After yesterdays first house vs. current house comparison, this comment from Jess definitely got our wheels turning: “I think its an unfair comparison to put 8 months of work at the current place up against 4 + years at the old. You should have compared current photos from this house to what your old house looked like 8 months after you moved in there!!” Well, that’s probably not quite fair either, since we’ve definitely learned a ton in the last five years of homeownership (and also spend a lot more time doing house stuff these days since this DIY diary of ours is our job)… but we’re game! It’s Friday. But oh boy is this walk down memory lane going to amuse you. Just picture us quietly cringing over here as we bare all.
See, eight months into owning our first house, we still didn’t even know how to properly paint trim (I painted all of it in the entire house with flat paint only to learn it should be semi-gloss and then had to redo it all – and yes, it was torture). But the beauty of this post is that it’s a good reminder that houses take time. And sometimes they look crazy. Which is probably why some of the completely unfinished rooms in this house don’t make us want to cry as much as they did in our first house (back when we thought homes were supposed to be done the week after you moved in). Now we know better. So just for fun, here’s how our first house looked around eight months in (which was only about eight months before we started this ol’ blog to track the progress of our big kitchen renovation for friends & family members). Oh and you can scroll back to yesterday’s post if you want to peep the final first house pics (or compare this roundup to our current house’s eight-months-in progress). Just didn’t want to bog this post down with 50 more pics and crash the site like I did yesterday. Oops.
Front Yard, First House (8 Months In):
Our front yard was kind of just a forest when we moved in. But in eight months I did manage to clip all the trees that completely blocked the view of the house from the curb so neighbors could sneak a peek (yes, there really was a house back there). Project Tree Trimming was one of those let’s-surprise-John-when-he-comes-home-from-work projects that I did with a lawn chair and a branch cutter. And yes, the mister was shocked to actually see the front porch from the street.
Front Porch, First House (8 Months In):
This was a few weeks after I clipped up the branches. I took a saw to the fully slatted wood screen door and cut a big “window” in it just to break things up. Then I painted it yellow and hung an embarrassingly lame twig and faux lemon wreath from Target. Oh yeah and that thing hanging next to the door was left by the previous owner. It was a wood plaque that looked like a cutting board with a pineapple and the word “Welcome” painted on it. Very country cottage-y. But I loved that thing for a good year.
Living Room, First House (8 Months In):
Oy. That’s really all I can say. The sofa was a hand me down from a family member. The iconic college dorm coffee table was an Ikea find. Everything is way too small and way too far apart. There’s a square of faux-stone linoleum in front of the door. It’s all sorts of horrible. Living with this room for a few years taught us that creating two zones in the long-ish space (a dining area and a living area along with a console by the entryway) filled the space in a more functional and not-crazy-sparse way.
Kitchen, First House (8 Months In):
We were pretty active in the kitchen within eight months of moving in. We got all new appliances (Frigidaire from Lowe’s, which we carried over into our big remodel about eight months later) and painted the cabinets (Brown Bag by Glidden), replaced the hardware (with cheap Ikea stuff) and painted the faux brick backplash (Wishes by Glidden). It still looked like a hot mess in there, but it was our mess. Come on, you know you like those awkward serving spoons hanging from the metal range hood that’s not actually over the stove.
Dining Room (Future Bedroom/Nursery), First House (8 Months In):
We had lots of fun with this room, even though it wasn’t very functional (a room that barely accommodates four people does not a dining space make). We actually built that table ourselves (using a thrift store pedestal base and a giant piece of wood screwed in from below and then painted glossy black). I also spray primed and painted the old chandelier white (it used to be brass) and replaced the long pointy fire-shaped bulbs with modern round ones. But my favorite little adventure in there was painting the area over the chair rail with tiffany-box blue paint, and then using chalk to draw subtle leafy branches on the wall. Crazy yes, but lots of fun (I even used a spray fixative from the craft store to keep it from rubbing off). More on that project here.
