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Well hello there!  We did it, folks.  We f-i-n-a-l-l-y closed on our new weekend home.  We are so proud and humbled that we have the opportunity to own this beautiful property and believe we will get the house where we want it one day.  We know that the place was worth the wait.

Moving in this weekend was brutal.  I am so very grateful to our friends who showed up, stayed until they were about to drop, and never complained.  I also am so happy that two of our nephews were willing to come and lift, haul, tote, carry, and sweat.  It was 103 Sunday… in the shade.  No lie.  I have no idea how hot is was Friday and Saturday because we couldn’t find our outdoor thermometer until Sunday.

We are sore and I have a few bruises but we got a lot moved in over the weekend.

We did not get the carpet out as we hoped but we decided that while we had the help we better get the heavy stuff moved in.  We can scoot things around to get the carpet up.  We also didn’t paint.  The skin colored walls will be in all the pictures but remember that they will be changing when you see the pictures and that there is nothing on the walls until after the painting.

We did get one of the tasks done, the front door was liberated.  The previous owner had sheet rocked over the front door so that a china cabinet would fit.

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There are no pictures from move in.  It was all hands on deck, no playing around with a camera during this time but here is what we got accomplished this weekend.

The master is almost done.  We are having a curtain dilemma but more on that another day.  The walls are not an attractive color and there is no door to the bathroom…ick.

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The front guest room is set up except for the shutter headboard.  I am waiting for wall  paint to get them up.  We also need another lamp.

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The craft room only has the Expand-O-Matic in place.  I am also having curtain issues.  84 inch curtains seem too short but 95 are too long.  I think there will be some alterations with both to make them work.

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The main room is sort of set up.  We now have a table and chairs but need to work on the bench. I decided to go with the ranch thing.  there is faux leather, faux cow hide, and even faux ostrich.  Bessie, my Hobby Lobby cow graces the mantle and will look great when I really get to decorate.

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The den area needs work but I like the funky dresser.

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The table looks great.  The bench is not finished.

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I like the color combinations.  I think I will like this spot to hang out one day.

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The kitchen window is a home for my white pitchers.

We have a long way to go and a lot of work ahead but I am proud of how much we got done in three days.

Thanks for cheering us on.

I love hearing from you,

Blessings,

Karen

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Quick Home Office Makeover

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The one room that has been totally neglected since we moved in to our suburban home is my office.  It has been our dumping ground, a storage space, and an all around under used space in our home. 

   
   
I know what you are thinking, and you are right.  What a mess!

When I changed jobs recently the need for a home office became critical.  I am currently sharing a really small office at work and I need a quiet place to get some of my tasks done.  

As the closing on our property has been slow Mr. Math and I  came up with a plan to deal with one of the things that have piled up in the office,  paint.   I just can’t pass up samples of paint in the oops bin.  I also love spray paint and sometimes forget I have a color so I buy more.   We decided to use a 6 1/2 inch space behind the door to Store all of the spray paints and samples that I have.  I think that having them all in one place may stop me from buying more than I need…I hope anyway.

Mr. Math installed white brackets from Home Depot that were under $2.00 each and bought the plastic coated shelving.  He did have to notch around the door trim.

I am getting a ton of storage out of unused space here.

   
   
While the shelving unit went up, I sorted though my closet and made it more organized.  I donated a few loose items, and cleared the trash.    Believe me folks, this is organized in my world. 

  
A new rolling cart from Aldi will be where I keep the things currently. Getting worked on.  Check out the Wednesday ads for Aldi, folks.  They have some cool things that randomly pop up.   My vinyl cutter also now has a home that makes sense. 

  
The best part about the makeover were the curtains.  $29.99 for a pair of 96 inch long lined curtains from Homegoods.  I had to buy two sets but for $60.00 total they pack a punch.  

   
   
Everything else in the room came from around the house.

I added in some of my favorite sayings and an old drop leaf pine table tat can will be pulled out for projects and I rearranged.  All in this quick makeover was just over $100.00.  

  
   
I have more “S’s” but this weekend I couldn’t seem to put my finger on them.  They will be added to the wall as they turn up. 

 
A friend made this awesome sign doing a particularly tough time this last year and I love that I can see it when I walk in from the laundry room.

  
I hope you had a productive weekend.

Blessings,

Karen

Our First Project- The Kitchen

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It looks like we will be closing on our home Friday.  We now have a closing date and time at the title company.  The insurance guy has gone to take pictures, and he survey is completed.  Whew.  This has been a struggle.

Before Mr. Math has to return to work, we want to get the kitchen up and running.

Here is how the kitchen looks today:

   
   
I found this inspiration picture on TomKat Designs

  
There are a lot of elements in this picture.  

Here are the plans to get the kitchen spruced up that should be doable this summer:

1.  The carpet must go.  Vinyl plank floating floor is going in as soon as it comes in.  Currently it is back ordered until August 5th.

  
2.  The fluorescent light is coming down and pot lights are going in around the kitchen.

3.  The ceiling fan is coming out.  

4.  There is a huge pantry on the other side of the refrigerator that is coming out so that a walkway can be put in to open up the space.  We are going to put in a pantry in the laundry room.

  
5.  Pendant lights are going over the island.  I plan on working on some IKEA pendants to get the look I want.

  
6.  A farmhouse sink is going in.  I have decided that I wNt a double farmhouse sink.  I love the way it looks in the kitchen of House of Smiths.

  
   
 7.  The cabinet doors are getting a makeover.

  
8.  The laminate will be replaced with Quartz.  

  
9.  The cabinets will be painted two toned and hardware added.

   

  
We will be keeping white appliances because one day I hope to have a vintage stove…one day.

We will keep you posted on our progress.

I hope your summer is going well.

Blessings,

Karen