A big thank you to all of you who commented on my sweet husband's first blog post! I hope he's been inspired enough to try it again sometime.
It's been quite the week here... despite getting some great work done on the house I can't help but feel discouraged at the pace of the progress. Our goal at this point is to have the house livable by Christmas, even if it's still a little rough in spots, and I just don't see how we are going to get there! I know this stuff always takes longer than you think (and costs more than you want), but am trying to hang on to the hope that it will be worth it in the end.
To cheer myself up, a review of my recent retail therapy necessary home purchases...
These chairs make me smile everytime I see them. We purchased a pair for the living room.
Duncan loves them too (photo is inside my in-law's house... how I wish I had floors!).
A new vessel sink for the powder room: And this fun faucet to go with:We're now on the search for a couch for the living room, and after seeing this post yesterday, we tried out the Lounge sofa from Crate and Barrel. It definitely lives up to its reviews as the most comfortable couch ever made. Here it is in charcoal, but we are actually loving some of the custom fabrics that are available and trying to decide if the added expense is worth it. Anyone have experience with that process?
What other spots should I check out for a fabulous dark gray (ideally Duncan-the-schnauzer-colored) couch?
After that rant about the state of my kitchen, I really thought I owed you all some proof. So here it is... the ultimate "DURING" shot. No matter how it turns out, it's got to be better than this...
It's been a tough week in renovation land, with many many many hours after work spent stripping wallpaper, the discovery of lots of painted over wallpaper, and a ceiling covered in wallpaper. Did I mention I'm not a fan of wallpaper? Before we started I thought I'd get to make some awesome blog jokes about it... STRIPPING!... get it? But now that I've realized how un-fun stripping wallpaper truly is, I can't even joke about it. THE worst, guys. Stripping wallpaper is the stinking worst!
I'm off to Colorado for a work conference this week, but I've tried to convince the hubs to throw up a picture or two of this week's progress on the blog. We'll see if he can figure out blogger...
Here's hoping the house will be magically finished by the time I return :)
We picked up a few shiny new toys (at an awesome sale- hooray!) this weekend. Now if only I had a kitchen to put them in.
In other news, the guy who we're ordering our cabinets from apparently stopped by the house today to take some measurements. We thought we had explained to him that the kitchen is FAR from finished, but I don't think he took us seriously, because here's part of the email he sent after his visit. "Hello Mr.LastName & happy Monday to you!! I went by your home today & I talked to the contractor on site….They still haven’t completed the framing of the walls …In fact they were still doing some demo of the existing floors…walls…etc…"
Can we please discuss this for a minute?
First off, "happy Monday to you!!" ? Those words came out of your mouth and also they needed to be followed by two exclamation points?
Second, do you really think that we are unaware of the fact that our kitchen currently has no floor? I know I'm female and all, and may not fully grasp this whole construction and renovation thing (or at least I assume that's why you insist on addressing only my husband), but that's the kind of detail even I wouldn't overlook.
And please don't get me started on the fact that this guy refuses to put the apostrophe in our last name. Hubs refers to it as Irish discrimination.
Anyways, I really feel I should have been warned about such a key piece of information, you know something along the lines of "hey mr. Noapostrophe- i don't mean to shock you or surprise you or anything, but your kitchen? there are no floors! and there are barely walls. just thought you should know!!"
Please blame any snarkiness in this post on the fact that (did you hear!?) my kitchen has no floors.