Our Bedroom, First House (8 Months In):
Yikes, this room was baaad. Much like the living room everything looked really sparse. And yes, that’s a printer/fax machine hiding on the floor in the corner. Freelance copywriter from home = actually faxing things pretty regularly. But there’s no excuse for having it on the floor in the bedroom. And the too small art and too low bed with nothing else going on to fill things in around them kind of kills me. Thank goodness for living and learning.
Oh yeah, this bathroom phase is like looking back at photos of a really bad haircut in ninth grade. I thought painting the trim black around the window could look really cool and Domino-ish… but no. Not happening. So I painted it white again and removed the swag (which was actually a pashmina that I still wear to this day – and giggle when I remember its past life). Ah, much better.
Guest Room, First House (8 Months In):
So… eight months in meant we painted the room but that’s it. Still no bed for guests. We were saving our pennies and focusing on other areas, but we eventually got a full sized bed as a hand-me-down a few months later. Hooray for sleepovers.
Den, First House (8 Months In):
Bad news bears. Seriously, everything from the white bedsheet that I actually stapled to the underside of the desk in the corner to the crooked-looking painted paneling but unpainted brick makes me cringe. About a month later we painted the two brick walls the same color as the two paneled ones and it started to move towards the room that we know and love (but it still took a while to work up the energy to tackle those beams).
Laundry Nook, First House (8 Months In):
This is a terrible shot of the space that would someday become the laundry nook because it’s aimed at the floor, but I was terribly proud of the peel & stick vinyl tile that I laid down over grody old yellow sheet linoleum (that always looked dirty no matter how hard I scrubbed). Of course about a year later we’d remove those bifold doors to open the laundry area up (and to avoid door wars between the bifolds and the door to the sunroom) and add wood flooring throughout the entire hall, half bath, den, and kitchen. Oh but you might notice that I put little glass knobs on the bifolds to make them more palatable until those later phases. It’s the little things.
Half Bathroom, First House (8 Months In):
We knew that giant boxy sink vanity needed to be switched out for a smaller pedestal sink to make the tiny room feel a lot less crowded, but eight months in we were pretty scared to take that on (a little googling revealed that we had to cut into drywall to find studs to secure the back of the sink basin) so we put it off a few months longer. But we did paint the walls the same tiffany box blue that we had in the dining room (with flat paint, which was a bad call, btw- now I always use semi-gloss in bathrooms & kitchens) and replaced the toilet (it was avocado green when we moved in). And I replaced the knobs and the grungy old fabric on the window shutters (but later removed them entirely because natural light was much needed).
Sunroom, First House (8 Months In):
We actually did a fair amount of work in eight months in here. We got that wicker daybed as a hand-me-down and then got a hand-me-down twin mattress for it (and used regular old twin sheets from Target to cover the mattress and make that odd little skirt in the front). We also used a cheap-o lack table from Ikea to create the scrabble table (we just topped it with a larger tabletop that came with the thrift store pedestal that we used to make the dining table). We also stained the concrete floors a color called “tuscan gold” – which I later grew to hate because it was a bit too orange-y in direct sunlight (so we painted it a glossy chocolate color to tie it into the hardwood flooring throughout the house).
Patio, First House (8 Months In):
This patio was labeled as “needs replacing” during our inspection, so we knew it was on its last leg but thought we could live with it for a little while. But when my mom visited a few weeks before our backyard wedding and said she feared for guests’ safety (and pictured them all breaking their ankles on it) we decided to spend some of our saved-up “house fixing fund” to pay a pro to redo the whole thing over the course of three days (since it was just a few weeks before the wedding and we feared a giant half-finished disaster if we took it on ourselves). Knowing just how hard laying a patio is from doing the one at our current house, we’re still very happy we hired that one out so we could plan the rest of our wedding without that monkey on our back.
