Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Packing & Moving


Well we did it!
We moved into our New Home.
Although I wouldn't say we're all moved in just yet.  We have furniture and boxes everywhere.   It's very chaotic around here, but everyday it gets a little bit more organized.
I can't wait to have it all put together.

There has been a few little hiccups along the way, had to convert our 3 prong dryer into a 4 prong dryer to fit into the correct socket.  We had to fix a leaky outdoor faucet, we lost a dresser in the move, it fell over and got busted up.  We had to get all of our utilities all hooked up, and we're just trying to learn all of the quirks that come with a new house.

But we love it here.
I wake up every morning feeling so Lucky to get to live in this awesome home.


Ok so since we just made this big move, I thought I'd share some tips that worked for us.
Now our situation was a little different. We only moved 30 minutes away, and since Jake was driving out here to go to work everyday, and I was coming out to work on the house, we would both pack up our cars with a lot of  the little stuff.  This actually made a huge difference in the end.  All that was left was the furniture, and we moved it all in a big U-haul truck.  I just have to add,  Jake and I made this whole moving trip all by ourselves.  We were Rockstar Movers! Well I guess us and our Dolly.

So Tip #1 is to rent a dolly with your truck.  I don't know if we could have done this move without it.


Tip #2
I was surprised by how little of boxes we used.
Instead, I used what we already had, like; Suitcases, coolers, drawers, baskets, laundry baskets, bags, garbage sacks and plastic bins.
The bins were the most handy,  we would unload them at the new house and then bring them back to fill up again.

Tip #3
Instead of bubble wrap or newspaper, I used our towels, table cloths and linens to wrap things up.
I also used cheap paper plates in between all of my kitchen plates to help  protect them.

Tip #4
Stuff hanging clothes into garbage sacks while still on the hangers.
This helps to keep clothes all together, and then they are all ready to hang up in your new closet.


Tip# 5
Clean your new bathrooms ahead of time, if possible.  At the end of a long moving day, nothing is better then taking a hot shower in a clean bathroom.  Also don't forget to stock them with toilet paper.

Tip #6
Clean kitchen cabinets ahead of time, if possible.  It's amazing how much kitchen stuff we have.  I made organizing the kitchen the first thing to do on my list.  It was nice to get it all out of the way and have a working kitchen right away.

Tip #7
Pack your food up,  or make a trip to the grocery store.  Have easy to eat meals on hand so you don't have to eat out too much.

Tip #8 
Make your beds up as soon as possible.  You'll be glad you did after a long day of moving.

Tip #9
If moving with  kids, make sure to have snacks on hand.  Let them help out, my boy's got a kick out of caring things out to the big truck.  And just remember moving is a lot on a little one, so be patient and understanding with them.

Tip #10
Pack a special bag with items you will need right away, such as; toiletries, toothbrushes,  and medications.  Carry this bag with you and find a place for it as soon as you get to your new location.  You don't want to have to go searching for these things.

So these are my moving tips.  If you have any more to add, feel free to leave them in a comment below.

Once things get a bit more "Normal" around here,  I'll blog about my new painted kitchen cabinets.

Thanks for stopping by,
Emily



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Thursday, February 7, 2013

New House / Room by Room Inspiration / Part 2





I sure am having fun dreaming up my new house.
It's exciting to look through beautiful inspiration pictures and imagine my own rooms having the same look and feel as them.

So here is what I have in mind for the other half of my home.
(See the inspiration for the first half, in part 1, Here)


Office / Guestroom


This is my favorite room in the whole house. 
I just love all of the windows.
So I'm thinking a day bed in front of the windows would be the perfect little reading spot,  as well as serve as a bed for our guest.

(the lettered cottage)

  

Then on the opposite side of the room is where our desk will go, facing the windows of course. 
That great built in closet will be perfect for storing office and craft supplies.

  


I think I will paint the walls white, or bring in the same color I choose in the living room, either way I want the room to look light and airy.

Now moving on down the hall is my 
Boy's Room
 

This is going to be the perfect room for my boys.  It's spacious and has a ton of storage.
For inspiration, this room here pretty much says it all.

(pottery barn Kids)

 I'll do a light grey or blue on most of the wall and then have one whole wall be a giant grey chalkboard....  My boys will have so much fun with that.

  

Right now they have bunk beds,  but I'm thinking of taking them apart to have two beds. Then I like the idea of placing them head to head in the corner, leaving lots of play space on the floor.

(pottery barn Kids)

Moving on down the hall is the bathroom.  I know it's such a bad picture, So let me explain the room a bit.  It has a blue and white floor tile, then a white vanity with blue tiled counter tops. To the right when you walk in is the toilet.  Then to the right of the windows is some built in shelves.  Then there is wainscoting half way up the wall.


To me this room is just screaming to be decorated in nautical. 
I'll probably keep the room mostly white, then add some navy accents.
Here are a few rooms I like. 


 
 (left image Honeycomb creative co.)

Next up is the Master Bedroom.
Like I said before,  I love that it is in the Attic.

 

 In here I want to paint the walls.....Can you guess? Yes, White! 
This picture here is just SO dreamy to me.  I love everything about it.


Here are a few more pictures that I like too.
They all look so peaceful to me.

  

  

The Master Bathroom
This is a really neat bathroom. It has a spa like feel to it.


So when you walk in you are facing the shower and jetted tub. To the left is a built in vanity.


 And to the Right is the sink and toilet.


 Again some white paint on the walls to brighten it up. 
But then I'm thinking of painting the vanities to bring in some color.

  
I love this yellow, although I'm not sure how well it will go with all of the tile. This distressed blue would probably look great.

  

Or White.
Or maybe I will leave them wood, we'll see.

 Last room in the house would be the 
Basement.



 I would love to show you lots of cute inspiration pictures for this room. . . However,  Jake and I have a deal.  I get to decorate the whole house however I wish. . but he gets to decorate the basement however he wants.  Fair is Fair, right?  Although it is such a shame,  this room is much too charming to be a man cave.

I have been super busy, packing and painting.. .  I have decided to go ahead and paint my new kitchen cabinets.  It's a big job, but I'm happy to get it done.  Can't wait to share it with ya when it's finished.

Thanks for stopping by,
Emily

P.S. All inspiration images can be found on my pinterest boards HERE








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