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August 2012

The Big Day: Bouquet Alternative Idea

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I’ve been using Wedding Wire’s checklist to keep our wedding tasks organized and to ensure everything will be done on time. In September, the florist (among other things) is a big one on the list.

Obviously, the florist would be helping with any church decorations, bouquets and table decorations. I’m not so sure I’ll be needing them for church decorations (ok, maybe) and I’ll probably use grocery store flowers or backyard flowers (if any) for the table decorations, so all I’m left with florist-wise is bouquets.

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source: Hidden Garden Floral Design

There’s one problem with that. I don’t really understand the point of bouquets. Yes, they’re absolutely beautiful. I’ve pinned them on Pinterest many a time. I get it. I really do. But, why do we use them? What is the point of carrying them down the aisle? Ok, I can make a case that having bouquets solves the age-old problem of, “What do I do with my hands?” Ha. I can’t seem to shake the thought that it seems like a waste – both of time and money. Someone please show me the way if I am thinking of this totally wrong….

That being said, I’ve been having a hard time entering a budget number on my budget sheet for an item I can’t seem to wrap my head around.

So… because we need to have SOMETHING to occupy our hands while we traipse down the aisle, I’ve been brainstorming ideas and I wanted to share one with you today.

Here’s a couple of huge, latex-y hints.

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So, here’s my idea.

What if my bridesmaids (and maybe me if my mother lets me) carried large, 36″ balloons Geronimo-style down the aisle?

I have a feeling it would be a total logistics nightmare, but the affect would be so awesome and more me than actual floral bouquets (I’ve actually told Aaron for years now to not waste his money buying me flowers). Plus, balloons make for great photos (we’ve seen it all over the blogosphere) and insta-decor for the reception site.

Let’s recap.

Advantages of balloon idea:

  • More “me” than bouquets
  • I get their purpose – to make me brilliantly happy
  • Unique
  • Awesome photo opp (I want to photoshop “Thank” and “You” on them for our Thank You notes)
  • Will act as big part of reception decor
  • DIY dream
  • Less pricey
Disadvantages of balloon idea:
  • Possibly not kosher with the church
  • What if they pop?
  • Would need to rent 3 helium tanks ($$) to blow these suckers up on site
  • Would need to recruit a balloon wrangler to keep them out of the way during the actual ceremony
  • Attention might be on the balloons – not Aaron and I! (I could solve this by having my bridesmaids carry the balloons and I could carry a traditional bouquet)
  • People think I’m crazy
  • My bridesmaids might not want to deal with huge balloons

Decisions, decisions. I’m going to craft one of these up this weekend and see how annoying they are to make.

What do you think? Am I missing out if I scrap floral bouquets? Need your opinion!

Any other bouquet alternative ideas?

Should I just shut up and call the florist? That certainly would be easier…

xo, emily

All images are from Geronimo.

p/s: It has been difficult for me to communicate what I want (both on the blog and in-person) and not annoy people. I’m not saying that floral bouquets suck. They absolutely do not. I love them. I pin them often. I gasp at weddings when I see a bride holding one. There are my brides and brides-to-be that absolutely understand the purpose of a bouquet. I just have a tight budget and zany wedding decor, so this ballon vs. flowers thing is just an offshoot of that. I hope you understand….

Down with the Boob! (or Replacing Fan Light with DIY Burlap Lamp Shade)

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I’m constantly in a war against boob lights. I’ve got four boob lights still remaining in my house (two inside, two outside) and I’m pleased to say we are now down to only three.

