Sunday, February 24, 2013

Screened Porch Decorating...

Since the rooms inside our home are VERY transitional right now, I thought I would show one room outside of the home that was semi-finished shortly after moving in.  After scoring an amazing deal on the furniture for our screened porch, I then had to decide what colors to go with for pillows and accent pieces.  Wanting a change, and knowing I could go a little crazy-town with color and get away with it on an outdoor porch, I went with lime green and cobalt blue.


The garden stool was an old World Market purchase that never really matched anything in our home...but I loved it anyway.  The ikat and chevron pillows were made by my mom after we snagged the fabric on the cheap (we've actually added one more chevron bolster pillow to the couch since this picture was snapped).  The lanterns and artichoke were TJ Maxx finds.


Again, the bamboo shade hanging in the background fell during the big storm we had here, so that has since gone to the dump.


We honestly haven't been able to enjoy the porch as much as we'd like to with the colder weather, but we are hoping it will be a nice reading/hang out spot where the pup can feel a part of the action.  I'd still like to drape some hanging lights and eventually change out the ceiling fan, but that will be on down the road.  Bigger fish to fry, friends.

So that's one update down with many more to go!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Our Third Home...

As I type, I sit on my real bed.  The bed we went without for six months.  My, how big a queen feels after sleeping on a full for a while!  By "real bed" I mean a bed suspended above the ground complete with a headboard and footboard.  After six months of a mattress and box springs on the floor, it is a luxury that I am really appreciating.

We are officially settling in to our third home.  Three homes (not counting our times between homes living with my sweet grandmama and the apartment here in Rome) in three years of marriage.  I am overwhelmed by the warm rush of emotions that come with making a place "home."  For six months we lived in a small apartment with a fraction of our belongings cluttered around us (the other stuff was housed in our Nashville home before it sold and a POD for the remainder of the time).  No pictures on the walls, no table to eat at, no room to spread out.  First world problems, I know.  But what a blessing that time really was because it makes this new home feel SO special.  The morning we moved in was like Christmas morning...seeing all of our furniture pile out of the POD and the moving truck...all moving into ONE spot to be housed under ONE roof...thrilling, I tell you.

Truth be told, one of the most difficult parts of moving to Rome involved selling and moving out of our brand new home in Nashville.  The house that we really didn't get to love on and paint up and fix up.  To leave the first house that we were really proud of only to move into an apartment was really humbling.  There were many tears when we went back to visit (before it sold).  That house was so personal...so US.  But the thing is, you can make a home anywhere.  Home isn't just the walls and the location.  Home is where I am with Andy and Duncan.  That was a really hard lesson, but it's the kind of lesson that makes you appreciate your next "home" that much more.  I know there will always be a soft spot for our second home--it was the one we both picked out together, it was new, it was just what we wanted.  But, I will say, our current home has quite successfully stolen our hearts as well.

Here are a few fairly terrible pictures of our new-to-us home taken before we moved in (in no certain order)...

View from the curb...


The dining room...that paint color has already been changed.  The light fixture is next!

The stairs...be still my heart.


The living room...

The screened porch...this was definitely a wish list item I never thought we'd get.  That shade you see hanging there was just destroyed by the tornadic winds a couple of weeks ago...in case you wondered!

The kitchen...Fun Fact:  The kitchen has St. Cecilia granite in it...which was the granite we chose when we updated the kitchen in our first house.  Andy was SO excited to see this granite again!


The main room in the basement...AKA, The Man Cave...


The pool table room...yes, we got it in the sale.  Who do you think wanted it more?


View from kitchen to living room...

Master bedroom bay window...


Another shot of master bedroom...


My favorite guest bedroom...love that little window...

Laundry room...AKA, Duncan's room...


The house has a built-in storm shelter in the basement...if you know me at all, this is my favorite spot in the house...

So, all in all, we love the house.  Ironically, it was the first house I spotted online and liked when Andy first brought up the job opening in Rome (and I checked out the real estate down here, just in case).  We feel very blessed to be in and more settled..and we have already crossed a few things off the to-do list for making the house more of our home.  I'll try to keep you updated as we go!

I'll leave you with a song that we all know...one that has been beaten into the ground lately on the radio and in commercials.  But it is a song that has really spoken to me along our journey down here, and interestingly enough, as I drove to the house with keys in hand after closing, it came on the radio.  I had a little teary moment in the car, and I just felt overcome with peace about all of the decisions and sacrifices we've made in the past six months.  I feel like our path to Rome has been marked by amazing blessings, love, growth, sacrifice, and so much more.  God has continually shown us His faithfulness and plan.  He showed this over-planning, have-to-have-it-all-figured-out couple how to take a leap of faith.  He showed us that taking risks and making sacrifices can reap blessings we could never have imagined.  No matter where our steps may take us...we have our faith and we have each other.  Live for today and make the best of opportunities.  We are loved, we are together, we are HOME.


just know you're not alone...cause I'm gonna make this place your home...