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Our Old House: A Living Room Decor Mood Board

Our Old House: A Living Room Decor Mood Board

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Over the last couple of weeks I’ve finally started to pluck away at the puzzle that is decorating our living room. When I shared my general inspiration for our living room decor, I mentioned that since our initial living room renovation (removing 3+ layers of wallpaper, fixing the walls, painting every square inch of wall and trim, removing the 40+ year old carpet), the room pretty much has stood as is all summer. As of this week I have ordered …

Our Go-To Netflix Binge Watch Lists

Our Go-To Netflix Binge Watch Lists

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I know, I know, that fall drum is going to be beaten a lot around here and on every other blog in the universe in the next few weeks, but can we talk about one of my favorite fall things for a moment? Catching up on my favorite shows and discovering new ones! Is that completely boring? Do I have an utterly unexceptional existence? Yup. Sometimes I do. Sometimes I like it that way. After a busy, hectic summer full …

Our Old House: Cozy Living Room Decor Ideas

Our Old House: Cozy Living Room Decor Ideas

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[Photo by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day]

When we left off a couple of months ago, our newly renovated living room looked like this. Spoiler alert! Save for moving in our very old, very stained sofas, that is pretty much precisely how the room looks today. I’m even going to go so far as to share that we have yet to sit in this room and enjoy it for any length of time. Frankly, between both of our work obligations, …

The Prettiest Shower Curtains You’ve Ever Seen

The Prettiest Shower Curtains You’ve Ever Seen

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After the initial mad rush to tackle some of the first big renovation projects around the house immediately after closing, we’ve taken an extended break over the last several weeks as the rest of our life took precedence again. We pretty much look like we just moved in like a week ago. Not exaggerating. With my sister’s wedding this weekend, we’re going to have a few weeks that are a little quieter coming up and I’m looking forward to finally …

Our Living Room Renovation (Before and After)

Our Living Room Renovation (Before and After)

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I am so excited today to share photos of our living room renovation with you! If you’ve been following along on Snapchat, you know we have countless hours into renovating this room. As a quick recap, when we began we thought there was just a single layer of wallpaper on the walls. As it turns out, there were three. Three very stubborn layers over plaster walls hiding some pretty big cracks. In total we spent the better part of three …

9 Awesome Brass Light Fixtures Under $350

9 Awesome Brass Light Fixtures Under $350

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I mentioned in my renovation update last week (and also multiple times on Snapchat) that we would be looking to swap out the existing light fixture in our dining room sooner rather than later. Frankly, it’s just not our taste so we had always planned to change it at some point, but then we discovered a bare ground wire hanging by a thread and we decided it was going to need to be a higher priority item than we expected. …

Our Old House Renovation (A One Month Update)

Our Old House Renovation (A One Month Update)

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One month ago we went to the bank for a really large check and then drove to an office across town to hand that check over to some people we had never met before. We were really nervous and both felt fairly sick to our stomachs over the whole thing. Turns out, we got a pretty sweet deal though because less than an hour later they handed us two huge rings full of old keys and we became the very emotional, …

How to Care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

How to Care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

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Over the past couple of weeks, my pair of fiddle leafs figs have made a few appearances via social media as I’ve been sharing behind the scenes updates of our renovation (including yesterday on Instagram), yielding several questions on Instagram and Snapchat about how I keep these guys looking so healthy and happy. I’ll openly admit that houseplants and I have a very complicated, mostly failed relationship. It drives me absolutely insane. My maternal grandmother had a prolific assortment of houseplants, the stuff …

Welcome to Our Old House

Welcome to Our Old House

To say that this post today has been a long time in coming would be a complete understatement. On so many levels. To sit down to share these photos and this experience with you is nearly impossible to capture in words. It feels pretty monumental, if I’m perfectly honest. So I’m just going to say it as simply as possible. WE OWN A HOUSE! All caps and probably far more exclamation points are absolutely required. On Monday morning, we woke up …

Dreamy Backyard Inspiration

Dreamy Backyard Inspiration

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[Studio Zerbey]

Now that we’re getting so very close to officially being homeowners, Bob and I can’t stop talking about everything we want to do to the house to really polish her up and make her shine. May in upstate New York is hands down one of the most amazing times of year. Trees start budding, flowers start blooming, lawn mowing becomes the official pastime of homeowners everywhere and the smell of dinner cooking on the grill fills the neighborhood on …

Loving Patterned Cement Tile

Loving Patterned Cement Tile

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This year is the year that after many years of renting, Bob and I are hoping to finally to own our own home. The jury is still out on whether we will design and build that home from the ground up or buy a house, but either way, I have basically been thinking about it constantly for the last several weeks. Maybe it’s the whole having a newborn baby thing and wanting to give her and the big kids (as we …

Baby Emerson’s Nursery

Baby Emerson’s Nursery

At long last, I am so excited to share our baby girl’s nursery tour with you! I really wanted to create a special space for her, one that was modern but still super cozy. It was important to me that it feel playful and whimsical without screaming “baby” in the traditional sense. It took several months to come together and just a few short days before she was born, I finally finished getting the room painted, furnished and styled. I’ll list and link as …