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10 Thoughts on Owning a Home

April 1, 2016

We’ve officially been in our house for one month which makes us real, experienced homeowners. We did not burn the place down or break any large appliances (yet), so I’d say I’m ready and qualified to dish out some serious home owning advice at this point.

Here are 10 things we’ve learned so far:

  1. Neighbors aren’t like in the movies. I thought I was automatically gaining 4-5 new bff’s and we would all bake each other pies and hang out on our decks together and wave to each other and say things like, “Hey John, love the new car!” but no. Not one word from the neighbs yet.
  2. Things in your yard will not be picked up unless you pick them up. On about our 6th day here, Greg texted me and said “I picked up that butter knife that was in the driveway. I finally realized nobody else was going to pick it up” –Coming from apartment life, you get accustomed just walk right past the junk because it’s not your problem. In a house, it IS your problem. Imagine that. (if you’re wondering why there was a butter knife in the driveway, i’m not sure. It must have fallen out during the move.)
  3. Just because you own a home, it doesn’t automatically make you super organized and clean. My big dreams coming into this were that i’d somehow transform into the cleanest, tidiest, most mindful person when it came to keeping my house in tip top shape. A month in i’m finally realizing i’m the same slob with just a bit more room to slob around in.
  4. There will be critters and crawlers and you’re just going to have to deal with it. I knew the day would come where I was no longer in an apartment building on a high-up floor without the worry of creepy crawlies, but I guess I didn’t realize that we’d have AN ANT AND MOUSE PROBLEM RIGHT OFF THE BAT. There has been bloodshed. We’ve had 2 mice and an army of ants. Luckily, some caulk solved both problems, but for a while before bed every night I would call Greg into the bedroom to do what we called the ant genocide. He’d kill them and dispose of their bodies so I could sleep in peace. We’re true romantics.
  5. Dads are helpful. Between my dad and Greg’s dad, we have the most badass team of dad smarts + dad strength. There is not much that can’t be figured out when you put their dad powers together, so Greg and I are eternally thankful for their help!
  6. Stuff is expensive and it’s a lot of work…but not that much. Is there like, some secret paperwork you sign when you buy a house that I missed out on? Some contract you sign that says you have to complain about the money and the ‘hard work’ that goes into owning a home? Like, yeah, it’s going to cost some money if you want to fix some stuff up.. but DUH. And yeah, it’s going to require some effort to get stuff done, but hello, it’s a house that you bought. You knew what it needed when you bought it. I guess I hear people all the time complaining about the troubles of home owning and the “oh man, it’s so much work and money!” but it’s not that big of a deal. Do what you want to do when you want to do it. I’m personally loving all that we’re doing to this place, it’s been super fun and rewarding.
  7. Having a washer and dryer is the best thing ever. Coming from apartment life, we’ve never had our own washer and dryer. Greg and I have lived together for 5 years now (spread out over 3 different apartments plus this house) and we’ve been waiting for the moment where we have our own laundry that we don’t have to pay for every time. It’s glorious. It’s going to really cut my underwear spending down because I no longer need 325 pair to get me through until I can muster the energy to do 5 hours & $15 worth of laundry. Instead, I do it every few days like a totally normal, functioning adult.
  8. Buy some god damn curtains We’re one month in and we have not bought ONE window treatment for our house. Our main window in the living room is still wide open, which means everyone gets a front row seat for all the fun renovations we’re doing. In the bedroom, the sun rises quite literally next to my face each morning and i’ll probably lose my sight soon because every morning is the same: sun rises, I roll over and look out the window only to be temporarily blinded by the brightness, I curse the fact that we haven’t bought curtains yet, pull the pillow over my face, and fall back asleep. It’s a really cute routine me and Mr. Sun have, but my corneas are starting to deteriorate.
  9. I love my husband He’s just been crushing it with the house projects lately. He’s in school and working, yet he still finds time each day to tackle another project. Often, I leave for work in the morning and come home to find one more thing checked off the list. He’s a magical human and this experience has reminded me of that fact. He’s really gaining his “Dad points” here so that when he’s a dad he can be as helpful as our dads! (Refer to #5)
  10. I can’t think of a #10 and Tesla is unveiling it’s Model 3 in about 10 minutes so I have to go watch the internet and drool. To bring this post full circle, I’m really hoping neighbor John gets a Model 3 so I can say “Hey John, love the new car!” and mean it.
Just after we closed!

Just after we closed!

