It took us exactly 6 months, but we finally started hanging things on the walls in #thePomeroyDen (aka the Walsh House) a few weekends ago. Seeing as we have roommates, it really lightens the load of rooms that we have … Continue reading
Checked another thing off of the Summer Bucket List this weekend! After this project Will and I need to go take advantage of number six on that list and lay in the hammock for a bit. This past weekend Will … Continue reading
Will and I were really blessed to get this solid wood farmhouse table for free a couple of years ago (….how have we been married long enough that I can say things like “a couple of years ago”?!). It even … Continue reading
This weekend marks one month of being home owners and living in our awesome house! One month ago today we were blessed with having our friends and family fill our new home as we moved all of our earthly possessions … Continue reading
Being as this was Will and I’s first move, I can’t claim to be an expert on moving, but I can share with you what we learned through this first experience. These 7 things are things that made our move easier, more fun, and more memorable. The first four are logistical tips, and the last three made the biggest impact, and I will cover them tomorrow.
- First Night Box
- Bathrooms and Kitchen First
- Family and Friends
- “Breaking Bread”
I am a fan of organization. I think I learned it from my sister. When we were preparing to pack I started searching Pinterest for packing tips. One that I saw consistently was to use different colors for different rooms. There were many different versions of this, but what I ended up doing was buying a pack of multicolored electrical tape (it was $4) to put on the corners of each box. I wrote a number in the middle of the tape. Then I recorded the contents of that box in our moving binder; another idea adapted from Pinterest.
Before, during, and after packing we purged our house. We laughed a lot during this process because we were downsizing our things to upgrade our house and because we found some “treasures.”
We had a rule to govern our decision making process: If it wasn’t Useful, Beautiful, or Sentimental then we trashed, recycled, or donated it.
3. First Night Box
We were going to be “camping” in the new house for a couple of nights before the big move. We had one box that was set to the side through the whole packing process, and as we found things that we wanted/needed to have readily available throughout those first days we put them in the box. This box had practical things like bedding, phone chargers, and toilet paper (don’t forget that), but it also had some sentimental things to help savor this transition.
4. Bathrooms and Kitchen First
This picture is of an empty room, yes, but what you can’t see is that while this room is empty (and freshly painted) our bathrooms and kitchen were basically fully operational. We moved the majority of the kitchen things and all of the bathroom stuff prior to our big move. That way, when there were going to be people all over the house, they had restrooms to use. And when we would have boxes to unpack and rooms to assemble, we’d already have a kitchen good to go – ready to keep us fed, hydrated, and caffeinated despite the office still being a mountain of boxes.
Those are the lessons we learned this time around, lessons we want to remember for future moves. Do you have any good moving stories or tips?
Tomorrow I will talk about the last three Keys to Our Smooth Move. They are relational, not logistical. They are the “tips” you don’t want to miss/the kudos that I am dying to give out to the people who really deserve them.
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Growing up my mom had this wall hanging of the Nativity with 25 little rings on it. We had several little pieces of paper with our favorite holiday activities on them, and we tie one piece of paper to each … Continue reading
This post is about Will’s new office! It was my surprise gift to him as a reward for all his hard work.
We are only renting right now. We have thought about buying a house, but the time just isn’t right. Nor have we seen anything we’re crazy about. Honestly, we like the idea of building a house… if you’re going to spend the money, get what you want, right? All that rabbit trail was supposed to say is that our home isn’t really ours. And honestly, sometimes it didn’t really feel like it was ours, hand-me-down, hodge podge little honeymooner bungalow that it is. We put a fair bit of effort into it when we first moved in, but not much since then.
Now, 2 years later, I decided that it was time to give Hubster his own space. A room that reflected him, where he could work and relax. You know that feeling when you have a space, and it just feels like it has your DNA woven into it? That’s what I wanted for him. He deserves it.
Now, if you have read any of Will’s posts about budgeting then you probably are wondering how I did this as a surprise. Well, when we bought the futon a few weeks prior Will told me he was fine with using some of our savings for putting a little effort into our home (furniture & décor) to begin investing in things that we like, we want, and we will keep with us. So…. I took that as permission to redo his office.
