Artwork

I brought in an interior designer to help me tie up loose ends in terms of furniture we couldn’t decide on, furniture placement, and just other random details of the house. There is an area in our kitchen and I just couldn’t figure out what to do with the empty space.  The designer suggested that we didn’t put anything there except for either one giant piece of artwork, or three big pieces.  I am really bad at choosing art, and I am super indecisive once I find things I like.

After what feels like searching for months, I finally found an artist I am obsessed with on Etsy.  The prices didn’t seem awful, and they do custom work.  I have specific colors I want to use, so I reached out to the artist about potentially doing three custom pieces or one giant piece for us.  I got back a quote for almost $2000.00!!!!!!! Are you kidding me?! Is this normal?! I have no idea since I haven’t really ever purchased art, but to me this seems like a ton of money for one wall.  Am I being unreasonable? Crazy? Help!!

Anyway, we obviously decided not to go forward with this artist, so I am on the hunt for another.  Any recs? In the mean time, after a lovely knee injury, Eli’s adorable table and chairs are now in the kitchen.  I thought it was a good idea for him to eat on it, but that just makes things more accessible for the dog.  So, he will use it to color and draw instead of use his iPad while I am in the kitchen.

We have a busy weekend coming up, but I still am hopefully we will get some stuff done around this house.  Closet? Closet anyone?

See Ya, Office

Since we relocated our kitchen, the plan was for the dining room to become an office. Owl Lane had a beautiful and bright office in the front of the house, so we thought that this would be the perfect space for one in this house. The only negative was that we were losing a dining room. We don’t have too many friends here yet and the thought of entertaining with two kids just sounds awful so an office would make the most sense right now.

I had big plans for beautiful built ins, moldings, fab wallpaper, etc., but we need to make sure that whatever we do will work as a dining room too. We figured that we could stage it as a dining room when we go to sell the house. It would be nice for a buyer to see that it could be either one- plus whenever we finish the other side of our pantry, we will have a mini office space there too so if we stage this as a dining room, there still is that “office space” in the pantry.

Lately, I noticed that the basement is a giant hot mess. Toys everywhere, zero organization system, it’s true chaos. There’s no designated space for the boys to play on the main level so their toys end up everywhere and/or the dog pees all over them. Yesterday I was feeling so overwhelmed by this madness, that I just figured it’s time to convert the empty and unfinished office into a temporary playroom. Dax is climbing everything, he’s so insanely active, so this also gives him a safe space to play while I’m cooking or doing whatever somewhere else in the house. I don’t need to worry about him hurting his head if he falls, no stairs to gate off, it’s just a giant space for his toys. It definitely stresses me out that there’s not really any organization in here, but it just doesn’t make sense to buy or build anything since it won’t be a playroom forever.

The boys are loving it so far, and I find it hilarious that Eli wants to play on the ugly foam mat intended for Dax, and that Dax wants to play with Eli’s stuff on the hard floors. These boys!!

Sick

I know I promised for some updates, but I have been so unbelievably sick.  So sick that David had to take off work, and he even slept in the basement all week. Poor guy.  Anyway, because our room was quarantined, he couldn’t finish my closet like he swore he would this week. He also was on daddy duty all week so he was too exhausted (I assume) to do any other projects in the house.  It’s always something.  I don’t care how sick I am this weekend, the closet is going to be finished. Period.  I also really don’t know what project should come next, so let the stress continue.

Have a  great weekend!

Vacation

I swear I’m not neglecting this blog, but we just got back from a much needed vacation. Since we were gone there wasn’t much progress going on, but I swear our closet will be completed by next week. Well, it better be!!

If I had a choice, the closet will be completed, and next up our kitchen, pantry, Eli’s big boy room, laundry room, family room, office/playroom, mudroom, and then the exterior. But let’s be real, it totally won’t go that way.

Anyway, be on the lookout for a closet update- hopefully it isn’t two months from now (kidding!). In the mean time, look at these little cuties in vacay mode…

Major Progress

I finally have a major progress update! The painters are officially done, and all that our contractors have to do is the wallpaper in Eli’s room. It is so unbelievably refreshing to not have workers in our house all day.

The paint made all the difference in the world to this house. I am so beyond happy with it and can’t believe how fresh and bright it looks!  Now that it’s done, David can focus on his projects, and boy there are a lot. I am looking forward to focusing on one room at a time, and completing a room before we start another.  Next up, finishing our master closet! *We went with Benjamin Moore Gray Tint throughout the house and Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray on our front door and stairs

When You Hire Out the Pantry

David and I got into countess arguments and fights about our pantry. I really wanted to hire it out, obviously David didn’t. We got numerous quotes, the highest being 9000. Yep, you read that right. No matter how much money we have, there is no way we could justify spending that. We got many other quotes and David was becoming more and more annoying. I think at one point he even told me he could have built the pantry by the time we finished getting quotes and making a decision. I doubt that is true since he’s still not finished with our walk in closet. Finally, after all of the arguing and fighting David decided to get his own quotes. Go figure, the quote David got was the winner. We got a great price and the pantry looks amazing. We finally are starting to fill it, and once we finish filling it we will make it pretty! It will be a busy and productive weekend for sure. If you have any good organization bin recommendations, or organization recs in general, help this girl out!

Stair and Entry Moldings

One thing I have always wanted in my homes was a grand entry way with beautiful moldings and a long staircase with a tall landing to see downstairs.  Unfortunately, our staircase kind of sucks.  It’s choppy and dark, and makes the house look and feel really small.  Oh well.  Since I couldn’t have the grand feeling like I wanted, David installed fabulous moldings to give it a little something something.  It looks beautiful and makes such a difference to the entry way.  The moldings are the first thing you see when you walk in and they definitely give that wow factor I hoped for.1dee3e0c-9aa2-4977-8479-1a8628ffdb9198005a9d-eca1-4949-9056-9475ea1d71434404b39c-1fb5-426a-9088-d45f7b57d5ef49133d93-c4d4-46ef-982d-cc6976d2e0180e46dbc8-441e-4e9b-a692-bde2a2296d1b34809ef1-bc15-4195-bb8d-7ddd1c61a44b