Sunday, January 2, 2011

Well hello 2011!

Can you believe it's already 2011?! I hope you all had a wonderful time ringing in the new year. We enjoyed our game night/hot tub time at our sweet friends house for the second New Years in a row! We think it is the perfect way to ring in the new year! We were also super excited that our neighbors came back home after a long vacation! We deeply missed them as they were gone for almost 2 months! And even better that they came home with special news that they are expecting their second bundle of joy! What a great 2011 this will be!

With the extra long weekend we were able to get a lot of things done around the house that we have been meaning to do for awhile. We have decided that 2011 will be the year to get all the things we want done to the house now before we start trying to have babies. So we have mentally made a list and hope to get as much done as we can on a practical budget.

First on the list is to simply things. We have a million pictures in our house and they are scattered all over the place. We thought it would be great to simplify our space and create a large picture wall in our front entryway. First we gathered all the pictures and coordinating pictures frames from around the house and laid them out as to how we wanted it arranged on the wall. That was the easy part. Actually putting them on the wall was another story. I am not going to lie it took us a little more than an hour to get it all up and straight and exactly how we wanted it. My patience was running a little thin.

One step at a time. Chris just LOVED (can you feel the sarcasm) this project!
Once we got it up it was all worth the pain. We really do love the way it looks and we really thinned out the overcrowding of pictures in our house. Plus we love that people can see it when they walk in and when they leave.

The end product

And we really like that it takes up the most of the wall. We knew that whatever would go there needed to be big and this was the perfect solution.

On Friday Chris and I ventured out to run some errands and he was willing to finally hit up HomeGoods. I think he was more interested in seeing what this place was all about and exactly where the majority of our home decor comes from. I think he was both impressed and a little overwhelmed. While we were there we came across these cool horse head bookends. Chris agreed that these guys would look really cool in the house and said we had to have them, lol!

They were really pretty and I loved the detail but we agreed it still needed another touch.

The hubby really liked how the lion turned out so while we were hitting up Home Depot we grabbed some white spray paint and paint for the bathroom (our original reason for hitting up Home Depot). Today we finally got around to spray painting them. They look awesome and I can't wait for them to dry so I can find a home for them.



The hubby also put the final touches to the front room. We were waiting forever for the final piece to come in to tie the room into the entryway. As soon as that was in he added some pieces to the crown molding and painted them. I was so glad to get the dresser back in there and having that room back together. It looks awesome! Now I just need to have patience to do the rest of the house. That's going to be insane!


When we first purchased the house back in 2009 we painted all the rooms before we even moved in. Chris thought that we needed to add some color somewhere and with much debate we chose to paint the guest bathroom a shade of green. Now not to blame the hubby but this went against my gut feeling. I personally like to paint with neutrals and add colored accessories. Well it was done and to be honest I was never really pleased with it. To me it looked like poopy green. Yuck! I finally had enough and this weekend we decided to paint it a neutral so that I could do that stencil work that I spoke about a few posts back.

First I got three different sample shades to see which one would go best in the room. Here is the poopy green room before.

And here are a few samples shades I choose from. I put them all over so I could see how the light hit them in each spot.

I finally decided to go with the lightest shade after it was all dry and I had a night to think about it. And I am so glad I did because now that bathroom is much brighter! With no natural source of light it needed to not be dark.


So much better!


Today it is all dry and starting tomorrow I will start to draw the stenciling on the wall. Have some patience though because this part is going to take a long time. First I have to draw the stencil on then I will have to paint it. Wish me luck. Volunteers are always welcome :)!

So 2011 is off to a great start! And so much has been accomplished already. I have a lot of high expectations for this year and I can't wait to see what all this year brings. I hope you all had a safe and fun New Years weekend! I really don't want to go back to work tomorrow. I should have taken the day off lol! xoxo

5 comments:

Brittany said...

You've been busy!! I LOVE the photo wall! I want to do that so badly, but we really don't have a good place for it. Maybe one day in another home.

GabbyRM said...

The stuff you've finished so far looks awesome! Can't wait to see more.

The Sturgeon Family said...

I love the picture wall! We have a similar set-up for our entry way and i'm getting sick of what's there now.. will definitely take this into consideration! Right when I scrolled down to the picture of the horse heads I immediately thought, 'those would look good painted white'! Love your style. Great job with everything!

Lili said...

those are cool finds from HG! happy new year!

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Stephanie Marie said...

Everything looks fantastic! We have a picture wall too, one in the living room that's pretty small and another in our bedroom with wedding pics. LOVE how your wood floors look and the dresser is just beautiful! Great job!

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