Monday, June 11, 2018

Affordable Home Update

Hi All!

As you know Kyle & I just closed on our house a few weeks ago! We unpacked everything within the first two days and are now moving on to little updates and projects around the house. I wanted to start with something that would make a noticeable difference but wouldn't cost a lot. I decided to tackle changing some of the hardware throughout the home. I love the mid-century modern look with clean lines and a brushed brass finish, I found some beautiful hardware at Lowe's and decided to see where I could incorporate it into my home. At under $5 a handle, this was a very affordable project. I changed the hardware on our pantry, our new TV console as well as an antique dresser I had refinished a few years back. These new handles make such a difference! I love the cool look it gave to my furniture pieces- they feel just my style and very updated. 
If you have any furniture around your home see if you could update it by changing the hardware. Another place you could update your hardware is in your kitchen. Changing cabinet pulls will make it look like you installed completely new cabinets!
I'm linking the exact drawer pulls I purchased for you- They come in the smaller size as well as the longer. 

Do you have any affordable update ideas?


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

Things I did this week //

* Unpacked everything from moving- We closed on our house on Friday and we were completely unpacked by Sunday night- I waste no time! I really just couldn't deal with all of the boxes and mess so I wanted to get settled as quickly as possible. I should also mention we had help! My Mom spent Saturday unpacking my kitchen with me as that is such a huge project, she even organized my pantry for me! 

* Mulched & weeded the gardens. It seems like no one has taken care of the gardens in a while so I took the time on Memorial Day to get to work on those. Mulch was actually on sale for only $2 a bag at Lowe's so I got 10 bags and completed all of my gardens! Next up will be purchasing flowers to plant.

* Had our first BBQ of the year! There is nothing better than grilled food in the summer- it's delicious! I love throwing mini sweet peppers on the grill, they're so tasty with any meal and super easy! All you have to do is place them on the grill and let them cook for about 7 minutes turning them about halfway.

Things I'm doing this weekend //

* Going to look at appliances! I never thought I would get so excited about the prospect of a new oven, but I am! The sales are still going on from Memorial Day so we are going to try to get a new oven, microwave & dishwasher as the ones in our home are a little outdated and I would love to have a microwave mounted over the stove versus sitting on my counters.

* Picking up some more herbs to plant as well as another Jalapeno plant- apparently you need two pepper plants in order for them to pollinate and I only purchased one. Does anyone else love to garden? I find it so rewarding! The only negative is the number of bug bites I've gotten while working outside, the mosquitos are crazy in Vermont this year! 

What are your plans for the weekend?


Friday, May 25, 2018

Life Update

Hi All!

If you follow me on Instagram and here on my blog you might have been wondering where the heck I've been the past few months. My posts have been pretty sporadic & I'm sorry for that BUT something very exciting has been in the works!...

Kyle & I bought a house!
We've been busy packing up everything in our condo from the past 3 years! (I can't believe its been 3 years living there)
We just closed on it this morning and we couldn't be more excited about this new chapter in our life. I never thought at 23 I'd be purchasing a home, I feel so incredibly lucky and thankful. As you're reading this we're probably packing up our moving truck & heading to the new house! 

This whole thing came so unexpectedly- My mom and I were actually getting our nails done one Saturday in April and we were chatting and she asked if I had seen a home that was listed in our area (she had seen pictures on facebook), I told her I had seen it and loved it and she asked me why I wasn't buying it. Next thing you know we were leaving our nail appointment and going to look at the house! We wrote an offer an hour later and it was accepted that night. Mind you Kyle & I hadn't met with a lender yet, which is something you should definitely do prior to looking at homes, so our offer was contingent on financing which thank goodness all worked out. I also should mention that Kyle is a realtor so that's probably why this all worked out so well! I'm not sure I'd be very helpful with tips on buying a home as it was such a whirlwind buying this one! 

I'm so excited to share this new journey of home ownership with you all! I'm sure there will be many home posts to come. I already have so many plans! 

Special shoutout to our family for all of their love & help through all of this!