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The Big Move

6 Jan

As most of you know, we picked up and moved 4 hours south to the big ol’ city of San Antonio in July of last year:) Yep, San Antonio, Texas… except we didn’t quite move to the city.  That’s right, country living is the life for us in this new chapter we’ve started!  The move was brought on by many factors, some family related, but mostly for personal growth opportunities not only for myself, but also for Olive and Billy – my newly “betrothed lover”(we decided we liked the sound of that better than fiance). 

So here we are, finding our bearings after moving just 6 months ago with the goal of setting up a homestead/sustainable living space in mind.  The land we are on belongs to my most awesome grandpa – that’s about the best part of the entire move for me, being able to be close to him.  The property is just around 2.5 – 3 acres (after several times whittling it down over the years) with roughly 1.5 – 2 of those acres at our disposal to work with.   I have endearingly nicknamed our new digs “the paper house,” but plastic is probably a more accurate term than paper.  Whatever the materials for fabricating this lovely home of ours, there’s without a doubt that it is just that – fabricated.  I’ve always grown up calling these babies “trailers,” but not long after shopping for one, we found that the new industry term is “mobile home.” So here you have it, a glimpse at our new mobile home and the property it sits on…

These are the photos that we took at the mobile home dealer in our initial walk-through of the model home:

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The kitchen:

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The master bedroom and bathroom (located on the other side of the kitchen through the white door pictured three photos up):

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The fancy “glamor bath” :

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There’s also a stand-in shower on the other side of the sink that I didn’t get a picture of.

His and her’s walk-in closets (this was a HUGE selling point for us) :

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The hallway on the opposite end of the house where the spare bedroom, Olive’s bedroom and second bathroom are located:

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I’ll get an update on Olive’s bedroom posted soon.  That’s pretty much the only room we’ve done anything to since there’s not much to work with as far as the interior of the home goes, but that’s not why we moved out here anyways.  We want to tackle the great outdoors!

Here’s a pic of the house that my aunt sent me when she drove by before we moved down:

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And here’s what things are looking like after the Texas summer-sun scorched that pretty green turf (the purple house in back is Grandpa’s house) :

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This is the area opposite of the driveway where my great-grandparents built their home in the early 1900’s out of an old school-house, hence the location of the well.  I’ll definitely post some old photos if I can get my hands on them.  My family history surrounding this place is something else that helped influence my decision to move out here:

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Just past those trees pictured above is an open area of land where my grandparents would garden from time to time.  Just past that, beyond the barb-wire fence, is my great-aunt and uncle’s place (my grandmother’s brother and his wife) where they keep a handful of cows that keep things lively around here:

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The driveway from the other end:

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This picture was taken from my grandfather’s front patio:

mobile home, trailer, house, home, homestead, apples for olive, San AntonioJust about the only project we’ve started outside other than working on getting this bad-boy skirted out, is making the front steps out of pallets.  As you can see we have a pretty sizable collection of pallets sitting in our back yard, most of which will be getting used to build a storage shed (more on that to follow) :

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So there you have it, the start of our newest adventure together 🙂  We had a few hurdles to jump through when we first moved, mostly dealing with permits which pushed back actually living in our house to September, the very end of September, even though we moved in July (living electricity-free in a trailer in the dead heat of summer was not an option for us) so we stayed with grandpa for a couple of months, which turned out to be a good thing in the end 🙂

On September 29, 2014 when we finally got electricity.  Glorious, glorious electricity! :

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And one last shot of the house for good measure 🙂

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Entryway Organization – Shelf & Hooks

21 Nov

Getting hooks, a shelf, and a bench in place in this entryway has been on my to-do list for well over two years, and I am ecstatic to finally have it done! The entryway seems to be the drop zone/leave-all place that hadn’t been given any real thought as to where all the things that enter this house will get dumped placed… until now.  With the wall hooks up, jackets and scarves won’t land on the floor, reusable bags are in plain sight; with the bench in place, Olive’s backpack and endless stream of papers have a nice designated area to land.  This kind of organization brings me to happy 🙂

Before I get into all the how-I-did-it details, here’s the end result:

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I started by adhering the wall “decal” that I ordered from Urban Outfitters.  I put decal in quotes because it really seemed more like wall paper, not the peel-and-stick image that comes to mind when you see the word decal.  The mural was in four strips that you place in a tub of warm water, activating the sticky backing, before sticking it to the wall.  But even though I found myself doing more work than I intended (this is diy after all) I am super pleased with the end result!

