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Latest Kitchen Decor

12 Jun

Well, it’s been about 3 months since Chip and I got married and we are finally just getting a bit settled in our new home! Life has been absolutely fabulous, but oh so hectic. More than anything, we’re loving just finally being a team, married and starting our life together.

This past weekend was the first weekend since our wedding that we both have been at home for a whole weekend with no guests staying at our house. Whew… it was awesome! While Chip was studying (he is taking the 1st step of the boards next week), I decided I would begin to get back into my love of crafting with this little bunch of fun above our kitchen sink:

Total cost: $3.50 (heck yes)

I had everything on hand except for the Be Grateful print which I found here and printed at FedEx. I spray painted/recycled random frames from throughout the house and used the plastic, silver spoons from a bridal shower I threw.

The “Taste” was a wedding gift from my cousin and her boyfriend. He hand-crafted it in his school’s workshop out of scrap metal. Forever grateful. (See what I did there?)

The thought behind Chip and I choosing the word “Taste” was two-fold:

1. It’s in the kitchen. Simple as that.

2. It’s a reference to Psalm 34:8 – “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” It’s a great reminder for us each day to savor every moment in our new home together.

Overall, I feel pretty great about the newest addition to our kitchen and can’t wait to continue making our house a home! So many great things in store! Stay tuned for updates!

 

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From a house to a home

10 Dec

We officially close on the house on Wednesday! We have had our walk-through (basically to learn how to work the house and not break it). I have about 4 pages worth of notes, so hopefully as first time “homeowners” we will be able to take great care of it! The fence is in and kitchen appliances have been hooked up. Now all we need are the keys!

To document the momentous occasion of the fiance and I being in our new home for the first time together, the agent shot this photo for us. How sweet…

As the final few days come to a close, we are trying to get a few things re-done and organized before the moving truck transports everything to Athens. Stay tuned for some furniture makeovers!

And in other news – it’s officially 3 months until the wedding!

It’s Under Contract!

13 Nov

I’ve got some big news!

We have a house!!! Remember my post about home-hunting? Well, we officially have a place to live! As we drove past it the other day, it all became real when we saw this sign…

After much discussion, the fiance’s parents have decided to purchase a house in Athens for us to rent! They eventually would love to retire in Athens, so this is a great option. Also, they will be able to rent to others after we move away (which I highly doubt I’m going to want to move away from this house):

It’s a beauty! Now, all I can do is think about all the lovely ways I will fill the rooms! I simply just can’t wait!!!

What was your first home like? Any suggestions about how to make it “ours”?

A Whirlwind Month!

13 Oct

Hey, team! Did you know that is it almost the middle of October? How on earth did that happen? Sorry it’s been a bit since I last posted, but it’s been a whirlwind of wedding planning and life!

Here’s a little mini-wedding update since the last time I posted:

  • We officially got the bridesmaids dresses and shoes in! I tried on those of my sister and MOH, Renee Locher, and couldn’t be more excited! I won’t leak the details, but I can tell you what they don’t look like. This:

Do people actually wear these things?

  • We registered! The scanner gun is the best thing ever. Next stop is Macy’s and Home Depot. And yes, in case you’re wondering, Home Depot was Chip’s idea, but I am equally pumped. My main want on the list? A staple gun for a reupholstering project I’ve had my eye on. Stay tuned.
  • The most giddiness-inducing of all… we took engagement pictures! My fabulous friend, Jessica Henry, is extremely talented and shot some incredible photos. She’s a seriously dedicated friend for waking up before the crack of dawn (literally) for a vintage travel themed shoot and being the third-wheel all day. I’m still waiting on the final photos, but here is a small preview! Can’t wait to share the rest with you later this week!

  • And finally, the most important of all… we house/apartment/condo/duplex/shack-hunted! It was absolutely overwhelming but oh so exciting. More on that in a future post. Hopefully I will have good news and lots of fun to share about where I will do all sorts of crafting and redoing of old, thrifty finds! Maybe I can even give a bit of advice on the “first-time-as-an-engaged-couple-looking-for-a-home” business. We laughed. We I cried. We even almost bought a house. What?

