Friday, August 22, 2014

House Hunt: Must Haves

For those of you that don't know; we packed up, sold our house in Houston, and returned to our sweet home of St. Louis.

During the transition we found an apartment to sublease that had 4 months left on the lease.
Perfect, right? Just enough time to find and buy a house!

Well...we have been on the house hunt for over 4 weeks now and seen over 20 houses. 
It's not going great. This will be our third home purchase. Our first house we had basically no criteria...something with a yard for our dogs and then just whatever.
Our second home....we needed a garage and a bigger house.
Our third home...well the list of would likes is pretty long. The must haves are pretty short but very specific.

1. Vaulted Ceilings

We really want vaulted ceilings in the living room. We had it in our last house and it makes everything feel bigger and more open. They don't have to be as grand as the picture below, but just some extra height to the room.


2. Fireplace

Winter is coming (no I'm not referring to GoT) and we want to be warm and cozy!! After all, the last two winters were spent in Texas!!


3. Workshop

Preferably this would be something other than the I asking too much to use a garage for the cars?
We have built and began to perfect our craft of furniture building and re-finishing. We need a place to do this. Whether an outbuilding, basement, or garage we need a workspace.


4. Private Backyard

We started our wanting nothing less than 1 acre, within 40 minutes driving from my work. We have realized this may be very hard to come by, so we've settled on at least .25 acres with a yard that backs to woods and gives a private secluded feel.

5. Master Bath

Our first home had only one bathroom and we both agree...never again! We'd really like an en suite of some sort. I'm loving this bathroom with the white cabinets and wood counter.


This list may seem easy to some of you and not so easy to others. St. Louis' housing market isn't the best, and the inventory is very low right now. Also, we have a modest budget which always makes things harder. I actually want to find a house that needs work. I want a chance to use all our building and refinishing skills on our home and make it our own. 

So, we have appointments to see more houses tomorrow and we are crossing our fingers and saying prayers that we find a house soon!

(Did I mention we have about 4 weeks to find a house or we will have to sign a lease to rent somewhere? Not a fan of this option...)

What are your must haves for a house? 
 Any tips for me as we house hunt?

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Monday, August 18, 2014

House Tour: Living Room

Rounding up the House Tour with the last room on my list to show you, the living room area. 

This area is probably the most decorated with all the little knick knacks and things I love. Looking at these pictures takes me back to all the fun times I had while searching for and buying these things!

Vase - Kirkland's
Candle holders - Home Goods
Glass Cloche - Garage sale
Book - Garage Sale
Clock - Goodwill see this post on how I made it over

We made this shelf out of old pallets. See the post here.
I love the way it turned out! Very rustic and anything but perfect, but we love it!

Our dining room was lacking a bit in the decor field. I had been wanting to build a sideboard, cabinet, or something with the shutters (in the corner) as the doors. This is still on the list of "to-do's" but will have to wait until our next house! :)

I loved how the dining and living area was a big open space!

Pillows - Home Goods

The colors in this house were perfect for me. Nothing too bright and crazy - I love the muted tones!
The armoire for our TV was something we had since our first year of marriage and now that we build things we are looking forward to building an amazing entertainment center that fits our style a bit more!

 I love apothecary jars! They are more of the coastal theme that I started with and as I started liking the more rustic farmhouse style I re-worked them a bit and now the two styles really blend together nicely, I think.

When we moved in, the fireplace mantle was a medium oak color with a horrible wood applique in the middle that reminded me of a Christmas wreath with garland strands. We removed the applique, sanded down the mantle and stained it a darker color to match our style a bit more. We finished it with Minwax finishing paste.

Old books, pine cones, wine corks, small apothecary jars, our last name initial, candles and burlap accent trim complete this mantle!! 

This chair was a $2 garage sale find! With a coat of paint and an old burlap coffee sack I refinished it to be a cute piece that is great for extra seating!