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Next, I did some measuring and had the nice folks at Home Depot cut two pre-primed 1×2’s and one 1×3, along with a piece of raw pine, down to the length I needed.  Then Olive and got busy painting:

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The paint color we used is Behr’s “Bavarian Forest”.

Then I turned my focus onto getting the shelf ready to hang:

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Next, using long finishing nails, I hammered the first 1×2 in place:

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Then the overhead shelf went up:

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Followed by the second 1×2:

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With an xacto knife, I carefully  sliced the small strip of overhang that was left, resulting in this:

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Looking pretty good so far 🙂

Next on the agenda was to get the wall hooks painted, distressed and poly’d.  I used stainless steel hooks from IKEA that I spray painted oil-rubbed-bronze; three iron hooks that I ordered separately from eBay, spray painted white, blue-green and yellow, followed by a coat of polyurethane; and one random hook that I bought from World Market left as-is:

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While all the hooks were drying and curing up, I hammered the final 1×3 in place, caulked the seems, spackled over the nail holes to smooth everything out, and did the final paint touch-ups.  I also added three thin coats of polyurethane to the pine shelf, allowing each coat to fully dry in between:DSCF7701

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And that was pretty much it! The “bench” is actually a coffee table, but it serves us well until I  find or make the perfect bench I’m looking for.  I couldn’t be happier with the way the entryway feels so much more organized and uncluttered with this little addition 🙂

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And of course, I can’t leave out the insperado behind this all.  Here are a some of my favorite entryways that I have pinned on Pinterest (click here for even more entryway eye candy):

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When the Shoe Doesn’t Fit …

5 Aug

We have probably all found ourselves in one of those situations where we are looking (STARING) at something and think, “you know, something here just isn’t right.”  All of us have been there at some point or another.  And in all reality, that isn’t such a bad place to be when it comes to the creative process.  It most likely means that in the midst of bringing your creative vision into fruition, you are moving along course with your intuition and specific design preferences as your guide.  And that is a good place to be.  Course-correcting is all part of the design game, and I found myself dealing with a creative- curve-ball that was thrown my way last week.  After painting the accent wall in the green room and putting the furniture in place, I could instantly tell that something just wasn’t right. And here’s how I turned that situation around…

Adding all those beautiful and vibrant colors to the accent wall left the two adjacent walls looking just a little too meh by comparison, you can see what I mean in this pic:

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The accent wall was meant to be the shining star in the room, but it was not meant to leave the other walls looking dull and lifeless.  It was also clear that the floral print couch and floral curtains could use some taming down as well. So I came up with a new plan – paint the adjacent walls and move the couch into the blue room. YES! … but what color, and what to do with the empty space where the sofa used to reside??? It didn’t take me long to decide on what color to paint the walls. I thought to use the same blue in the blue room, that way the two rooms would blend better and flow together.  But just to be certain, I first visited the Sherwin Williams color visualizer to see if that color would do the trick :

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I loved it! And after actually painting the walls with that color:

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I love it even more.  It just makes sense.  It not only ties the two rooms together, but it also helps keep the accent wall grounded and blend more with the rest of the space.  I couldn’t be happier with the color choice 🙂

And as for the second question at hand, (what to do with the empty, now couchless space) well you’ll have to stay tuned for that… here’s a clue-in, it’ll be a pretty quick and easy DIY project that I have pinned on one of my Pinterest boards 🙂

Sometimes the road to getting a room “done” (are they ever really done?) isn’t a straight path, but that’s what makes this whole thing a fun and exciting journey … at least that’s what I keep telling myself 🙂

Oh, and you might also be wondering what I will be calling the green room now that it isn’t green anymore.  I’ve decided that here on forward, that room will now be “the office (fka the green room)”.  I like it, has a nice ring to it, ha!

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Getting Graphic in the Green Room – Accent Wall Style!

8 May

I decided way back some time last year that the green room was in need of a little makeover, (more details on that to follow, so stay tuned) and what better way to get started in that direction than to do an accent wall?!

Ahh, the beloved accent wall – a new one pops up on my Pinterest feed at least three times a week, and it seems as though everyone in blogland is doing one… and well … now so am I!

Check it out:

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I thought long and hard about how to accent this wall for a very, very long time – going from thoughts of a solid contrasting color, to stripes, to something stenciled, to finally deciding on something grahic, abstract and super colorful.  Even though this little project was a long time a coming, I am glad that I deliberated over it for as long as I did, making sure that it was something that I would absolutely love and that reflects me.

