Thursday, May 3, 2012

First blog from the new house

I'm typing a midst unpacked boxes, un-hung shelves, and totally bare and un-vignetted surfaces. The lack of organization and personal items is driving me crazy!! But this has been the first move that I've actually had an outside job, so getting settled is taking muuuuuuch longer than anticipated. Sadly, it seems we're already having issues with the house's owner and the management company that runs the property. It's not sitting well with us and we're holding our breath that things get better...

But, hopefully I'll have something fun to blog about (our ceiling fan was successfully hung, although we did have to get help). In the meantime I'm just hopping online to read some of my favorite blogs, look at pretty pictures on Pinterest, and hopefully find my motivation somewhere in all the pretty e-surroundings!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Coming soon to a computer screen near you...

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming packing to bring you this news: we've made some very fun purchases for the new house already! I'm so anxious to get stuff up and show everything off, but our official (big truck) move doesn't happen until tomorrow, and it will still be a good week before our rooms start looking picture worthy. But in the meantime, I had to show you some sneak previews (are these movie-style monikers working for you)? ;)

Our new house has air conditioning (we don't have it on base), but no ceiling fans. And our new city gets H-O-T hot! So we bought this ceiling fan for our master bedroom (which currently has no overhead lighting) from Home Depot for $63 after military discount to help keep our electric bills down.

Right now the light in the dinning room is a yellow shell shaped blown glass pendant. I'm sure some people would love it, but it's definitely not our style. Instead, we picked up this industrial little guy. Stayed tuned, because both of our lighting projects should be interesting--we've never hung new lights before.

After years of sleeping on just a metal frame, we finally bought a bed with side rails a foot board and everything! It took several trips to IKEA and the promise to repaint it, but we purchased the extremely budget friendly Leirvik frame. It's out in our garage right now drying (one of our friends came by and laughed that we were still doing DIY projects in the middle of packing). But since the bed is one of the first things we want to set up when we get to the house, it has to be done before it's loaded on the truck.

After we struck out on our Pottery Barn rug for the living room, I had the idea to purchase a simple Ergeby rug and paint it like some of these I had seen. But when we realized the rug I wanted to use has the feeling of a very rough jute, we nixed the idea without a second thought (see why we hate jute rugs here). Then we saw this gorgeous thing and nabbed it. Bonus? $40 cheaper than the same size Ergeby rug.

And finally (for our bigger purchases), we decided to step outside our comfort zone a little by purchasing these funky curtains for our new bedroom. The colors online look way more bright and crazy than they do in real life, but we've never had patterned curtains like these before. A pack of two was $25--more than we normally spend, but not a bad price (and to be fair, this is coming from a couple who's notorious for using $2 sheets as curtains). But our new master bedroom only has one (very large and gorgeous) window, so we figured we could splurge a little (the current room required us to buy curtains in sets of three, hence why $25 curtains were always a no-go for us tightwads).

There were a lot of little purchases too (I'll spare you the laughing-at I got from Jason as I walked out of the accessories section with four new faux-potted plants), but these items are going to be the key pieces that help bring together the new color scheme in this house. And massive renter's bonus? I'm not surrounded by white walls anymore!

The first peek at our new place (the living room)!

Hello color!

We now return you to your previously scheduled programming packing...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Moving day (again)!

This afternoon we're picking up our keys, signing our lease and starting our move-in! Yeah, we don't mess around. We got the call on Monday that our application was accepted by the property management company and the owner of the townhouse we found (and loved). Pictures will be coming soon, but over the course of a week we'll be moving stuff here and there. Can't believe how fast things are moving, but after an exhaustive search, massive let downs, and finally finding what we (hope) will be our home for another few years, I just can't wait to get it done!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Humble beginnings

So, one thing that I never added to my list, but something I always had in the back of my mind, was trying to link up the old blog with the new blog. Some of you remember (and followed me from!) the old homestead of Two Nuts in a Shell. I miss the old blog that's for sure. But, when I moved I accidentally let the custom domain lapse and it reverted back to a free blog site. Therefore, all of my links stopped working since they linked up to a non-existent URL.

But, I finally got my fingers in shape and update all of my old links! So now all of my old crafts are find-able again. You can either visit the old blog by clicking here, or in the event you don't want to hunt down this post, they're up in the navigation bar too!

GURR INDUCING SIDE NOTE: Links within posts may still not work as there's so many of them. If you can't find something, shoot me a comment and I'll do my best to correct the issue. 

Yay for random accomplishments!

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