Here’s today’s specific boob light conquest:

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This one is a double whammy because it’s also a ceiling fan! And you know how I dislike ceiling fans. In this room (the guest room) a ceiling fan is a necessary evil. This is where I fold all my laundry and I need a cool breeze to keep me from blowing my stack over a pair of missing socks. :)

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(Above) I found this $5 1970’s lamp shade at Goodwill and originally bought it thinking I would turn it in to a pendant light. I changed my mind quickly when I noticed the fixture on the shade (that part that keeps it screwed to the light fixture) was perfectly poised to attach to the bolt at the bottom of my fan’s boob light. I’ll explain that in a picture later…

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(Above) I knew I wanted to cover the shade with fabric (like I’ve done before) but I needed to remove that ugly, dusty trim first. Luckily, it came over with just a few tugs without any harm to the shade itself. (Also… the above picture is a good picture of the shade mounting fixture. It dips down in to the shade just perfectly creating a ring for my ceiling fixture to screw to)

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(Above) Here’s the trim-less shade. Ready to be covered!

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(Above) After trying out several different fabrics (patterns, solids) I finally decided on burlap. I’ve had a bag full of burlap in my basement for about a year now. It actually came from a tree (from my uncle’s nursery no less!) we helped my dad plant in the front yard. I love free stuff! I cut a haphazard rectangle out of the burlap – enough to cover both the perimeter and width of the shade itself. I “measured” by laying the shade on the floor and cutting around it. Nothing too scientific. Suge was my helper.

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(Above) To fix the burlap to the shade, I used my handy hot glue gun. I added a string of hot glue around the top of the shade, added burlap and kept going. Once the top was done, I started on the bottom, making sure my fabric was nice and tight. Once I got to the end I was ready to make my seam, which is really what the above picture is trying to show. :)

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(Above) Once my fabric was fully attached to the shade, I needed to do a little cutting around the shade hardware itself, to keep my fabric laying as flat as possible. I just cut along the rod, then used hot glue to glue down the cut edges.

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(Above) Here’s a quick look at how the shade is attached to the fan itself. I used the finishing screw previously used on the boob light to keep the shade screwed into place. I also was able to use the same screwing rod (hehe) from the boob light for this. Worked like a charm.

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(Above) Final step! I used my X-acto knife to cut the jagged edge to form a nice, clean line along the edges of the shade.

As a reminder, here’s the boob light in all its glory:

And now!!!

 

It looks super groovy with the light on! It’s amazing what the shade does in terms of light versus that stupid etched glass dome thing.

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Ahhhhhh… much better. And it cost me a total of $5!

I’m off to work! Have a great day everyone!

xo, emily

p/s: I drew the winner for the EasyPrintsCanvas giveaway! Was it you?

 

Aaron’s House: $62 Bathroom Makeover [Before/After]

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I shared our mini renovation project on Aaron’s bathroom walls last week, and this weekend we were able to put the finishing touches on the bathroom. Our plan was to spend as little as possible to get the bathroom show-ready. We spent $62 using some little tricks (those are below!) as well as materials we had on hand to keep the costs down. We’re considering this project done!

Here’s where we started. Cracked walls, peeling paint, outdated accessories and a lack of decorating.

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And now!

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Here are the things we updated:

  • Replaced the white blinds with a bamboo roman shade
  • Scraped, patched and sanded down the walls
  • Painted the walls in Restoration Hardware’s Stone
  • Painted the trim a fresh, glossy white
  • Installed a floor-to-ceiling shower curtain (a twin flat sheet!) and extra-long liner
  • Replaced the toilet seat
  • Hung a bright, patterned hand towel
  • Clean, clean, clean!

I think the thing I’m most excited about are those smooth walls. I shared the re-surfacing process last week, and I can’t help not to stare at the difference.

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It didn’t feel good showing the house with the walls in its current states, so the fact that that’s done for upcoming showings is a huge sigh of relief.

Next up, can we talk about the shower curtain?

I’ve talked about my love for floor-to-ceiling shower curtains before and the impact they make on a room so I knew I wanted to spend some dollars in that area for Aaron’s bathroom.

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(Above) The shower curtain is actually a striped twin sheet from Target. $16! A twin flat sheet is the perfect size (66″ x 96″) for a shower stall with a decently high ceiling. The best part is I now have a cute striped pillowcase and more striped fabric (the fitted sheet) for future projects as a part of the deal.

