house update: living room tour

ooooooooooooookay….it’s been a long long time since i’ve done a post about our house. i would love to say this is due to the fact that all of our effort has been poured into the adoption process… but mostly, the house has been in a bit of disarray and i couldn’t show that because i have an image to keep up…hahahaha! just kidding. i have just been too lazy to take pictures and write a post about it.  but with the help of my amazing friend eleanor, this space is finally coming together and i am no longer embarrassed to take pictures! (and, i think pauly and i are ‘nesting’… this week we have accomplished so many projects around the house! it feels so great!)

also, pauly MADE the tv console table. yes. you read that right: made it. he’s going to do a post soon about how he DIY’d the whole thing. but seriously, so proud of him.

(these pictures were all taken with my iphone…so…. not great quality, but if you click on each individual picture it should open a larger one that is easier to see.. someday i’ll get a real camera…)

 

a sunny shot of the living room!

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our main level is open concept, so to keep an open feel we divided the living and dining rooms with two oversized chairs

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another view from the stairs. also: it’s annoying trying to take pictures with bright sunshine, but: BRIGHT SUNSHINE!!!!

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this rug we found at lowes. yep. lowes.

i knew i wanted to add some shelving above the love seat, but i wasn’t sure how i wanted to arrange it. so, we started by using blue painters tape to mark where we thought we wanted the shelves and mounted picture frame to go. this way we could easily adjust the height and layout as we went.  genius, i know.

then it was just a little drilling here, a little leveling there, and BAM: the finished product! minus needing to fill the frames with pictures. (although do you see the big frame? that’s my grandma mary as a little girl. too cute..)  fyi: the shelves are from ikea.

alright! there you have it! our living room (pretty much) complete!

 

 

house update: the holidays are upon us!

the holidays are officially upon us here in plergville! we had a wonderful thanksgiving with our families here at our house….despite pauly and i getting what i can only assume was a flu bug of some sort.. but our families are amazing, and a good time was still had by all….i think. :)

sunday was the first night we were both feeling better so we decided to decorate the house for christmas!  i. (insert deep, manish voice) LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE to decorate for christmas. and this being the first christmas in our new house we are/were extra pretty darn excited about it. *cue ‘josh groban holidays’ on pandora, hot cider, and every possible bulb, light, ribbon, and ornament we could find from the move.  here’s what we’ve done so far….and by so far i mean…i have yet to ‘just happen upon’ pier one and see what’s what.

(not great picture quality…this girl is asking for a real camera from santa this year…any suggestions on a good one??)

happy holidays!!

i took a little wreath and filled the center with a hurricane, candle and of course more cranberries! i think it's kinda cute..

i took a little wreath and filled the center with a hurricane, candle and of course more cranberries! i think it’s kinda cute..

it's the year of the 'ball' for our tree this year. i think we counted over 200 on the tree this year..

it’s the year of the ‘ball’ for our tree this year. i think we counted over 200 on the tree this year..

our little stockings.

our little stockings and antique sleigh

i went a little cranberry crazy this year, but i love the pop of color!

i went a little cranberry crazy this year, but i love the pop of color!

my mom picked up this adorable sparkly tree for me at west elm while she was here. sparkles are to christmas as air to life--necessary.

my mom picked up this adorable sparkly tree for me at west elm while she was here. sparkles are to christmas as air to life–necessary.

house update: one picture at a time…

okay okay…i promise to have a whole SLEW of pictures for you to see of the ol’ homestead sometime soon, but for now…i am only getting one room  area done at a time. today’s installment: the dining room……aaaaannd it’s still missing some chairs….but it’s all i got for ya folks, sorry.

this weekend will  take  more pictures of the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and office..i will….i will….i will…. it’s actually good motivation for me to get this place in shape…..

happy weekend!

we LOVE the chairs we found from world market! and the bench was free from friends! win. win.

we LOVE the chairs we found from world market! and the bench was free from friends! win. win.

ok this has nothing to do with the house but pauly gave me a housewarming present and i had to share it. monogrammed pj's from j crew...and the sweetest card ever. he's THEEE best.

ok this has nothing to do with the house but pauly gave me a housewarming present and i had to share it. monogrammed pj’s from j crew…and the sweetest card ever. he’s THEEE best.

not great quality, but..come on......i mean...come on......

