How Suite It Is.

This may be the longest house tour I have ever given. Hope you’re not tired of us yet, we still have a lot to show you.

Side note before I begin: I am probably the world’s worst blogger, but hey I am now almost 38 weeks pregnant, who up until recently had a pretty long list of things to accomplish before baby, and the good news is, its not finished. But it is almost.. so hey, I call that progress.

Now back to the tour.

Right off the dining room is our master suite. Our bedroom/closet/bathroom take up one length of a 40ft container.

_DSC5966

Our master is on the smaller size, but that’s the way we wanted it. It functions and contains everything we need it to.

Here is what you see when you enter off the dining room.

_DSC5922 _DSC5920

Now, If you look to the left with me, you will see a tv mounted on the wall and a display cabinet, which we use to hide all our tv components, dvds, games, etc, and display some pretties. This cabinet displays a lot of things we picked up on our recent 4,500 mile road trip to and from California, and some items from my mother in law, which are from Cuba.
_DSC5915

_DSC5913

Now looking the other direction towards our closet _DSC5924

If you can’t tell by now, I like to decorate using lots of vintage pieces, like this $40 estate sale dresser find, and the garage sale globe and planter. Cheap is good.

_DSC5926

Here is another example of how I try to decorate on a budget. Those are calendar prints I just framed, and that awesome Herman Miller chair, Oh I found that in an abandoned trailer. So free is good as well.

_DSC5927

So there you have it, our master bedroom.

I was going to show you the closet and bathroom, but they are a little messy, and I don’t feel like cleaning today :). So we will save that for next time.

House Tour update:

We already did some minor updates around the house, I know crazy, We have only been living in our home for a year, but I can’t ever make my mind up. So here are some of those quick updates.

In our kitchen we changed out the pendant lights, to these slightly more sophisticated ones

_DSC5967
Here is a before picture for reference:
_DSC5279

We also upgraded our sink faucet, only due to the fact that our first one already broke, but thank goodness for warranties!

_DSC5971

In our living room we completed the TV pull out mount, check this sucker out.

But first, Here is the hole for the TV I showed you last time:
_DSC5436Here is what it looks like now when the TV is put away

_DSC5974 And here it is out

_DSC5979
And you might have noticed, I did a little mantle decorating as well.
_DSC5972

I also did some other minor re-decorating, remember our little nook under the stair landing that looked like this?
_DSC5427
Ya well, I wasn’t satisfied with how that looked, so I pulled out some extra platters and serving dishes that I had and made me a little succulent party. I think it looks much better and brings a little more color to the dark space. Also, we painted the underside of the landing.

_DSC5934

_DSC5936
On a larger scale..

We have completed the vintage steel cabinets in the laundry room! I couldn’t quite capture them in photos today, but I will bring you the completed look soon!

And, just because I love the nursery so much, here is a little peak at Charley’s nursery.

_DSC5958
_DSC5950

So there you have it. Next time I see you I will be holding our new baby girl. Unless I just get antsy and want to add another post before. We shall see.

Advertisements

If We’re at the House Rockin…

Rock.

That’s right. The rock is finished.. it hasn’t taken that much time, just, oh maybe, a  year or two. But we should admit something.. we paid someone to finish.

But shh..don’t tell anyone.

This post naturally flows right into the next part of our house tour. The living room. Since it has had an unfinished fireplace for sometime, and it now sports a nice rock façade.

Just follow me from the kitchen right on into our cozy little living room space.

View 1: coming from the kitchen

(if you notice a cut out in the fireplace, that is where our t.v. will eventually go, so it can be tucked away when not in use.)

_DSC5429

View 2: from the office

_DSC5431

If you haven’t noticed the rock yet.. check it out.
Here is the living room just about a month ago before the rock was finished…

_DSC5309

and now with the rock..

I think its much improved. Now if only it was Christmas so we could hang some stockings up on that mantle.

_DSC5430

Here are a few other shots of the living room..

This is our coffee table, that I “made”, and I say “made” because I didn’t cut the wood or anything, but I debarked it, sanded it, sealed it, and put legs on it.

