And you probably wondered where these pictures were taken. They were taken on our new deck! It was a long process but we now have a beautiful toddler safe deck and beautifully landscaped budget friendly backyard
Over a year ago when we moved into our current home to make room for babies the backyard was in much need of some serious TLC.
As much as I love being outside and digging in the dirt, No really, I’m serious, I would be a farmer if I could live on a farm close to family friends and a grocery store! , I was also very pregnant and could barely walk down the hall let alone clear overgrowth. And on top of that the inside renovations were still very much underway and that was priority with two infants about join our family.
So in the mean time because there was rotting wood and overgrown weeds there was the possibility of snakes in the yard. To not let this become an issue my husband had the yard cleared. Everything pushed to the wooded area in the back and the main part leveled out.
Winter set in and figuring out life with two babies filled all our time, so the back yard remained untouched.
Spring came and with warmer air and a little rain a soft coating of green covered some of the dirt, the idea of a green backyard was becoming a reality. But spring rains came with a vengeance, and all the green was washed away.
And to add to the issues of the back deck, babies who crawl and a deck with an old style railing are not a good mix. The deck was a great small space to spend some time outside taking in the fresh air while the babies were immobile.
But as soon as they got to moving on there own it wasn’t safe to be outside to let them play. It was a crazy hot summer anyway so we spent most of our days at the pool it in the shade at a nearby park. But with fall approaching and the babies birthday just around the corner we knew we wanted to make the investment in the backyard so that we could spend the beautiful fall days in Georgia outside.
It was done!
A few weeks later it was time to finish the yard. We contacted a few landscape architects and designers but they all wanted an obscene amount of money to do a basic landscaping job. We already had the people to install the yard, we just needed a design. I was pretty confident that I could draw a good looking yard, I did grow up with a dad who was pretty particular about our yard, so I knew basically what needs to go where. I was a little worried about how the sunlight in our yard would work with my design and how future additions may ruin what we do now but I got to drawing anyway. Here’s what I came up with.
next year we will add shrubs here or maybe azaleas.
the playset will be arriving soon!
the tree line is no longer a disaster
the gate keeps the toddlers in and the stones keep the dirt out.
past the steps in the side yard will be our garden, We plan to do a stone raised bed and grow a variety of herbs and veggies. We will play weekend warriors one weekend this winter and hopefully plant by early spring.
We even got a sprikler system installed so we can spend more time playing with talia and Jordan and less time moving around hoses!
We love our new deck and out tall trees and our amazing backyard. We are looking forward to plenty of days running around in the yard with kids and friends for years to come.
We have stuff, and lots of it. In our old place we had two three foot wide bookshelves built into the wall in our dinning room, in this new house we have no built in shelves, there isn’t even a linen closet. We have to be creative on how to create easy to access storage. Sure the giant basement is great but we think it’s about time to unpack those boxes of books that have been there for a year.
I’d like to introduce you to Kate, the woman behind Censational Girl Blog and all her DIY home improvement goodness. She also wanted a beautiful place to showcase her books and trinkets, but she didn’t want to pay thousands of dollars for custom built ins. What a coincidence! Neither do we!
Instead she used billy bookcases from ikea, jazzed them up with some fancy trim and walla, what looks like professional built inns are actually easy to assemble MDF bookshelves with some painted trim glued on, check out her complete how to tutorial here.
And here is our progress
Our big blank empty wall.
Filled with billy bookcases.
Ok it’s not much progress but we have been a little busy, we’ll get to it eventually.
Next step is to get rid of the toe moulding and elevate the bookcases a bit so the bottom shelf height matches the moulding.Wish us luck!
When we moved to our new home this past summer we had no idea how much fun it would be, even though it’s just over the river it feels like a mountain retreat most of the time, sure getting home during rush hour can be a nightmare but once home it’s worth the wait. One of the most fun things we have discovered about our new home is that we share our land with a family of reindeer!
Haha, just kidding, that’s Talia and Jordan dressed up like reindeer and wishing all of you a Happy Christmas Day, celebrating the holiday or just enjoying a nice winter Sunday.
Here are the actual reindeer, ok, they’re not really reindeer, they are just regular deer, but it was still cool to see them in our yard.