Back Yard, First House (8 Months In):
During our walk-through I glanced through the window in the old dated dining room and saw this. And I nearly lost my breath. I remember thinking “all this could be ours?” – I just thought having all this space would be awesome (the deep woods beyond the planted part was also part of the acreage). At first we loved the park-like setup above (and kept it pretty much exactly like this for the wedding (you can see how we set things up here), but eventually we grew tired of weeding the long pea gravel path and pruning the bushes and trying to use the tiny patches of segmented grass for incredibly mature things like extreme frisbee and chasing the dog, so we eventually craigslisted the gravel & bushes (folks dug them all up and hauled them for us in exchange for them being free) and we laid down some grass seed for a nice flat grassy yard in front of those deep woods. And Burger thanked us repeatedly for the trouble.
So there you have it. The state of our first house around eight months in. Thank goodness for the whole learn as you go, trial and error thing. It might not be the quickest way to a complete makeover, but I’m telling you – there’s something to it. Eventually you get there. Heck, it’s still the exact method that we use today (we just know a bit more about what we like and what type of paint should be used on trim and in bathrooms). So rejoice if your house is only a shadow of what you long for it to be. That stuff takes years, at least it does for us. So just keep trying things and learning about what floats your boat and eventually you’ll get there. Oh and don’t forget to enjoy the ride.
Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove says
This is a much better comparison. I think it shows how much your style has grown and it really helps get across that these things don’t happen over night. Turning a house into a home takes some time.
Stay safe this weekend with Irene!
Amber Kanady says
What a difference.. Yalls (im from Texas, yalls is really a word.. : ) ) house went from very cute and cozy to WOWZA within just a few years you guys are amazing and are an inspiration to all.
Future Mama says
Ditto! This is SUCH an inspiration to those of us who are just starting out our design journeys!!!
Sugar Cookie says
Great post! My husband and I bought our first house eight months ago after almost a decade of college, grad school, and law school, which meant we had money for the house, but didn’t have much furniture to put in it. We’ve slowly bought a few things – a nice king size bed, Pier 1 sofa, bedside tables, and barstools – but are still living with a lot of college furniture and hand-me-downs. It’s nice to know that this is the norm, that a house doesn’t become “finished” after all of the unpacking is done. Thanks for sharing!
Don’t you just love the “Hi I just bought my first house” look?!
Haha, gotta embrace it.
I love that you still wear the pashmina! And I love the chalk drawings on paint idea! I have to say your current house seems more put together in only 8 months than your first did. Probably because you’re more experienced now! I can’t wait to see how it all turns our and get the 4 year comparison!
The last two posts must have taken a ton of time…both great. thanks for the comparison (s). I enjoyed it very much!
Well, it could also be argued that eight months in on both houses isn’t fair because this time around home improvement (and writing about it) is your full time job – instead of advertising and copywriting with white paint on the side. That’s gotta be giving you a subtle nudge – keep doing stuff for the blog, right? :)
Haha, yup I mentioned that in the first paragraph. We have a lot more experience after five years of doing it and definitely spend a lot more time on house projects these days!
Staci @ My Friend Staci says
Plus, you moved a whole slew of “grown up” furniture over with you!
Oh yeah- that’s definitely true too! We started with a lot more in the second house. It’s one long evolution for sure!
Oh, I was thinking just the TIME factor beyond the experience factor. You probably have much more time to work on projects now than you did when you were both holding down non-home-improvement jobs. :)
Oh yes, of course! Didja see how we said we spend more time doing home improvements these days since this DIY diary is our job? Although 98% of our projects are still done during nights & weekends (during the day one of us is a stay-at-home parent to Clara and the other one has a desk job – writing posts, answering comments, uploading and editing pics, organizing giveaways, etc). At night when Clara is sleeping we can finally tackle projects together. And on weekends when the blog is calmer we can get other DIY stuff done for the upcoming week during Clara naps (or when Grammy babysits- haha). Not that we’re complaining- we love what we do! But we still find ourselves at Home Depot at 7:30 at night just like the rest of the world. Wish we could get our act together and do that stuff during off-hours like 11am, but we haven’t quite cracked the code!
