Monday, December 28, 2009

House Plans

Sometimes it's difficult to picture a house when you only see photos of the individual rooms.  I found this really neat house plan maker online that you can make of your home.  You just take each room, type in the measurements of it and viola, you have your house plans.

 If you have wondered where each room is, this makes it much easier to picture it all and bring everything together.  The total square feet is somewhere around 1200. I forget the exact number.

My Floor Plans

I just realized I forgot to show where each window and the side door is, I will tweak it later. There's a side door off the kitchen that goes to the carport.  Later next year I am hoping to knock out a wall in the office and put french doors leading to the backyard.  Another mystery about this house, why does it have no door to the backyard?  I also need to show where the appliances in the kitchen are.  I'll upload it again later when I add all this to it.

It's easy, go make house plans of yours now :)
It also has little furniture you can decorate it with.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mantle Up!

The mantle is up!  It is so beautiful, I love it!  This really pulled the living room together, I must say.  It just didn't seem right without the mantle before.  Now I can hang my stockings.  I used real cut holly from my holly bushes outside and placed on top.  The candle holders are from Becky, thanks Bec, she got them for me years ago.  Poinsettia plant is from Lisa, thanks Lisa!

My dad also made that picture frame from walnut that is sitting on the mantle.  He did a beautiful job on both the frame and mantle.  Thank you dad! I love ya bunches.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Fireplace prep

My dad came over today to build the stand so he can put the mantle on.  This is to hold it up while he works on it.  Tomorrow he will come back over to finish it up.  Here's how it looks right now.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mantle is ready

My dad is finished with the mantle and now it just needs to be installed.  He found the walnut board from a friends farm, he cut it to fit the width of my fireplace, sanded it, then put a bunch of layers of pure tung oil on it.  Here it is at his warehouse where he's just finished it.

Isn't she a beauty?  Now all that's left to do is attach it to my fireplace!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bedroom before & after

I must say, I am in love with my walnut floors.  They really transformed this house.  This is the before and after shot of my bedroom.  I still have a lot I want to do to it.

Here is my little list of things I still want.

  • White round bed side table for other side of bed.
  • 2 bed side lamps
  • Throw rug
  • Picture or something on the wall over the bed
The walls are a light sage green.  The color is so calming and relaxing for a bedroom.  It turned out just like I imagined.  They compliment the dark walnut floors, too.  If you have any decorating ideas or anything,  just let me know!

Monday, October 26, 2009

My House

I got to go into my house for the first time today since the closing became official.  Yay!
I mopped all the floors today and tried to get some of that musty smell out of it.  We are unloading the U-haul either tonight or tomorrow night.  I won't be staying there until I get hardwood floors put in though.  I went and looked at some more today and I am going to one more place tomorrow to make my final decision. Then I will probably have to wait a week or so for the wood to come in, then let it sit in the house for a few days, then have someone to install it. So it will still be a while before I get to live in my new home. I'm staying at my parents for now.

I took some pics of it today with the pretty fall leaves. Wish there were more leaves on the trees, but a lot have fallen off already.

And the photo below is the road going to my house, so pretty!!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I closed on my house!

Well, it finally happened! I am a home owner.  It took 2 wks longer than it was suppose to and I am told there is still some paper work to turn in before I can turn on the electric and such.  Also something about the seller needing to pay some taxes on it she owes.

I can sort of have a sigh of relief that the hard part is over now.  Lessons learned?

  • Think twice when looking at short sales, they can be a lot of trouble compared to a regular sale.  
  • Multi-task instead of doing one thing at a time in consecutive order.  
  • Don't believe everything everyone tells you, just because they tell you everything will run smooth and it will go fast doesn't mean it will. (Don't get your hopes up until those keys are in your hand.)
  • If there are things wrong with the house, don't expect the seller to fix it even if they promise they will.
I'm sure I will think of more things later.

Here is my new home!  I'm in the process of finding hardwood floors to replace the carpet and I'm going to paint every room in the house.  If you have any ideas you would like to throw my way to make this house look more homey and cozy, just let me know!