(Above) I purchased an extra long shower liner from Bed Bath & Beyond (the only place I can find Extra Long) for $12 and used the oil-rubbed bronze rod and curtain clip rings from my house. (Now my bathroom at home is rocking a super short, plain white shower curtain. Bummer.)

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(Above) Bamboo roman shades can get pretty pricey, but this $21 34″ shade from Home Depot is one of my favorite go-to’s for budget projects. I knew the texture and deep color would bring a little luxe to an otherwise budget bathroom. The reviews on these shades are fantastic and I couldn’t agree more. The best part is that it’s not necessary to be strict on window width because these hang from hooks on top of the window, versus being suspended from side brackets like most blinds.

Here’s the quick budget breakdown:

  • Wall paint – already had on hand
  • Trim paint – already had on hand
  • Drywall compound – already had on hand
  • Shower curtain (twin sheet) – $16
  • Extra Long curtain liner – $12 (with coupon)
  • Curtain rod, rings – already had on hand
  • Bamboo flatstick roman shade – $21
  • Toilet seat – $6
  • Hand towel – $7
  • Vase – vintage glass Aaron found under his porch!
  • Flowers – from the backyard
  • TOTAL: $62

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We’re happy we were able to do this on the cheap. It really didn’t make any sense for us to spend any more than that!

xo, emily

p/s: I’ll be back on Wednesday with one of MY house DIY projects. Finally! I’m sick of Aaron’s house! 😉

p/s: Don’t forget to enter my $20 EasyCanvasPrints giveaway! Pulling the winner tomorrow!

 

The Big Day: Custom Portrait Canvas + EasyCanvasPrints Giveaway!

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This giveaway is now closed. 

This post is sponsored by EasyCanvasPrints.

Happy Friday y’all! I’m back with more wedding goodies. I know I mentioned last Friday that I had this bouquet alternative idea to share, but I’m putting that one on the backburner because I have something even better for you today!

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(Above) Aaron and I had a custom portrait made for us by Rifle Paper Co., one of my favorite paper goods companies. The actual portrait from Rifle comes on card stock and is meant to be framed for your wall. It’s a print, really.

We want to stretch our dollars spent much further than that, so we’re using this image in a variety of ways. We are thinking it will make it in to the wedding stationery (somehow), maybe use the image to order custom stamps or even create a cake topper out of it. Our first order of business was to turn this flimsy print in to a bonafied canvas. I’m thinking we can display this somewhere by the guest book or by the card catcher. Either way, it’ll be nice to have around on the big day.

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I worked with EasyCanvasPrints and with me being a print-to-canvas newbie, I was amazed at how easy the process was with them. I did a step-by-step to show you what I mean:

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(Above) Step One: Pick the size of your canvas. I didn’t want something too big or too square (wouldn’t fit the rectangular layout of my image) so I chose the 11″ x 14″ size.

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(Above) Step Two: Pick your image. I loved that I could access my Facebook or Instagram. I will definitely be remembered that in the future. I’m thinking about doing something with all of our instagram photos for the wedding. Before I uploaded my image, I made sure to turn it 90 degrees to the right so that it would fit the orientation.

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(Above) Step Three: EasyCanvasPrints will check your image quality to ensure you won’t have any fuzziness problems. And you’ll see here how I rotated my image to fit with the layout.

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(Above) Step Four: Next I got to pick my border and hanging options. I wanted a standard wall hanger (versus a stand) and I also wanted border color versus an image wrap or mirror image.

(Above) Step Five: For my border color, I wanted black. I thought it would pop nicely off of my white walls. I was so thrilled that I had this option. I was fully prepared to paint the border myself.

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(Above) Step Six: The final step was to double check your settings and order any color or image retouching. I didn’t need any of that, so I was ready to check out and enter my address info.

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Ta-da! I love it!

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The black border sure looks nice with my white, white walls. It’s hanging in its temporary spot for now.

