House Updates!

This has been a long time coming… over the past 3 months we have replaced the floors in our house, updated the couch, and changed out some curtains!

After being in our house for 6 years now I find that my style preferences have all changed! Maybe I just didn’t know what my style was 6 years ago, I was right out of college with no home decorating experience! We usually pick one project a year for our house and this was a big one… hardwood floors in the living room, dining room, and office along with all new carpet it the bedrooms! I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!

The night before the flooring company came to tear the carpet out we had a “trash the carpet party”… best idea ever! We took to the carpet with sharpies, and by the end of the night there were cartoons, hangman games, body outlines, animals, and all kinds of odd things on my carpet. My OCD tendencies nearly had a heart attack, but knowing it was all going away the next day made it better!

The floors looked amazing! They are beautiful… however the couch was still its same old red which is SO not my style anymore! Finally, just yesterday I got all the couch cushions back recovered and looking fabulous! The new curtains are beautiful too and I’m feeling very accomplished and like I live in a HGTV living room :) It’s amazing how a few simple things can make you feel like you have a new house!

Oh and I’m not the only one who loves it… Belle seems pretty happy about it too!

Spring Landscape Project

Every year Dwyatt and I pick one big project we want to do for the house. In 2011 we built the backyard fireplace and pergola, last year we completely redecorated our bedroom, and this year we had our front flowerbeds landscaped!  We knew we needed to do this early in the year so the plants have a chance to get established before the hot summer arrives, so March seemed like the perfect time!

We have very large front flowerbeds, they’re really too big in my opinion.  The problem was that they had little tiny plants in them, and plants that we haphazardly strewn around the bed with no rhyme or reason to their layout.  We also were experiencing a takeover of bermuda grass… that pesky stuff had completely taken over!  Honestly,  we let these beds just get too far gone that we were overwhelmed with the amount of work it would take to get them back in working order.  It got to the point that I was embarrassed of them when people would come visit us and walk the front door… I knew we had to do something!

We hired Giant Landscaping and have been so happy with their work!  In only 2 days we had entirely new flowerbeds!  That amount of work would have taken Dwyatt and I at least 2 solid weekends of constant work, something we can neither afford time-wise, or want to do labor wise :)

The “Before” pictures… what a mess!  Oh, and a picture of the one pretty daffodil we had and Weston just because he’s so cute…

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After Day 1 we returned home and all the old plants/weeds/grass was gone!  The beds were perfectly clean with new fresh dirt!  They did transplant some of the old grass for us which will be perfect along the side fence of our house.

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The “After” pictures!  Day 2 we arrived at home and Dwyatt instantly fell in love with the giant tree.  He was SO excited about the fact that it’s taller than the roof.  The two big crape mertle trees just look like sticks right now, but come summer they’re going to be beautiful!  We have rose bushes, holly, black eyed susans, and several types of native grasses, all kinds of different things that are made to thrive in Oklahoma!
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I can’t wait to see how this project flourishes this summer and I’m now fully prepared with a bottle of weed killer to take on the bermuda grass & weeds and keep these beds looking great!

Bedroom Makeover!

March has been a busy month! On top of the usual work and school, we have been re-decorating our bedroom!  This has been a project I’ve wanted to do for several years now. Dwyatt really wanted a king sized bed, and while his vision included just buying new mattress and metal frame and calling it good, my vision was more of a “total redesign”.  :)

We ended up using terra-cotta and teal colors, as we have some teal in our bathroom we wanted to keep.  We changed the orientation of the furniture as well, and now the room feels HUGE!  I love doing projects like this and making the space feel more like “us”.  I’m also glad to that we now have some great bedroom furniture that we will love for many years to come!

Here are a few pics of the finished project:

I found two antique rake heads on Etsy, and used them to hold all my necklaces.  They are so cool, and it’s nice to have everything displayed rather than stuffed in drawers :)
My teal settee… so much fun!  A great place for me to relax and read in the morning while Dwyatt’s still asleep ;)

Lights!

I had to share a quick snapshot of our house this year… Dwyatt did a wonderful job and I’m ashamed to say that this year I didn’t even help!  However, I was fighting the crowds at the mall while he hung lights, so I think we’re even :)

Also, this year they’re all set up on timers, so when we come home from work the lights are already on! Makes me smile every evening when we drive up.

I love when the world is aglow with Christmas lights… one of the magical things about this season!

Fire Logs!!!

