Ghost Chairs

I have big boy news for you all but that will have to wait. Let’s talk ghost chairs!

When we built Owl Lane, we hired an interior designer to help furnish that giant home.  We thought we were going to be living there forever, so I really feel sick about how much we spent on her.  It was 4 years ago and I still can’t get over it.  Anyway, one of my favorite items we purchased was a new kitchen table and really awesome chairs.  To make a long story short, we ended up having a lot of issues with the chairs, so we decided to return both the table and the chairs.

In comes Compass Pointe

We loved the look of the Owl Lane dining set, so we looked long and hard for a similar one that was either better quality (which is shocking since we spent an arm and a leg on the entire set), or less expensive.  We ended up finding really inexpensive upholstered chairs which was also a bonus because the company David used to work for sold them.  However, we not thinking about the repercussions of our naughty cat Cheers.  While the new dining set looked great, the chairs were destroyed within a year.  The cat literally ripped them to shreds so we promised never to get upholstered anything again.

So, we didn’t hold up to that promise, but we did finally purchase chairs for the kitchen table that are not upholstered. In fact, they are ghost chairs, and I am in love.  The only issue we came across, is that the new chairs don’t work with our old table.  And by old I mean our 2-year-old table.  Yikes! We ordered a new table as well, but that is backordered until forever.  So, for now, we have beautiful new ghost chairs (minus one because it arrived damaged).  I think that they look great in the new kitchen and they will look even better when that new table arrives! The biggest bonus is that they are super easy to clean, and as uncomfortable as they look, they actually are really freaking comfortable.  Win win!

Running Around the House Naked

…..Kidding! But really, if we want to we totally could now.

I had family in town visiting this past weekend, so while we were all lounging in the family room and kitchen, David put up some of our window treatments! I think I got so used to not having anything covering the windows, that the lack of privacy didn’t even phase me.  Now that the shades are up, I realize how amazing it is to have that privacy.  Not to mention, the sun is finally out again and without shades, our downstairs was getting really hot, and it is so sunny to the point where I sometimes cook in sunglasses.

We had plantation shutters in Compass Pointe, but since this is most likely not a forever home, it didn’t make sense to put those in here.  Instead, we went with beautiful, light, and soft roman shades.  I love the look and they are really easy to maintain.  They really complete the look of a room, even though we all know the rooms aren’t completed.

It feels so great to finally be able to check some stuff off of our never ending punch list.  I actually have a couple of more progress updates this week, and maybe just maybe our walk in closet will be finished.  Stay tuned!

Weekend Progress

Hopefully you all had great weekends.  I have been fighting off another sickness. I swear it’s never ending.  The weather was also kind of gloomy and really cold, so that meant we had to stay inside and work on the house.  By we, I mean David (Eli helped too).

Kitchen: We decided that we want different pendants.  The ones we were eyeing became available again, so we ordered them! Hopefully we like them more.  Here are the current ones we are switching out.Fireplace: The fireplace is almost done being framed.  David built it so that it could withstand a lot of weight.  AKA a giant TV.Doors: We are replacing all of the doors in the house.  The contractor is charging us more money to install the doors, than the doors actually cost, so David is installing them himself.  He installed the half bathroom door and the basement door.  Maybe now that the basement has a door, the dog can’t run in there to take a pee.  Oh wait, he went twice today.Master closet: Our clothes are still all over this freaking house, which makes it hard to keep the house clean and organized.  I still can’t find the majority of my winter stuff.  Anyway, the shelving and priming got done in our master closet.  Which means it needs painting and then we can officially move into our room.I talked to our contractor today and he mentioned they would be done this week.  Thats great, but there is still so much more for David to do! I just hope that we are 100% done by June. That seems really far from now right?

Future Fireplace

I was going to save this post until there was a little bit more progress, but this cold weather made me want to post it a little sooner! Also- progress is going really really slow right now. I’m hoping the contractors are done by next week but who the heck knows!!!!

One thing that I asolutely have to have is a fireplace. We have had a gas fireplace in every house and we used it pretty much October to March, sometimes even April.  Totally worth it to have one, and now that we are in the Midwest it would get even more use.  Fireplaces aren’t cheap, especially since we are building one from scratch and will have to add a gas line and such.  We decided to temporarily frame it out, and wait to get the actual fireplace until next year. This is another project David is doing- the framing part, not installing an actual fireplace. We had different visions for this room, and so far David’s vision is winning. Even though it’s not what I originally wanted, it’s still going to look great.

Have a great weekend and keep your fingers crossed for more progress next week!

Let There Be Light

We had a busy weekend in our house.  We had to empty out all of the old kitchen cabinets and basically move into our new kitchen because they are demoing the old one this week.  The new kitchen is probably 95% complete. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and we have more space than we know what to do with. I guess we just have to buy more crap to fill it. Or not. Anyway, the house is chaos with stuff everywhere and its so dirty and dusty that it can’t be safe for the kids, but oh well. We are almost done!

Before we started construction, this house had a designated living room, family room, dining room, and kitchen.  We used the family room for storage, the living room as a family room, the dining room as a playroom, and the kitchen as the kitchen.  After the remodel, we will have a designated kitchen, family room, office, pantry, and mudroom.  We were using the original living room as a family room, and we will continue using it as a family room.  This room is a pretty good size, but there was one problem (besides the lovely paint color and texture).  There were no lights.  Absolutely none.  There was a lamp, one dinky lamp.

Our contractor’s floor guy finished the floors and baseboards a while ago, but last week they installed our lights.  I never thought I would be so excited over lights! The room is bright and we no longer need a flashlight to find anything in there. The room is also filled with furniture and all of the storage boxes that used to be in the old family (new kitchen). It is hard for me to picture it as a comfortable family room for us, and the more I go in there, the more I want all new furniture.  I just have too many visions for the room and I am not sure our old furniture will work, but I guess we will have to figure that out when we get there.  There still is a long way to go in that room but I don’t want to give away too much about what we are going to do just yet!