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EasyCanvasPrints passed along to me $20 towards an EasyCanvasPrints purchase and I want to pass along the gift card to you! One lucky commenter will win the prize.

  • PRIZE: $20 towards a purchase on EasyCanvasPrints.com
  • TO ENTER: Comment on this post
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Tuesday, August 28th at 7:00 pm EST
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Good luck!

HAPPY WEEKEND!

xo, emily

Full Disclosure: I was gifted my canvas in exchange for content, but these opinions are entirely my own!
Second Full Disclosure: Rifle Paper Co. is in no way affiliated with EasyCanvasPrints

 

Aaron’s House: Fixing the upstairs bathroom.

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I shared a brief snapshot of Aaron’s upstairs bathroom (the only full bathroom in the house) in Monday’s post, but wanted to share full details on what we’re doing to this space. Because this is the only full bathroom in the house, we felt that this space needs to look extra polished and put together. There is no master bath (an obvious negative), so a lot of pressure is riding on this little room. It’s not the greatest by layout and size, but we can definitely get it a little closer than where it is now.

The biggest problem is the cracking and peeling walls.

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(Above) This is the view from the hallway in to the bathroom. It’s a small space with a tiny vanity. If I was a home buyer and saw this space, I would keep on walking that is for sure.

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(Above) A closer look at the cracks and oh yes! A terrible caulk job around the dirty mirror. Ugh.

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(Ab0ve) The ceiling tape is also peeling. We’ve got our share of cobwebs, too!

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(Above) A big gash in the wall! Lovely!

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(Above) A big crack along the drywall seam (over which they didn’t use mesh tape or seam tape of any kind). On a positive note, I will say this paint color is nice. I do enjoy immensely and wish I knew what they used.

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(Above) So I started scraping. And I scraped and scraped that bathroom. The wall in front of my dad is almost completely scraped (the old green paint underneath is showing), that’s how bad the peeling was. I was nervous to discover what was underneath (moisture? mold? what is causing this?) but I was SO HAPPY to discover that they actually used cement board not drywall in the bathroom. There were no signs of moisture build-up whatsoever. Wahoo! We think they didn’t let the seams dry before spackling and painting, which caused the gaps and the peeling paint.

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(Above) Next came spackling on the drywall compound, focusing on the uneven and cracked areas. On the larger cracks, we went back and used mesh tape and then applied our drywall compound to correctly fill the gaps.

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(Above) It looks like we’re finally ready for sanding. At this stage we also removed all the caulk so we could lay down some cleaner caulk lines.

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(Above) Sanding walls down is about as fun as painting kitchen cabinets. I think I actually enjoy painting cabinets more. It’s nasty, you have to wear glasses you can barely see out of and a H1N1 mask. This is also the part that takes the longest (at least for me) because I am trying to get everything as smooth and bump-free as I can.

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(Above) Once the sanding was done and the walls were cleaned (we just wrap a wet towel around a swiffer mop and “mop” the walls to get the dust off) it was time to put some primer on the walls!

I was playing it super safe with the primer (we actually used the big daddy… Kilz oil-based) to keep any random stains from coming through and ruining our paint job. I also used primer to roll the ceilings. We almost asphyxiated from those stupid oil-based fumes in that small space but no pain, no gain, right?

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(Above) Another shot of the room with primer on the walls. It’s already looking better… and smooth!

Next week (probably Monday) I’ll share the full reveal!

I’ll be back on Friday with a wedding post!

xo, emily

 

Aaron’s House: Fixing the Upstairs Bathroom

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I shared a brief snapshot of Aaron’s upstairs bathroom (the only full bathroom in the house) in Monday’s post, but wanted to share full details on what we’re doing to this space. Because this is the only full bathroom in the house, we felt that this space needs to look extra polished and put together. There is no master bath (an obvious negative), so a lot of pressure is riding on this little room. It’s not the greatest by layout and size, but we can definitely get it a little closer than where it is now.

The biggest problem is the cracking and peeling walls.