It’s been a while since I’ve update the blog on our home other than the babies room, it IS the most fun room, we know. But in a life we lived not that long ago, before babies were the center of everything, we, like most adults, were really excited about planning our own brand new kitchen and bathrooms!
The last pictures you saw of the bathrooms were these
and now it looks like this,
we are planning to do glass doors at some point.
And the Hall bathroom, which will also be the girls bathroom, looked like this…
And now it’s all nice and shiny,
And with a few final touches
Everything is is just right
Ok the light still needs centering, but what fun would it be if everything was really just perfect
And a little something added by Grandaddy to make sure that little girls don’t get their fingers mashed when big boys don’t put the seat down.
These little ladies are going to have one lovely room if you ask either my husband or I. We can’t walk past the room without stopping to take a peak, just to see how cute it’s becoming. Sorry for the horn tooting but we just love the room and can’t wait to fill it with pretty babies in pink.
Here’s what it was, and the progression to the present follows.
remember the really boring closet
now it’s more fun
then we put together the cribs, ok my husband did most of the work, But I did read the instructions to him.
At this stage, most people get to say “good job” lets go celebrate! Not in our house…nope I said “half way there!”
good job Baby!
Did you happen to see that pretty little grey and white thing in the corner of that picture before. This one?
That, my friends, is my craigs list redo.
I found this…
And with some professional help, turned it into this.
look familiar? remember this picture?
hehehe, it’s getting there.
and I love it. More to come soon!
First, I just want to say that my husband is amazing, he is taking great care of me and doing everything in his super human power to get our house “Done” (quotation explanation a little later). Now, remember this post? That was 21 days ago, I laugh at myself as I think about how I told you that the “major” things would be done next week. OK, so that deadline came and went, but each week things here and there get “worked on” and I do have a lot of faith that one day we will have a house that looks and feels put together and lived in all at the same time.
Originally this renovation was suppose to be “DONE” when we moved in (july fourth weeknd), since nothing was working at that point we spent one week at my sisters house while she and her husband were traveling and another two, oh wait, we extened it to three days at the staybrige (which was actually kinda great, with the whole maid service thing). When we did move in, as you can see from the above post things were hardly “done”. So each day I was told, by my wonderful husband, that today ______ (fill in the blank) would be done, and each day it maybe gets worked on, but not much is really done. I actually don’t like the word, I believe a home should grow with your family as much as possible, so when you are done, what it means is that it’s time to move : )
so, as annoying as it was to not have a kitchen to cook in for several weeks, I must say I have enjoyed delicious home cooked meals for the past three night, courtsy of that great guy I married. And As much as I hated brushing my teeth in the kitchen sink day after day, I am really happy with how the hall bathroom is shaping up.
Here are a few pics to show what Has been done,
to this, in case you were curious, it’s super comfy.
and from this
to this (for several weeks)
to a fully functional lou!
it still needs some finishing touches, but It’s usable!
and remember this lovely old schoolness in our room
gone and replaced with something I like much more
ok, here’s where that pesky word comes in. See this, to my sweet husband who really tries to make me as happy as possible, is “Done” except it’s obvious that it is not, for starters, the sink doesn’t work, and there is all this construction junk where I am suppose to clean my face and teeth.
And there is still no mirror and that light, oh, that light, it has to go ASAP. It’s really not what I want to look at first thing in the morning, it reminds me of the lights in Hollister ( I use to work there). More to come on this project.
And a quick peak into the babies to be room
It still needs longer candles, bulbs and shades, but I already love it.
And I got this rug, what do you think?
PS my bump is the size of a huge watermelon and feel and looks like one with the stripe that has developed, LOL!
Thanks for stopping by!
One of the things that I have always loved doing is roaming around antique malls and fairs and looking at the stuff that people have from the past. I have purchased a thing or two here and there but I am by no means a collector. I just love the design of household items from the 20′s. 30′s, 40′s 50′s 60′s and 70′s. I thinks it makes for a really interesting environment when the new and old are mixed up around you. Last weekend I took some time for myself and went to one of my favorite Antique malls near Atlanta. There are so many around the south and hopefully one day I’ll be able to share this passion with two young ladies, but I imagine that will be some time from now. I don’t think any of these stores would appreciate a double wide trying to maneuver through the tiny isles and hidden nooks and crannies.
