Monday, August 27, 2012

{Gettin' stuff done - finally ;) }

I have been dragging my feet when it comes to getting things "settled" here at he new place. I'm not sure why....? Maybe I've been a little overwhelmed by the thought of getting every area situated at once instead of tackling things one small area at a time, so I have just avoided all of it?? Yea, I think that is a big part of it. That being said, yesterday was a good day. A day of getting some things done that I have wanted to get done for quite some time (thanks to a good old fashioned cry prior to getting started (lol), and some help from my sweet husband :)).

First things first -- our breakfast nook curtains. I purchased my DREAM curtains at West Elm a couple of months ago, and we finally hung them up....

I am super happy with how they look. They are fresh and airy and stylish in all of the right ways. The window is an odd size (it's big), so the panels are exactly wide enough to cover the whole thing, and they are a touch too long (108"), but in general, I'm happy with how they fit. I won't really be closing them much anyway, so the tight fit is not really an issue :)

After seeing the look of the whole space, I am going to remove the lattice place-mats & use plain ones. It looks a little....busy.  Don't you think....?

I think the table decor needs to be changed in general, but it'll do for now.

While we were on the curtain kick, the formal dining room got some too (cheap gray curtains from Ikea).....
...but that's all I can show you in there, because besides the curtains, it's a total disaster area ;) lol.

I've been starting to put my touch on other small areas of the house too.

Kitchen window...

A small amount of my vintage citrus reamer collection:

...& some other window-goodness....

I plan on adding some more succulents up there soon. It is a greenhouse-like window with glass shelves right behind the kitchen sink. I really like it!

I also finally printed & framed a few photos to sprinkle around...

...and ordered a large (20" x 30") gallery wrapped canvas to hang up somewhere. It is HUGE and I am IN LOVE with it!

 (Newborn photo by Bubba-Loo Photography)

And one area of the house that has stumped me a little bit as far as decorating goes is in the "family room" (the room we sit in most). It is a "cut-out" that the builder decided to add to house a T.V. An old-school square tube-T.V..  Do any of you have these in your homes? Home builders in this area did this a lot, and in my opinion, it was not a good call. Why would I want someone else to decide where my tv should go and what size it should have to be, and furthermore, in my case, they put it to the right of the fireplace, and added another cut out below it (maybe for more A.V. equipment? Or firewood? who knows!), so it is off centered and random looking :/

All I know is that it is kind of a challenge to work around it, so for now, this is what it looks like.....

(The 22nd is the date of our wedding)

To the right of this "cubby" is a window, to the left is an empty space over a barely-wide-enough mantel, and below to the left is the fireplace. It's an odd set-up, but nevertheless, we are making it work (& in the small cutout to the right of the fireplace, I have put a basket with folded throw blankets. Not pretty, but functional).

So, there you have it. That is all the progress that I have made so far, but I feel my mojo slightly creeping back and plan to continue with my decorating mission until it's done :) Wish me luck.

Oh..and some Oliver goodness, because, why not!!? :)


  1. ollie is the cutest thing ever! and i love love love those curtains in there! perfecto!

  2. I love it all sis, YAY for mojo!!! I love that baby boy so much. SO much!

  3. great curtains, and I like your window and "nook" decorations too - each piece is so thoughtful!
    I was just coming to see if you had posted any pictures of the new house :)
    The Oliver shots are adorable (as always) he's so cute.
    can't wait to see more (of HIM and the HOUSE)