Monday, January 30, 2012

My {So Called} Mood Board...

I know this isn't the fanciest of mood boards that are out there on the internet but I wanted to share my recent purchases (yep, with an s, I've been a shopaholic today) that I've made for the living room!

First, I bought a rug...

Isn't it gorgeous? I love all of the green, off white and yellow colors this rug has! I feel like it has a modern-but-not-too-modern-to-not-be-traditional vibe to it if you know what I mean. Nothing wrong with being modern or traditional but I've always thought my style falls somewhere in the middle which is why the moment I laid eyes on this rug I knew I had to buy it! I first found it on a website called Grandin Road but I was able to find the exact same rug right here on one of my favorite sites, Amazon, for less AND free shipping! Whoop, whoop!

Then I started looking for accent chairs and OH.EM.GEE. when I say I hit the accent chair jackpot I mean I hit the ACCENT CHAIR JACKPOT. There are two things I'm absolutely obsessed with, anything monogrammed and anything houndstooth! Wellllll, it just so happens that Amazon (what doesn't this site have) had a light yellow houndstooth chair, and thankfully I was sitting down because let me tell you, I got so excited I practically fell out of my own chair when I came across it. I literally spouted off rambling sentences to Matthew describing my excitement over this incredible find, he wasn't as excited as I was but that's okay, I knew this chair and I were meant to be!

This picture really doesn't do it justice, it looks more of a check here when really it is a true houndstooth pattern.

I plan to get rid of the yellow pillow and find a fun green and yellow pillow to tie the chair into the rug, I see a Homegoods trip in my future...

I've also narrowed down a couch and (I think) a paint color which I promise I'll share with you soon (and hint: the couch is NOT leather)

I'm sorry to cut this short but my new book, Catching Fire, which like everything else in this blog, can also be purchased on Amazon, is calling my name! For those of you who don't know, Catching Fire is the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy and I really recommend reading them!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

That's Some High Quality H20

Oh, Bobby Boucher, you'd definitely be happy with the new water system we've got going on in our home. Take a look at this beauty, and it only cost us $3,600, what a steal. We've never had a well before so this is definitely uncharted territory for us but we love the idea of not having a water bill!

 So, what does it do exactly?

In a nutshell, it removes bacteria, calcium and iron while softening our water. There's a lot more to it and I could describe each piece of equipment but I'll spare you, plus I'm still learning so my knowledge is limited!

We also have a reverse osmosis drinking water unit in the new house and I'm really excited about it! 1. The company gave it to us for free since the hubs is in the miltary, it's a $995 value. Gotta love free! And 2. it provides better than bottled quality water by removing 98% of the total dissolved solids from water. I'll drink to that!

I could have thought of plenty of ways to spend $3,600 but the Veteran's Administration (VA) would not approve our loan until we fixed the water issues. It wasn't ideal but we knew purchasing a foreclosed property meant it would be sold as is with all the repairs falling on the responsibility of the buyers. All in all the house is still an excellent value and we're so happy we found something that's under our price range with plenty of room to grow!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

G is for Gallery Wall!

So I'm pretty much on a wedding picture high these days and can't stop staring at them!
 I've always wanted to have a gallery wall in my home so what better way to showcase our wedding day then by having over very own gallery wall...with a few surprises from Etsy, of course!

I decided to start with a large picture as the focal point then work the other pieces around it, I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to execute my plan. I've seen some people tape up pieces of paper in different shapes and sizes to get an idea of the layout but that's way too much for me, I'm more of a nail holes into the wall ask questions later kinda gal. My husband just loves this approach. He's a methodical engineer and well, but I'll get the job done, don't you worry, and there's always spackle or whatever the heck you use to fix those tiny, little holes! Maybe I'll compromise and arrange each picture out on the floor first to get an idea of the layout but we shall see, there's no telling with me.

Anyhoo, I digress, I really want to share with you our first piece of wedding art, I am obsessed with it! I couldn't get the package opened fast enough yesterday and then when I finally got it open I just stared at it! It is so BEAU-TI-FUL! Ahhhh, just looking at our wedding pictures makes me get all teary eyed! 

Without further adieu, I give you...

Did I give you enough pictures?! I'm sorry, I'm just a little obsessed!
I can't wait to see it in the new house with our walls painted a pretty green color!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Oh Happy Day!

We shared a sneak peek of wedding photos on our very first blog post which you can see here but we wanted to share some more of our happy day!

There are a lot of pictures so be warned (although not as many as there are on my Facebook!)

We hope you enjoy!

Thank you so much Amy Raab for capturing our special day perfectly!