not great quality, but..come on……i mean…come on……

house updates: sneak peek

last wednesday we officially did it! the plergs (paul + leah+ berg) packed our boxes and moved down the road, out of the city, and straight to the SUBURBS. to be honest, i cried the first night here. don’t get me wrong, i love our new place, but our condo in downtown was home. our house is starting to take the shape of ‘home’….but just not completely…not yet…

we’ve had a packed week though, with family, friends, and some awesome food (of course). and i MUST insert an official shout out to my parents here. they were UNREAL in our moving process. we worked them like DOGS every day they were here, and i can honestly say that we would have been (what’s the nice way of saying this….) ‘in a LOT of trouble’ if they had not offered their help! so thank you mom and dad! we cannot even begin to say thank you enough!!

so, i was hoping to have lots of pictures to share or do a little ‘home tour’ today, buuuuuuuuut……things are still a weeeeee bit messy and unorganized around this joint so you’ll just have to wait …..with bated breath, i’m sure..

here’s a little sneak peak, but much much much more to come! ……………okay…back to unpacking……

the only 'room' in our house that is even almost done is our entry way :) but i snagged this table from world market last night and it was really reasonably priced! plus free mirror from family friends and vase from the condo equals my bargain hunting itch getting sufficiently scratched in this nook.

the only ‘room’ in our house that is even almost done is our entry way :) but i snagged this table from world market last night and it was really reasonably priced! plus free mirror from family friends and vase from the condo equals my bargain hunting itch getting sufficiently scratched in this nook.

house update: what the WHAT!?

yesterday we had our final walk through for the house! close date is next wednesday! CAN. YOU. BELIEVE. IT?! everything is pretty much finished….sidewalks and driveway are supposed to go in by monday too! sadly, no sod or landscaping until the spring. DANG this cold! DANG IT ALL TO H!!!

however……. i did have a small heart attack when we walked up to the house yesterday and saw this:

yeah. giant chunk of roof gone....

yeah. giant chunk of roof gone….

apparently they had misread the plans and needed to correct the roof line here. seems like a lot of extra work for something we NEVER would have noticed, but…..whatever…...i have learned to just go with the flow on all things home building…..  haha kidding. but it is what it is.

in brighter news, my parents, sissiebear and bro-in-law are all here now too! so, it’s real! it’s happening! we are officially moving in! (cue nervous vomit: here). AND we FINALLY picked out a couch/living room furniture! although we of course waited until the 11th hour, and it won’t be delivered until mid december, i REALLY love what we picked and can’t wait to show you all pictures! AND AND! our table arrived! we had a big farm style table made for us by someone near to Fargo, and it’s beautiful! (and was really super inexpensive: win win.)  but….in true fashion of our home building experience, it was the wrong size in both length and width, and we have to send it back and get a replacement…(insert my new mantra here: ‘first world problems…first world problems…first world problems..’ ‘this is NOT a big deal…first world problems..’) all things considered things are really going well and we are so pumped for wednesday!

LOTS more to come! stay tuned!

house update: the final countdown

we are officially 9 days away from our close date!! SINGLE DIGITS Y’ALL!!! the house is pretty much finished on the inside, too. we will do a walk through this friday and make a list of any dings or marks or little fixes that need to happen before close, and then we are home free! just landscaping and TRIM FINISHES (*COUGH COUGH**) that need to happen!

my parents and sissiebear and brosef come in this weekend to help us move, and they are bringing the dining table we ordered! i can’t wait to see it.  you KNOW i’ll be posting like a fiend the next few weeks!

also a guarantee is that the amount of work that needs to be done will be increasingly inversely proportional to my motivation, so that means lots of blog posts and picture taking instead :) i told myself, “just pack one box each night, and by the time you move you’ll be golden”……and then college leah decided to roll around again, and i was like “naaahhh  girl ….it’ll work out….i’ll just pack a TON on the day of and it will be fiiiiiiiiiiine.” so instead of proactively packing, i lay around on my phone and computer trying to distract myself from how much work needs to be done/how stressed i am about it.  oh and food and i have looooooong talks about it too. so there’s that.

okay here are the finished products from the kitchen and living/dining rooms! can’t wait to furnish!

we decided on pocket doors for our pantry and i am SO glad we did. it frees up a whole extra wall of space in there! (credit to pauly on that one.)

we decided on a pocket door for our pantry and i am SO glad we did. it frees up an entire additional wall of space in there! (credit to pauly on that one.)

