7 Years

I have some laundry room updates, but today I’m taking a break to write about our anniversary!

David and I have been together for 13 years (this upcoming October) but today is our 7 year wedding anniversary.

In just 7 years we have lived in 4 states (Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, and Illinois), 7 cities, have moved a total of 8 times and have owned 4 homes. We have traveled the world from Hawaii, Tahiti, Mexico, Costa Rica, Greece, Canada and so much more. And most importantly we had two beautiful but wild boys!

Although this is not our forever home, this is the first year out of the 7 that we are actually settled- well settled is a loose term but there are no pending moves on the horizon so that’s settled for us!

I can’t wait to see what the next 7+ years brings!

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!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I am so happy to leave 2017 behind.  It was such an eventful year.  From being pregnant and living in MN alone while David lived here in Chicago, to driving and moving to Chicago at 35 weeks pregnant. Going into labor almost 2 weeks early…on the day we had to close on our new house.  Finding out I needed surgery, getting inconclusive results, being told I might need another surgery and possibly might have something scary going on- just to be told false alarm! Starting a complete renovation on our new house, and the list goes on! This picture is from last New Years when we decided to announce we were pregnant again.  Eli had zero idea what was going on since he was newly two, but I love to look at this and look at how much he has changed since then. Anyway, all I want is to be happy, healthy, and settled this year, not too much to hope for right?!

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Tile, Tile, and More Tile

Ah another Monday! I usually love the weekends just like anybody else does, but lately I can’t wait for them to be over so that we can continue to get our house worked on!

We are finally starting to get to the fun stuff of the master renovation.  Last week our cabinets arrived for our vanity, we picked out our counter, and our contractor picked up our floor tile and wall tile. In Compass Pointe, David tiled the back wall where our vanity was, and he also did a half wall around our tub. We loved the look and never got sick of it in the entire 18 months we lived there. So, we decided to go with subway tile for the backsplash and walls in this bathroom too.  It is clean and classic looking, and I think it’s good for resale as well.  We are going a gray and white color scheme, and since our vanity will be gray, we thought white was the appropriate choice for the subway tile.  Our homework for the weekend was to decide on a grout color and a paint color.  You would think this would be an easy task, but we are struggling! Part of me likes the idea of white walls and gray grout but then another part of be thinks that that would be too white.  We are also toying with the idea of white grout and gray walls but I get nervous that the white grout will get dirty and gross looking. Decisions decisions. Hopefully we figure it out soon!DSC_0001subway2subway