_DSC5439

_DSC5304

Oh another deer.

_DSC5422

Behind the living room, sort of nestled in under the stairs, is this little nook.. but excuse the under side of the landing, it still needs to be painted, and the small toy mouse I just noticed on the floor.

_DSC5427

Here’s a close up of this score Tyler bought for our 3rd anniversary.

Well done sir.

_DSC5300

Here is one other little “nook” I guess

_DSC5313

And here is one last picture to show the living room in relation to the other rooms you have toured..

_DSC5432

And a little sneak peek at the outside, since it seems like forever since I have posted a picture of the exterior.. it stills needs some power washing however..

_DSC5419

In other news.. Our home was featured in a story by ABC World News, for literally a second, so don’t blink you may miss it. But here’s the clip.

http://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/steel-house-home-24875347

The Kitchen Tour

And so the tour continues, right on into our kitchen

If you have been following the blog for awhile, you may remember when we brought home our kitchen cabinets in a gigantic U-Haul, (click here), or when we had a kitchen building party, (click here)

Well now come and look at the finished product..

_DSC5279

The high gloss white cabinets you see are from Ikea, and so are most of the appliances. The barstools are from a school supply website, and are actually laboratory stools, they were much more affordable then other barstool options, and fit in perfect with our house.

This picture is a little dark, but I wanted to show where it was in relation to the dining room.
_DSC5278It’s hard to believe that this is the same view from just a little over a year ago. A year and 15 days to be exact.
Untitled

We wrapped the island with walnut plywood and then used Howards Restor-A-Finish to give it is color, and then sealed it. I love two-toned kitchens, with the dark wood and white cabinets, but we couldn’t quite afford walnut cabinets, so this was our solution. It only cost us about $300, but it gave the kitchen a high class look.
_DSC5280Here are just a few other detail shots of the kitchen..
_DSC5285
_DSC5287

_DSC5080

Still to do in this room:

-maybe add a raw edge walnut floating shelf beside the sink

-paint trim

but besides that.. its all finished..

So there you have it.. our kitchen.. Next up, the not so finished living room.

House Tour Continued….

Today’s tour is going to move right along into the mudroom, and then out into our dining room.

But before I begin, I still need to show you the other side of the entryway.

Don’t get too excited, its just our front door and a key holder.
_DSC5231
You can also see the light that Tyler’s Grandpa gave to us. Remember when he surprised us with it here?

And one more shot of the entry- The lighting is bad, but here is what it looks like looking in.

_DSC5232
Moving further into our first container.. behind door number 402.. is the Mudroom

_DSC5059
The mudroom has a ways to go before its complete, but here is a glimpse into where I spend the majority of life, as it would seem.

_DSC5220

The wooden cabinet surround around the washer/dryer was handcrafted by Tyler and Kent this past week,

and remember that sink cabinet (click here)? I spent countless hours sandblasting that sucker. It obviously stills needs its drawers and doors, but we will get to that eventually.

This cabinet is from Ikea, and is wonderful, it is very affordable with lots of storage (which is important when your other cabinets are not installed, or are lacking drawers and doors)

_DSC5222

Here is a close up of that surround Tyler and Kent made.. It not only looks good, but it is functional, it keeps all those loose socks and underwear from falling behind/beside the washer and dryer, and gives me a flat surface for folding laundry.

_DSC5214

 Still to do in the mudroom:

-Finish painting the metal cabinets

-install the upper metal cabinetry and clothes rail

-Touch up paint

-Finish painting window/door trim

-Make some curtains, out of this vintage material:

_DSC5235

Moving right along into our dining room, its just a step away from the entry.

This is the view you see when you are in the entryway.

_DSC5246
The table, chairs and china cabinet were a craigslist find, in need of some TLC. The top of the table at one time had been painted with some kind of thick paint, as well as the top of the china cabinet base.  After lots of paint remover, and scraping I gave up and let a professional finish the staining and sealing.

