The problem with taking an entire unplanned week off blogging (and really just blogging so sporadically in general lately) is that I end up with a post like today's. So many words, so little time. You see, life has hit us hard lately, and not in a bad way. Between pregnancy, home updates, full time jobs, and trying to have some lake time this summer, I can hardly keep up with which day of the week it is.
When we purchased our home in March of 2013, it was an exceptionally affordable, brand new build house that they were just putting the finishing touches on, and being young, poor, first time home buyers, we had no plans to ask for any upgrades. We planned to change things over time, and so we had 3 things we wanted to complete within the first year, (as in, by March 2014.) We wanted to install hardwood (or laminate) flooring in the main living space, as well as our master bedroom. We wanted to have a fence installed around our property, and we wanted gutters so our planters would stop drowning every time we had a rainstorm, which in Arkansas, seems to be every other day.
Fast forward to March 2015, and we're finally checking the last box on our first year list. Now at the end of June the floors, ARE FINALLY DONE! And I can't even express what a miracle this feels like! Jake worked, so,so, SO hard to complete them, and I can't stop sliding around Risky Business style enjoying every moment!
I need to make it clear, this is not a reveal post.
If it were a reveal post, I might have put our shoes back in the closet, or moved Axl's dog bed to another space. We revealed our master bedroom way back in January, (has it seriously been 6 months?!) and I said there were a few things I still had yet to check the box on in the room. One being the floors, two being painting our cream trim white. Both have been done thanks to my hardworkin' baby daddy, and now i'm itching to change some furniture around (like our jankity headboard that still causes me eyesores) and find the perfect rug. The money spending never stops, much to the chagrin of my husband ;)
Axl is struggling through his adjustment to the new floors. A lot of changes have happened in this little guys life as of late. First of all, he slips and slides all over the place. Secondly, mom and dad have kicked him out of their bed in preparation for the new baby, and he has taken up permanent residence on the dog bed that floats around our home. It's tough being a beagle, ya'll.
We kept carpet in our guest room/office, as well as in our Son's room to keep at least some rooms soft and plush under our toesies. I also didn't clean up the dusty footprints before taking these pictures.#notarevealremember?
The living room was the real project in this whole ordeal. It took
us Jake almost 2 months just to complete this room alone. Between the endless cream trim he painted, and the weird angles around the room, it truly felt like it would never end. But alas, we finally have a functioning living space again!
I need to repeat that this is not a reveal. If it was, I would have ironed the newly bleached couch cover, or fluffed the curtains. We are slowly making our way through the house, updating/decorating/and changing what we like and don't like. And it truly takes so much time. But to see how far it's come since we moved in puts a little cheesy grin on my face.
This man deserved all the corona and lime after he completed this beast of a project!
The living room still has a long way to go before her formal reintroduction. This little entry could use some styling, along with a nice fluffy rug in the doorway.
Although she has received her new coat of fresh bright white paint, I really need to redecorate the mantle, and we'd love to re-tile the fireplace as well. All in good time! I'm learning that it is a marathon not a sprint. Living with a space and taking your time making decisions is the best thing you can do for your home. It will always be evolving, and at least in our house, no room will ever be truly "complete", but if decorating is your jam like it is mine, that is where the fun is at.
We've yet to officially decide on a coffee table or ottoman. I did find a coffee table I absolutely loved the other day, but i'm almost thinking a nice plush ottoman might fit better in the small space. What do you guys think? We've been looking for months, and i'm trying not to settle on any one thing, but I know Jake really misses having somewhere to rest his feet. (Especially after all his carpentry lately)
Lots of changes will be happening in this space that we spend 99% of our time in the next few weeks, and i'll be sharing all the steps along the way! I would love to see a plush comfy chair to the left of the couch, redo our gallery wall, update the mantel and find some long pretty curtains that tie the neutral room together. Perhaps next time you see this view, i'll actually iron out the couch cover ;)
Thank you so much for following along! For any of you curious about pregnancy updates, my 21/22 week update (including footage from our magical anatomy scan) will be up tomorrow! I can honestly say i'm feeling amazing at this part in pregnancy, except for a few embarrassing, baby-growing side effects, but to keep from rambling, i'll save the good stuff for tomorrow!
Until Next Time,