Living room

Master Bedroom

Guest Bedroom


Office/Laundry room


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My apartment in Atlanta

This photo was taken last fall/winter,
 which is why all the leaves are off the trees.
  My apt is on the first floor there and it overlooks the pool.

The picture above is what you see when you first walk in the door.
 I love the huge windows the apt has.
(Click on photos to enlarge)

My little tiny kitchen, can't wait to use the kitchen
 in my new house that is lighter and bigger.
 The apt kitchen here feels like a cave.

I think this furniture and decor will look so nice in the
 new house with the white wood paneling and fireplace.

The apt is open concept, which I don't care for.  The dining area, living room, kitchen and my office all in one open space.  My new -older- home will have a separate room for each one, which will be so nice and cozy.

My bedroom. I will finally get to paint the walls the colors I want.
  I'm still going with the sage green for the bedroom.

Ok I will confess, I do like the bathroom in the apt better than the one in my new house.
  I can always redo the bathroom to my liking down the road though.
  So it wasn't a deal breaker or anything.

Now to start packing all this stuff up!!  

Monday, August 24, 2009


I signed the papers today. Now I have to wait for them to have an inspection and run a bunch of tests on the house. I went back and took more pictures of the house, here are a few more photos of it. I hope everything runs smooth and I can move in! I will continue to write updates on it.

1963 Ranch house
2 bdrm, 1 bath
1200 sq ft
1 acre of land

Above is a side view of the house, that is the carport, that door goes into the kitchen, the little wooden deck is right in back of the carport.

Above is the master bedroom. It has two nice big closets in it and 2 windows to let in lots of light.

This is a different view of the kitchen, it's really quite big, that is where I'll put the dining table. The door on the right is the one that goes out to the carport. The far room you see in the back left is the living room.

The above is the office and laundry room.

This is the bathroom, I don't really like the way it looks decor wise, but I do like how big it is and the window. There's a bathtub and a separate standing shower.

I hope this will be my home, please pray everything works out!

I already have it all decorated in my mind :p

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Retro Kitchens

Here is my mom's retro kitchen, it is so adorable! I love love those kitchen chairs, they look so comfy, they don't make comfy chairs like that anymore...

...and my moms little eating area, love the booth!

Here is one I just found off the internet, I love the style of this refrigerator and those little corner shelves are too cute! I would love little shelves like that. Have you seen the kitchen on Rachel Ray's cooking show? She has the retro vibe going on in it, too.

See, red counters can look cute.

Of course I love this kitchen above, it has a rustic retro vibe all in one. How perfect is that? I have no idea what my style is, I like a little of different things, sort of rustic retro organic modern. Is that a style? hehe

What are your favorite styles for homes?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

North Carolina pics

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Little barn at my dads farm.

Little cow coming out of the barn to check out what this strange person with the camera is doing.

Boxwood in the forefront and grapevines in the distance.

My parents home.

Pretty weeds on the farm.

Little Foot said he could get use to this!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Welcome to Mayberry

Ever wanted to visit the little town from the Andy Griffith Show? Well Mayberry was a fictional town in the show that was based on the town Andy Griffith grew up in called Mt. Airy. My parents live abt 20 minutes from Mt. Airy so I thought I would take you on a little mini tour of it when my mom and I went this past weekend. Enjoy! :)

This is the little cinema downtown, where musicians hang out and play music and a crowd gathers around to listen.

And you know how much Opie loved his candy... well here is Opie's Candy Store. Come on in...

There are various stores that sell Mayberry collectables, so let me know if you want any souveniers I can send ya!

And this is the store where a man told me to sample some extremely hot sauce and I almost spit fire after I tried it! Took me a half hour to recover from it. Thanks for buying me the ice cream mom! *moms are the best*

Looking down the little main street... there is more to Mt. Airy, but it started raining and we ended up leaving. Will share more pics later.

Hope you enjoyed the little tour of Mayberry. Barney Fife walks around town and one day he walked up to me and started talking to me, I thought it was really the real one from the show he looked so much like him. After he walked away I said, wow I met Barney! My mom said, you know that wasn't really the real one from the show right? Oops LOL

It is a quaint little town, nothing like my Atlanta, but it is very laid back like the one on the Andy Griffith show. Ya'll come back now!