Hey, We Actually Live In Our House!

As you may have gathered from the title of this post... we are officially moved into our house! What a concept - actually living in the house you own!? Ha. This is our third week in here, and we're loving it. The house is still in shambles, with moving boxes, decor, shop vacs, and stuff everywhere. Which is just awesome since our housewarming party is this weekend! Whoops. Hopefully our family and friends will go easy on us - this house is far from finished, and will probably be a work in progress for many months (heck, years) to come! 

On the *bright* side, we do have kitchen lights now...

On the *bright* side, we do have kitchen lights now...

It feels like we've done a ton since I last gave you an update... but then also not so much. We've had our fair share of nights spent binge-watching Netflix rather than doing house stuff. I don't think we did a single project the whole first week we were living here. These two, on the other hand, have been SUPER BUSY creepin' on the new 'hood from my office window. ;)

dogs

The biggest things we've been working on are the backsplash in the kitchen, painting the fireplace, and getting the office in order. 

After much deliberation (subway tile? arabesque? beveled subway? herringbone pattern?) I stuck with my original backsplash choice of plain ol' subway tile in a brick pattern with dark gray grout. At the last minute I started throwing around other options, but just wasn't sold on anything. I didn't want to take a chance on a job as big (and permanent) as the backsplash, so I stuck with the original plan. Subway tile is classic, and I already know that I love it. So there ya go! 

Ryan's spent the last week painstakingly placing tiles - did I mention that I just HAD to have the backsplash go all the way to the ceiling? He loves me, I swear. As we speak (or I type...) he's finishing up the last sliver of wall under the uppers. Hallelujah! 

subway tile

We continued the white out by painting our fireplace and the walls next to it white. We planked the walls on either side of the fireplace with wood to add some more interest and texture. Even I had to admit that it's so white up in here at the moment... but I think it'll all balance out once we add in all the stuff - mantle, things on the walls, etc. 

Before | One Coat of Primer on Fireplace | First Coat on Everything

Before | One Coat of Primer on Fireplace | First Coat on Everything

The "After" - Two Coats on Everything... plus some lovely table clutter ;) #keepinitreal

The "After" - Two Coats on Everything... plus some lovely table clutter ;) #keepinitreal

Aside from the main room, the only room that I've put any effort into organizing is the office. I spent some serious time last weekend planning out what kind of storage I needed. Three cheers for having somewhere to put everything. A $10 Craigslist bookshelf and one IKEA trip later... we are in business! 

I can't decide what I'm more obsessed with in this room... my huge elephant ear plant, the 24x36 prints of the girls flanking the window, or my ugly vintage chair (that Ryan HATES haha). I'm happy with the direction this room is headed, and it definitely feels like a place I want to hang out and browse Pinterest - I mean, do some work - in. ;) 

That about brings us up to speed! There are a million other little things we've done, but those are the biggies. Make sure you're following along on Instagram for even more updates!