Wow, the comparison is huge! I love seeing how your style has changed- it definitely happens with age! (Not that any of us are old :) ) Some of the things you had done remind me of how I have decorated in the past.. or how some things are done in our current apartment. (Long comforter hanging over the daybed as a makeshift bed skirt, anyone?) We still rent, but hopefully someday soon I will be able to develop a cozy and stylish home like yours!
As the old saying goes…YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY!!! What a great post. I still love your first house too. So quaint and charming. By the time you moved out…it was FABULOUS!!!
Your new house is getting that way too…FABULOUS!! Keep up the good work.
Marvelous postings this week. So many pictures and trips down memory lane. Thanks for a great week of fun and have a great weekend.
Are you gearing up for a hurricane? We in New Hampshire are ready for it. Stay safe and batten down the hatches.
We’re getting ready over here! Just bringing in all of our patio furniture and planters and stocking up on some food. Hoping we don’t lose power for a week or something- since that would make blogging pretty impossible. Cross your fingers for us Barb!
Have you considered getting a generator for things like this down the road? Not just for blogging purposes, but for overall needs in emergencies like this?
We actually talked about it yesterday but weren’t sure that we’re ready to spend $500-800 for something that we might not use very often (especially with so many other DIY-related materials on our to-buy list). Might eat those words if we’re without power for a week though! Yikes.
We lost power for a week in 2008 after Hurricane Ike–in SOUTHERN INDIANA. It wasn’t as bad as you might think–and it makes for a great story to tell. My husband was out of town for most of, and I ended up rotating to friends with power. BUT, I’ll definitely keep my fingers crossed for you all–it wouldn’t be quite as much of an adventure with a baby and a business that runs on the internet :)
Yeah- we’re thinking the baby and the blog might make it a little more complicated than we’d like. But we have our fingers crossed that the lights (and internet) will stay on!
Oooo! Love the comparison! Why on earth would there be a metal range hood not over the stove? What were they thinking when they did that? But this post has me wanting it to be 4.5 years in the future so we can do another comparison of the houses!! Although I’m very happy to watch the journey from here to there. Happy Weekend!
Yeah, that house’s kitchen was crazy! The upper cabinets were so narrow they didn’t even fit standard plates!
Ya know…. when you compare it like that, the new house wins hands down. You guys have accomplished a lot in 8 months.
I guess all that experience, not to mention confidence in your abilities, is paying off.
Couple A Saving says
I love this post. It gives hope for the rest of us starting off with all hand me down furniture.
all i can say is WOW!!!! you really have done so much more with your current house in that time span than the previous one.
Colleen in MA says
This is my favoritist post here ever. It’s show-and-tell like this that puts the heart into showing off finished rooms. That’s why I keep coming back – besides your geeky fun sense of humor! – because you show the sweat and tears behind the changes and that makes the reveals that much more fun! And you have soooo motivated me to start my own trial-and-errors.
One question – when you look back at the first house, are there things you would change or would you have made the same decorating decisions? To me your first house looks more “formal” (if that’s the right word) and your second house seems more colorful and energetic. I like them both but it’s interesting to see the difference now.
It’s so funny because we have such a special place in our heart for our first house I don’t think we’d change a thing! We definitely notice that we’re making more living-friendly choices in the second house (this place is a lot more stain-resistant and break-proof for kiddos, haha) and we definitely love the color and casual welcoming thing we have going on now… but we’ll always love the light and airy feeling of our little ol’ first house!
Melanie @ Mailbox Journey says
Wow, what a great comparison.
Wow! It’s great to see the process and how your DIY/design skills have evolved… and that time really makes a difference. My boyfriend and I have been in our first apartment for about a month, and this makes me feel a tiny bit better about still being sofa-less and having the TV on the floor!
Rebecca @ the lil house that could says
Wow you guys have come a long way! This makes me feel better about life… and how things don’t just happen over night. And I just turned this post into something deeper than a Friday haha
I loved your half bath in the last house so much that I replicated it in my powder room…with the flat paint that I already had. FAIL! It looks very nice until you get up close and see every imperfection. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that made that mistake!
