The Homies 2013

Exciting news to share!

homiesI have been nominated for the Apartment Therapy The Homies 2013! Specifically in the category for the Best Home Design & Inspiration Blog.

I was nominated last year and while I had no notions of winning then, or now for that matter, it’s super cool to be nominated and stand in line with so many other amazing, inspirational blogs out there. Many that are on the list are ones that I already visit frequently and the others are just new gems to be discovered!

On that note, please head over to Apartment Therapy and cast your vote for my own and other blogs that you admire (that handy link right there gets you to where you need to be to cast your vote). I am eternally grateful for all the support I’ve had from family and friends over the past year as I’ve pursued this hobby. I hope to grow it in so much more and could never accomplish that without you. You guys rock.

Much Love,

Catie

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Christmas In Review: 2012

I mentioned the other day that I was going to continue to spread the Christmas cheer a little longer, especially since I intended to share a few details from our holiday but never got around to it. Rather than let some of the photos and efforts go to waste, I thought it might be nice to share regardless. I also shared some details here, here, and here. Be forewarned, some of the decor ideas I’m featuring below aren’t really groundbreaking, or especially creative…at all. I’m mostly sharing because I know my Mom would want to see. Given that they live a thousand miles away, she never gets to see our house done up for the holidays. And Mom, given that your obsession with Christmas and decorating is no secret, I knew you’d want to check it out. So this one’s for you.

Our Christmas Tree

So this is probably considered terrible photography but we are trying to learn our camera better and have been playing around with the manual settings on the DSLR. I sort of like how these turned out so in the spirit of creativity and experimentation I present to you blurry Christmas tree…

christmas-tree-2012-2-resized…and twinkly Christmas tree…
christmas-tree-2012-1-resized …and regular Christmas tree…

Sorry she forgot to put her pants on…but I never got around to making that DIY Ruffle Tree Skirt. Best laid plans. It’s definitely on the agenda for next year given that I already purchased the materials. Heck, I may even whip it up in July. For the record, yes, this is a fake Christmas tree. It belonged to Andrew’s Grandmother and in the words of my father-in-law, “it’s 1965 vintage”. A few years ago, I HATED this tree. I grew up with a fresh tree and it’s just what I’m used to. Who moved my tree, ‘er cheese, sort of thing. But this tree has grown on me (no pun intended) and now I adore it. In fact, next year, the tentative plan is to do a fresh tree in our den space, and keep this one here in the living room and deck it out with more of a theme and keep the family ornaments on the den tree. But I have approximately 345 days to figure that out so moving on.christmas-tree-2012-3-resized One of my favorite glass ornaments.glass-ornament-christmas-2012

I was all about the “shop your house” concept this Christmas. For starters, I was being cheap and didn’t want to spend money unnecessarily. Second, there is only so much space to store decorations and if you ask Andrew, I have nearly met my quota…he’s going to start charging me for space in the attic soon, I’m sure of it. It’s actually quite fun poking through your items, or even other decor you use throughout the year and try to come up with ways to repurpose and restyle.

Pottery Barn jars with pinecones and small glass ornaments. I found a bag of decorative pinecones at Target earlier in the season for $5 and the ornaments were a clearance buy from Pier 1 a few seasons ago.

christmas-apothecary-jars-2012-3 Below are some apothecary jars from Michael’s that were used during my wedding. The ornaments were from an inexpensive ornaments set from Michael’s a few season ago that I no longer use on the tree.christmas-apothecary-jars-2012-2 christmas-apothecary-jars-2012-1

Also, I know some family and friends check in here so I’m sharing a few great family shots we took on Christmas Eve. This year, we got dolled up, had a delicious dinner at a local Portuguese restaurant with an even more amazing wine selection, and attended a lovely midnight Mass.