not gonna lie. i am a little too excited about having pantry space. i sense an insane amount of chalkboard paint and ikea jars in my future....

not gonna lie. i am a little too excited about having pantry space. i sense an insane amount of chalkboard paint and ikea jars in my future….thank you pinterest…

the kitch in done!

the kitch is done!

here's a close up of the subway tile and granite

here’s a close up of the subway tile and granite

 

and more granite and stove top. also: we have always had electric stove tops and i feel nervous about having this gas one and accidentally leaving the gas running and then lighting a candle upstairs and blowing our house to pieces....these are the things that keep me up at night...

and more granite and stove top. also: we have always had electric stove tops and i feel nervous about having this gas one… and accidentally leaving the gas running… and then lighting a candle upstairs or something, and blowing our house to pieces….these are the things that keep me up at night…

looking from dining room to living room

looking from dining room to living room

and living room to dining room. (all one big room, if you didn't see that..) also: that door leads to our deck! which i am also excited about and glad to have extra "freezer space" in the winter ;)

and living room to dining room. (all one big room, if you didn’t see that..) also: that door leads to our deck! which i am excited about and glad to have extra “freezer space” in the winter ;)

house update: the kitchen is almost done!

12 more days!!! 12 more days until we close on our house and officially become home owners! (cue mild heart attack: here.) so far, (minus the big trim debacle of 2013) everything has gone well and i am really liking our choices. it so hard to know if the tiiiiiiiiny sample piece you chose from will actually look good in your house, but so far so good. (knock on wood. toss some salt over my shoulder.)

here are a couple new pics! the kitchen was the room i was the most nervous about in this whole process… it’s my favorite room of the house, and we are in the kitchen all the time, so i wanted it to be…well…perfect… i am really thankful it has come together like we hoped it would.

oh!….the carpet is in now too so i will try to get some good pics of that up soon as well!

thanks for caring about our house :)

the kitchen in almost done! all the water is hooked up. waiting for the stove top to come in. and i can't WAIT for the paper to be removed from the floors!

the kitchen in almost done! all the water is hooked up, and we are just waiting for the stove top to come in. also,  i can’t WAIT for the paper to be removed from the floors!

we decided on a white, matte subway tile with sightly darker grout for the backsplash. i LOVE it.

we decided on a white, matte subway tile with sightly darker grout for the backsplash. i LOVE it. (unfortunately, these pics turned out yellow-tinged..not sure why..) fyi: giant hole = still waiting on that stove top…

these puppies arrived yesterday! our washer/dryer is on our upper level with all the bedrooms...making my cinderella work a little easier :)

these puppies arrived yesterday! the laundry room is on our upper level where all the bedrooms are…making my cinderella work a little easier :)

house updates: the first snag…

so things have really been clicking along with the house lately…lots getting done, loving all the additions…and then…..(cue dramatic music here…) the outside trim went up.

the SECOND i saw it my stomach dropped. (and yes, i FULLY realize the phrase “first world problems” completely applies here..) but it was NOT the right color. we wanted a slightly off-white trim to counter balance the gray siding…how nice, right? yes. and… it would’ve been awesome, had we been given the right color…but we weren’t. we were given..what was is called again? oh yes: “gross cream-yellow pee-tinge”..by sherwin williams.

so after MUCH (let me be clear: MUCH!!!!) back and forth with the production company, our project manager, and sherwin williams themselves, we finally have a decision: maybe they will repaint it. maybe. they will let us know “soon”.

so, fingers crossed everyone! i know that these things are normal and probably should be expected when home-building, but things have been going so well thus far, and this was just a giant hole in our balloon of excitement. oh well. again, “first world problems..” it will be worked out, and if not, well, then, no one say anything to me about it ever when you come and visit.

but other than that, really great things are happening! check it out! oh! and november 13th is our close date!! so close!

SO....here's the trim as it stands now. yeah. not white right??!! yellow, right??!! yes. i am right.