Today we came home from work, after a very long week I might add, and the fireplace logs were here!!!  We have been waiting on these silly things for 3 weeks, and I have been so anxious about it.  For some reason it just felt like, “when we get the logs we’ll finally be FINISHED with this project!”  Well… they have arrive!  And arrived in high style I might add, I think they look fabulous:

So, tonight’s plans include some wine, lasagna, and sitting by the new awesome fireplace :)  And just in time for fall weather… we are down into the 50′s at night now.  Can’t wait for our fall party next weekend!

(Only drawback to installing a 1 inch gas line to your fireplace…. I made the mistake of looking at the meter… you can literally watch it move around & around in circles…)

Decorating for Fall!

This weekend we decorated for fall!  This is one of my favorite times of year to decorate our house, because for some reason I feel like our house just really shines during the fall and at the holidays.  I think it’s maybe because we have a red kitchen, it’s a pretty dark wine color, and it just goes well with all the fall and Christmas colors.

Anyway, I pulled out all my regular decorations and then for the patio this year we bought some straw bales and pumpkins!  The country girl in me couldn’t be more excited about having straw bales in my back yard :)  Starting to gear up for our fall party!!  Here are a few photos of the decor around the house:

Outdoor lanterns with baby pumpkins & gourds!Did I mention that the boots arrived?  They’re perfect, I <3 them :)  Pretty excited about scarf season!I’m having a hard time getting Dwyatt out of these hammock chairs this weekend…Someone else loves the fall decorations too :)Ok, back to our lazy Sunday afternoon!  Tonight I’m making Italian Tortellini soup for dinner, Yum!

Planting Roots

This weekend we planted a new tree in our backyard… to replace the one we killed… See, a year ago an odd looking twig sprang up in the middle of our front flower bed, and before we knew it we had a full fledged tree on our hands! This thing grew like a weed, and we were told it was a Cottonwood tree.

I heard somewhere that your only suppose to plant or move trees during months that have an “r” in them. Seeing that this was in July we patiently (ok, maybe not so patiently) waited for September to roll around. A few weeks ago we moved this giant tree, which was now as tall as our garage door, to the back yard. Although we tried to properly dig up the roots, we must have done a poor job because the tree promptly died. Sad day :(

So, to console ourselves we went in search of a new tree to fill the space in the backyard. After much debate over Elm, Oak, or Maple… Fall color or rapid grower… Fruit Or flowers… We sttled on a London Planetree. It’s tall, green, healthy, & has giant leaves!!! We were told it will grow between 3 & 4 feet per year! I can only hope so!

It’s fun to plant the trees and wonder what there lives will see. How tall will it get while Dwyatt & I still live here? Will it get big enough for our kids to climb in one day? Like all things in life, only the Lord knows, but we are planting roots and looking forward to what the future brings!

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Backyard Overhaul

It feels like this post has been a long time coming… we have lived in our home for about 3 years now, and we have finally dressed up the backyard!  We spent the first few years deciding what we actually wanted back there (unfortunately we don’t have enough room for a pool!).

We decided that since Oklahoma has such a beautiful fall season, that an outdoor fireplace would be the perfect addition.  We are hoping that with the fireplace we’ll be able to enjoy the patio later into the fall and earlier in the spring.  We asked for a few quotes from local builders to construct an outdoor fireplace and a pergola, and we were honestly shocked at the prices they gave us!  We decided that we could probably do the work our selves for 1/2 the cost.  So, we have spent practically the entire summer working on this project!  It started in April when Dwyatt formed up the concrete pad for the fireplace foundation, and was completed just last weekend!

While it is now “structurally complete” we still have the landscaping to finish and patio furniture to put in place.  Basically decorating, my favorite part!  Once that is all finished I plan to throw a big fall party for all our friends!  I’ll definitely share some of the fully finished & decorated pictures when I get that done!

For now, here is our progress so far, captured in pictures, half of them from the iPhone :)

 

 

 

 

Quest for a Rug…

I’m looking for a new kitchen rug.  Well, two actually…  The ones I have now are of the fabulous Target brand, and although they have been great for nearly 3 years it’s time for a change!  I’m thinking color, bright, fun, and kind of contemporary. 

The problem?  I can’t find that anywhere!!  Why is it that all cute rugs come in living room (10′x12′) size?  So frustrating…  Here are a few examples of what I don’t want:

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No offence to these lovely kitchen rugs… I just can’t seem to find anything but these rugs!  Where are the cute, young, fun, bright rugs??  Something like this (only kitchen sized):

If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, I would love to hear them!  Until then, I will continue my quest for the perfect kitchen rug.  Happy Wednesday! :)