Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Has it only been that long???

I get really bogged down at times with how many things are not complete in our home.  I feel paralyzed with indecision quite often, and there are always several ideas floating around in my head that are not acted upon (thanks a lot, Pinterest).  I feel like our home is very unfinished (still) with semi-empty rooms, boxes piled in the garage, and bins that have STILL gone unpacked.  There are so many things Andy and I plan to do around here, yet so often our jobs and overall "busyness" keep us from doing any of them. 

I reflect on all of the unfinished things so much that I start feeling as if we'll never get things together around here.  And then I stop.  I think back.  And I realize it has only been 3 months.  We only closed on our happy home a few months ago.  Why do I worry so much about things being incomplete?  Who says a home ever has to look "finished" anyway?

Instead of thinking of all that has not been done...what have we been able to accomplish thus far?

For starters, our dining room went from this...

to this.
Our entryway went from this...

to this (thanks to a bit of black paint).

Our half bath went from this...

to this.

One of our guest rooms went from this...

to this (and now has a set of bamboo shades on the windows and an IKEA dresser along the wall since this picture was taken).

Our living room went from this...

to this.
Our master bedroom went from this...
to this.

And the truth is, this doesn't even cover it all.  We've changed out a light fixture, staged a couple more rooms, hung some artwork, and have blinds/shades on ALL of our windows (which reminds me that I need to show you the last 2 rooms with window coverings).  Not to mention, soon we will have the newly-installed built-in bookcase in the living room painted out (along with an accent wall).

We may still have a LONG way to go, but at least we have made a bit of progress.  Things may be moving slower than they did in the last house, but at least they are moving, right?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Built-In Bookcase...PROGRESS!

My parents came up yesterday and we worked MOST of the day installing the built-in bookcase my granddad built for our living room.  It took some clever maneuvering and creativity to make it fit, but we made it work. 

Looks a bit like cord vomit right now, but we will get that adjusted after I paint.  No point in adjusting and tucking all of the wires when it will all have to be unplugged anyway.  The bookcase is going white, for those that might be concerned.

But, just for kicks, let's step back in time and look at this same space when we started yesterday...

My dad and Andy managed to put all of our baseboards and quarter round back on, which had been taken off in order to put the bookcase in.  It was stressing me out something awful.  There is something about prying brand new baseboards off of brand new walls and having to look at the naked walls for a while that makes you kind of crazy.  It felt good to see that come back together.  You would have never known we took them off.

See?  Back to normal.  Insert large sigh of relief HERE.

So, back to the good stuff...

The newly installed built-in with the cabinet doors still attached.

And without.  We removed the doors to drill the holes for the pulls (and for future painting purposes).

Here are the doors with the pulls that I chose from Lowes.  I purchased a set of pulls and a set of knobs to see which look I liked best.  As you can see, the pulls won.  Overall, the pulls looked beefier, and I felt like the simple design would be better for the long haul. 

The finish is somewhere between bronze and pewter=LOVE.

So, now my job is to bust out the ole' foam roller and paint brush.  I've found the exact white trim paint color that has been used in the house, and that's what I plan to use on the bookcase.  I also have  plans to paint out the fireplace/bookcase wall with a deeper color so that it really pops.  Updates to come!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

We're BACK!!!

Andy and I our finally back from our trip to the Bahamas!!! 

Yes, we know, we are totally shady about when we travel, but we are scared to ever say anything online about leaving town for security reasons for our home.  You never know these days! 

(The resort)

We took a plane to Ft. Lauderdale, a cruise to the Bahamas, stayed a couple of days at a resort in Freeport, Bahamas, got back on the boat to cruise back to Florida, stayed in Ft. Lauderdale for another day or so, and flew back home. 

(We won Sports Trivia one night on the boat...and all we got were these lousy canisters!)

(View from the boat one night)

(View from our balcony at the resort)

It was a wild week with lots of location changes, but Andy is quite the travel agent.  We made it to all of our destinations on time and with all of the necessary documentation.  Way to go, Bozeman!

(First step on the boat)

(View from the cove)

We had a very relaxing break from reality, and although the weather could have been much better, we made the best of it. 

(Do you see those palm trees?  The wind was crazy!)

(I found my ZGallerie mirror on the boat!)

