through it. We just got sprinkled on a little.
We were determined to leave our log home nice and clean for our sweet buyers, so as we packed up and loaded the truck the last day, we swept and mopped and vacuumed and scrubbed behind ourselves. I even deep-cleaned the freezer and fridge! Can’t remember EVER having a day where I worked so hard… on a normal day, just getting ONE thing like that done would be a huge accomplishment, not to mention all. day. long. 😉
We also left a pair of rocking chairs on the porch, since we didn’t need them in the new house… and they SO belonged on the porch overlooking the wooded ravine… and we got a text later that night from our buyers thanking us for leaving the chairs and saying they were already enjoying them. That warmed our hearts! ❤
As to what we’ve gotten done so far – we’re just glad to have landed here intact! There are still piles of boxes and bags in every room! But we’ve already begun doing some things… like lining the kitchen cabinets with pretty contact paper (nearly drove me to tears, more on that later)… installing new showerheads, and today we went shopping to scope out paint colors (GORGEOUS) and price-shop carpet (EXPENSIVE. BOO.) 😦 We’re probably not going to go the carpet route, just be patient until we can put in hardwood-lookalike tile throughout the house.
I’ll have at least one post up every week with updates, but I’m looking forward to sharing more pictures of our completed projects as we finish them! 😀 For now, it just feels so good to be here at last in our new city. And we’re even attending a neighborhood-wide party on Saturday so we’ll get to meet all our new neighbors! Can’t wait for that!
Life on London Lane has officially begun, and I couldn’t be happier about it. 🙂
So, Moving Day is next week and it’s a crazy whirlwind of packing over here! After many delays, we got word that everything is a go for our closing date. *happy dance* Rejoicing over here! God is good! 😀
One thing that’s been on my mind lately (perhaps due to consuming large amounts of HGTV’s Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines – I LOVE their home makeovers) is our new Classy Farmhouse kitchen.
I’ve been dreaming of painted creamy white cabinets, white beadboard backsplash, new lighting and new countertops for weeks now. Because the current state of our new kitchen is… anything but dreamy!
… I rest my case. (this is only one side of it, but you get the idea) The wood cabinets are in great shape and I believe they’re custom because they go all the way to the ceiling, but the wood is very dark! The flickering fluorescent lighting doesn’t help either. No backsplash, just painted wall.
But I’ve got some grand ideas for this space! 🙂 Keep scrolling! 😉
That image above ^ bottom center is one of the bigger ideas we have. IKEA has these fabulous steel bars (shiny silver, not like these darker ones) that you can hang underneath kitchen cabinets (or anywhere, really, for a variety of purposes) and they’re an amazing way to maximize storage space and hang utensils, canisters, spice jars, fresh herb pots, or whatever strikes your fancy. Stuff you need close at hand!
Utilizing the space we have to its best advantage is crucial, because we are downsizing to a smaller kitchen than our last one.
Anyway, this will almost certainly be the last blog post before our big move into the new house in less than a week, but I’ll be around to answer comments and questions from all my readers (all 8 of you precious dears!) 😀
I’m 24 years old and single, so I don’t have to worry about making my bedroom mesh with a man’s tastes just yet – and I plan to take full advantage of that when our family moves into our new house. Want to hear about some of my ideas? Okay then. 🙂
Firstly, the theme… when I was brainstorming about my next room, I KNEW I wanted to make it feel glamorous and expensive (even if the actual budget for the decor is next to nothing) so I quickly decided on golds and metallic accents. Keeping the colors all light and soft will make the space feel larger, airy, and feminine. More on the colors I selected later.
Firstly I give you exhibit A, in which it is painfully obvious that I cannot draw. At all. But these doodle-sketches serves as a bare-bones view of what I am envisioning.
The room has two nice blank walls for placing furniture. One wall has a window on the right side, and the fourth wall has a long closet and then an alcove with the doorway.
Um yes, my crooked furniture drawings have achieved funhouse status…
The great thing is I already have many elements for this room. Namely:
Queen-size bed with a padded creamy leather headboard studded with rhinestones
Large white dresser with glass diamond knobs
White Billy bookcases from IKEA
Two silver lamps with crystal-trimmed linen shades
A pretty nightstand, 2 drawers – but it needs repainting
I also have a pink lamp that I plan to repaint, a too-large desk with not-enough storage that I think I need to replace (I need to see how it fits in the room first) and several mirrors and frames – plus a large piece of bound carpet I’m wondering if I can dye or paint a greek key design into.
Ah, all the fun details of buying and selling houses. We’re having a home inspection done on our log home as I type this! (Praying for a stunning report… but I’m not concerned. Everything works. 🙂 )
I thought I’d share some of my design ideas with you before we even get to London Lane. Because the thinking and planning process is just as fun as the hard work (if not more so, because you can get as creative as you want!)
One of the greatest things about our new house isn’t even a part of the main house. In the backyard, across the lawn, tucked into the trees, sits a workshop building already wired with electricity. It’s the size of a 2-car garage. And it already has a pipe running out for plumbing should we need to install it. (And we do, because we’re planning to add a small bathroom in one corner. Walking all the way into the main house in the middle of the night to use the toilet would get old quickly!)