Thanks so much for sharing the comparisons.. it gives us decorating newbies a lot of confidence and hope to keep chugging along, when we see how your style has grown as you have nurtured it!
What an exciting week, an earthquake and a hurricane!
Karen M. says
Wow – thanks for sharing! I love that you keep it real with the videos and pics like these. Everything is not always perfect and sometimes you have to re-do something over and over to get it right. Makes me realize I’m not crazy….haha!
That was super fun! I’m glad you have gotten the Tiffany and pale blue thing out of your system, it seems to be in almost every room! Haha
Jess @ Little House. Big Heart. says
So what I get out of this is… I need to start taking pictures of the Little House. Yes, it still needs work. Yes, we’re still using college hand-me-downs. But someday we won’t be embarrassed of the pictures and our lack of DIY skills; we’ll want to look back on them and say “Remember those days?”
Thanks for the wake-up call! I’m proud of our Little House!
Haha- yes. Always take before and during pictures. It’s so far to realize how far you’ve come- and the only way to do that is to remember where you’ve been!
Yes, Sherry, I was going to ask–
When you took all of these “Before” pics at the 1st house, were you anticipating that you would use them this way??
I wish I had more of these types of pics of the first year in our home.
Haha- I never had a clue! I’m just a hopeless room documenter. I have so many pics of even my childhood room and my dorm room, it’s funny. I guess I’ve always liked to keep track of where I’ve lived and called home.
You guys have come a looooooonnnnngggg way!
man this makes me feel so much better about my own small unimpressive endeavours. thanks so much for posting this. at the rate i’m going i’ll have something semi-decent in about 10 years. *sigh*
What a great comparison! It’s comforting to know that you guys needed several years to work towards your current design style. Quick (random) question – Sherry, are those your house slippers in the bedroom shot? If so, you really do have a thing for leopard print shoes, don’t you? :) Hope you guys stay safe during the hurricane.
Hah, yes. I have a sickness for leopard shoes. The kicker: John despises leopard anything. Haha.
Oh, Sherry, so funny…your “kicker” statement. I remember an ex-coworker mentioned her husband despised anything leopard, too. Wonder why these guys don’t dig leopard?? (Shoot, nobody’s gonna sway me away from my fabulous leopard spiky pumps…those bad boys are awesome!). Ha.
Isn’t it funny? Gals (at least some gals) love it and guys (at least most guys) seem to hate it. But I still think my leopard slippers are purrrfect. Haha.
wow. i feel so much better about my house! we moved in 3.5 months ago and it has a wayyyys to go. much more optimistic now! i’m looking forward to looking back on my own first house. thanks for sharing!
Reading (and chickens) says
These photos make me feel much better about my house. Which we’ve lived in for…six years. But six years with little kids is like six months, right? RIGHT?
Haha, totally! Maybe even six days.
Amanda J. says
Thank you! It’s so comforting to know that my station in life is essentially what yours was several moons ago…we have our second apartment together now (and I’m currently unemployed) so house-hunting is not even an option and “home improvement” is a sort of iffy, do-we-have-any-extra-pennies-to-spend? kind of deal.
But you know what? It’s ok. It’s ok to have hand-me-downs (our dining room table is actually from my great-grandmother – totally 50’s with hairpin legs and all – but I love knowing that my dad remembers sitting there on weekend mornings when he was a kis). Our sofa was a freebie that was sitting next to a dumpster (I deep cleaned it, no worries) while I was in college.
Otherwise, it’s clearance/thrift store/DIY/Ikea finds. The most important thing is that it’s OUR space – we can “make it work” for now with the knowledge that it isn’t “finished” in the long-term sense. Glad to know that you guys started out woefully underfurnished with tacky stuff, too! :)
Thanks again John & Sherry for keeping it REAL. Now I don’t feel so bad about my mismatched apartment bedroom and hand-me-down furniture. You have definitely come a long way from pashmina valances! Haha. Love it.