Andrew and me

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Look who finally completed one of the Pinterest projects I’d intended to make! I love my monogram berry wreath. See this post for more details. berry-monogram-wreath

And finally…one of my favorites. This picture was taken at my parents house (where I grew up). A few years ago they began putting lights on this little tree out back, set away from the house. It always looks so friendly and magical, especially when it has snowed, and the neighbors love it as it’s visible from other backyards. outdoor-christmas-tree-2012

We are beyond blessed and had a wonderful holiday season celebrating with family and friends. For those family and friends who we were not able to visit with, you were missed and we thought of you every second. As this season draws to a close, we hope you and yours found equal blessings and are entering this new year refreshed. Check back tomorrow as I’ll be posting our favorite holiday cookie recipe as a sweet finish to the holiday recaps. Have a wonderful Monday!

Happy New Year

Hello friends and family (and new friends too!) Happy new year to you and yours! If you’re stopping by the blog for the first time, welcome! With the hub-bub of the holiday’s, I decided to take a little hiatus from blogging but I’m excited to be back online today with some updates, recaps, and reflection.

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(thanks to our good friend John M. for this photo and the one at the end of the post…great shots buddy!)

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind…work was busy as we closed up shop for the winter break, and then we hit the ground running with social gatherings and holiday travel to see family and friends (New Jersey in the HOUSE). I had big plans for some posts throughout the holidays recapping my cookie exchange party, our “friends Christmas” first annual gingerbread house competition, as well as some decor ideas, projects, and updates…but alas, so many plans, so little time.

So here’s the plan. Show of hands…how many people feel a little sad to see the holiday’s come and go so quickly? Who always feels a little bummed to put away the Christmas decorations? That’s what I thought…me too. So, rather than let some of the photos and ideas I had surrounding the holidays go to waste, we’re going to do a little post-holiday recap this week and make Christmas last just a little bit longer. To top it off, I have some fab details to share from the New Years Eve black and white party we hosted the other night. So consider what is to come ideas for next year…savor the last few moments of the holidays and file away the inspiration for next season.

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(Sneak peak from our New Years Eve black and white party…print in frame from The TomKat Studio)

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On that note, as I type, there is a message at the top of my screen indicating that my subscription to getcareydaway.com is about to expire at the end of January which means I have been blogging for almost an entire year! That’s crazy. This little nugget started on a whim and I’m reflecting on how much I have enjoyed it. Yes, I’ve had a little hiatus or two, and I experimented with starting another blog about health and fitness (another big part of my life). I can safely say that this whole blogging thing has really started to become a passion and I’ve learned so much (well, just scratching the surface) in the past few months about photography, site design, writing…I’ve discovered some awesome blogs along the way as well and have already begun to develop some neat connections through this community. So, for the new year, I have officially decided to focus solely on Get Carey’d Away and will let the other blog go.

I have big plans for this blog this year and plan on switching it over to a self-hosted format for more flexibility including a site re-design which will include a new look as well as some new topics including travel and style in addition to things I already enjoy discussing such as home design, decorating, and DIY. I really look forward to presenting more of our lifestyle…for example, travel is a huge passion of ours and our journey’s definitely influence how we design our home and some of the plans we have for future updates. I always gravitate towards home elements or jewelry and accessories as souvenirs from our travels…it’s all related so we’ll discuss it here!

Overall, 2012 was a year of growth, experimentation, and marked our first full year of marriage. It was wonderful, challenging, and inspiring. I’m finally settled in a job I enjoy very much, I have a super fulfilling hobby (this blog), and the best husband, family, and friends a person could ask for…you all know who you are…you are so amazing, some days I don’t even think I deserve you. I’m looking forward to 2013 with an open heart and wide open arms. Some experiences in life recently have made me realize that I need to relinquish some control…not EVERYTHING is up to me. I’m a pretty faithful person privately, but I’m compelled to share a statement my husband makes (I bow down to you again oh wise one…)… He says:

“Work like it’s all up to you…Pray like it’s all up to God”

Truer words have not been spoken. I’m making that my motto in addition to the following mindset which is: plan for life you have and not the life you want. Hubs and I have big plans for our little family and we are realizing timing is not always up to us. We realized we were slowly accumulating a growing list of plans, adventures, projects, etc., but were constantly left with giant “what ifs” hanging over our head. That’s no way to live. So, in the spirit of live in the moment, we’re going to do just that…you can always adjust your course and travel a different heading. Now, someone just please remind me of this post and these words when I get frantic! I’m really bad at taking my own advice.

