Monday, March 18, 2013

Moody Mondays.... {new house den}

Once again, Moody Monday almost didn't happen today.   Lately I have been living by the mantra "If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done."  ;)

"Procrastinators unite!  ... tomorrow..."

Aaanyyywhooo,  one of our favorite features of the new house is the den.  There is a fireplace, built in bookshelves, beams across the ceiling, a skylight, and a three-season porch off the back.  We are hoping to keep some of the Mid- Century feeling to the house but, as you know by now, I simply can not commit to just one style.  I love just about EVERY style out there, and would get so tired of all Mid- Century modern, or all Traditional.  

That being said, I have been having a fun/ hard time deciding what I want to do in this house.... I have never had a blank canvas like this!  (EEEK! Still getting used to the fact that we bought a house!!!  Yippee!! )  

The below board is just the first of many for this space, until I figure something out that really hits me.  

living room
New house Den, take 1
I had fun playing with the funky curtains and trying to blend them with some more serious, sophisticated pieces... not sure if I would actually want to live with the curtains, but they are definitely cool!  I really liked that crazy vintage ottoman.  I would love to find some unique vintage pieces like that, those chairs, and even maybe that dresser at Allegan this summer.   (In the actual room, the fireplace is opposite the slider, which is why I did not include it in the board.  The furniture would be facing the fireplace.)  

Like I said- I am going to keep playing around with it until it feels right, but this was a fun start!   I think I just need to find one piece that totally inspires me, and that will help me get the ball rolling for the rest of the space.   

Hope you all had a lovely Monday!

G'night :)


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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Home sweet, wonderful, outdated home...

Party ovah' here, party ovah' there- we got the house!!

It was a bit touch and go for a while, but our offer was finally accepted!
We are in awe of how it all went down, and are praising God for His perfect timing and provision.  What a blessing this house is!  HUGE ENORMOUS GIGANTIC thanks to my Aunt Karla, aka. world famous realtor... lets just say without her wisdom, experience, and support we would not have this house.

We had the inspection last night.  I had NO idea what to expect, but the inspection was actually a very enjoyable experience.  Scott, our inspector, was so down to earth and funny, which really put us at ease and helped us to enjoy the night. AND, he ordered a pizza for the three of us to share, which is a sure-fire way to my heart. :)

This is what I was doing while the menfolk were inspecting:
Picking colors, babayy!!

We can not stinking wait to get in there and put our stamp on the place!!

Here are a couple (read: TONS) of pictures I snapped of the interior in it's pre-philipandshainatreatment state.  It goes without saying that these are BEFORE pictures.... =)   


Front living room- first room you see when you come through the door

blurry pic of the fireplace.  It is a pass through and is shared by this room :
our favorite room in the house... beams on the ceiling,  fireplace, skylight...
other side of room- opens out to an enclosed porch!

the enviable carpeted kitchen and dining area....

I actually really like the pendant light.  I have big plans for this space... stay tuned. 

view from kitchen to dining area
worlds teensiest bathroom off the kitchen

awesome lift on the toilet...

door to garage, door to basement, bathroom around the corner

bedroom 1

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 3

 bathroom... carpeted, naturally.

I actually kinda like the bathroom wallpaper... but not enough to keep it. 

"Swans in love"; artist unknown

Anyone want a wreath?  It has a $2 sticker on it, but we think it is priceless...


Jealousy inducing carpet

worlds second teensiest bathroom under the basement stairs

favorite feature: this beautiful wall 'mural' with custom lighting.  If you look closely, you will see a seam down the middle- it is a mirror image of itself on either side...

Score!  Another fireplace!! And a floral sofa!!  Double Score!!

Narnia lights and a sweet canning station...

Love this old thang

Our very own Detroit Jewel!!  Triple score!!  These things are honestly quite impressive.

In all seriousness, we LOVE the house and it's quirks and are SO excited to live there.  It is about 30 minutes away from my family, which is the only sad part of this whole picture and will certainly take a bit of getting used to... but we really feel that this is where we have been led, and so we will make the most of the longer commute.   We absolutely love love love the location in all other respects... it is close to all of our favorite hangouts: coffee shops, restaurants, parks, ANTHROPOLOGIE... oh my gosh.  I am going to be 5 minutes from an Anthropologie.  Pinch me!!   Who knows, my fam may move out to our side of town eventually anyways.  

Now we just can't wait to close so we can start tackling projects!  We have so many grand ideas swimming around in our heads for this place.  It will be a big job that will definitely keep us busy for a while, but we are confident it will be worth it!!

Have a great weekend!!


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Monday, March 11, 2013

Moody Mondays.... {fun, classy, fresh}

Good Evening!
Moody Monday almost didn't happen today due to my lack of preparation/ distraction with house shopping.... but better late than never!  I am going to keep this one short and sweet.

This is my take on a fresh, fun, yet classy living room:

'S' Residence- Living Room mood board

(Obviously the sofa would be facing the fireplace in real life, but I'm not cool enough to do 3-d stuff yet, so you'll have to bear with me!)

I can not get over that emerald/ kelly green lately... And of course I will never get over mixing styles!  This ended up being a little bit more frilly than what I would normally lean towards, but that is what is so fun about making these boards- I get to experiment!  

This week I am going to do my best to post more than once.  We will see how that goes...

Sleep tight- don't let the bed bugs bite!

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Moody Mondays.... {from scary to airy)

Happy Monday to y'all!!
I hope you had a lovely sunshiney weekend! 
We kicked our weekend off with a fabulous dinner and much cherished fellowship over at B-ma's house... we absolutely love her, her hubby ,and their beautiful babes.  They are true-blue freinds who love God with passion and zeal and live their lives with such zest and contageous joy... they are honest, encouraging, humble, caring, loving... and funny as all getout.  We are truly blessed to call them our friends.  (and blessed to eat Jana's famous cooking :)
Saturday consisted of working, and afterwords vegging on the sofa with my man and some Sherlock Holmes BBC action. 
On Sunday after church we went through the house a second time... and PUT IN AN OFFER!
We are supposed to find out tonight if they accept/counter our offer.... eeeek!!  I don't even know what to think.  I don't want to get too excited right now, because there is always a chance that it will not work out... but goodness, it would be pretty cool if it does.
SO excited to see what happens... whether or not we get this house, we know that there is a perfect plan unfolding that we get to be a part of!
In light of all of this, I have been very neglectful of this poor little blog lately.  At least im stickin' to my Moody Monday series...  that counts for something, right?
I have been playing on polyvore like crazy in the past few days, trying to get my creative juices flowing and forming a vision for this house, should it become our home.
One room that I would be VERY excited to transform is the main bathroom in all it's carpeted, wallpapered, flesh- colored tile glory. 
I would show you a picture, but I don't want to give you bad dreams.
Below is the mood board I threw together for the space, hoping to turn it from scary to airy.

bathroom inspiration

bathroom inspiration

I would love to find (or have my dad build) a vintagey, Mid Century looking buffet in an oiled walnut finish that we could use as the bathroom vanity.  Im thinking we could get a slab of marble for the top and some vessel sinks... and of course some sweet vintage mirrors and swing arm sconces to go above.  I would LOVE to do either white or grey- veined marble penny tile on the floors and a beautiful, pale, seafoamy gray for the walls.  I would want to complete the look with a vintage, possibly overdyed, kilim rug and a clean graphic shower curtain.  (which would replace the oh-so-lovely exsisting glass shower doors, complete with a pair of etched swans....) 

If we do get the house, it would likely be a while before we could tackle this project, but at least I have a plan should that day come!  =)



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