And in other news, here’s a little mini-life update while I’m at it:

  • I have awesome clients at See.Spark.Go… I had the chance in the past month to go to the following places/do the following things, all of which were awesome:

1. Visit San Francisco for literally 24-hours for the Aha Moment Tour wrap party and take a tour of the city in this fine ride:

2. Attend Catalyst in Atlanta and Passion University Tour in Athens to “love on some Jesus”.

3. Visit the Boosterthon Fun Run at a local school in Athens and seriously get fired up about the EPIC Adventure they are going on all over the nation.

  • I love living in the Yellow House with my two roommates. They are always so relaxed, loving and clean up after themselves. Yes, please.
  • I saw Wicked this past weekend for the third time and still am absolutely in love with it. It was such a fabulous bachelorette party for one of my dearest friends. I never fail to tear up in Defying Gravity.

Allright – now that I feel like I have updated you a bit on life, I can get back to the proper details of all things planning, crafting and cooking.

For now, anyone have any great honeymoon suggestions? We’re thinking we would like to go all-inclusive and want to pick the perfect place!

The Yellow House

18 Aug

Now that my Hartford roommates have all moved away (and soon one will be moving to Italy!), I have a new home! It’s a sweet yellow cottage complete with a front porch and rocking chairs.

I am loving my new roommates: a senior UGA student who happens to be my little sis in AOPi and a 1st year pharmacy student who was in my pledge class. It’s amazing how quickly the house came together since we all had some sort of furniture or kitchen supplies from previous places.

Now for a tour and breakdown of my spaces.

My bedroom may be the smallest in the house, but I’m proud to say that I love it more than I could have expected. Cozy and organized (and right next to the kitchen…).

I’ve never had a bathroom of my own in my entire life, so this is a huge treat!

And thanks to my thrifty, professional organizer mom, my new bathroom hardly cost anything:

  • White rack – $3 from Goodwill
  • Shower curtain – $5 from the Marshall’s sale rack
  • Green dot rug (not shown) – Freecycled from a Hartford roommate
  • Green basket on toilet – Laying around in my basement
  • Green toilet paper basket for the floor (not shown) – Borrowed from the fiancĂ©’s little sister
  • Sunflower painting – hand-painted by my own sister

Total cost of the bathroom decor: $8! Don’t you just love that? Plus, does anyone else feel a bit of nostalgia when they look at that shower curtain? Reminds me of those hanging door beads I used to love in middle school, but a lot cooler.

And finally, a room to reckon with: the living room – complete with an incredible painting by Missy Cargo

Check out that detail:

The photo doesn't even do this painting's beauty justice.

Overall, I think our house has come together quite nicely, but it definitely needs a few little additions here and there. For example, the living room could really use a few little tidbits on those empty white (and wobbly) shelves in the corner. I see a DIY project in my future.

Any suggestions of something that might add a little pop of color? I’d love to give it a try!

Clean out the kitchen challenge

29 Jun

As you may remember, I recently graduated, which means that after summer ends, I will be moving into a new house. I have loved living in the best house ever with the best roommates ever, but now have to move on from life like this in quirky old Hartford:

As I eat away my sorrows, I have realized how much food I have acquired over the past two years.

Do you remember that one morning I wanted pancakes, so I bought an entire bag of Krusteaz mix? Or that time I found a great deal on pasta and bought 10 boxes? I do. I also realize that all that food either has to be eaten, thrown out or packed to move to a new pantry.

So I looked to my DIY idols, at Young House Love, for some “getting rid of all that food” inspiration.

They challenged themselves to completely cleaning out the fridge and freezer before their big move, so I am working on the same. While they wrote a very detailed list of what they had in the fridge and wouldn’t buy anything else, I am open to purchasing items to cook with what I already have. Moral of the story is: I need to eat as much food from my kitchen as possible before moving.

Example: I have about 5 bags of frozen broccoli. (Excuse me?… who needs that much broccoli in one freezer? Granted, about 3 of them were leftover from roommates, but nevertheless, they have to get eaten.)

I have decided to create a broccoli, chicken and rice casserole with my broccoli stash. I’m thinking this recipe sounds delicious and easy (and perfect for leftovers at work). Plus, I’m a sucker for anything made in a crock pot.

I’ll let you know how my eating adventure goes over the course of the next month. Should be fun!

Anyone have any good recipe suggestions for edamame? That’s one item I may need some help finishing!