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Nat's final rug decision

After all my rug research I had a pretty good idea of what I was looking for. Most of the types of rugs I loved were only found online which made me a little nervous because I couldn't literally feel them and see the true colors, also, returning can be a little tricky along with high shipping prices for some places. I know there are so many good deals out there that online shopping can be worth it but I still hadn't made the click to order by Sunday. After church Kyle and I decided to go look for rugs. Andddd there she was! (purchased at Mathis Brother's Furniture for a little bit over the budget and it did help a little that Kyle used to work there) 

I love the colors and pattern of this rug and it makes me happy every time I see it. I was a little nervous that I might get sick of it quick but I don't think that will happen with this one.

Kyle and I are excited that our home is getting homier with all the decor choices we make! I feel it is important we find things we both love so when we come home we feel relaxed and comfy. 


Jordan's Home Renovations: Living & Dining Room Before Photos

I'm stuck at home sick today--head pounding, nose running and voice gone.  Daniel left early this morning to buy supplies and get the downstairs at the new house taped off so he can start painting tomorrow! I feel like a bum lying here on my deathbed :( So to make myself feel somewhat involved, I'm looking through the before photos I took earlier this week and searching Pinterest for inspiration.  We're going with a warm white for the downstairs walls, and I can't wait to see how it opens up the space.  The walls are currently a greenish/mustard color.

We're swooning over a pretty leather couch for the living room.  I think leather, wood floors, and white walls look so clean and happy together.

And then this photo shows what we plan on doing with the fireplace--subway tile!

I love our little dining room area and am so excited to build a pretty table and keep fresh flowers on it :)

We've looked through several DIY tutorials on building farmhouse/pallet tables.  I think natural wood textures look really pretty against the simple white walls.

I wish I could be at the house helping Daniel today, but looking through these ideas for inspiration makes me so excited to start prettying up these freshly painted rooms!


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!


Nat's House Renovations (Pt. 1)

Nat was planning on posting a little renovation update today, but unplugging her internet to move furniture made that a little complicated.  Luckily I spent most of my day at her fantastic new house taking a few photos and catching up while her hubs was at work.  She painted the living room a pretty off white, and it's lookin' GOOD.  They're knocking major renovations out right away and I can't wait to see how she decides to decorate her new space.

I miss my husband, but spending a little time apart to feed sweet friendships is so important.  
I'm so excited for my best friend in this incredibly special time in her life and marriage!