That was a great idea!!! I loved seeing the comparison at the same time period. Isn’t it funny, it could be years or just a few weeks before we look back and think “ewww! What was I thinking!” That’s the beauty of DIY, you usually just have a lot of time wrapped up and not so much money. So redoing things isn’t so bad!
BTW, I was pretty inspired by the rocking chair post this week and am planning to sand and repaint my peeling old rocker this weekend! I also found another great outdoor chair on Craigslist that I hope to get repainted as well!! Thanks!
This is great! Since you started the blog.. what.. a year and half after buying the house even going back into the archives still gives you a “we did a whole bunch of stuff as soon as we moved in” feeling.
Keepin’ it reeeeal real. Hah.
Mrs Limestone says
You have gotten a ton accomplished in 8 short. You should be proud.
As you get older and smarter and tastes change, you’ll see that reflected in your houses. I’m don’t remember how long you’ve said you’ve been together but I bet some of your first home decisions will crack you up in 10 years. It definitely did that to us.
Haha, totally! John didn’t want to paint that brick in the den (because in NYC exposed brick is so hot, haha) but I finally got through to him that in that den it wasn’t hot. Haha.
Megan Wahl says
I think it looks great for only being 8 months in! We are 2 years into our 1964 rancher and have only painted 3 rooms and we definitely have the “sparse” thing going. It all is a labor of love and it takes time to find your unique house style. At least that’s how I explain to visitors why we still have paint splotches on the walls and rooms without baseboards! :)
change of scenery says
Such a great dose of reality to add in the whole timing part of a home renovation. We’re so impatient to finish everything that we never realize just how long it actually takes! I’ve been in my apartment for a year now and am still working my way through the decorating process. While my personal style continues to evolve, my to-do list and timeframe for being complete just keeps on getting longer and longer!
Robin @ Our Semi Organic Life says
So glad you’re normal and had a place that looks like one I had; loved but not magazine worthy! We all gotta start somewhere right?!
bridget b. says
wow! what a difference. your style definitely evolved over time. quick question: how did y’all get rid of the scallopy front parts between the porch columns of your house in the first picture?
bridget b. says
you can see them better in the second picture.
That was the hardest project I ever tackled by myself. I wanted to die. Here’s the post about it: https://www.younghouselove.com/some-baaaad-scallops/
bridget b. says
yikes! that did not look fun, but three cheers for the “lovely and unnaturally strong lady-wife”. :)
Aw thanks! I still remember flipping over that railing and slamming my head into the bottom of the deck. Yeah, I was airborne.
I think this post is perhaps one of the most hopeful. Perhaps one of the reasons why I love to read your blog is to see how “normal” people can have a beautiful home that is truly them. Sometimes I agonize over decisions when we try to slowly buy new pieces, or lament all the hand-me-down furniture. This post makes me less afraid! Perhaps with a little luck and lots of work, we will have a home that truly reflects us. At least it’s always home. :)
Julia @ Chris loves Julia says
I loved this and giggled the whole time! We just bought our first home in April and while we are working on it daily, one of the biggest things I am realizing is all the empty space. A lot of it has to do with having an 18 month old and not wanting to leave glass vases around. I can’t wait to look back in 4.5 years at the pictures on our blog now and see how far we have come. Hopefully it looks half as good as your first home.
E @ Oh!Apostrophe says
This post actually gives me a lot of hope that you’ve come so far and so maybe just mayyybbbeee there is hope for my house too!
Rachel Tatem says
It is amazing all that you have done in 8 months!
Cheryl E. says
We’re still renting, but we’re looking forward to buying our first house in the next couple years. Thanks for the encouragement that it takes time to build confidence and that it’s ok to make mistakes. Great post!