SO….here’s the trim as it stands now. yeah. not white right??!! yellow, right??!! yes.

but our floors are in!! i am LOVING the color and the wide planks! it's covered now so they can paint the walls.

but our floors are in!! i am LOVING the color and the wide planks! it’s all covered now so they can paint the walls.

all the door knobs and hinges are in! we went with oil rubbed bronze finish for these and i LOVE it.

all the door knobs and hinges are in! we went with oil rubbed bronze finish for these and i LOVE it.

counter tops are in! this was the one part of our house i was the most anxious about. and i really like them! it's called 'india copper brown' and it's great..dark but doesn't streak easily or show water stain. win. win.

counter tops are in! this was the one part of our house i was the most anxious about. and i really like them! it’s called ‘india copper brown’ and it’s great..dark but doesn’t streak easily or show water stains..so.. win. win.

our chandelier! a little smaller than i was expecting, but i think  we can make it work!

our chandelier! again…smaller than i was expecting, but i think we can make it work!

island lights! smaller than i wanted, but love the style of these.

island lights! smaller than i wanted, but love the style of these.

our kitchen sink! we opted for the single sink for more room to wash dishes.

our kitchen sink! we opted for the single sink for more room to wash dishes.

we actually didn't have the option for just one oven..how strange, huh? but i am really enjoying the idea of having more oven room...you know...for all the baking i do....

we actually didn’t have the option for just one oven..how strange, huh? but i am really enjoying the idea of having more oven room…you know…for all the baking i do….

stay tuned! we’re almost there, people!

house update: kitchen progress!

first: this is my 100th post! boom. so….thanks for reading!

now to the good stuff: our house is really starting to take shape! the siding is almost finished, the kitchen cabinets are in, and tonight they were starting to lay flooring all over the place! i can’t believe we will be living there soon! it doesn’t seem real!

here’s the progress today! eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

the kitchen! dark granite will be added soon..i hope...but we are really on our way!

the kitchen! dark granite will be added soon..i hope…but we are really on our way!

welcome to our house! a view from the front entry

welcome to our house! a view from the front entry

pauly by our railing. i'll just photoshop myself here and it can be our christmas card.

pauly by our railing. i’ll just photoshop myself here and it can be our christmas card.

master bath cabinets! we are adding a tall cabinet in the middle, dividing the mirrors as well...(i'm sure you were wondering/care.)

master bath cabinets! we are adding a tall cabinet in the middle, dividing the mirrors as well…(i’m sure you were wondering/care.)

testing our our pocket door to the master closet....it works...

testing our our pocket door to the master closet….it works…

not a great pic...but this is the flooring in the guest bath...it's white..

not a great pic…but this is the flooring in the guest bath…it’s white..

all the siding is done on the back!  a real live house!

all the siding is done on the back! a real live house!

the front....still a work in progress....

the front….still a work in progress….

so stay tuned! things are changing so fast now, i’m sure i will be posting more often!

house update: we have been ROCKED!

sheet rock is IN!! it’s strange not being able to ‘walk through the walls’ now, and it’s definitely starting to feel like a real live house! we are thinking they will begin the siding process this week sometime, too! i am SUPER anxious for that, because i fear we won’t like the colors we picked!! :/ i mean, we went with light gray siding, with darker gray accents…so…not like its gonna be bright purple or anything…but still..

i think i have been THOROUGHLY driving pauly nuts during this process, fyi. i CANNOT seem have an excited/positive thought without also quickly finding something to feel anxious and worry about. so our conversations usually go something like this:

pauly: oh cool! our deck is in!
me: (not really listening/actually muttering to myself, pacing each room): what? oh..yeah..oh! yeah! i love it! do you? really? do you? there’s no chance we may end up hating it, right???
pauly: ………………….. (*blink..*blink…….) no.
me: yeah. yeah. me too. for sure. we’ll love it… (i walk out of the room, biting nails, muttering to self..)

so yeah…say a prayer for him. i am loving the house for reals, though. i am just so impulsive in life, that all this time to sit, and stew, and mull over details is not so great for me….

so….*throat clear*….on that positive note…..here’s our house all sheet rocked! ( i didn’t too many sheet rock pics…honestly..especially in pictures, it all looks the same..)

we signed the door frame above our room door before they sheet rocked. our love is buried deep within these walls. haha! can you imagine if that's how we talked??! barf. :)

we signed the door frame above our room door before they sheet rocked. our love is buried deep within these walls. haha! can you imagine if that’s how we talked??! barf. :)

in addition to our love for each other being in our walls....pauly's love for the vikings is forever behind our tv wall. keeping it equal.

in addition to our love for each other being in our walls….pauly’s love for the vikings is forever behind our tv wall. keeping it equal.

our kitchen!

our kitchen!

living room windows! and just think..you know a little secret now about this tv wall!

living room windows! and just think..you know a little secret now about this tv wall!