Friday, August 28, 2015

Home Tour: 7 Months In

Happy Friday everyone!

Brendan and I cannot believe that we have been homeowners for seven months today. Here is a little tour of our home, 7 months in. A lot has changed since our 3 week home tour. I'll also be talking about how we found some of our decor and furniture. 

The front of the house looks exactly the same as the day we bought it. We aspire to have a flowerbed in front of the front window and some trees in the front yard by the end of the fall.

The entryway has my secretary from graduate school and a new bench. The bench is from and we paid one of my mom's friends recover the cushion for us. The entryway also features art by Brendan's dad (left...we have a LOT of his artwork in our house, and I'm more than obsessed) and our friend Michael Hubbard (right...everyone that comes over wants to photograph this painting). 

To the left of the entryway is the dining room. This room is the most recently decorated and only contained empty boxes up until a few weeks ago. We are still planning to add artwork to this room by Brendan's dad. We have used RugsUSA for ordering the majority of our rugs, and we really like the company and the prices. We bought this set at Haverty's, and it was just what we were looking for: beautiful, simple, and functional. I LOVE finally having a place to display the beautiful silver and Waterford crystal candlesticks that we received as wedding presents.

Under the arch in this photo (right) , we have our office, guest room, and second bathroom.

PS--We still have Dagan's art and Amanda's vase here (are we lucky to have such talented friends and family or what?)

The guest room quilt is by Brendan's grandmother (I don't know how she does it, but I know where you can buy one if you are interested ;) The room is decorated with antiques and knick knacks from our travels. 

One of our friends, Wendy, lovingly dubbed this bathroom "the bird bath," and I like it! 

Our office finally got some attention at the end of the summer. Brendan is still finishing his bulletin board. Notice the mini fridge that we lived out of for two weeks while our real fridge was being delivered. Now, this fridge is our "beer fridge." We bought the table the fridge is on from an antique store. The rug is Brendan's from forever ago. 

Recognize my desk? It used to be our kitchen table at the old apartment. I went to Bed Bath and Beyond to find some organization solutions, and I purchased my printer table from an antique store.

To the right of these rooms is our kitchen

You can see the laundry room towards the back of the kitchen. It is nothing special, but we do enter and exit here since it is connected to the garage (I didn't take a new picture of that because our garage looks the same. Seemingly, we are the ONLY family on the block that can fit two cars into our garage. These are the perks of NOT having a truck).

The red bar stools are from We are super happy with them; they match everything in our red kitchen, and they are the perfect height to pull up to our breakfast table if we need more chairs.

Breakfast area. The table runner was my second anniversary present from Brendan. The valance curtains come from Saffon Marigold (online). Our friends Jill and Ryan gave us the table and we cherish it (not just because it looks nice, but also because it reminds us of many good times). 

The kitchen looks onto the living area, and we spend most of our time in this room. The sofa table is from an antique store (we hope to one day refinish it). The curtains are also new since the last home tour post and were purchased at Target. I just love hanging out in here. It is so cozy. BIG kudos to Brendan for figuring out furniture arrangement solutions to make this room feel cozy (it has a pretty odd shape, so it wasn't easy). 

Across from the living room is our room. I LOVE our bedroom. The colors are so calming. Grandma Nancy's wedding quilt is the star of the show in here. I planned all of the colors around it. 

The rug is from World Market. 

The oversized chair also comes from Haverty's (you have to love one stop shopping). My dresser/mirror, Brendan's dresser, and the nightstands are all from (great experience with the company, and they saved us hundreds of dollars). We wanted furniture that matched the cabinets in our bathroom, and again we were looking for beautiful but also simple.

Our bathroom is still one of my favorite things about the house. 

We use our jetted tub a lot, and we love it. It's an awesome way to unwind after a long day!

This should be your one takeaway from today's blogpost: Go out and buy a fluffy rug for your closet. Your feet will thank you! This one is from Homegoods. We are still working on true organization in here! 

And oh yeah, the back patio! 
The Rug is from Pier One and the lights are from Target. 

We are making slow but sure progress in our backyard space. Brendan loves the double hammock that was his second anniversary gift from me (see how we did the cotton theme?) and check out our basil! 

Still, we have a long way to go out here, but Rome wasn't built in a day people! 

Okay, there's our home tour! As you can tell, we spent a lot of time, money, and energy making our place just perfect, but I'm pretty sure we couldn't be happier with it. 

Happy weekend everyone! 

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