4 Months Later

Our table has arrived…for the second time! We ordered it in April/May-ish and it was on backorder until August. There was a specific date, but I don’t remember when it was. That date rolled around and we were so excited for the table to be delivered, but were disappointed when we got a phone call telling us that it was time to schedule our delivery. Apparently the date on our invoice wasn’t a delivery date, but a date to confirm that it would be shipped out. We only had to wait a week for it to get here which seemed like another 4 months.

Finally the table arrived. The delivery guys said for 20 bucks they would bring it into the house, but David wanted to do it himself- typical. The box looked really damaged but it was hard to tell if the table was damaged too. You guys, this table is heavy. It took a long time and a ton of strength for David to get it inside by himself. We were actually shocked that he was able to do it on his own.

Once it was safely in the kitchen, we opened it with excitement and were disappointed yet again at how incredibly damaged the table was. We were nervous that it would take another 4 months to get a new table. And we weren’t sure if it was the shipping company’s responsibility or the shop where we purchased the table, but after amazing customer service, they shipped us a new one and told us to keep the damaged one.

Our new table arrived (mostly) damage free and we couldn’t be more happy with it!

Brightening Things Up

Don’t get me wrong, I love a bright white house.  If we didn’t have kids, everything in my house would be white with some navy, black, and gold accents.  Obviously, that didn’t work out for me since we have two messy monsters to raise.  We still have our white kitchen and bathroom, but we didn’t want things looking too sterile, so we thought it was time to purchase some art for our giant blank wall.

We wanted either two giant pieces, or three large ones.  I like odd numbers when it comes to home details, so we went with three large pieces.  We actually had one piece of art that I was in love with from our Compass Pointe house, and it was one of my favorite things in the house.  I told David to unbox it (yes, it was still in a box) to see if I still loved it, and sure enough, I did. We purchased it from Joss and Main, so I thought it was a good idea to search the site for similar pieces by the same artist. With my luck, I couldn’t find any, so I did some stalking and was able to at least find out who the artist was.  I e-mailed her (she is actually in Chicago), and she emailed me two pieces that would go great with what we already owned.  I was so excited because I loved what she sent, and this meant we only had to purchase two more instead of three.  Talk about saving money- art is not cheap people!

When our two new pieces arrived, I instantly fell in love.  They were gorgeous and looked so amazing with our current piece.  We headed over to Hobby Lobby to get them framed and made it very clear that we wanted the frame and matting space to be identical to the current one.  We didn’t want it to look like we just bought two new pieces and called it a day.  We left confident and excited for the artwork to be framed so we could bring it home to hang.

Fast forward to over a month later, we go to pick up our art, lay it up against our wall and I was shocked to see that not only were the two new pieces different from our current piece, but they were not even identical to each other.  It looked so ridiculous, I can’t even explain it. We noticed that one of the employees literally crossed out the measurements they originally took on the receipt, and wrote over it with new measurements.  We were super confused, so we had to go bring them back and get this annoying problem solved.

Sure enough, the employee who originally helped us, took it upon herself to tweak the measurements as she saw fit without asking.  Her reasoning made sense- if she put on the same amount of matting as the original piece, it would go over some of the painting. She was trying to compromise as little of the painting as possible.  Totally get her logic, but it looked absolutely ridiculous when all three were up on the wall.  So, she agreed to change it so that all three were identical and they look so much better. However, they still aren’t identical. The matting on our original piece is a lot whiter and brighter than the two new ones. The frame is also slightly larger.  We finally made the discovery that the Joss and Main piece is actually a blown up photo,where our new ones are real art. I am not sure if you could tell by these photos, but it is pretty obvious which two are our new pieces and which is our older piece.  I think once the entire house is done and we replenish some of our money from this remodel, we will buy a third piece from the artist to replace our Joss and Main copy.

Wow, that was a long post for just three art pieces.  Anyway, we now have a little color to brighten up the kitchen and I think it looks great.

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!

Mirror Mirror

One of my favorite purchases for Compass Pointe was a fabulous Z Gallery mirror. It really completed our great room, so after we started renovating this home, my wheels started turning. I had no idea where to put this mirror! I started freaking out because I really thought that there might not be a place for this mirror- and it wasn’t cheap so that’s a bummer.

We had an interior designer come help us and she showed us the perfect spot for the mirror, so I was really relieved that we are able to use it again.

David hung it up last weekend and it looks amazing. I am so so happy with it. Now, we are just one step closer to the kitchen and dining area to be complete. We need some art, a new table, chairs, and bar stools and then we can finally move on to the family room- I have absolutely no idea where to even start with that room.  Oy!

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!

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?

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!