Our Holiday Housewarming party was a huge success! So much so that I forgot to take photos, so I only have one photo to share with you. I wish I had taken more photos because I absolutely love how everything turned out! I was able to take a few additional photos yesterday while I finished cleaning up the last few remnants of the party. Here is a quick look at our Holiday Housewarming party.
Now for another big update – our family has grown! No…no babies here. As an early Christmas present for Justin, we picked up our newest family member the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Meet Pepper Jack a.k.a. PJ.
PJ is a rescue and we think he is almost 1 year old and part Bengal. He is adorable! Right now, we are trying to get our other cat Lola to adjust to having a new cat in the house. It has been a long and somewhat stressful process but we really hope that it will work out.
As you may have already guessed, mine was busy (as usual). As I mentioned (via Facebook), I have A LOT to update you on, but first things first. We are having our housewarming party this weekend!
I have been preparing decor, favors, and a menu for this party for several weeks and I am really looking forward to having our friends and family over. While I continue to prep for the party, I thought I would share some of the ideas I have found!
I hope that most of you are able to take some time off from work and the day-to-day stresses to spend some time with family and friends.
My memories of Thanksgiving coincide with my memories of the start of the Christmas festivities! In my mind, all things Christmas cannot start before Santa crosses Harold’s Square in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Nearly every year, the weekend after Thanksgiving has been the Christmas-ing of my family’s house and I have continued that tradition in my apartment and with Justin.
Here is a look back at my Christmases over the years.
Now that we are relatively settled into our new house, it is time for us to start adding some color and style to this place. We have decided to start with our living room. The living room upstairs takes up the majority of the general living space on the main floor and we spend a lot of time there so it only made sense to start here.
As you can see from my “To Do List”, I have already started a list of things that need to be done in the living room. Now that I can focus more on this one project, I’ve been able to add a few more items to the list.
Get new welcome mat
Hang travel art on wall behind TV
Purchase a couch
Purchase accent chairs
Purchase a table lamp for the side table
Replace the area rug
Make curtains for the large front window
Purchase throw pillows and perhaps also a throw blanket for the couch
Modify existing TV stand (aka buffet) to create shelves for TV equipment and repaint
Find a way to add some more color and style to the space until we renovate the floor plan and paint the walls
TBD: Re-finish coffee tables and end table
OPTIONAL: Find a new climbing ‘thingy’/perch for Lola.
Since we will eventually be changing the footprint of this space, I don’t want to spend money painting or building any sort of shelving. This definitely poses a challenge. I don’t want the living room to feel cold and undone for a year or more until we do the renovation. Hopefully I will come up with some more, cost-effective, solutions in the process of decorating this space.
As a reminder, here is our living room:
Have you ever had to make a somewhat temporary space feel like home on a budget? If so, please share your ideas and experiences!
It is hard to believe we have been in our new house for nearly 2 months already! Perhaps even more surprising is how much we have accomplished in such a relatively short time.
You may remember from our “To Do List” that there are a few items we have already been able to cross off. Most of what we have done are small projects and things to make our house more functional for now.
The ‘random’ maple tree at the corner of our house has been removed. I’m not sure why anyone decided to plant a maple tree there for starters. Removing it wasn’t a big aesthetic difference, but it ensured we wouldn’t have any problems with tree roots growing into the foundation in the near future.
As I had done in our condo, I purchased and installed drawers in many of our kitchen cabinets. I have downs that the is a very affordable way to better organize and access everything in the cabinets.
LOTS of progress in the living room. That is mostly because we have decided to make this room the first room we decorate. I will fill you in on the details very soon! STAY TUNED!
~Back Spare Room (My Room)~
While I have big plans for making this room my get away, for now I simply needed this room to be usable. Craigslist came through once again and I found a very comfortable, and stylish, chair and a very affordable IKEA table to use as my work space.
I even made sure this space was more comfortable for Lola. We installed a window perch for Lola so she could be in the same room as me without being in the way. So far she seems to love it.
One of my great Craigslist finds. This chair is going in my craft room.
As you saw in the photos of our “To Do List“, we have already purchased a new bed and extremely comfortable mattress.
Our backyard has been a construction zone for the past two weekends. My amazing father-in-law (and brother-in-law) have been down helping us construct our shed. We have made a ton of progress so far, and we should have the shed completed next weekend.
So there you have it – things are slowly starting to come together. Our first decorating project will be our living room – check back on Friday for an update on the progress I have made decorating the living room thus far.
I love lists! I love organization and planning in general, and what better way to keep track of everything than a list. Now that we are relatively moved into our new house, here is our to do list (which is sure to only grow over time).
Get rid of the weeds and plant grass
Remove random maple tree at the front left corner of the house
Remove stones between front walkway and driveway
Replace and expand driveway
Create a walkway from the driveway to the backyard gate
Redo concrete walkway and stoop
Re-landscape front flower beds
Add additional exterior lighting
Build an area to contain garbage cans on the left side of the house
That is all relatively straightforward, but it gets more complicated inside. Our long-term plans for the interior main floor involve changing the floor plan (more details to come), but we have some shorter term goals to make it feel more livable and homey.
As I mentioned on Monday, November has already been a very busy month. Before I really go into great details, I want to lay-out our overall “To Do” list for the house so I thought I would just give you an update in pictures. Enjoy.
We replaced the very old wood door with windows with a much sturdier metal door.
We began construction of a shed in our back yard.
One of my great Craigslist finds. This chair is going in my craft room.
I picked up two of these. I found a great person via Craigslist who does reupholstery and I picked out the chairs and the fabric from her.
It has been a long while since I have gotten around to posting. When I fill you in on everything that has been going on, I think you will understand. First, I finally completed my cross-stitch project (I still need to … Continue reading →