Friday, October 29, 2010

Today is the day!


Unfortunately I am also getting sick, so moving is going to be even less fun than it would be if I felt awesome.

I haven't felt very well all week actually, but I kept hoping it would go away... but I'm pretty miserable at the moment. I'll take some medicine and hopefully I'll feel decent enough to be of some use today and tomorrow.

I don't have much to say really, just ridiculously excited for 4 PM today. Well actually more like 5 PM when we're done signing all the papers and stuff.

We did our house walkthrough last night and the people we are buying it from are seriously AWESOME. They had all of the keys laid out nicely on the counter with labels telling us which doors they went for, they had a stack of our mail stacked neatly next to the keys, and next to our mail were 2 huge letters they wrote us congratulating us on the house and telling us TONS of very useful information on the house. She left all of her bird feeders and left a list of which birds frequently show up to eat at the feeders and what kind of food she has been using. She also left a list of plants and their names and where she got them (some she got from her grandmother's farm and the original plant is over 100 years old... so awesome). It was really insanely nice, and we really want to write them a letter to thank them for being so cool, but we don't have their address and I'm not sure if anyone will give it to us or not. But she did leave us her phone number because she left us some curtains in the living room that we won't be using because we have our own to use... so she offered to buy them back from us? We didn't think she was even going to leave them because in the very beginning she said if we wanted them she would throw them in, but we never ever said we wanted them. Weird. So we'll probably call her and let her know she can just have them, and possibly we'll have a note written up to give to her with the curtains. We'll see. It really was super nice though, we were both really happy.

I sleepily walked from the bathroom back to bed this morning and Michael was wide awake and about ready to leave for work. He grabbed me apparently forgetting that I was not really awake and was trying to have a conversation with me about how excited he is... I couldn't even open my eyes so I just stood there and nodded at him, but I really am excited!

I'll just share some more ''before'' pictures of the house, and hopefully VERY soon I'll get to share some ''afters''. It is going to be a lot of work, but a lot of fun. It's going to be hard for me to wait for all the furniture to get set up before I can start putting stuff on the walls... And I will probably change my mind 50 times, but that's also the fun part.


Enjoy some pictures :)

These are all of the pictures we took during the inspection of the house:

This wet bar is going to cause some very serious discussions I have a feeling. Michael and I have very different ideas on what to do with it I think...

They left all of that paint for us, and not surprisingly it is all labeled to tell us where they used it and such. These people are seriously so awesome.

I think my dreams of having a ''pretty'' laundry room might be dead :) We'll see what happens in this little area though. Maybe we can figure something out to make it slightly attractive. It doesn't need to be obviously, but I get really jealous when I see people with amazingly cute laundry rooms...

Alright, well there are lots more obviously, but I am tired and I could do this all day... so I need to just stop now.

This house is OURS in 8 hours and 38 minutes!!!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


We get our house in TWO days.

I thought the time between finding out we got the house and actually GETTING the house would go sooo slow, but now it seems to have snuck up on us. We need to get our stuff packed up... We brought so much stuff into his parent's house and we need to get it all sorted out and organized and packed back up.

Tomorrow we get to go on our house walk through at 5:15 and at 4 PM on Friday we have our closing!!!

We'll be taking a few car loads of stuff to the house right after that and then Saturday is the big move.

I'm sooooooooooooooooo excited, but really not in the mood to actually do the moving stuff.

I have been so tired this week for some reason. I just haven't been sleeping well at night so I can't make myself get out of bed in the morning...

Too excited to sleep I guess.

I can't wait!!!!!! Today will probably be spent packing, maybe taking some stuff up and shoving it in my car if I have room for it.

Yay yay yay yay yay!

I think we're good to go on furniture and stuff.

Our bed has not been delivered yet and the trucking company hasn't even called to set up a delivery date, so that is a little annoying. We even called the company and had the address changed from our new house's address to Michael's parents house because we didn't want the bed to get delivered before we were in the house. And now it doesn't seem like it will be here before we move. Boo. So if it does come after we move we have to figure out a way to get it from their house to ours... Fun stuff.

I'm still hoping it will come before Saturday but we'll see.

I'm so tired.

That probably isn't going to change any time soon, but at least I'll get to be tired in my own house!!!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

IKEA trip

We had a successful trip to IKEA yesterday... And by successful, I mean I spent a ton of money and it was slightly sickening. But we got A LOT for the amount spent, so I really don't feel too badly. And now we're basically done buying furniture except for night stands and I might just order those today and be done with it.

Kristin is dying to hear what I bought and this seems like the easiest way to show her and tell her everything. So here it goes:

Alright, this is going to go in our entryway, but we're going to lay it on it's side and put these legs on it:

And then we'll put 4 of these baskets on the bottom 4 shelves so we can throw shoes in there, or other stuff that we can hide if people come over and we need to "clean".

This is our dining room table. It is not as black as it looks in this picture, but it is ''black brown'' so it's pretty dark. But I like it. It extends to seat 10 people, but I don't think we'll ever have it that big. And it is a fairly skinny table, I was surprised when we saw it set up in the store... but it was fully extended also so it just looked really long and skinny, but then they had it set up in another place with only one leaf in it and it looked much more normal. I like it a lot. It will be fun to buy cute place mats and stuff for it.

We bought the bench to go with it. It has a big slit down the middle which you can kind of see that I am not super crazy about. I wish it was totally solid on the top, but it doesn't bother me enough that I dislike the bench, but it did make me think twice when I saw it. But I like it. I like benches at tables.

