A New Chapter!

The offer accepted, the contract signed…that’s right my friends, we are going to be homeowners again! While we haven’t closed yet, everything is in the works and I just couldn’t keep it a secret any longer.

After our first home, I said I did not want to have to do a lot of renovations again, yet here we are. And even more than our last house. I’m looking forward to it though, as I feel the house has some hidden character that with some elbow grease and dolla dolla bills, we can make it our own. Who doesn’t look forward to the screaming matches that occur between husband and wife during home renovations?! Haha, I kid. Not really.

Like a lot of old homes, it needs work in kitchen and bathrooms, is adorned with knotty pine paneling, and has some unsightly paint, wallpaper, and blue shag carpet. I have already been pinning away and since the house has a water view, I really want to make it a fresh, breezy space. Lots and lots of white.

Here are my favorite inspiration pics. I’m sure the first of many as I plan to catalog all my thoughts on this here little blog.

Kitchen and Floors:

I can’t decide between white or a more gray color to the cabinets. I love both looks. The countertops and backsplash are currently white tile and not awful. We will probably keep it for now.

I’m pretty obsessed with darker hardwood floors. I know my husband, and everyone else, is going to fight me on this because the house is very small and everyone thinks dark colors make everything feel smaller. I beg to differ and love the contrast and richness of a darker floor. Especially if everything else is white. I am the one who knows what I’m talking about dammit!

Living Room and Den: So the house has a “formal” living room which is basically my favorite room in the house and one that is never used. The den is narrow and long, and I am still struggling with how to position furniture. More on this in the future.


For the guest room, I am obsessed with this image. I even want to paint the floor, but I already know that is not a battle worth fighting. The guest room has two added closets with louvered doors, which I am envisioning painted a perfect kelly green with the all white everything else.

For the “master” (in quotations, because it is insanely, ridiculously small), I am wanting to do my dreamy, dark, moody bedroom palette. I’m not even sure our bed is going to fit in there yet…the thought of moving furniture just made me queasy. Hate it.


I’m still undecided about the bathrooms. I love this:

But I also kind of want to do something fun and crazy. Like this:

So more thinking required on that. Luckily, the master bathroom was added in the 80s and isn’t in the worst shape ever. There is an interesting wallpaper in place, which I will share with y’all soon. I don’t really hate it, it is kind of grandma floral, but not in a revolting way.

Can’t wait to share as things progress! We don’t close for another month, so for now it will just be loads of inspiration!

All images via my Pinterest boards New House & Bedrooms.

You are getting veerrry sleeepy

I apologize for the unexpected break in blogging. My day job has been a crazy buffet, and with what little free time I have been left, I have chosen to spend it with the hubs and furry ones.  With a heavier than usual work load, when I get home I really just want to relax…but I can’t! I am not a good sleeper, so working a lot, stressing a lot, and not sleeping a lot doesn’t make me the most chill person. I HAVE to figure out ways to slow the mind. For you easy going, sleep like a rock folks out there, what are your secrets? I need some major help.  I literally cannot remember the last time I had a good night’s sleep and woke up refreshed and energized. I’ve tried everything short of prescriptions. Melatonin, Benedryl, Nyquil, wine, liquor, hot tea, bubble baths, reading, TV, no TV, yoga, exercise, eating healthy, no wheat, eating bad, lots of wheat. It is all the same. Sometimes I can’t get to sleep, sometimes I fall asleep easily and wake up a million times, sometimes I dream so much I wake up more exhausted than when I went to bed. Sounds terrible right? It is.

So I’m reaching out to see if I’m alone in this perpetual state of tired and awake. If you’ve been through something similar what have you done to overcome it?

If we weren’t renting, I would at least set the stage with a dark and moody bedroom. Perhaps something like this…