Part of me hates that I do it to myself, going to these stores and seeing all these interesting pieces that I know, given the time and research, I could make them come alive again. But Thanks to that great show on TLC “hoarders” I refrain from buying much of anything and I am happy just to see whats there and dream about it later.
One of the items in general that I am obsessed with are chairs, doesn’t matter what kind or for what use, I just love chairs.
I found these bentwood dinning chairs, but they were a bit wobbly and I would have no idea how to fix them,
there were four of them.
Wouldn’t they have been a lovely addition to our home with a little makeover.
and then there was this wood chair, with the great carved detail.
I would paint it and probably add a cushion.
I actually have two chairs that a church was going to throw away, so I got them for free.
And as soon as I get around to painting and reupholstering them, I’ll show you how it turned out.
Look for that in late 2012 sometime ; ).
I also found these adorable vintage kid sized folding chairs, I think I may actually get these if they are still there when I go back.
Another chair that I am currently obsessing over is this Eames reproduction in kids size, I want two, obviously.
Ok enough with my chair sickness, on to glass wear.
I love glass! Colored glass, vintage glass, etched glass, and of course glass that looks like fancy crystal. I also love anything for the kitchen that is colorful.
Some of you may be wondering why I choose all white dishes to register for when we got married. Easy! I could never pick a favorite color (although blue and green tend to usually win me over).
Mixing it up is easy when you have white dishes, I can use yellow salad plates or blue cups or pink utensils and the table will always look fun and put together.
Then I found these old suitcases. I actually remember a few times when I was young having to actually carry a suitcase.
And last I found these while I was writing this post, click the picture to get the recipe. I’m going to make some in my new kitchen, some time very soon. Don’t worry the almost finished house pics are coming.
Have a happy Hump day!
All week I’ve been trying to find the time to post the new pics of our house. And when you ask you shall receive, my flight to my hometown for the weekend for one last visit aline is Delayed! By 45 minutes, so far.
So in the mean time, I am happy to say, we live in our new house! Sort of, it depends on your definition of live in. If live in means you sleep there, then yes, we live there. But I your definition of live in I more like the place where you come home to after a long day of work to relax, unwind, make dinner for or with the ones you love then we are not quite there, but we will get there. And all the hard work and personal touches will make it the best home for us.
Since our Internet I not yet functioning I had to take the photos with my phone in order to be able to post them. So I apologize for the quality. But here are a few highlights of how we are roughing it for a few more days.
All the major parts should be complete by next weekend, then I get to really get started on setting up the babies room and all my DIY projects, like curtains and wall art!
Have a great weekend!
Things are coming along and beginning to take shape out in East Cobb. Our original move in date of July 4th weekend had to get pushed back a week or two because, who does a gut renovation of three bathrooms, a kitchen and a family room, AND paints an entire house in 30days, apparently nobody (except Ty Pennington and his crew of two thousand), so mid July it is. I’m ok with that, because it means that my sweet husband, who is working so hard to make this house a home for us, will take a few days off to relax with our family at the lake for the holiday weekend, instead of moving boxes! YEAH! I’m happy and I know he will enjoy the relaxation.
Here’s how far we have come.
(Side note – towards the bottom of the post all the captions are messed up from their pictures, it’s a funny wordpress thing that I don’t know how to fix, but you’ll get the point)
Family room – remember this big mess
Here it is now, the cabinet doors are at the cabinet doctor getting a facelift.
Remember that hole in the back of the house
Then there was that lovely mustard yellow dinning room that the tenants left for us
The Hall Bathroom went through a rough patch,
but things are looking up and emeraldy.
The girls room was blue, now that just wouldn’t do
but not for long, we are still going for this look, thanks Haute Mama
Here is their closet now
and here are my plans for it
Then there was our room
we tried out some different colors, which do you think is the best?
and our bathroom before
and after… in progress
The hall was is definitely better now than it was in it’s mustard yellow day
and yet somehow, some way all these things will be magically completed by mid July. I think it’s amazing. But for now, when I go to the house I just get so excited at the thought of sitting outside n our backyard or fron and laying on a blanket with my family staring up at these beautiful trees and watching the cloud go by.