Love to you all and happy new year!

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Thanksgiving 2012 Recap

This post is dedicated to my Mother, especially, who helped me out big time from afar in hosting our Thanksgiving celebration. I knew you’d want to see some pictures of our day and some of the decor so here you go!

Our first Thanksgiving in the Carey household was a success! I managed to get a little fall decor accomplished as well as feed 12 people hot food. I call it a win.

Andrew and I had hosted a Thanksgiving celebration a few years ago in our old house, but my Mom had done a significant portion of the cooking. The decor also consistent of a paper fall leaves garland and plastic tablecloth…true story. This year, I NEEDED to channel my inner Martha so we decided to host our families again. This year, I flew solo on the cooking as my parents weren’t able to come visit (can’t wait to see you guys at Christmas though!) and it was extra fun because this was the first official family holiday celebration we’ve had in this home. Our guests included Andrew’s parents and grandmother, my grandfather and his lady-friend (as he likes to call her), Andrew’s brother and his girlfriend, as well as Andrew’s cousin, her husband, and their son. Luckily, I get along with my in-laws very well and I had a great time hosting them. I also need to offer a big shout out to my mother who emailed me an entire Thanksgiving “syllabus” complete with step-by-step prep and day-of instructions for getting the meal on the table. Couldn’t have done it without ya Ma.

Here are some highlights of the day:

Decor

In actuality, I didn’t really do much. I typically hang a nice fall inspired wreath on the door and I set out a few little fall vignettes including some glass pumpkins, etc. I actually shy away from too many decorations because things can start looking like a Pier 1 Imports fast…there is a fine line between decor to evoke the holiday spirit and looking like a gift shop. Also, given that we are still in the beginning stages of furnishing our home, and areas such as near the fireplace could use built-ins, I don’t feel like I have many surfaces to put stuff. So I keep it simple, a few touches here and there…here are some examples:

Fall Wreath, Smith and Hawken from Target. (obviously taken around Halloween)…also, please excuse the awful gardening…who killed those plants?!

Glass Pumpkins (PS these were a Ross find a few years ago…I’ve seen similar each season at Ross and HomeGoods.) Also, this mirror is new! Is it from Ballard Designs or is it a great Break It or Take It find? Stay tuned for a post this week to find out.

Fall vignette on the mantel. It’s a little hard to tell I suppose but I arranged a raffia pumpkin, a wire turkey decoration, and my Pilgrim nutcracker. I found the Pilgrim at Target a few years ago (they have similar each season) and the turkey was from HomeGoods, also purchased a few years ago. It’s has a votive holder as well and looks cute in the evening with a little candle behind it. The raffia pumpkin is from Pier 1 and I purchased that on clearance this season…about $5.00. On the other side I found these great mercury glass pillars for the holidays. I LOVE mercury glass for the holidays especially the vintage sparkle it gives. Look for some more details on some Break It or Take It Mercury glass in a post coming soon.

Below is the beautiful fall centerpiece my parents sent to us from a local florist. I loved the colors and it was a nice addition to the table for Thanksgiving. (PS: if you think there is something different about this picture, there is. We hung curtains in the dining area! More to come in another post.)

I served water from my Pottery Barn drink dispenser. I received this as a wedding gift and I especially love this one because it comes with a base that can be filled with various items depending on your theme or decor. I had some pears and oranges which I arranged in the bottom of mine to make it look more festive for Thanksgiving.

Ok, so no one has a twelve seater dining table. We tacked on a folding table to the end of our dining table and yes, that is a brown plastic table cloth you see. The other one is a great tablecloth I purchased at Target…festive enough for Thanksgiving but neutral enough for other times of year as well…I wasn’t about to purchase two of them for this one event so we went with something disposable for the other end of the table. (Eeesh…who slacked and didn’t iron the tablecloth?? Seriously, these things bother me…oops!)

