I am a wife, mama and DIY enthusiast. I love sharing ideas on the art of homemaking, food, babies, design and how to decorate on a budget. My husband and I are remodeling our home in Phoenix and I share my thoughts, projects and journey through this blog. I hope you’ll stay awhile and take a look around.
Today I had grand plans to get home from work, finish painting the house, run over to West Elm for curtains and have dinner on the table by the time husband got home... well, that didn't happen. I got tied up at work - for twelve hours! And then I ran over to West Elm, but I found that the curtains I wanted are only on sale online, then I stopped by the karate school to watch husband teach karate. He's an amazing third degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do and Goju and seriously the best teacher I have ever seen.
Anyway, I finally got home at 9:30 to make tacos...
Sooo… after many paint samples on the house shutters, I finally found a color that I liked… Rain, by Benjamin Moore... I just sampled what I had on hand, (and what my Mom let me borrow), which were all leftover interior samples, and then I had Home Depot color match. So far I really like the way the shutters, front door and flower box turned out. It’s hard to really love the color with the make-up looking base color of the house, but at least I can like… Take a look… I do still need to paint the top siding of the house, I actually started on that tonight, but it’s a big job so it’ll take me a few days… Oh, where does the time go?!
I have been trying to figure out a few things about this house...
For one thing, I really, really hate the color the exterior was painted. But with a clay roof and the recent paint job, an exterior re-do is kind of out of the question. Until recently, all of our focus has been on the interior, unpacking, painting, ect, but now that I finally have time to think about the outside, it's a bit depressing. What do you do with a color you really don't like? So, needless to say, I have been searching high and low for something that will inspire me to work with the house, shutters and yard... and then, I found this on the incredible Habitually Chic blog... Pretty in Provence... and it was oh, so pretty! Take a look, these shutters and surrounding gardens are just beautiful. So this is my new inspiration and guide... I'll keep you updated! I'm trying out different colors on the shutters today. Enjoy!
I have to admit, there's nothing quite so exhausting as good old fashioned yard work in 110 degree weather. See this...
This is how we spent our Saturday... Whoo... Husband and I are sooo tired, but we feel good. We got a lot of items crossed off our to-do list. The outside of this house is in a particularly sorry state. When we initially looked at the house, the grass was green and flourishing, by the time we purchased it six months later, the yard was overrun and the poor grass gone. Now, our goal is to get things up and running and make the yard pretty again... We also had to tend to this little pup, Einstein...
He got out this weekend and got a very deep wound on his side. Poor little guy. He's on the mend, but having trouble with his new collar...
You know how I told you that I got a steal on this couch? Well, I just happened to drop into West Elm, who had one Essex sofa left, the floor model, which was marked down an additional $125. That's right! Needless to say, we just bought it tonight! I cannot believe our luck as it had been on hold for someone else. We were the backup people… This always seems to be our luck as that was the situation with this new house.
Our living room is pretty much complete. I am actually giddy with joy! I am going to make my husband an extra nice dinner to celebrate. Yeah, that’s how I roll. I’m a better cook surrounded by chic furniture. Isn’t everyone?
Here are some interesting lessons that husband and I have been learning lately – it is amazing what you pick up from purchasing a fixer upper home. I feel like our universe is expanding!
We have figured out that you should not not worry if…
At night, you sit next to each, so tired that you cannot even speak, but simply keep patting the others arm and nodding your understanding. You know. Like an old married couple.
The Home Depot paint department guy knows you by name.
Your dogs look at you as if you are the worst parents in the world. It is ok. You will walk them again soon.
Your husband is so used to seeing you in grungy, paint-covered clothing that he thinks he married a model when you actually put make up on and curl your hair. You do not know whether to be grateful or offended, but you understand, because yes, it is really that bad.
Your parents look at you with amusement and sympathy. They too used to be this way.
Your friends make fun of you for skipping a night out to paint. It’s true. Paint!
It is becoming normal that you cannot see the kitchen counters.
You have the best family and friends in the world, who continue to randomly show up and ask you to put them to work. We literally would be lost without these crazy nice people.
This is dedicated to all those do it yourselfers… because… you know exactly what we’re talking about!
Happy Sunday Everyone! As you've probably have noticed Project Home has a new site. I would like to thank Danielle Moss for her wonderful design. I couldn't be happier and she was wonderful to work with! Thank you, Danielle. This weekend we have been working on raking leaves and using our inner macho-ness with the chainsaw. If we weren't so exhausted it'd be fun. I also painted the kitchen, Cottage White from Behr, and recovered a bench that I purchased from Goodwill for $7.99. Not bad, right? I removed the previous upholstery. The bench had been recovered about six different times. This was not a pretty job.
Please ignore all the boxes - they're driving me crazy!
Once the previous covers were removed, I used wood filling to fill in some of the leg embellishments, which were a bit out of date. I also added new batting.
I stapled the new fabric and maneuvered the fabric around the legs, stapling along the way. I still need to add the piping, but overall I am pleased with the way everything turned out. For now, it's at the end of our bed, but I will probably put it in the dining room when everything is unpacked. Here's to a very packed weekend and have a great Monday!
This morning my hubby called me and told me I could buy a couch for our living room. What a nice husband I have! We don't have any furniture for our living room so this was a nice surprise, especially since I was planning on waiting a couple of months for this purchase.
I have to admit that the first time I saw this Essex sofa at West Elm I was in love. It's quirky, with almost vintage lines. Like my sister said, it's a statement piece. However, as much as I adore it, I almost passed it up for another, more classic sofa. It was the safe bet. But you remember that I did say that I am going to push the limits with this house, so after multiple calls to my husband and sister, I took it! I could barely pass it up, it was on sale for about 50% off the regular price. But now at home, I feel like it was a good decision. Because, if you can't have at least one bold piece in your own home, then what's the point of decorating at all?