Jan 27

Our New Home!

our-new-home

Due to my unplanned absense from the blog thanks to the busyness that is holiday card season, I have a lot to fill you in on.

Back in October, we bought our first home! When we moved back to Tulsa in June (another bullet point on the list of recent life changes), we decided to pursue buying instead of renting. We knew Tulsa was where we wanted to be, and have no intentions of moving, so it was time to put down some roots. After looking at hundreds of houses on Zillow, about 10-15 in person, and three offers…we found the perfect fit.

Our initial plan was to purchase a home we could stay in potentially forever, but after talking about our long-term goals, we decided to buy something that could be a rental sometime down the road. We have a dream house sketched out, and hope to stay in our current home until we can afford to build our forever one.

We only had a handful of wants on our list:

  • A somewhat open floorplan
  • A patio or deck – we love entertaining outdoors
  • An entryway
  • More than one bathroom
  • A white kitchen, or the ability to paint cabinets
  • A fireplace

And here is how we stacked up on our list:

  • A somewhat open floorplan The house is totally open in the kitchen/living/dining areas. Major score!
  • A patio or deck – we love entertaining outdoors There is a back patio, and a nice front porch. We hope to add a deck, or a more pimped out patio in the near future.
  • An entryway There was not really an entryway, but I was able to create one with the placement of our furniture.
  • More than 1 bathroom We were really hoping for two full bathrooms, but we ended up settling for 1.5. The main hall bath is really pretty large, and when a lot of the homes we saw had only one bathroom, we felt pretty luck to score that extra half bath.
  • A white kitchen, or the ability to paint cabinets The kitchen was in great shape, but the cabinets were an oak stain. One of our first projects was to paint the cabinets white and install new hardware. It is exactly the kitchen I was hoping for!
  • A fireplace There is no fireplace, but we did install a floating entertainment center that adds a really nice focal point to the living room, which we are super happy with.
Behr's weathered white

Behr’s Weathered White

Behr's Whisper White

Behr’s Whisper White

As I mentioned, the kitchen cabinets were our first major renovation, along with painting all of the main areas and our bedroom. We chose Behr’s Whisper White for the living/dining /kitchen, and Behr’s Weathered White for our bedroom. We intend to eventually paint the other two bedrooms and the hall bath as well, probably in the weathered white just to give a little more of the gray undertones. We also swapped a hollow wood back door for a steel door with glass for added security, and to allow more light in. It’s amazing what a difference that swap made!

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Kitchen After

Kitchen After

Kitchen After

We purchased all of our new cabinet hardware from D. Lawless Hardware, and are so happy with it! The prices were amazing. We purchased new hardware for all kitchen cabinet drawers and doors, along with the floating entertainment console and new pulls for my office storage…all under $60! Definitely check them out. I was also able to score a coupon online, so definitely look for one before you purchase.

Living Room Before

Living Room Before

Living Room After

Living Room After

Living Room After

Living Room After

Entryway with Striped Wall

Entryway with Striped Wall – The Previous Owner’s TV Hung on This Wall

Bar Looking Into Living Room

Bar Looking Into Living Room

We still have so many projects churning in our minds, and I have a lot of styling, art hanging, and accessorizing to do, but we are loving the process of making the home ours. I have a “Our New Home” board on Pinterest with a lot of my ideas, if you want to follow along.

Next up on the project list: a high back settee for the dining area. I’ll share more on that soon!

xoxo!



Plans

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about plans. About where I’m supposed to be. What I’m supposed to be doing. What kind of career do I want to build? What kind of people do I want to work with? I have this idea that everything should align just oh so perfectly, the fireworks would go off, and life would just be this smooth path full of sunshine and lollipops.

But, I guess that’s not really how life works.

I had a great lunch with my dad today, and he knows I’ve been struggling with this. He said something that really has been resonating in my thoughts. He said, “what you are doing is what you are supposed to be doing.” I had to ask for a little clarification, thinking to myself, “did you not hear me say I don’t think I’m where I’m supposed to be?” But he went on to say that our life isn’t ours. It’s God’s. And while we have free will, He also has a plan for us. And the plan isn’t going to always feel perfect. It has it’s mountains and it’s valleys. We will have times where we struggle, but if we are doing what we are for HIM, then ultimately we are right where we are supposed to be.

I got in the car after lunch, and heard this quote:

We think we need a great plan for how we are going to use the gifts God has given us, but all he wants is our willingness to be used.

That’s some good stuff right there. So, while I may not have what I deem to be a perfect plan right now, and I may not know what tomorrow looks like, HE knows. And if I just trust in a greater plan than myself, I’m right where I need to be.

So, here’s to making moves, but trusting in His guidance as well.

Update: After I hit “publish” I perused over to facebook, and saw this post from Nellie Magazine. A really fitting article to go right along with my thoughts above. Hope you enjoy!



thankful 2013So much to be thankful for this year. Thank you to all of you who allow me to pursue this business I love so much. This is my most favorite time of year, when I get to work with you to send messages of love to everyone in your lives. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. I have sweet potato casserole in the oven, and an empty stomach ready to enjoy my favorite foods.

Love you all!

xoxo.