Cooking

It literally took me five minutes to work up the courage to reach into the turkey to pull out the neck and giblets. EEK! I’ve never prepped a turkey before and this was a bit gruesome.

Ok, so this picture was a little embarrassing to share but Andrew says he hears Julia Child when looking at this photo and we’ve both been rolling with laughter so figured you may get a kick out of that too…

Family

The whole crew sitting down to dinner (minus Andrew, the photographer)

Andrew and I with our surviving grandparents. My grandfather and Andy’s grandmother.

I hope everyone else had as wonderful a Thanksgiving as we did. Now, off to go decorate for Christmas! Look for some fun posts this week on some holiday crafts and decor ideas…I’ll be documenting trying my hand at a DIY ruffle tree skirt and our first annual girls night Pinterest holiday crafting party.

Is There Anybody Home?

“Hello? Is anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me…is there anybody home?” Haha! I have the Pink Floyd lyrics to Comfortably Numb stuck in my head as I contemplate what you must be thinking in regards to my whereabouts on this blog.

I’ve missed Get Carey’d Away and it’s good to be back! I’m actually sitting here in disbelief  that I haven’t posted since July. It’s amazing how time flies.

Anyway, in case you were wondering where I went, I’ve been sitting right here, at home, staring at still undecorated walls and drowning in a sea of decorating indecision. Things have also been pretty crazy too. I changed jobs, AGAIN (<– God only knows what you all think of me), because I was really, really unhappy with the way my career path was going. I’m going to make a very long story VERY short, and just leave you with the fact that I’m now doing what I love and I have an amazing schedule to boot. I now work 4, 10 hour days, so I have 3 day weekends each week to be über productive, and time to explore other interests (such as blogging), etc. As a matter of fact, I have two blogs…this one, and my health and fitness blog called The First Rep.

For awhile now, both of these babies have taken a back seat. For a long time, I was focusing strictly on The First Rep as fitness related activities are more or less a part of my daily life, therefore I felt like I had more to say and share on a consistent basis. For the past few months, I haven’t really had much to discuss here as we were apportioning funds to other activities and home improvements took a back seat. What I do not want to be is a blogger who just blogs about nothing for the sake of blogging. I want what I have to say to be relevant, informative, or be something concrete I can share…for the most part. So, I’m at peace with not stressing about a super daily blogging schedule. I know all the mumbo-jumbo about retaining readers with super regular posts, but guess what, I’m not Facebook or CNN with an endless streaming newsfeed…I’m a real person who has stuff to share but gets busy and sometimes just doesn’t have the motivation to write. If you like what I have to say, you’ll come find me and forgive me the occasions I have a few lapses. Either way, I’ve given myself up to blogging organically and on a schedule that feels right and I’m releasing myself of the pressure of scheduled posts. More power to those of you that can function that way, believe me, I love a schedule, but for now, you’ll just have to pop in on me from time to time and see if there is something new 🙂

Ok, on to the good stuff…I’m back posting because things are gearing up in the Carey household again. We have a few projects to recap and some new decor and project plans waiting in the wings…and it’s go time for most of them! Also, as you know, writing has been very helpful for me to process all my thoughts and ideas and help me keep my sanity, and Andrew’s by default. So, without further ado…allow me to present to you our landscaping project this summer.

My parents and brother came down to visit in July. I will always be forever grateful for their willingness to get their hands dirty and help us with projects. They helped us move into this house, they’ve helped us paint, they’ve helped us garden…So, family, I am forever indebted to your gracious outpouring of elbow grease.

Anyway, the perimeter of our pool lanai was looking a little shabby and we all agreed it needed some landscaping to look finished. We kept it simple, we dug out about two feet of grass along the entire perimeter, leveled the soil a bit, planted some azaleas and vibernum, and then laid mulch. It. Looks. Amazing. Upkeep is pretty minimal…we watered incessantly for a few weeks to make sure the shrubs established and I got in and weeded good a few times to keep things looking neat. It’s been an amazing update…in fact, the azaleas are in bloom as we speak.