(Andy found a GIANT chess set at the resort--reminded me of Harry Potter)

On our trip I caught up on my reading.  I FINALLY finished The Help (yes, I realize I am the last woman on Earth to finish that book) after trying to read it for over a year.  Everyone talked about how great it was (it was a good book, don't get me wrong), but it took me a while to really get into it.  Maybe I'm just weird.  I also read a book my mom had suggested, Room.  Oh my goodness, such a powerful story!  I read it in a day or so--couldn't put it down!  I've also almost finished another book, The Things That Keep Us Here.  It has definitely turned in to a totally different story than I expected it to, but again, I can't seem to put it down.  So, if you need a quick read, I totally suggest any of the three!

Well, since making it back to the good old US of A, Andy and I have been trying to get back in the groove of housework, cleaning up (we left the house in complete disarray), and preparing to go back to work (so hard to do!).  He's been up mowing the lawn, changing out air filters, and much more.  I've been...checking out my new blog design!  This has been in the works for some time now, and it's finally up and running.  Our blog designer and I have been back and forth tweaking things here and there (it was already in great shape--she completely ran with what I wanted!), and I think I am going to love the design for the long run.  Bear with me as I figure out the ins and outs and how to set up the navigation bar and such.  So exciting!

In other news, Andy turned 29 this past week while we were on our trip.  I think the fact that he is one year shy of 30 is slightly freaking him out, but he took it all in stride.  I will forever be grateful that he is older than me--he reaches all of life's milestones just a bit before I do.  He keeps me young, ladies.  Got to love that. 

Anywho, after returning home, his last birthday present had finally arrived...his vintage football prints! 

The posters are actually enlarged versions of program covers from way back when.  Oddly enough, we just discovered that the Alabama/Tennessee program (on the right) was printed for an October 19th game (Andy's birthday!).  He was so excited about these, and they turned out really well.  We both agreed on them, and I am really excited to get his "Bama Room" up and running.  We attempted to frame the posters yesterday, but without success.  As it turns out, the posters are a weird size (of course).  So, stay tuned for more updates on the man room to come.

We are also planning to get the built-in bookcase installed in the living room tomorrow with my parents' help, so we will see how that turns out.  We've had a bit of a snag in the whole installation process, so hopefully we will have good news to report.

Well, I better be off to get something done today.  Have a great Saturday!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Garage Sale...CHECK!

As many of you saw in this post, we were in major need of a clean out around here.  After unloading our last storage unit, our garage became quite the disaster area.  So, this morning the Bozemaster and I got up way too early to host our very first Bozeman Family Garage Sale.  It was immense fun for all involved (yeah right), but we ended up making a decent profit.  Andy was a real trooper and stood his ground with prices on things.  One particular customer was especially difficult, but my main man gave it to him straight.  In the end, the items were sold for what Andy wanted--one tough cookie, I tell you.

So, I won't go into all of the ins and outs of what was sold and what wasn't, but when all was said and done, I only drove one car load to Goodwill.  Everything else was gone.  It felt so good to see it all go.  Here is the garage right after the sale...

Although it definitely still needs to be arranged and boxes need to be broken down, it is a HUGE improvement.  We will be able to get my car in the garage now!  Hopefully very soon BOTH cars will fit.  Although a lot of work, the garage sale accomplished what we needed it to--less stuff and more cash in the wallet. :)


In other news, I have almost successfully conquered my fear of nailing into our walls.  Here are a few updates...

I added an oil to the half bathroom.

This is one of my favorite paintings.  I purchased it while on a mission trip in Greece.  I got it in a small shop in a market square and then somehow managed to travel back to the States with it in one piece.  Every time I look at it I think of my AMAZING trip overseas!

My mom and I also hung this painting over the desk in the kitchen area.  The painting is of a bowl of apples, so I felt pretty certain that it needed to go in the kitchen or dining room (it is a painting of food, you know).  We were both really surprised at how well it worked over the desk.  We both thought it would completely dwarf the area, but I think it is just right.

I also hung this little guy next to the back door for a little pop of color.  Perfect fit!


The last bit of news I have to share...our built-in bookcase is set to be delivered today!!!  My granddad already has it finished (wow!), and is bringing it by this afternoon.  I cannot wait to see how it works in the space.  I'll be sure to show it off once we have it in place!  The area has already been prepped for it (aka--my dad came by one afternoon this week and pried off our baseboards in the area--very painful to watch), so I am hoping installation is a smooth process.  Details to come!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A step in the right direction...

