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Renovations and Progress // Front Entry

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
If you ever see my IG stories you may have seen how one week during all of this reno stuff that we've got going on around here, Brian had to leave for an out of town work trip and that left me here all alone with a sledge hammer...bad news people, bad news.
If you hear Brian talk about the reno process he will refer to each project as part of a phase. 
Phase I-the kitchen. 
Phase II- the built ins.
Phase III- bathrooms and so on......
If you talk to me....its ALL PHASE I and needless to say that makes him want to slowly kill the most loving way of course. 
Originally upon walking into the front door you were greeted smack in the face with a set of closets. I refer to it as the giant BOX O CLOSETS in the center of the house. One closet was in front of the front door, one was in the bedroom (which will be our den) to the left of the front door and the other was a shelved closet directly in front of the stairs. Good storage options, bad design.  

So this closet situation had me all in a tizzy because I seriously could not imagine living here and greeting my guests at a front door that was so cramped. I also do not like the idea that when you walk in to the house, you are immediately in the living room. I like to ease in to a space and there was no easing here. It was BAM you're now in my living space and well, I guess I've now invited you in whether I meant to or not. Maybe its not all that bad but you can see where Im going with this and even though I preach to my kids not to hate anything...this I hated. I HATED IT!
This brings me to the time when Brian left town....this is a theme in our relationship if you've followed us for awhile now. He leaves, I tear it up (the house, I mean..ha:) and he comes back and puts it all back together, but better, waaayyy better!
This was a beast to take down and what a mess but boy am I happy I did! 
Thankfully I have my helpers when dads away.
So much better already but that wasn't easy! 
 This all needed to come down but because I wasn't able to get this all on my own I had to wait for the big guns to get back home and he took care of the rest.
Here you can see how the floors were pretty tore up and the ceramic tile that had been put in sometime after the home was built. Brian would eventually demo all of this flooring so that the floor ran smoothly throughout the downstairs and there were no thresholds to worry about. 

And look now you open the front door and you have a clear and pretty sightline all the way to the staircase. This feels so much better already. 
Next on the agenda was to frame out the new entry way and even this disaster makes me smile because I can see the house changing already and I love it!
Brian cut out all of the old flooring down to the original subfloor . The dry wall was hung and whoa look how stinking gorgeous that is! We also painted the stairs with Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Enamel in Inkwell..which I believe is my new favorite color!  
I can feel some wood trim in this color in the near future...

Here is a little before and after of the stairs...
Here is the flooring we chose to go over the subfloor and I think its going to make this new entrance in to our home so perfect.
So this is where we are at as of now. It's not even close to finished but we are well on our way.

Thats all for now but so much more to come soon! 

Renovations and Progress // Front Door

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Most of you know that we have been in our little house eight now for a couple of weeks and in that time we have created quit a mess!
We have demo'd so much of the house and I've been kind of keeping up with it on my Instagram stories but I thought it was time to show you at least some of the small progress we have made in the month we have owned this new home of ours.
So lets start with the front door.
Before we actually even owned the house we had the chance to work on it a little and it was the front steps that needed our attention first. Our appraiser wanted the steps to be fixed due to the fact that the mortar and bricks had become weak over the years and had started to crumble and become somewhat of a safety hazard. Brian and I agreed to tackle this project since the folks we purchased the home from had already been so accommodating to fix so many other items up to this point and honestly we just wanted to get in to the house already, so whatever it was going to take to move the process along, we were on it!

The first thing Brian and I did was remove all of the slate at the top of the steps and remove all of the broken bricks and replaced them with new ones. Filling in all of the cracks with new mortar.

Brian went over it with muriactic acid to clean them all up and they instantly looked so much better.
We also decided that with the amount of large trees we have around our home and all of the leaves and sticks that blow around, this white door wasn't going to work for us. So we painted it Sherwin Williams All Surface Enamel in Black Satin and I like it so much better. Now we need a new porch light and I'm thinking a nice large lantern would be pretty here when we replace the old light.
Here they are now. I love these old steps and I love that they still look weathered and worn but are safe and I don't have to worry about anyone hurting themselves when coming up to our door!

Halloween Inspired Front Door

Friday, October 14, 2016
Hello Everyone!!!
Its been awhile and Im so happy to be back! Im also pretty happy that my very first post in this new  house is a part of the White Buffalo Styling Halloween Home Tour.
Not a bad way to get back at it and if you are joining me from Cassie's blog thank you for being here.
I would really love to show you a full home tour with lots of amazing Halloween decor but alas the house is in bit of a tizzy at the moment and so I will default to the front door and the little bit of fall decor I could muster up in this chaotic mess of things!
Lots of pumpkins, gourds and a few little felt bats and we are ready for the trick or treaters to bombard our house. 
I'm pretty excited to see all the new little faces this year.

A very Happy Halloween to you all and now head over to Nesting with Grace to all she has done with her sweet home for the holiday.

Flash Garage Sale!! CANCELED!!!

Friday, September 2, 2016
 Because of  your overwhelming support in helping me sell all of my items I've had to go ahead and cancel the sale.  I'm so sorry to any of you that wanted to come but because there were so few items I was able to sell them all during the course of the day!
Thank you:)

Its almost time to move again and the closer we get to the new house design the more I realize I won't be needing some of the things that I didn't sell in the previous garage sale!
Its not a lot of stuff this time around and I am adding a few images below of some of the things that will be in the sale tomorrow!

World Market Coffee Table-SOLD
 All Modern Chairs (2)-SOLD

Tufted Slipper Chairs (2) 

 Round Rustic Mirror
 Acrylic Side Table 
5x8 Wool Rug 
These items along with a few more will be in the sale!!

House Seven Flash Sale 
Saturday September 3, 2016
9am-11am (or until its all gone!!)
Millstone Apartments 
Noblesville IN
 Hope to see you tomorrow!! 

New House Kitchen Inspiration

Saturday, August 20, 2016
I'm counting down the days until I can get in to the new house and start the reno process. I'm pretty sure there will be a moment a month or so from now (or maybe sooner) that I regret that statement but that is what I am feeling. So much excitement, anticipation mixed with anxiety and a little fear. You know that nagging "what are we going to find when we start tearing things up?" feeling that keeps creeping in to my thoughts as I plan my design.
YOLO right?!
I've been dreaming of owning an old home forever!  I've been dreaming about it for so long that this in between time while we wait has me all antsy and wanting to get busy already. Literally, killing me.
Well, there is only one thing to do.....Pinterest and Photoshop to keep me busy.
I've been thinking about the kitchen design the most because that will be the very first project we tackle. That and tearing out every last piece of carpet and painting the entire house white. Still trying to figure out which white though?? I even have my eye on some of those old wood floors becoming a beautiful shade of white. We shall see how all that plays out.
I have a New House board on Pinterest and I'm adding inspiration daily.
I am thinking of going with a modern rustic approach for the new kitchen and even though I keep tweaking the design in my head and I know things will get changed a bit when the actual work begins this is very similar to what I can see as the final design.
Fridge and stove to the left of the room with a modern hood, large rustic island and open shelving flanking the sink on the opposite side of the room. I want to take down some walls so that the kitchen flows freely in to the back room which will become the dining area and TV nook. I can't wait to start showing you all the before pictures! Until then, here are a few images that are giving me all the inspiration that I need to tackle our soon to be new space.
{You can find all of the links to these images here}

and here is a sneak at what I've been working on. Oh you guys I can't wait!