Another view…When planning out a room, a good idea is to use graph paper and calculate one square per square foot. Then you can measure the furniture pieces you want to arrange in it and cut those out from separate pieces of paper and slide them around until the space looks workable. 🙂
A quick note here. When I mention LEGOs, I’m not talking your average little house made with blocks. Mark and Steven have become internationally famous LEGO builders with their work appearing in various magazines worldwide and at several LEGO conventions in the US. Check out their flickr photostreams here and here if you want to see for yourself!
This is their current LEGO room (and Steven’s bedroom) – See the boxes of bricks? Yeah. Those need a home.
Therefore: the space I help create for them to build with LEGO has to be epic. No pressure, right?
So, let me tell you about my inspiration for this new space. Firstly, the wall color. Behr: “Essential Teal”
I ADORE IT. Ignore the furnishings in that space, just soak in that deep, fresh, intuitive, imagination-enhancing wall color. Perfect.
In fact, I noticed this color IN THE SKY above a football game I was attending. (A sign from the heavens, perhaps??) It looked something like this:
I know that doesn’t look like it could be real, but that’s honestly the color it was! Perhaps it had something to do with the setting sun and the stadium lights I was beneath, but there it was, staring me in the face, crying out to be on the studio walls. 😀
I mentioned it to Mark, who was sitting next to me, and he just looked at me as if I had spoken to him in Klingon instead of English, but that’s okay. He’s liking the color now. 😀 A good thing, because it’ll be his bedroom as well as the LEGO studio.
Aside from the color, the general style of the room will be “Contemporary Masculine”. Here are a few photos with the right mood, if not the exact furnishings we’ll be selecting. (Source: Pinterest)
I plan to hit IKEA for many of the pieces we’ll need for this space. We already have two white IKEA worktables, which will look fabulous with some new IKEA light fixtures hanging over them. We’ll probably end up using IKEA kitchen cabinets and countertops for the kitchenette and I definitely want to grab some of their bathroom organization pieces.
Eventually, when Mark moves on to pursue his Graphic Design career, driving off into the sunset in his black Maserati sports car, (Haha 😀 ) this will become a functional guest suite, something I know my parents will enjoy having! 🙂
So there you have it! Not sure how many of these inspiration posts I’ll have time to do before the move, but I couldn’t wait to share the ideas for this fun Studio!
We have been hoping and praying and working for just about a year on selling our log home in the country. We’ve lived here for ten years and have fixed it up gorgeously so it would look its absolute best.
Well, just a few days ago, we signed the contract and we’re good to go! I am so excited that I could hardly sleep for the past few nights. Well – part of that could be due to getting stung by a scorpion on my arm at an ungodly hour of the morning earlier this week. Finding those little brown things crawling about the house should never be something one has to get accustomed to! Ugh! It’s not that our log home wasn’t lovely and wonderful, it is, but it certainly doesn’t work for our needs right now.
The biggest reason we are moving is location. My dad works an HOUR north of our current town, and thus he has to tack an hour on each end of his commute – therefore, he’s been getting up a five o’clock in the morning for about four years, and arriving home for a late dinner every night and falling into bed exhausted. Not cool. Another reason is that our log home is two-story, and the master bedroom is upstairs. This is not jelling with my mom’s RA – which she bravely ignores and utters not a word of complaint and pushes through constantly. (I admire her SO MUCH.) The last thing is that we are really ready to be out of this small town and up in a nicer larger one, a suburb of Atlanta. (They have things like HOBBY LOBBY. And hellooooo, Publix – I have dearly missed you!) Not to mention lots of job opportunities for me and my two brothers. We’ll all be in our twenties once Steven’s birthday happens on the 10th of October. And yes, we still live at home. You might not understand, but we’re a very closely-knit family and us kids were homeschooled all the way through high school. We actually really like each other! 😉
I cannot wait to get started on renovating and redecorating the house on London Lane. I can’t believe we discovered that little gem. (Definitely a God-thing.) The backyard is private and gorgeous, with a lush green lawn and HUUUGE pine and oak trees. There are ornamental cherry trees and a Japanese maple on the front lawn, as well. Also, I discovered tiny wild strawberries in the grass, which I thought was too cute for words.
The inside of the house needs the most work. I have big plans, guys. More on that later. But it’s nearly all cosmetic! Paint? I can so do that. I’ve been craving to paint something for ten years – there’s no painting a home with walls that are literally logs. (Nice logs, but logs all the same). The biggest project is transforming the 2-car-size workshop building in the backyard into a Studio – a place for our necessary 4th bedroom-slash-Lego studio, and we’re adding a small bathroom and kitchenette to make it a functional apartment (and guest house, down the road.)
Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself a little bit. But I wanted to write the monumental FIRST POST on this blog and get it started! And check out the little story I wrote for my about page if you want to read something fun. 🙂