Sadly, this post has nothing to do with a newly upholstered bed.  Let's just say I used up all of my crafting energy on Saturday, and lost my steam before I wanted to revisit the IKEA bed.  It will get done eventually, right?

However, I took a big plunge yesterday and hung my first painting on a wall!!!  I've been collecting oil paintings for several years now, and I love having them up on walls to admire.  Most of them hail from the flea market, and I chose each one myself.  There is nothing like coming upon a piece of art that you just know you have to have.  Whether it is the colors used, the subject, or what it makes you think of, art has to really call to you (I think).

Any-who, in our last house, I had my paintings ALL over the place.  So many of our walls were in not-so-perfect condition and I loved hiding imperfections with something pretty.  However, in the new house, I am scared silly of putting nail holes in our new walls unnecessarily, so I have neglected to hang ANY of my paintings on the walls (for fear that I will hang one in the wrong place). 

Well, I got downright crazy yesterday, and made a decision on one of them.

We have a painting over our potty!!!  I know, not the most exciting spot in the house.

But, I made a decision and put a nail in the wall, so we are making progress!  I think I was just SO ready for a bit of color in our little potty nook, and I have always loved the colors in this painting, so it was a fairly easy decision.  I think this placement was successful enough that I might actually hang another one!  Somebody stop me.

A close up of this one.  It made me think of Venice when I first spotted it, which is a place I would love to visit at some point.  I figured having a painting of Venice was more reasonable than actually traveling there anytime soon, so there you have my reason for purchasing this bad boy. 

I also have this wild plan to maybe try stenciling the walls in here.  Wouldn't this painting be totally crazy on a stenciled wall?  Crazy in a good way?  We'll see.  Ideas, ideas.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A few updates to share...

A few things were successfully checked off of the list from this morning...

First, I added a fresh coat of paint to our front door.  Any old person might not see any difference, but it was enough of a change for me.  I figured a cool, fall day was pretty perfect for needing to keep the door open for drying purposes!

Little marks on the door (probably took a beating during the last days of construction on the house).

It just wasn't shining like I wanted it to.  Especially considering that the inside panel is freshly painted.

Much better!!!

Next came the wreath project...

I tried one of those yarn wreaths that we have all likely seen online.  I used an entire package of yarn on this one!

I also purchased some fake mums that were on sale at Michael's to go on the wreath.

And this is what I ended up with.

Don't we all just love fall?

Now I just need to find some burlap-ish ribbon of sorts and then it can be hung on our front door.  I am hoping it will really pop on the black door and bring out the red in our urns.  I'm also hoping that our covered porch protects this from the elements--if it doesn't, I may just have to bring it back inside.
Sidenote:  Andy's first comment was, "Shouldn't there be some flowers on the other side too?"  Heaven help me, this boy looks at crafts through the eyes of an accountant--everything has to balance out for him to think it looks right.

The last item on the list (my painting) that I completed today, I debated whether or not to show on here.  Andy, bless his heart, had an even harder time understanding my "abstract" art that I created this morning than he did the wreath.  He kept coming back to me and asking,"No, really, what is it supposed to be?"  I kept telling him that abstract art can look like different things to different people and that I had just painted it for fun.  This absolutely blew his mind.  "So you didn't know what you were painting, you just painted?"  It is my goal to break Mr. Bozeman out of his box he has apparently put himself in, but I'm not sure that I can do it.  Wish me luck.

On to the "art"...

I basically broke out all of the leftover paint samples I already had (mostly wall paint) and just started slapping it on the canvas.  I'm not sure where the eyeball-looking object came from, but I just started working with it.  I tried to mirror it in a smaller way up top.

I'm not sure what I'll do with this painting, if anything, but for now I just keep trying not to judge it too harshly.  A large part of abstract painting is that it should be free of rules, and it definitely doesn't have to look like anything in particular.  It was very freeing to paint with no certain endpoint in mind.  I don't think I'll quit my day job, but it's a fun pastime nonetheless!

I'll leave you with a few pictures to describe the mess that is our garage.  Andy worked on it, but we still have a long way to go.  Please don't turn us in to Hoarders.

And as for the IKEA bed, let's just say after a failed attempt to use the electric staple gun we had on hand, the Bozemans purchased their first staple gun this evening.  We will be back at the re-upholstery job tomorrow to see if we can get it done.