(PS, major gardening project in the summer heat in Florida, not the most comfortable, but we succeeded.)

Here are some pics of the process:

Andy and my Brother…our two project managers:

 

Finished product:

 

 

Anyway, it was fun getting you all caught up! Please stay tuned as I have some posts coming up in the next few days and weeks regarding what’s been going down at Casa Carey. We have finished the trim painting in the living room, finally, and are on to bigger and better things. We have some furniture rearranging, decorating, mood boards, holiday crafts, DIY projects, and some “Break It or Take It” bargains to share…Pottery Barn look-a-like dining set I just ordered? Yes please! You’ll see it soon!

One Lovely Blog Award

First, I’d like to thank One Loved American Girl for nominating me. I appreciate it so much that you stop by the blog for a visit and I really enjoy catching up on yours.

I really love the sense of community blogging provides and it’s even more amazing that it’s a community that loves to spread the love.

As a little community building activity, to accept the award, I’m required to share seven things about myself…so here goes.

1. I’m awful at helping with taking care of our two dogs. (You can meet the bitc-, I mean, girls) on my about page.) I seriously love them, but they seriously exhaust me and drive me crazy and sometimes, I just don’t want to deal. My wonderful husband uncomplainingly usually walks them for their last walk of the night. I mean, he’s probably cursing me out in his head but … case in point, it’s 11:38pm and I’m sitting in bed writing this and he’s walking Kona (who technically hates him). Resolution: HELP MORE!

2. I’m emotional. Like irrational at times emotional. I can also be very pragmatic and practical when it counts, but generally, I’m a basket case. My husband is the most wise, patient person I’ve ever met and I pray every day that I can be more level headed like him.

3. I get anxiety when my house doesn’t look like it’s staged for a photo shoot…which is virtually never. Seriously, it’s a losing battle, and one I’ll just have to hopefully learn to get past. But my dream is to have my home in a perpetual state of readiness in case, you know, Better Homes and Gardens wants to do a feature.

4. I miss my Nana. Every. Single. Day.

5. I’m currently mad at my priest for making me cry in mass virtually every Sunday. Is it ok to be mad at your priest? Damn, he’s just such a good speaker and he gets me every time.

6. I have an unhealthy obsession with Bravo TV and the Real Housewives of (pick your city).

7. Part of my family heritage is Armenian and I’m obsessed with the food. I could live on dolma (stuffed grape leaves) the rest of my life.

And now, to nominate some other great blogs:

Chic Envelopments

Into Mind

The Farris Wheel

A Detailed House

Love In A Mason Jar

House Tour

Getting the house tour party started with a new page dedicated to the layout of our lovely home. The page is a work in progress so check back frequently to see the updates. We’ll take you from front yard to back door and update the photos along the way as we beautify our digs. C’mon over!

20 Questions…

Ok, so more like 11. But I’d like to thank One Loved American Girl for tagging me to continue this charming little “get to know you” of the blogosphere. I agree that this seems like a great way to get to know some other bloggers out there and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the responses posted by bloggers that have already participated. So here goes.

First a little housekeeping; I’m supposed to post the rules –

The Rules:
You must post the rules.
Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and create eleven new questions to ask the people you have tagged.
Tag eleven people and link them to your post.
And, let them know you have tagged them.

Here are the questions I have been tasked with answering (I’m all of a sudden really paranoid that I am the most uninteresting person on the planet)…

1. If you could have dinner with anyone living, deceased, famous or not who would they be?

Bethenny Frankel. I seriously love this chick. She is funny, bad-a*s, and real. I think she reminds me of what I hope my alter-ego would be. Sassy northeastern gal who isn’t afraid to go for the gusto and stand up for what she believes in. A quick draw with the wit doesn’t hurt either…I envision a dinner with her being “snort skinny girl margarita out your nose” funny. BUT, if I really only get ONE choice of dinner guest…I would, in all seriousness, choose my grandmother. What I wouldn’t give for just one more meal with that lady…

2. Are you a happy person?

Fundamentally yes. I’m not gonna lie though, I am a bit of a pessimist. I trend towards the attitude of anticipate the worst and hope for the best. I like to be prepared and I’d rather brace myself for disappointment and be thrilled to bits to get to do cartwheels instead.

