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Monday, December 30, 2013

House update!

Hello! Hope you all had a Merry Christmas! Ours was different then most years as we stayed home instead of travelling to AZ to visit family. While I missed getting together with everyone(and there's a lot of us!)and could have used the warm weather, we wanted to take advantage of Cameron's time off work and get things done on the house.

Lucky for us, my brother Matt,(who works with flooring for a living)was willing to spend his holidays with us to help out. We decided it was a good time to install the hardwood on our main level so we could be rid of the stacks of wood/tools that have been taking over our living space. It gets old trying to keep a busy little boy out of it all, not to mention his little sister who's doing a great job of keeping up with him!

My brother came Christmas Eve and after celebrating Christmas day with him and a few other friends and family members, the hard work started. The guys have been putting in long hours leveling the subfloor and now installing the wood. I moved out of the house with the kids and invaded the in-laws place! Too much mess and noise for the little ones. Today a friend took the kids for me and I got to spend some time helping with the install. I snapped a few pictures to show you the progress.

This is going to be the master bedroom when it's finished. The flooring will be stained the same as the upstairs level. The door to the right is the unfinished master bathroom, currently storing all our appliances!

The same room, looking at the wall opposite the windows in the picture above. Someday there'll be a built in wardrobe running along this wall. The outlets are wired for lighting above it.

If you don't mind looking past the mess and random stuff that's everywhere, you can see our dining room.  This is the view from the back of the house, looking towards the kitchen and living room. The laundry closet is behind the doors on the right.

Below is looking at the dining room from the kitchen, leading towards the backyard.

And this is a lovely shot of the view when you walk in the front door.  I think when the floors are finished it's going to take me a good month just to clean the place up!

The mess stresses me out sometimes.  But when it does, I can now go upstairs and see that it'll be worth it all when it's done! The trim and floors are finished on this level of the house and we've installed a few light fixtures. It's getting so close to looking like a livable home!

I'm waiting until the floors are done downstairs before I do a thorough cleaning upstairs and organize/start setting up the rooms. I can't wait to get things put together!

Hope you all have a Happy New Year! I'll be back next week with more updates and to share my plans and some recent finds for these rooms!

PS. You can follow me on Instagram if you want more frequent updates on the house/projects/kids etc!  I'm @jmmccalley
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

furniture with potential!

A new piece of furniture is soon to arrive for our office! 

While we were painting trim upstairs last week(it's almost done!!!), Cameron mentioned I should be looking for a desk so we could set up the office.

I started looking around online, but as I'm sure you know, new, good quality furniture isn't cheap. At all.

So of course, I turned to Craigslist. No luck, at least locally. Lots of press board, veneered or ugly desks.
Lucky for me, I have family in AZ and family from here soon travelling there! So a quick search there and I found this:

A vintage pagoda style desk, solid maple with two drawers (Yay for storage!) for a little over $100.00. It's a little too shabby-chic for my taste with the distressed finish, but nothing glossy paint won't fix.

My mom was able to pick it up for me and it should arrive here after Christmas! Now to pick out a paint color...

We just painted the office Benjamin Moore's Moonshine, it's one of my favorite neutrals, which means I have plenty of options when it comes to adding color to the room.

I could paint the desk a glossy grey or taupe similar to this:

But then, a part of my wants to use a bold color. Ever since I saw this image from Lauren's apartment of GBGP, I've wanted to use the color from her side table.

Cameron might nix that idea, so I'll need some back up colors too. The easiest thing would be to decide on a fabric for the window in the room and pull colors from there. More decisions! This decorating my own house things might be more complicated then I thought!

What do you think? Love the desk? Hate it? Color suggestions (please!). Ideas for a chair to use with it (I'm afraid Cameron is going to want a rolling one and so many of those are less then attractive!)?