Aaaaamazing! This gives me hope for my own space, to go along with the inspiration I get from your regular line-up of posting. I’m not buying a house anytime in the near future, but my rentals always need some pep and my style is SO not cohesive… it’s frustrating. If I owned my loft I would make some major changes (especially in the bedroom, which I can’t even bring myself to sleep in due to the space being so strange and light-lacking).
Thanks for the reminder that it takes time for a home to come together. We’ve been in our house almost a year now and I get so cranky that it’s not perfect yet. Patience, patience.
You know what? This is the best post ever for me! why? Because i started following your blog since January 2011 and your first house was already done and the new one was looking great too. I mean yes you take one step at a time with the new home but all those steps seem perfect ideas, so classy, so high end…you know you guys have a design eye as they say it! And then I looked at the before after of your old house and I felt so insecure…I was like “OMG I’ll never be able to do such well thought out rooms, they’re genius” And though I LOVED you blog from day one I just made a default thought that I’ll never be able to do what you do. But this post just changed it all! Hey you guys really learned as you went. I feel so much more confident now! YAY! We all can do it too! lol
Sorry for the loooong comment, but I just had to share my excitement.
Thanks for the great post!
Haha, it’s true! We always say that if we can do it, anyone can. We’re so not special. Haha. We just take things one step at a time and definitely have our share of learning moments when we step back and haaate how something looks. Haha. Live and learn!
Hooray there’s hope for me! We live in an apartment so we’re very limited as far as painting and switching out light fixtures or spray painting brassy handles/chandaliers, etc., but we have a lot of hand-me-down furniture (like all of our bedroom furniture except the bed) that just needs some TLC. I’m slowly starting to appreciate the fact that making a house your home is a constant, evolving process. And that’s ok. Thanks for sharing!
I’m loving these posts. Isn’t it fun to see how homes have evolved over time?
Be safe up there in Richmond. I’m working hard here in Norfolk to get everything I can off the floor and then I’m moving to higher ground. I’m in a mandatory evacuation area because of my low lying neighborhood. Hoping to blog about it as best I can over the next few days.
Mother Nature sure is packing a punch for us this week, isn’t she?
Seriously! Good luck with everything. We’re getting ready for the chaos today- just bringing in lawn furniture and planters and the bbq and stuff. It’s taking us a lot longer than we thought of course! Haha. Stay safe!
Everything does take longer than you’d think. I spent hours last night clearing out our yard and playing tetris with furniture and grills, etc. in our little shed. I was going to try to go to Williamsburg to stay with my parents, but I won’t be done getting things ready in the house until tonight and there is no way I’m sitting in traffic for a zillion hours with this thing coming. I’ll stay here with friends who are less prone to flood. It’ll be easier to get back home to assess the damage, too. Sigh.
Oh man, good luck Amy!
healthy grits says
I love the rocking chair!! what great vision you have to be able to take it from drab to fab!
The other night I was adding new material to my ideas notebook and I noticed a now all too familiar sight when I flipped one of the pages…the white framed “P” you have in your kitchen right now, which used to be in your “entryway” at the old house (how is that for old house/new house comparisons). When I looked at the magazine page a little closer I realized-i had pulled out an article on you guys and your first house a couple of years ago as inspiration! I loved you guys before I even knew you:)
And what an inspiration you guys are! You inspire me to constantly keep my home evolving and to blog. I recently started a blog about something I am passionate as well after following you guys for some time now – healthy eating, recipes and restaurant reviews. Keep doing what you love-we love it too! You guys are awesome!
That’s amazing! What a small world. So glad you found us. Off to check out your blog…
Love this post! Definitely shows how much you guys have learned in the last five years and how we shouldn’t all expect our houses to magically be done right after we first move in!
Oh my goodness! Wow! Your style has matured so much over the years. It’s great to see some of your trial and error play out.
I’ve heard that a pineapple outside your front door means that people are welcome there. I’m not sure of the back story or anything, but my grandma has a small metal one that hangs above her doorbell and that’s what she always told me growing up. Kinda sweet.
Aw that is really sweet!