3. What brings you the most peace on a stressed out day?

Laying next to my husband in bed at night. No bad day can ruin that feeling. I sleep on my stomach and Andrew is usually next to me on his back. We’re close enough so that his hand touches the side of my leg and my hand his. Just that innocent contact is enough to keep me eternally peaceful. I know that’s probably a rather intimate moment that I’m sharing but it makes me so happy that I want to shout it from the rooftops…so here I am, shouting it to the internet.

4. What one accomplishment of your life has most defined you?

Being a decent enough human being that my husband actually wanted to marry me. On a daily basis I try to be the woman my grandmother and mother taught me to be…work hard, love harder, and help your neighbor. Accomplishing that is good enough for me…it is ever the work in progress though.

5. If you can begin any charity for any cause what would it be?

Yikes, this is a difficult one. There are already so many great causes out there that I’ll answer with a link to one that has really piqued my interest lately. Reading Education Assistance Dogs. This appeals to my education as a Speech Language Pathologist (even though I work with adults), love of children, and love of animals.

6. What is your favorite go to dish when having company over?

Eggplant Parmesan. Hands down. With crusty garlic bread and a glass of Malbec.

7. What is your favorite scent?

Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen…because that means it’s summer and we’re probably in our pool or at the beach swimming.

8. What one kitchen item could you not live without (forks and plates are not an option ;) )

Recently, my immersion blender. That thing is quite literally a magic wand…my soup making has entered a whole new stratosphere.

9.  What is your favorite book?

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

10. What inspired you to start blogging?

Honestly, all the other amazing bloggers out there. There are so many wonderful blogs and I felt, I too, had something to contribute. Also, so many of our friends/family live out of state and I felt this would be a great way to keep everyone updated on us, specifically as it relates to our home and all the little projects we get into. Finally, it’s a really therapeutic way to “download” all the ideas and thoughts I have floating around in my head and my husband can attest to the fact that I drive him less crazy about home improvement things now that I have this outlet.

The questions I have for others …

1. What is your favorite childhood memory?

2. What is the first thing you purchased with your own money?

3. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but turned out to be for the best?

4. What are three songs that you would include on your “life soundtrack”.

5. Summer or winter?

6. What is your favorite spot in your home?

7. What is your hidden talent?

8. Would you rather have many casual friends or one close one?

9. What daily activity bores you?

10. If you could do it over again, what would you study in school?

11. What single piece of technology makes your life easier?

 

And now, I would like to tag …

Into Mind – for her refreshing, versatile, and creative blog

loveinamasonjar – for her super cool, super chic rustic stylings

beautiful,charming,glamorous – because I’d love to be Giselle Bundchen for a day

In Quest of Life – an inspirational blog on health and well-being by a childhood friend who I wish I kept up with better (Hi Steph!)

Cheers Y’all – southern living and charm by a favorite sorority sister (Hi Court!)

Hoof Beats and Footprints – great little adventures featured here, nice photos too

On The Road Again – (I’d like to be on the road at all…) My running inspiration!

Decorating the Dorchester Way – great DIY ideas and I envy her craft room!

Hello Hue – sunshine and creativity

The Apprentice Extrovert – great furniture makeovers

Callaloo Soup – indulgent creativity here


batman and robin…

Our two lives became one on October 22, 2011. Six months prior to our big day we closed on our dream home after a whirlwind house hunt that we never intended on in the first place. To make a long story short, this is how we ended up here:

1. Catie and Andy get engaged…Catie moves into Andy’s bachelor pad.

2. Not Catie’s cup of tea…ok let’s not sugar coat…Catie loves a great DIY/home improvement project but HATED that house. Loved the guy in it…but HATED that house. (It was a cave…and Batman and Robin we are not…it had 4 windows…blech).