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(Above) This is the view from the hallway in to the bathroom. It’s a small space with a tiny vanity. If I was a home buyer and saw this space, I would keep on walking that is for sure.

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(Above) A closer look at the cracks and oh yes! A terrible caulk job around the dirty mirror. Ugh.

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(Ab0ve) The ceiling tape is also peeling. We’ve got our share of cobwebs, too!

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(Above) A big gash in the wall! Lovely!

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(Above) A big crack along the drywall seam (over which they didn’t use mesh tape or seam tape of any kind). On a positive note, I will say this paint color is nice. I do enjoy immensely and wish I knew what they used.

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(Above) So I started scraping. And I scraped and scraped that bathroom. The wall in front of my dad is almost completely scraped (the old green paint underneath is showing), that’s how bad the peeling was. I was nervous to discover what was underneath (moisture? mold? what is causing this?) but I was SO HAPPY to discover that they actually used cement board not drywall in the bathroom. There were no signs of moisture build-up whatsoever. Wahoo! We think they didn’t let the seams dry before spackling and painting, which caused the gaps and the peeling paint.

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(Above) Next came spackling on the drywall compound, focusing on the uneven and cracked areas. On the larger cracks, we went back and used mesh tape and then applied our drywall compound to correctly fill the gaps.

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(Above) It looks like we’re finally ready for sanding. At this stage we also removed all the caulk so we could lay down some cleaner caulk lines.

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(Above) Sanding walls down is about as fun as painting kitchen cabinets. I think I actually enjoy painting cabinets more. It’s nasty, you have to wear glasses you can barely see out of and a H1N1 mask. This is also the part that takes the longest (at least for me) because I am trying to get everything as smooth and bump-free as I can.

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(Above) Once the sanding was done and the walls were cleaned (we just wrap a wet towel around a swiffer mop and “mop” the walls to get the dust off) it was time to put some primer on the walls!

I was playing it super safe with the primer (we actually used the big daddy… Kilz oil-based) to keep any random stains from coming through and ruining our paint job. I also used primer to roll the ceilings. We almost asphyxiated from those stupid oil-based fumes in that small space but no pain, no gain, right?

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(Above) Another shot of the room with primer on the walls. It’s already looking better… and smooth!

Next week (probably Monday) I’ll share the full reveal!

I’ll be back on Friday with a wedding post!

xo, emily

 

Aaron’s House: Workin’ weekend.

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A quick background on this story if you’re new around here. Aaron has his own house. We’re trying to sell (by owner) his house. The house is officially up for sale and we’re scrambling to get it show ready as the calls come in. You can read other Aaron House posts here, including a quick photo tour, to see progress we’ve made.

Well folks, the last time I mentioned Aaron’s house, I shared our decision to sell by owner versus attempting to rent it. That night the house went up on Zillow and in 7 days, we’ve had 4 showings.

When I put the house up on Zillow for sale, we had no idea that the phone would start ringing. We found ourselves scrambling to fix the things still on our list. The walls in the upstairs bathroom needed to be resurfaced, there’s a huge tree down in the backyard (long story) and the fireplace brick treatment was only half done. Plus the entire place needed to be super cleaned. Oh, and did I mention the front porch had been scraped a few weeks ago (this post) and never re-painted? Needless to say, the eve of the first showing was quite the marathan renovation session.

Well, we survived that showing and we survived the next three. But we still wanted to make the house better. We called my parents (my Dad has a tool inventory that could rival Home Depot… like most dads I am sure) to do a few things: powerwash the siding (it was DIRTY), help us trim out the fireplace and give us advice on how to resurface the bathroom walls. I also needed my Mom and her eye to spot clean the place and do “staging” things.

I need to get in to a couple of project posts, but for now, I’ve got a snapshot of the fire drill that was this weekend’s working session.

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If you look closely, you can see how filthy the siding used to be. We used a bleach/water solution and then washed everything away with the power washer... my new favorite tool!

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Aaahhh, clean siding. Aaron's parents put in the landscaping awhile back and it gets so many compliments.

