Monday, October 28, 2013


Tomorrow is finally the day. We get to close on our new place! We are beyond excited and can't wait to get started on making it our own. 
But we will still be staying at my parents for at least another week or two while we paint and have some things fixed. And we certainly aren't complaining about that. We have been quite lucky to have such a lovely place to stay while waiting on our home and I wanted to share some recent photos I took of our temporary living space.
Beautiful views that we all enjoyed.
Even the cat :)
And the room we are staying in is so cute and charming. My mom collects vintage animal and floral pins and displays them on the curtains in the spare room. When she first started out they were displayed on two little throw pillown on the bed but quickly collected too many pins for the pillows. So the curtains it was!  Such a special way to display her favorite pins and adds instant whimsy to the room!

Here's hoping next time I post it will be about updates to the new house! ;)

Monday, October 7, 2013

The waiting is the hardest part!

Waiting is SO. HARD.

All I want is to get in to our new place and start painting, decorating and making the repairs we need to make! But unfortunately, buying a foreclosed home always seems to present some problems and we are experiencing those at the moment. So we have to be patient. Which is hard. Really hard.
So I spend a lot of time thinking about the changes we are going to make, the paint colors we will use, the style couch we will buy for the living room....etc...
There are 4 things that I really seem to be stuck on most at the moment. Master bedroom paint color, accent wall in the living room, entryway makeover and painting or staining the existing kitchen cabinets. So of course I have been scouring Pinterest for ideas!
For the master bedroom I have actually been considering Pink. I KNOW. I shocked even myself with that one. My go to colors are normally grays and blues so I was trying hard to go for something different. And since our bedspread and a few other bedroom accent pieces are gray... pink came to mind! I think it stemmed from THIS article I read on Apartment Therapy.
Click Here!
They suggested a super duper light pink and I think I like that idea. The Paris White above is pretty (I think the true color sort of got lost in translation....check out the link for a better image).  I even ran it by the hubster and he was on board without much hesitation! I just don't want it to end up looking like a little girl's we'll see!
In this new house we will be fortunate enough to have a living room and family room. I am so exicted about this! For the living room I definitely want there to be an accent wall. I would LOVE some kind of crazy wallpaper (and by 'crazy' I mean birds or flowers...which to my husband is crazy) but I don't think Jon would be a big fan so we are working on finding a stencil or wallpaper that we can both agree on. Here are a few that I like - All found on Etsy.

Large Graphic Herringbone Shuffle Allover Wall Stencil

Moroccan Wall Stencil
Arrow Pattern Self-Adhesive Wallpaper
Scallop Pattern Self-Adhesive Wallpaper
For the entryway we definitely need a new light fixture and flooring but I am most excited about making over the closet. We plan on doing something like this...
Coat Closet Redo - click here
And then there are the kitchen cabinets.
Excuse the blurry photo... but as you can see from the picture, they are great cabinets with plenty of storage,
which we are sooo stoked about. BUT neither Jon or I are fans of the light colored wood (which are even lighter in person. This crappy photo doesn't do them justice). And can we talk about those handles for a minute...WHO THE, WHAT THE?? They are terrible. It's hard to see them that great in this photo but they are just oversized ivory balls.  SO, we plan on staining or painting the cabinets...not sure which way to go yet but here is some inspiration for that project.... 
Gray is definitely a favorite of mine! Could be a nice little twist.
Gray Cabinets
Minty Green would be a fun, unexpected color!
Minty Kitchen
Or a classic white is always nice.....with a little pop of color!
Classic White
So researching and 'Pinning' ideas is keeping the hope alive for me right now! I would love to hear about any home decor ideas that are really inspiring you right now!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hello & Welcome!

I am so excited to start fresh in this brand new blog space! Thanks for checking me out. I am hoping some might have hopped over from my old blog Hollie Would Vintage Life.
I decided to change things up because I just felt like I needed a fresh 'blog' start to go along with all the new and exciting things happening in my life! I didn't feel like the name really fit any more. I still LOVE vintage and it is a big part of what I do in my free time but I have a lot more to share than just vintage. A lot of changes have occured in my life in the past year and I feel very blessed and felt like the old space was limiting me and what I felt like I could share.
One of the most current changes is that my husband and I are in the process of buying our first home together! I bought a townhouse several years ago before we had even met and really loved it and was proud that it was my first place and had bought it on my own. But since meeting Jon and getting married, we are ready to move on to bigger and better things! Buying a home together is just super exciting.
The Good News - We ended up selling the townhouse in about 24 hours, which we totally weren't expecting. What a blessing! And we found a house we both really love and our offer was accepted.
The Bad News - The house we are in the process of buying is a foreclosure and some issues have come up in trying to close on it.
So it came time to close on the townhouse and things still aren't worked out with our new place. So right now we are in limbo. We moved everything out and are temporarily living at my parent's house. We are so grateful to have a place to stay and store our stuff while we are waiting, but we can't wait to get into the new place and make it our own! That is what I am most excited about sharing in this space - decorating, renovating and sharing the transformation of it! We have so many ideas and changes we want to make and I can't wait to share them!
But, in the meantime while we are waiting to finally close, you will just have to settle for other tid-bits of my life - maybe some tips on how to live out of a suitcase or survive the ups and downs of buying a foreclosure?? Sounds excting, right? ;)

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