3. Give some home improvements on the place the old college try but Catie secretly drooled over real estate listings as a hobby. (In all honesty, she really wanted to be part of the decision making process on what our home would be…a rite of passage that we should both be involved in).

4. We make a wish list and identify criteria that we would love our next home to include…you know, in the future. We agree on lots of property, 4 bedrooms, at least two bathrooms, pool (this is Florida after all), and let there be light batman…WINDOWS!

5. Play around with property searches and enter our wish list criteria…and as if the heavens parted, this place pops up. It’s perfect. The home is on an acre and a quarter, 4br/2ba, POOL, hardwood floors, fireplace, plus clean, crisp, and white kitchen and bathrooms. Found the neighborhood, did a drive by, fell in love, and then realized it’d probably never happen so we forget about it for awhile.

6. Back to reality…not wanting to waste more time and funds…we consulted a realtor to make suggestions on improvements that could be done to the current home to make it sale-able in the future.

7. Realtor says that the house actually looks great and not to put much more blood, sweat and tears into the joint if we weren’t inclined. Then asks those famous last words: “so, it looks like you’re thinking of selling at some point…was there anything you wanted to see?”

8. Andrew shoots me a look and I turn to the realtor saying “actually…” … I proceed to rattle off the MLS number for the dream house, which I had memorized at that point (hangs head in shame).

9. The realtor gets the keys, we make an appointment for later that week, we step inside, and the rest is history. A few minor breakdowns (of the emotional variety) occurred along the way, but within two months, the place was ours.

10. Got lucky and sold the old place right before the wedding. Good riddance…(although I do feel nostalgic about it sometimes…we had our first make-out session in that cave people!)

and we’re blogging…

So what’s new with you? Just in case you were wondering what’s new with us (perhaps overly presumptuous of us to think you’d even care) Andrew and I have decided to enter this wonderful world of blogging to document life, the bliss of being newlyweds, and our baby. NO SILLY…we’re not with child yet…our HOUSE baby.

Ideally, I would have loved to start documenting this process the day we got the keys in our hot little hands. We closed on our current home on April 22, 2011 after, drumroll please….looking at only 1 house. That’s right, you heard me, one. More on that later. Alas, getting down and dirty on this place wasn’t in the cards because I had to finish planning a wedding (we were married on October 22, 2011), we both started new jobs after receiving promotions, and then dealing with the recovery from all the wedding planning, and getting through the holidays. Therefore, we set a goal for January 2012 as the time we would begin making this house our home. That’s actually not quite fair to say because I think Andrew and I both agree that to us “home” means anywhere the two of us are together plus our two pooches and the kitty…but it is nice to nest a little and dream about paint colors, home upgrades, etc. (ok, well maybe I did all the dreaming and Andrew did some eye rolling). He will self-admit that he’s not quite jazzed about pillow shopping, and paint chips…but he is my knight in shining armor because at the end of the day, he will lovingly and willingly help to execute my dreams of making this house beautiful. As he says, “You’re the ideas guy” and “I’m the logistics guy”. We generally agree that I dream big and he brings me back down to reality and gently reminds me of budgetary restrictions and skill level. He can wield a saw and a hammer with the best of them but some projects we have in mind might require more expert attention for now.

That being said, we wanted to begin documenting our progress here. We both agree we regret not documenting projects we tackled in the former house (Andrew’s bachelor pad). We survived painting, a major DIY bathroom renovation (that took way longer than necessary), and laundry room makeover (just to name a few) and took virtually NO before and after pictures. Though our current home would in NO WAY be considered a fixer-upper like the last place, we agreed that we want to document our progress this time around, especially for family and friends near and far who have expressed interest in what we’re up to. It gets a little excessive to send emails with links to Pottery Barn dream purchases, and try to explain the color of the gray paint I’m trying to decide on over the phone. So why not use the world wide web to share this process with you in all it’s paint splattered and dusty glory.

On that note, I need to go help start painting the living room/dining room ceiling. Please stop in and visit us any time. We’ll have loads of juicy pics to share and more on how we are lovin’ on our home and making the design and improvement process our own.

xx,

Catie