Friday, June 24, 2011

love what ya got.

it's not a house, and it's definitely not my dream house. but for now home is where the heart is. 
we moved here in october of two thousand and ten, when rowan was almost two and stella was just a little nugget in my tummy. it has taken up until the last few months for me to really enjoy every room and feel like it is a home. 
last fall when our first lease was up we started the process of renting a house which somehow led into looking at buying. we were really excited, but being very cautious at the time-we want a house like no other, but we aren't about to put ourselves in a position where we'll struggle to make a house payment every month. thankfully we have an amazing real estate agent and mortgage broker who are totally looking out for us as new home buyers. they put high, strict stipulations on what our bank account had to look like going into this and we agreed and were thankful. then came the process of looking at our finances and talking about a budget when i was surprised with an engagement ring. caught up in this new whirlwind we decided to put the house buying on hold, save for the wedding, and signed another ten month lease.
even though i am sad that we are still here, i literally feel this apartment bursting at the seams as our girls grow bigger and the girls are screaming for some grass to run in we are gonna make do with and be happy with what we have. it is a wonderful apartment community and the units really aren't half bad and only ten years old. i am learning to love what i have in this situation.
we finally kicked our butts into gear after christmas with a huge trip to ikea, target, and some craigslist scouring. here and there when it fits our budget we do some crafts and projects that gets us closer to having our dream apartment. we're slowing starting pick back up the house buying gig and i am going crazy pinning on pinterest in my, 'mah future house.' board-so watch out future house, we'll be in for a wild ride! 
have you ever lived somewhere with painted counter tops? it is the worst; hard to clean, chips, and looks not so great. thank god for magic eraser. since i took this photo, we have moved almost everything off the counters and trying a much more clutter free approach. i added three big jars from target with flour, sugar, and etc in them-it really looks great and totally got the inspiration from pinterest yet again. i am on the mad hunt for an affordable cart to put our toaster oven or microwave on-with the two fighting for counter space it doesn't leave much leftover.
i can't wait till we are in our own house and i can go to town on the kitchen-i am down for a whole re-do complete with one of those giant porcelain farm sinks.
this is the playroom slash computer room slash zoe's room when we get our butts into gear and organize and move furniture. if only this was a photo of the whole room; you would stop being friends with me. my kids have too many toys, i am not even kidding you...i could easily open a daycare and those kids would be hooked up. we have definitely learned to not indulge them so much in all of their wants and for christmas they get more things like classes, gym time, memberships and so on. too many toys!
we are working on a pallet bed for zoe and her and i are so freaking excited! we will repaint the desk and get a new chair to kind of hide it in the corner so it is mostly all zoe in there but for now it is the cost of getting her own room.
i am in love with our room.
up until this winter our bedroom was a hodge podge, laundry everywhere, dumping ground for everything. i was so over this and started putting into play all the ideas i has swirling in my head. we painted the one wall grey and added the vinyl trees. we fixed and painted our hand me down dresser and added new knobs. i turned tims old antique trunk into a sitting area and my mom made us this awesome new duvet out of some soft linen. at my bridal shower my mom got us all of the stuff on our registry for our master bath-she knew i had been trying to get our room into shape and wanted to help in that department. i looove how it turned out.
i am hoping for a new tall table soon, but this one is great for now-it is a hand me down solid oak table that we spruced up with a new table cloth that is hardly ever on the table because who are we kidding with three kids it is never clean.
it was easy to fall in love with the main living area when we added a new area rug, curtains made by me, and a new toy basket for stella. we bought that ikea shelf for the tv components when we first move in at the same time we bought the new tv. i love our tv, is that weird to say?
we also scored that plant at ikea for $5 down from $50 it had some brown leaves and was on a clearance pallet. we were able to nurse it back to perfection almost instantly; it hardly requires any attention but we have to keep the super yard around it took keep little hands from exploring the dirt.
my favorite room in the whole house. the littles ladies room.
my favorite part is stella's collage wall. it was so much fun picking out each thing to fill the frames and then coming up with the way i arranged them. the moss s was fun to make and is the shining glory of the whole thing. the adorable prints i got for free from this site that you must check out! then i added some touches from tim and my childhood and some of our favorite photos.
we recently got rid of the bunkbeds and moved zoe into her own room, the playroom, stella's old room. i am still a little reluctant that i got rid of the bunks-tim too, he said, 'we're running out of space around here and your unbunking beds?' why yea i am, i guess. when i found these two mismatched vintage beds i had the bunkbeds listed on craigslist with in seconds and was wheeling and dealing with the guy to take both vtg beds off his hands. they were a little beat up and i was surprised when tim got home with them and the jenny lind one was metal not wood. it was a crazy adventure with that one, sanding wasn't working for us so we decided to strip the paint (ten layers of it) off and repaint. it turned out so great! we're not in a rush to do stella's yet since obviously she won't be sleeping in it for a bit. seriously, how awesome is her bed?!

so there you have it, a little peak into our house and a little of our diy so far!

4 comments:

melissa rohr said...

i love your house! it's so cute and homey! :)

melissa rohr said...

Love it!! Thanks for letting us into your home, and for loving it for what it is! So often we all want more and something else...and rarely embrace what we have. Thanks for the amazing reminder to embrace it and love it! 

melissa rohr said...

thanks! yea i love cozy spaces so i guess it works for my style...me and my pintreest boards can't wait for a house we can go nuts on though!!

melissa rohr said...

of course! there are so many little affordable things you can do to a space to fall in love with it! it give my f.hubs a grey hair every new project i come up with though, lol.