Here’s a quick little pictorial rundown of my day-to-day progress: (I am currently working on a more detailed how-to that’ll even include a little step-by-step video, so again, stay tuned for that!)

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And finally, after making a few more tweaks, I called this turkey done!

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My inspiration for this project came primarily from the painting below by my super talented and bestie, Devon Nowlin:

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and also from this image that I came across on Etsy:

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As an added bonus, I completed this project just in the nick of time to submit toward the self-imposed  “Pinterest Challenge” that the ladies over at YoungHouseLove and BowerPower cooked up to get folks to stop pinning and start doing their pinned projects (more on that here). So you can click on the button below to get in on this big ol’ pinterest-project-share-fest and check out lots of other fabulous DIY projects that the great people of blogland are doing and showing off:

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Here are some of the accent walls that I have pinned along the way that have inspired me to create an accent wall of my own:

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Thanks for looking!!!!!

Master Bedroom Painted!

11 Mar

Well it only took me three weeks (working at it a few weeknights a week) but it’s finally all done! This was my first attempt at painting a ceiling, aside from the teeny tiny one in the master bathroom, and also my first time to paint all the trim in a room, which for this room included baseboards, crown moulding, two door surrounds, three window sills and also the closet trim.  Whew, glad it’s all done!!! And I am very, very pleased with the results 🙂

I wanted the walls a shade of greige, something earthy and clay-like, so with the following inspiration colors in mind…

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… I narrowed it down to these three options:

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Benjamin Moore’s “Revere Pewter,” “Baby Fawn,” and ” Dove Wing.”

After slapping a sampling of each color on a variety of walls in my bedroom, right away it was clear that “Dove Wing” was much too light and “Revere Pewter” was too cool for my liking.  I really liked “Baby Fawn,” but didn’t find the hue saturated just quite enough, so I tried a fourth sample – “Baby Fawn” mixed at 100% darker, and BAM! I found my color:

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I decided to paint the trim semi-gloss ultra white first, that way I didn’t have to be too precise in my efforts, and boy, what a difference it made:

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It’s so clean-looking and really makes everything pop!

After getting through that phase, I tackled the ceiling next, mainly because I really wanted it painted and I knew the likelihood of me ever getting around to doing it after the walls were complete would be drastically decreased if I didn’t do it first! My first thought on ceiling color was to go lighter.  I thought I would just mix all the paint samples along with some of the wall paint and go with that, but after a little deliberation, I decided that I wanted to paint the doors in there black, so I thought making the ceiling a little darker and moodier would tie everything together real nice (we’ll see how that all works out at a later time).  So in addition to all the samples getting mixed together, I added a little black to the mix, which resulted in this:

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Then finally, the following week, Olive and I got busy painting the walls, which you can see a peek of in the above photo:

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The final outcome:

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I really like it! The wall color leans toward a warmer beige tone at well-lighted times, and toward a cooler gray tone in low-key lighting. I’m currently working on getting the curtains back up and I’m already liking how the darker accent colors pop against the more neutral wall color.  So hopefully the addition of a dark headboard and black doors will all work out in the end, we shall see…

Thanks for looking!

Dresser Drawers Turned Wall Shelves Phase 2 – Decoration & Styling

4 Mar

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Here it is folks! The winter edition of the unofficial Pinterest Challenge, as created by Katie B. from the blog Bower Power and explained in further detail right here on Young House Love.  For this “challenge,” which is basically a self-imposed challenge to get some of those Pinterest projects that we all have tons of pinned, and turn them into things we’ve actually DONE!

So without further adieu, I share with you the dresser drawers turned wall shelves that I decorated and styled up for this challenge:

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When I left off on the installation process of these shelves, they looked like this:

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Getting them all prettied and decked up was a fairly simple project.  I just used some decorative wrapping paper, from World Market, cut to size and then adhered the paper to the “backs” (technically the drawer bottoms) of the shelves using double-stick tape:

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So much prettier and happier looking than the dull, brown backgrounds, don’t you think!?

And as far as “styling” the shelves, I just grabbed some books, bookends, and other little knickknacks I had on other shelves around the house and quickly arranged them to have some photos for this challenge post.

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Feel free to checkout tons of other really great Pinterest projects by clicking on the “Pinterest Challenge” picture below and scrolling to the very bottom of the post:

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And you can click right here to check out the inspiration photos that I have pinned to my Pinterest board for this project:)

Thanks for looking!!!

2012 in review

26 Feb

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

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