We decided on these chairs rather than the upholstered ones. They are really cool looking in person. And I bought 4 chair pads for them... I couldn't find the gray ones I wanted so I did sort of just settle on the ones I bought because they were cheap and I wanted to have some. It's not like we can't change them ever.
This is going to go in the dining room along the wall as sort of a buffet-ish table. I thought about switching this one with the first shelf I showed you and put this in the entryway instead. Maybe that will still happen, but I think this one will look better with the dining room table. We'll see though.
These are the curtains for the living room. I don't know how long we stood there staring at these curtains... I put them back and picked up other curtains like 5 times... I couldn't decide if I liked them enough or not, but I really did want curtains with some kind of pattern on them... and I like the leafs and everything... I just didn't and still can't decide if they are going to be too crazy. I like them though. Michael hasn't seen them yet but I warned him that he probably won't like them. Even if he doesn't I don't think he will care a whole lot, so that's good. These are for the guest bedroom. I always go for dark brown things if you couldn't tell. I just really like brown stuff! So I had some brown curtains picked up but them remembered that the comforter in that room is brown so I didn't want it to be too dark. So... beige curtains it is.

I bought 4 of these and the rod below to hang in the bathroom because we have no counter space in there whatsoever. So I am just going to put like Q-tips and cotton balls and stuff in them, because we had little glass containers in our apartment that had stuff like that in them and I liked that they were always out where I could just grab them. And if I decide I don't like that I will put something else in them... But don't ask me what.
I never really thought I'd be one to by white curtains, but Michael's mom talked me into buying the following rug for our computer room... and we did need curtains in that room and I thought white might look good with it. BUT... The rug really isn't very big... and it might get sent down to the basement in front of the washer and dryer instead... So then we'll have to find a different rug for the computer room. But it should be pretty easy to find something to go with white curtains at least...

This was not a planned purchase. I managed to get out of there with VERY few unplanned purchases and I was very impressed with myself. But I had been thinking about how I was going to need something for my vanity upstairs. It's just a stoneware tray. I'm going to be keeping my hair straightener upstairs with the vanity though so I wanted something that I'd be able to set it down on while it's still hot and not worry about it. I don't think my straightener even gets that hot in the outside really, but I thought it would be a good idea to have something under it anyways.

These are the chair pads. They are just beige and not super exciting... but they'll do. They were only $5 a piece so... if we find other ones we like somewhere else I won't feel too badly about replacing these immediately.
I bought 3 of these lamp cord dimmers because I am obsessed with dimmer lights. I don't know where I'm putting them all but I will definitely find a place. Possibly for our lamps on our nightstands, one in the living room and............... I don't know. I'll figure it out.
These pillows are the exact same pattern as our living room curtains but they are just black outlines... I love them. This was another reason I decided against the curtains a bunch of times though because I thought it would be fun to have just a solid color for curtains and then a bunch of crazy pillows... But I ended up with the crazy curtains and the crazy pillows, but that's ok... It will still look good.

Well this was everything that was on my shopping list ahead of time that I printed out and took to the store with me, so I ended up with everything I planned on PLUS the stoneware tray. I seriously don't think I came back with anything else. Oh... I guess that one rug was not on the list either. I got talked into that when we saw it.

So it was a busy busy day and we were exhausted and starving by the time we got home. We ate in the restaurant there for lunch but just had the salad bar... which consisted of lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and beans. So I had a salad of lettuce, carrots and tomatoes. And that was all we had to eat all day until we got home at 4:45. Star-ving.

Well hopefully this satisfies your curiosity Kristin. I can't think of anything else I got... But there might have been one or two other very small things. Like less than $5 each. Can't remember though.

Alrighty. I need to attempt to make this cushion cover for our GIGANTIC window seat cushion.

Monday, October 18, 2010


Michael's mom and I are going to IKEA tomorrow.

I'm going to spend so much money I'll probably throw up, but... it is going to be ridiculously fun and I can't wait!!!!!

We'll probably be in the store for like 6 hours... no joke. It will be a long but productive day.

I have a HUGE shopping list made on their website.

We'll be getting our dining room table, chairs, an entry way table and quite a few other things... I really really really wish we were in our house right now so we could just unload this stuff in there when we get back... but we'll be unloading it into their garage and then loading it back up in 11 days.

11 DAYS.

It's coming up!!! Can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dining Room

Well hello.

I ordered a chandelier tonight for our dining room. It was between the one we bought and one that was quite a bit less expensive. We both liked the more expensive one more, but I tried pretty hard to make the less expensive one be the better option by looking at other shades that we could buy separately that were cuter... Then I decided that maybe I could just re-cover the shade it was coming with, but... the other one won.

I'm not totally sure if it was the best idea because it would have been nice to spend that extra money on something else... but we do both like the one we got a lot, so... it's ok, right?

This is it:

I like it. I think it will look pretty cool above our dining room table.

We need to find one of those, by the way. There really is no hurry, but I am trying to find some online that I like. It's hard though. I don't like buying expensive furniture... I don't know why I have such issues with it...

But my plan for now (no idea if Michael agrees with this or not) is to just buy this table from IKEA:

These are the kinds of tables that I like... Boring? Possibly. But I like it that it is just simple... The only dining room sets I liked when we looked in stores were the ones with super simple tables like this.

And then we can just find chairs that we like adn buy them separately.

Such as these:

My favorites are the 3rd and 4th ones down. Cute cute cute.

I don't know what we'll do though... I told Michael my IKEA plan and he never really answered me... which is not unusual when it comes to making any house/decorating decisions :) I'm just going to drive myself to IKEA one of these days and come home with a car full of stuff... Then he'll be sorry!

We'll also need a rug for the dining room, but I can't make a decision and I deleted all of the rugs I had saved because I wasn't crazy about any of them. So I'm starting over...

I don't know much else I suppose... It's getting so close now! 12 days. So exciting!!!!!!!!!!