The Parent's Home Building Process (Pt. 1)

After eating some yummy lunch with the in-laws, Kyle and I headed up to my parents land to check out the progress on their home being built! It was really fun to see how the layout they created compliments their lifestyle. They got to pick out where they wanted the appliances, windows, doors, rooms, etc. which really creates an open layout that utilizes the space very well. 

The house is definitely 'farm house' style on the outside and a more modern country living style on the inside. They are just in the beginning stages but I can't believe how fast the building has gone. I can't wait for the picking out of paint colors and decor part :)

 Living room with central fireplace

 View of kitchen and dining from living room

Stairs going up to the loft area and bedrooms

 Can't have a farmhouse without a wrap around porch!

> 5J Ranch <

 I think the pups like the farm life

On the drive home Kyle and I talked about how fun it will be to have get togethers there and to be able to one day take our kids up to gma and gpas house to spend the night with their cousins. They have a pretty sweet set up for the kids to create some memories like we did with our cousins and grandparents.

Today was a much needed relaxing day after finishing the floors yesterday. Kyle is picking up some BBQ for dinner and we are picking up a RedBox movie. 
I am very happy :)


Evolving Gallery Wall

Ever since we moved in I have been staring at a huge blank wall and it's been driving me crazy! I have so many ideas for this wall but don't quite know how to get started---so I put up pretty much all I have at the moment and it's starting to take shape.

I'm not really thrilled with how it looks just yet because it's more art gallery looking than I want---due to having a senior art show and having those pieces ready to hang. I only had the one larger photo of me and Kyle but I want the wall to encompass more of our life together and with our families. I think this wall will evolve over time and I'm excited to see what will go up next!

I plan on documenting the changes to see how we grow into this first home of ours :)


Home Updates

Sorry I've been a little absent lately, this home ownership stuff is pretty time consuming--but rewarding!
I've added some pictures of the things we have been working on recently. I love how the tiered ceiling paint job turned out!

We also had a big hay looking bush probably almost the same height as me right in front of our door that would shed pieces all over the place. My man took care of that problem! 
I'm sure there will be lots and lots more projects around here, I'll keep you updated!

I'm so excited for Daniel and Jordan to move into their home soon to experience some paint under their fingernails!


Furniture Shopping or Marriage Building?

Thank you Jordan for posting about our first update on our house, we got the internet up and working finally!

Today I want to touch on the wonderful world of furniture shopping. Kyle and I have successfully purchased two chairs and a console table for our new home.

I might have mentioned it before, but Kyle used to work at Mathis Brother’s Furniture store, which trained him on all the styles and brands of furniture. This has been very helpful but also a little challenging when I like the look of a piece, but he doesn't like the quality.

Also, our styles are pretty different but we have learned how to find things that make us both happy.  I would say I like more quirky, eclectic, very open things and Kyle likes more traditional, solid, darker things. I would describe our combined style as rustic-modern. I am trying to think of a different name for it since sounds like such an oxymoron, but I think that suits us best.

When moving into our house, we knew we wanted a chair for each of us, and we didn’t have anything to put our tv on (it was mounted on the wall in the apartment).

Kyle has always wanted a recliner and I was very weary of the traditional style of recliner.  Big pillows of shiny leather consuming whoever sits in it was not really what I had in mind for my dream living room. Amazingly, we found a very sleek, track arm chocolate brown leather recliner that was soo comfy. It even matched the couch we hope to get in the future. Later, when we got it home it did not recline very well so we ended up getting the same style of chair only not a recliner. Kyle compromised on his recliner but he has promised me he loves his chair and ottoman just as much, ha.

Then it was my turn to find a chair. I thought I wanted some sort of smaller, sleek, fabric recliner but apparently only super expensive designers make those. We looked around Mathis Brothers and while Kyle was talking to someone he knew, I sat down in a modern armchair with a tweed-like material and decided this was it! It didn’t have an ottoman or the reclining factor but I decided I could make my own ottoman (which I’m in the process of doing, I’ll post when complete).

Our console was also randomly found when we were wandering around Mathis Brother’s. I first saw the matching end table and noticed the color of the wood and modern look, and when I looked around we saw the console. It is very open and we plan to make a shelf for the cable boxes and things, but it was a quality piece of furniture for a good price and a beautiful color!

Please excuse the crazy amount of cords, I'm working on that :)

To each their own when buying furniture, but Kyle and I have found it can be a marriage building experience when compromise is involved.  I am one to want to build everything (like a console table) but I realize I don’t have time for all of it and as long as we have budgeted for these things, we can spend a little money on quality furniture we will use for years to come.

Good luck out there couples!