Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Place to Sit

We are feeling more and more settled in the house everyday but we are a long way from having it furnished. Every weekend we have been checking out furniture stores (including my favorite, IKEA). We have already purchased our sectional for the living room and the dining room table and chairs but it will be another 3-5 weeks before those arrive.

Last weekend we went down to see some wonderful friends in Canton for lunch and then spent the next 4 hours at IKEA. We purchased a new dresser for our bedroom, curtains and a duvet (which I changed my mind about and we will return next time), a few bathroom decor items and a pantry organization system.


Hemnes IKEA 8 drawer dresser. It fits the space in our bedroom perfectly. Love, love, love it!


Meet Omar, IKEA's awesome pantry storage shelves


Kyle assembled the pantry in a few hours for all 4. We bought 4 units and stacked two on top of each other since we have the height in the room. They went up rather quickly and you can adjust the shelves which is extremly practical


Here is the completed pantry on one side of the room. It can hold so much food, its great! Sure beats having your boxes of food on the floor of the pantry, which is how we had it for the first 2 weeks we lived here. The other side looks the same except it is holding about 40 rolls of toilet paper from Sam's Club (not that attractive for photos)

For the first time since we moved in, Kyle and I were able to have dinner sitting down (not on the floor). I assembled a pair of deck chairs that were a gift from my mom and dad, Kyle put together the matching table and foot stools. We sat in the sunshine on our front porch and ate an actual meal together!


These are officially the only chairs at our house, good thing it has been so warm this March in Michigan




Our first meal on the porch, a homemade Caprese Salad. We had these two fresh big tomatoes that were crying out to be paired with fresh mozzarella and basil


So delicious! A great way to welcome in the first day of Spring!


Monday, March 12, 2012

We are so in!



We are officially living in our house (technically for almost 2 weeks now)! I have been wanting to share the news with the blog readers but alas we don't have the internet yet. Because we built a custom home, we had to have all utilities brought to the house; electrical, water, sewage and you guessed it, cable and internet.

The cable company will have to dig a trench and bury the lines from the road to our utility pole then the wires can travel underground to their final destination in the house. I'm not in a big hurry to have cable TV again but I am missing the internet something fierce. I suppose I could blog from my cell phone but I do not have the patience to type an entire post with my thumbs. So this post is coming to you from the pirated internet of Kyle's parents house.

It is so wonderful to be in the house! This is the first house Kyle and I have every owned. We have been renters for the past 5 years so this homeowners thing is a whole new exciting adventure! We have mostly been cleaning since we moved in. It is incredible how much dust and dirt is still finding its way out from the  nooks and crannies. Also we had brand new carpeting go down a few weeks back and no matter how much we vacuum those little carpet fiber thingys are still everywhere!




View of the house from the end of the driveway. It will look so much better when the grass and wildflowers start growing back. Right now its looking pretty barren.


Aside from cleaning we have been furniture shopping. As you may remember we sold almost all of our furniture when we started this house. We put everything but our bed on Craigslist and watched all the hand-me-downs and college apartment stuff go to new loving homes.

We have already made two grown up purchases for the new house:

A new mattress and box spring! Our bed was so cheap and uncomfortable before. Now we have a nice Serta mattress and I don't have back pain every morning! Yea Haw for not feeling like an old arthritic lady anymore!

And last weekend we purchased our dining room set. We ventured out of Lansing to an outlet mall called Birch Run where a Pottery Barn outlet store just needed us to visit. It was so much fun to browse the selection but we just didn't really find what we were looking for. We were hoping to score a couch and dining room table but we struck out. We may however be going back for area rugs, they had great deals on Jute rugs. I fell in love with a 9x12 Jute woven rug for $99 bucks!

Not wanting to drive home empty handed, we googled local furniture shops while we were out on that side of the state . We came across Fenton Home furnishings in Frankenmuth, MI. What a great find! They sell a huge selection of great furniture and we had wonderful time working with a designer named Allison. We ordered a counter height dining room table, 4 chairs and a two person bench. It will be a few more weeks till it will arrive at our house so we will have to be patient and continue to eat dinner on the living room steps.



New dining room set by Winners Only. It has a great sturdy, solid wood design and the chairs are incredibly comfortable.



Many more items on the shopping list but for now the big items are getting checked off the list each weekend. The we can finally entertain and have friends and family over (and they can have somewhere to sit down).

Then we just need to hang some art work, get some lamps, new bedding for our bedroom. Lets just say the adventure isn't over, it's only begun! We have big plans for this house.