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Deck Dreams

March 24, 2016
Deck Inspiration

The weather’s getting nicer & I’m dreaming about the Deck Days of summer. Since there are so many other projects happening at our house, we won’t be dropping any serious cash on new furniture for the deck. The only thing big thing we’ll be doing out there is staining and maybe painting. I’m actually kind of excited to try and thrift that entire space. It’ll be a challenge to keep it cohesive. The best part is that even if I fail, nobody will know because nobody ever hangs out on a deck sober for too long. Still, I have some ideas in my head for what I want it to look like. Hopefully I can find some great items during the summer garage sales (i’m lookin’ at you, Raddison) WAIT PS SIDE NOTE!!!!!! Two of my best friends from different parts of my life have JOINED FORCES AND THEY LITERALLY LIVE NEXT TO EACH OTHER IN RADDISON NOW. I’m excited because I’ll get to see them both alll the time in one trip  now I have not one but 2 options to stay the night on the most magical eve of the year: Raddison Garage Sale Eve. Both those betches have babies and they better find sitters because I will not be slowed down this year. I’m thinking about bringing my rollerblades to cruise through the ‘hood at a faster speed than the walkers, but not so fast that I don’t see all the goodies. People will laugh at me, yes. But i’ll have the last laugh as I make off with the best finds ‘blading and screaming THIS IS MY YEAR GOD DAMNIT.” (For real though, I take this weekend very seriously. My mom tried planning a family trip to Nashville that weekend. NASHVILLE. & I made her move the date.)

Anyway, here’s some deck inspo. that’s got me rooting for global warming.

Deck Inspiration


Snapshots of Jordan’s House

March 8, 2016
Antique Hickory Floors

Here’s the new floors we’re going to install. We brought them home to see how they’ll look. I’m in love!

Kilim Rug - Mid Century Modern Details

Some of us are working hard to get the house into shape, and some of us (not naming any names) are just relaxing and watching the show…


Bathroom Talk

January 23, 2016

Let’s talk bathrooms. Our new house has 1.5 bathrooms – the full bathroom is upstairs, and it’s quite the eye sore. Right now it’s adorned with some very unfortunate bright blue tile. Unfortunately (or, fortunately?) I don’t have any pictures of it right now. It may be best for everyone if I never document it.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what I want to do with that bathroom. We don’t have a master bath anymore like we do at the apartment, which means I can’t just leave a out a huge mess of makeup/lotions/random unidentifiable goos in half empty bottles that somehow made it through every move with me. It’s going to be really hard for me, and really great for Greg.

Knowing that the bathroom will actually seen by guests and we wont be able to hide our deep dark secrets inside it anymore, I’m trying to imagine the best way to make it beautiful and functional with lots of storage for all of my goos!

To me, a bathroom reno is probably a one-and-done reno.  I’m gonna do this puppy once and once only, so I have to get it right.  The key to jobs like that is keeping it neutral, and adding in any style, color, eclectic elements with the pieces you bring in. I’ll stray away from anything too bold with wall colors, floor tile, vanity, etc, because my style changes so often and I’m stuck with this puppy for the long haul.

With that in mind, here are some pretties that have me all heart eyed and excited for the big renovation. (Which will NOT happen for a while, and will happen slowly [because $$])

First up – Walk in showers

Greg and I are both pretty grossed out by baths. I suppose it’s probably unrealistic to take the tub out if we plan on having kids while in this house, but stepping up to get into a shower is sooooo out of style, right? Walk in showers really make a small room look so much bigger. b8e23f25eec7ced912e5a43b25e9cd46 d011bcab39734b1721873146512efcec 6ad291f1993990c43440710a746c2eb0Katie-Martinez-Bathroom

You know when you start your day off right on the right note and it helps you feel great all day long? I feel like that’s what these showers would do. So minimal and fresh. They feel so clean with all the whites and neutral tones. If i had one of these, I’d have no choice to get my shi*t together, plan an outfit, take the time to do my hair, and other adult things — maybe I’d even eat breakfast.

Round Mirrors 

Loving round mirrors lately. A pretty mirror takes any bathroom up a notch. I feel like people are generally really on top of their mirror game lately.

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Floating Vanity

Another thing I can’t get enough of lately! A floating vanity helps to make a small bathroom feel a lot bigger. Pair them with lots of whites and BAM- light, bright, and airy bathroom that will help you start your day off right so that you can be more like the adult you’ve always pretended to be.

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That’s all I’ve got! If anyone wants to donate 10ish grand so that I can make this all happen at my house, I suppose i’d accept it. If not, I’ll slowly be working towards creating a bathroom that has some mishmash of these elements.

What things are on your bathroom crush list?

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