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I had just done this to the bathroom when Aaron got a call for a showing the next day.

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Aaron and I took creepster photos every time someone came and grabbed a flyer. I'm guessing this woman is pointing to the super-clean siding. Ha.

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Attempting to achieve super-smooth walls... they were cracked and peeling terribly before.

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We did get the wall sanded and primed this weekend. I can't wait to decorate this bathroom... I daydream about it.

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We wanted exposed brick, but we didn't want red brick showing. This was our modern solve without paint. Oh, and it's finally trimmed out!

We think we have two more full weekends of work. Here’s our to-do list:

  • Clean and stain the decks
  • Paint the remaining front and side doors
  • Paint the porch ceilings
  • Paint the bathroom walls and trim
  • Decorate the bathroom
  • Sand and paint the fireplace sides
  • Spray paint rusty air registers
  • Spray paint rusted door hardware downstairs
  • Stage the dining room
  • DIY a hanging pendant shade for the dining room

Regarding the budget, our goal is to spend as little as possible. I’ve been so thankful for my basement warehouse supply – it’s been the source of paint, chairs, rugs, wall decor, etc. We’ve had to purchase supplies, but having a lot of stuff already on hand has been really nice for our wallets. For example, the bathroom is getting painted with Restoration Hardware’s “Stone” I’ve been hoarding for almost a year now. I’m going to be jealous of that bathroom.

We are hopeful but not too hopeful. We fully expect to be wrapping Christmas presents and then preparing for a house showing at the same time.

Also, we are officially up on the MLS which, in the state of Kentucky means, we’re technically not “for sale by owner” anymore. It’s been interesting trying to navigate all of these regulations. If you’re local, our MLS number is 411506.

I’m going to go brainstorm that bathroom plan now…

I also can’t wait to share the pendant shade I’m creating to make the downstairs dining room like more “dining room.”

xo, emily

A fleeting Friday.

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It’s 5:30 on Friday evening. I realize I haven’t posted today and I’m feeling really crummy about it. You see, I always post on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. And sometimes, I get them posted at 7:00 EST.

Today I had a great post planned about a particular wedding idea and why that wedding idea seems to be weird enough to generate a “Huh?” response.

And then I was going to ramble on about how important it is for Aaron and I to write our own wedding day story versus inserting ourselves as characters in to every wedding story we’ve ever heard. Basically, explain the reason why it’s important to do things that are special to us versus what’s tradition or “normal.”

Sigh. I was excited about it. I was even more amped to write out the idea – an alternative to a flower bouquet for myself and bridesmaids.

I’d love to keep going but I’ve got a vanity to paint (Aaron’s house).

So for now, here’s a pretty picture of balloons.

HAPPY WEEKEND

xo, emily

Image: Geronimo Balloons

Window Shopping at Garden Ridge

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I spent an hour or so at Garden Ridge here in Kentucky a few days ago – I was hoping to find a mirror on clearance to help stage Aaron’s house. I didn’t find a mirror so I decided to do some window shopping instead.

For those who have never heard of Garden Ridge… it is a mega home decor store chain. It reminds me a lot of Olde Time Pottery. I’m not sure people actually buy things there, but instead go and take funny pictures of the extra large concrete cowboy boots and giant metal chickens. 95% is super bizarre or dated (and maybe just not my style) but every so often I find some gems.

Here are my gems from this trip:

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(Above) If I had a funky white ceramic base for this drum shade, I would have bought this drum shade. $7 on clearance. These floral patterns are super trendy at the moment.

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(Above) More lighting paraphernalia. This Robert Abbey-esque gourd lamp is only $10 on clearance. The color in person is more peacock blue. Love it.

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(Above) One more lighting thing and I’ll move on. I was surprised to see the tailoring on this linen-ish lamp shade. Super cute and custom-looking. I can see it in a little girl’s room. $20.