Onion Crates to either side of the chair - Garage sale for a few bucks

Maybe not the best picture to show off the house, but our little chihuahua Maverick popped in for an appearance! 

The shutters on the wall were a freebie find! I quickly snatched them up and re-finished them. I used Thorny Brush and Soft Rhapsody  paint colors and used a dry brush with very little paint on it to give the light streaky effect. You can see more pictures here.

I'm in love with our industrial cart coffee table. Found on Craigslist!! I'm telling you can find some amazing stuff there if you try! 

I've discovered my annoying pine tree is good for one thing...the pine cones make easy filler decor!

 Definitely a favorite part of the area is this little corner. The reclaimed bookshelf was found at a nearby antique store and the window picture frame is one of my all time favorite DIY projects! See all about the window here.

The shelf is filled with some fun pieces both coastal and vintage.
Coral bookends - found at Home Goods
Vintage books - found at various garage sales

Topped with wide burlap ribbon trim and a cloche with some sea themed trinkets.

Fresh baby's breath with carnations are an easy and cheap way to brighten your home!

I hope you enjoyed seeing our house and knowing the ins and outs of how I decorate and where I get everything!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

House Tour: Bedroom

It's been a little while since my last post but I hope you're enjoying seeing a peek into our home, d├ęcor style, and how we use our projects around the house!

I love the large windows that let in such beautiful sunlight! I accented the windows with two sets of curtains that I got from either Tuesday Morning or Anna's Linens... I can't remember! I went to both those stores for the first time that day and got them mixed together in my memory! :)
One set is a light cream and the other a light tan. Both with a loose linen weave.

We built our bed a few months after we moved into the house. Here's the original post on how we built the bed.

One of my all time favorite projects: My wingback chair makeover. See the before and during pictures here.

I'm in love with my vintage ladders. I got them for free off Craigslist! Someone was tearing down an old kids play set and these were part of it! They look nice and aged because they were outside and got the weathered look!

I hope you enjoyed the peek into our bedroom!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

House Tour: Guest/Craft Room

Today it's time to share pictures of our guest/craft room!

I took a break last week as I've been settling into the new job and house hunting for our new home!

This room is also home to all my ancestry research and family heirlooms.
The quilt on the end of the bed was made by my grandmother.
The small trunk by the window was my grandmother's trunk. I remember visiting her farm as a child and it sat right next to her rocking chair and held all her yarn.

The dresser was mine as a child and I refinished it a few years ago. The color is "Creamy White". I love the new shabby chic look it has! All the hardware is original, I just painted it with oil rubbed bronze to cover up the old brass look.

I <3 my strictly cash sign. I found this probably 10 years ago at a garage sale for about 5 cents!

My grandfather's driver's license from 1941! I'm not really sure why it was a chauffeur's license, but my best guess is that it had something to do with him being a farmer. He definitely had to operate a lot of machinery, and had 11 that in itself could qualify him as a chauffeur! Haha!

This picture is of another grandfather(on the right). He was a marine and this picture was back in the 40's with one of his buddies.

Here is my antique sewing machine, from 1923. Made by the company "Standard" which was later bought out by Singer. The model name is called "Vibrator". I have all the original paperwork and attachments, all found at a flea market for $25!

Also pictured is my vintage dress form, dressed in my great grandmother velvet bias cut dress, accented with a vintage fur shawl. I love having a dress from one of my ancestors, it means the world to me!

A closer look at my sewing machine, and a shadow box full of pictures and mementos from my ancestry. A picture of my great grandparents, a marriage booklet from my grandparents wedding, and my grandmother's mini hammer!

The headboard is just a few extra shutters I had lying around and they looked perfect in this room!

Here is our pallet shelf. I love this simple and rustic shelf that holds even more of my ancestors photos.

I hope you all enjoyed seeing this room. It holds so many items that I hold dear. Sharing these pictures with you allowed me to remember how dear they are to me! Do any of you have items in your home that hold sentimental value? I'd love to hear about them!

Come back to visit me soon as I have more pictures to share!

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