I tackled the chairs myself, with a little orange glow and some Howard Restore-A-Finish, the wood was looking pretty good. I just needed to reupholster the seat cushions. I chose a black vinyl, for looks, but also for easy clean up for when we have future kiddos. The captain chairs already had a good fabric on the them, I’m hoping original, so I left them be.

_DSC5273
_DSC5276
_DSC5247
The dining room furniture is Broyhill Brasilia, with a date of 1961 on the bottom of the table. I just love the contrast of the dark wood with our light walls. It was a match made in heaven I believe.

Our china cabinet is always filled with vintage goodies, changing with the seasons. Right now it is sporting some nice colorful Pyrex and some fun salt and pepper shakers.

_DSC5268
_DSC5271
_DSC5261
_DSC5265
_DSC5266
On the other side of the room, looking back towards the entryway, you will find a nice coffee bar, a retro wall hanging, and a plant that my family says is at least 30 years old, here’s to hoping I can keep it goin’

_DSC5238

I wanted to show the view from the table, but the lighting makes it difficult to get a good picture, but here is my best shot..

_DSC5252

One last thing I want to showcase, is our George Nelson Bubble Lamp. Isn’t she a Beaut?

_DSC5256

Still to do in the Dining Room:

-Touch up ceiling paint

-Paint door/wall trim

Next stop on the Tour: Our Kitchen.

Mini Tour

And so the mini house tour begins.. and I mean mini.

The first room of the house is our entryway.

 Here is the view right when you open our front door.

_DSC5059

The door you see, is to our mudroom, its an old office door my mother-in-law picked up in the past. It still needs a little love, but it looks fine in the meantime. The artwork on the left are Charley Harper calendar prints, I just cut them out and put them in some Ikea frames. (you just can’t beat cheap art)

_DSC5070

I added this planter in the entryway to add some character, but also because I seem to have an obsession with plants, in particular succulents and cacti, they are literally everywhere.

_DSC5060

 well I see there’s a deer hiding in there.

_DSC5061

Still to do in this room:

Touch up paint

Paint wall/window trim

Give some love to the old door

And as a bonus, here is a quick shot of our deck

Ill do a proper tour of it soon enough.

_DSC5185

Oh? What was that? You want to see some adorable animal photos? Well here you go..

remember miss Kitty? Here she is looking all grown up and stuff.

_DSC5139

and here’s Norm, he just didn’t want me taking pictures of the house, only him.

_DSC5087

okay, just one more. Here’s ol’ Gertie.  The goat with a million problems.

_DSC5046

As soon as I conquer how to take pictures of a house with lots of natural light, Ill get back with you with the rest of the tour. In the meantime, I may just give you a tour of the goat house to tide you over. Thanks as always for checking it out.

Oh Hello There.

Well, we still don’t have internet at the house yet.. so I am sneaking this post in real quick at work. Shh..

It is just going to be a short one, sorry no house tour just yet. I just wanted to write a quick post, mainly to show off our adorable new farm dog, named, Kitty.

Kitty is a Anatolian/Pyrenees mix and she is going to be our goat and chicken protector. Well.. that’s our intent. She’s pretty darn cute, so it may be hard for us to make her work instead of being an extra large lap dog.

Here she is bonding with Gertrude..

Untitled

Oh and here’s another adorable photo just because..

Untitled

We are currently working on our goat pen, so hopefully we will have some goats close to the house soon enough..

Oh, and one more thing. We made another, uh.. yea another, trip to Ikea, but this time we put the squareback to work..

Untitled

Untitled

Fingers crossed we get internet this week.. and then Ill start posting some house tour photos!

We Like to Move it Move it.

Welp, we did it.. we moved in, and just in time for Christmas!

This post is coming a bit late, but updating the blog has been difficult, we have no internet at our new home yet, and I have been so busy decorating and putting things away I sort of forgot all about the blog. Whoops.

My plan is to take pictures of every room and do a sort of house tour, as per request, as well as a final list of to-dos. For now I’ll just share a few shots I snapped, while unpacking, of the new place. Hope you like it.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Check back for the complete house tour, but also some more diy projects we have completed. Thanks for following! Also, follow me on instagram for more photos of our house and its progress @hannahbright