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(Above) Mass production’s take on the tribal trend. Not too shabby. Super graphic. At only $50 for a 5 x 7 I’d get two to create a huge area rug for only $100. The bleed pattern is perfect for that trick and no one would ever know. This particular rug was actually buried under a pile of those terrible contemporary rugs so if you want it, be prepared to dig.

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(Above) Loved all of these pillows. I was doing some assembling in the pillow aisles. These are huge 20 x 20’s for only $20. That is an insane price. The ikat one is nice and they had a mustard yellow version, too. Note: The animal print pattern behind these pillows accounts for 85% of Garden Ridge’s pillow stock. Sigh.

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(Above) A great reproduction of the popular shell bowl. It feels kind of cheap but it’s only $7. This would look fantastic almost anywhere in the house. Many people use these as fruit bowls.

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(Above) Industrial-style coffee table. Probably 30″ across. Super pretty wood top. I didn’t catch the price but I am guessing $79.99.

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(Above) At 90% off, this tray is only $1. You can’t find prices like that at Goodwill even. Yes it’s super Lisa Frank hideous but all it needs is some spray paint. The texture is leather-y which will make its new white finish even better. I would have bought this if I didn’t already have 2 billion wooden trays.

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(Above) These are decent knock-offs of the popular Container Store bins. Super cheap at $2.99. I, of course, would buy the white. These would look awesome in a pantry or bathroom linen closet stacked on the shelves.

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(Above) I found these items and paired them together. Love the colors and the look. I actually have the medium vase in my bookcase – it might be nice to complete the set one day.

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(Above) Is it that time of the year again? I guess so. Only 4 months until Christmas!

(Ugh.)

Hope you enjoyed window shopping with me! And it’s a miracle – I didn’t buy a single thing.

Have you had any luck at Garden Ridge? What’s your favorite big box store??

xo, emily

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron’s House: Listing Photos

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Aaron and I took some time this weekend to take several photos of the interior of his house, in preparation for listing the property. We’re not sure of best practices when it comes to house listings, but we figured a decent picture in itself can’t hurt. We took these around 5 so that the lighting would be decent. We also took a hint from professional realtors and used our wide angle lens.

Oh yea, did I mention we’re going to try and take a crack at this for sale by owner thing? Your comments on this post were so helpful – you’re completely right, we should try our hardest to sell now and use rent as a back-up option. So thank you for that!

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The living room - this is the one I helped paint/decorate!

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Living room looking in to the sun room

(Above) The photo shows off the finishing treatment we used on the exposed brick fireplace behind the sofa. I’m always looking for non-paint ways to cover up red brick and this certainly was one of them! I’ll share those details soon!

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Sun room

(Above) This room is so pretty with all its windows. I wanted this room to be the pop of color next to the neutral/plain gray room. I learned that trick from Domino.

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Kitchen (obviously)

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Dining room

(Above) One thing Aaron made sure of while shooting these photos was that the floors were shiny and everything was clutter-free. I tried to remove any cord clutter where I could. We want the home to look as much as “clean slate” as possible so the buyers can start to visualize their own belongings in the home. Ok and total transparency here, we don’t have the furniture to stage these spaces! Guh!

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Wider view of the dining room

(Above) I would love to make this room look more “dining room” versus random room between the kitchen and living room. I wouldn’t mind putting in a chair rail, painting the bottom 2/3 a moody blue and hanging a large pendant shade, but we’re operating on the “spend only when it’s absolutely necessary” rule.

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(Above) Upstairs office.

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Master bedroom

We still need to add outside photos, but we’re waiting until the backyard gets cleaned up and the both porches are painted. We made quite a bit of progress on that this weekend, but it’s not done yet.

Aaron is also running a blog site to showcase the home with additional information and photos.

Looks like this is actually going to happen! WHOA! I can already tell it is going to be quite the ride.

What did you guys do this weekend? On Saturday night, Aaron and I went to a Hindu wedding ceremony for our friends, Sneha and Austin, and it was absolutely gorgeous.

xo, emily