My original intention was to post tutorials on all the little DIY elements first, BUT I just can’t wait any longer to share this office with the world! I have already waited a month. But you can find tutorials on the bookshelf, the Marquee Letter, and the curtains on the projects page. =)
For Will’s office I really wanted something baseball themed because he has a lot of Cincinnati Reds/baseball paraphernalia (there’s still more that isn’t being used yet). The problem with a baseball theme is that I didn’t want it to seem like a little boy’s room or some meat-head baseball jock room (nothing against jocks – I still am one). I did a lot of thinking, happened to receive two pallets from my neighbors, and saw this coffee bar on a blog I follow. Those things all got the wheels spinning and brought me to envisioning this room.
I can’t take all the credit by any means! I had a ton of help from my sister, my little sister Carrieli, and my good friend Emma. Without them I would still be working on this room, and probably have had about 7 mental breakdowns.
The other confession I have is that I did have to kick Will out of the house for a night… and I still didn’t quite finish even with Emma being over till am, so he had to finish building his own desk…. BUT it got done! AND HE LOVES IT!
Replaced the bookshelf and made this cool wall display:
Recovered the futon to go with the new room and because Izzy was getting the black too dirty.
made new curtains that stick with the new brighter colors in here to play up the natural lighting that pours into this room. Also made them floor to ceiling to help the room feel bigger.
Here’s the redone filing cabinet that I added because I knew he really wanted one and before he was using milk crates to house our papers.
Some other items from around the room:
And finally, the desk!
Now back it up about 2 years, when Will and I first got married I stumbled across the idea of drop cloth curtains. It went on the list of things to implement someday. I hadn’t had the opportunity yet, but when I was planning Will’s office redo I knew that it was the PERFECT time. The texture and color of the material were perfect for the scheme I had chosen.
Originally the office only had these little valances I had made one afternoon with the cheapest red fabric I could find a JoAnn’s. I had planned on keeping them, but decided against it. I did not want to chop the room off or make it dark… part of the reason I was redoing it was because it was chopped and dark. BUT I did use those valances to choose the right color of paint for the curtains (yes. You read that right. We’ll get there), and they ended up being repurposed into tie backs (props to Emma).
I did a lot of reading on drop cloth curtains…. In the end, it didn’t really change my plans at all. But I will say this, if you plan on washing your curtains, or you want them to be super good quality then I would suggest buying fabric medium to mix with your paint. I was on time and budget constraints so I skipped that step because I decided I didn’t mind if the paint cracked whenever I wash the curtains in the future.
- Drop cloths (I used two 6’x9’ drop cloths)
- Painters Tape
- Tape Measure
- Fabric Medium (Optional – see previous paragraph)
- Paint Brush
- Sewing Supplies
How to Make the Curtains:
First, wash and dry them. This really softens up the material and makes it more workable and attractive. Plus, they DO SHRINK… and they don’t do so uniformly.
Sew them how you want them. I did this last, but in hindsight I would do it first as the sewing machine isn’t fond of going through the painted areas. As I mention I used two 6’x9’ drop cloths. There are only two windows in the office and they are both pretty narrow. The 6’ wide cloths were big enough for me to cut in half and then have two curtains on each window.
Emma past on some wisdom to me and told me When you sew the top (assuming you aren’t doing grommets, tabs, or some other cute idea) be sure to leave some extra room at the top. I don’t know how to describe what I am talking about so here’s a picture of it. I have made curtains without at that little “ruffle” before, and Emma is right – they do not hang/lay as well.
Once they are sewn, decide where and how big you want your stripes and begin the taping process.
If you are going to use fabric medium be sure to mix it into your paint.
When painting your curtains, I found that it was best to either put the tip of my brush on the tape and brush into the stripe area or just dab along the edge. Too much pushing against the edge of your tape lends to the paint bleeding out aka…. Not crisp lines.
Let them dry.
Hang them up and enjoy your hard work!
I have another drop cloth project to share as well. I will give you a hint, it’s in that last picture.
Enjoy your weekend! Go try something new!