I thought it would be cool to post up pictures of the Christmas decor in our home each year to see how it changes (or doesn't) over time! This year we purchased a new faux Christmas tree, due to the real tree fiasco we had last year. Not a single needle was left on our Frasier fir at the end of the season...they were all on the floor! You would hear needles twinkling off the tree onto the carpet as you walked by or breathed on the tree or really even if you just looked at it, the needles would fall off! Ha! So, I love our new flocked tree this year. We got it for a reasonable price at Menards. Without further adieu, the rest of the pictures!
Below is our little cabinet in the foyer:
Looking into the foyer from the living room. The large octagonal mirror was my favorite estate sale find ever!
The little reindeer on the door came from Homegoods. The pinecones were found at the Christmas tree farm last year.
This is a mirrored tray that sits on the coffee table:
This small tree used to be my Nana's, so I kept all of the ornaments on it that she used to put on it!
The top right picture I included in the first image in this post is a peak of what I have in the den, which I will get posted up sometime next week!
And the livins' easy...on our front porch! Love how it is coming together. These are the chairs Tom and I assembled a few weekends ago. The outdoor mat was purchased from World Market. It is a very lightweight material perfect for the outdoors, and it is reversible with the opposite colors on the other side. Score!
We have been unbelievably busy lately! Once spring hit, it was time to do a lot of work around the house! Things started getting finished up by the builders. And we finally got our sod and landscaping towards the beginning of June. Biggie was relieved to find that he now had grass to roam around in!
Most recently we have been working on our landscaping in the front of the house, planting flowers, shrubs, and trees by our porch. Aside from that, I have been slowly purchasing, creating, and refurbishing furnishings for the house. It's finally all coming together and really starting to feel like a cozy home! Tom and I just hung up our vertical blinds on our sliding door that leads out to the deck. I was skeptical at first that they would look totally 90's style, but so far I am pleased with how they look. They definitely block the light and offer privacy which were the two most important things. Also, they are just plain white so they blend pretty nicely with the walls in the dining room that we plan on keeping white so we can hopefully add some board and batten in there eventually!
On the agenda for today is putting together some faux wood adirondack chairs I got for a really good price about a month ago!
Here are some pictures of my knockout roses and hydrangea bush:
The drywall is finally all up, as are the shingles. Hopefully siding will be next!
Great Room looking towards the foyer:
Drywall in the kitchen:
In our future great room!:
Snow covered deck (still waiting on stairs):
There have been some updates since my last post, although not all visible. HVAC, plumbing, and insulation have all been installed. Most of the windows have been installed. The upstairs window is not in yet because we are waiting for drywall to be brought in through there. Also, we decided we wanted a window in the laundry room, which is an add-on that we are waiting for. The garage door was put up, and the deck is up with the exception of the stairs. Didn't get a chance to snap a picture of the deck, but I will soon! In addition, I have been able to work on some projects including reupholstering the two end chairs for our dining table, and painting the mirror for the powder room.
Garage door put on (so glad we went with the insulated one with windows!):
Here is a picture of the footers for the deck (which is now up, but no picture yet!):
Here is the fabric I chose for two of the dining room chairs (the other chairs will be slipcovered, and we will be using a bench on one side of the table):
Here is the bench for the one side of the dining table, along with a pillow that is my inspiration for the colors that we will be using throughout the house..neutrals with navy blue:
Today we had our first snow of the season. Had to get a shot of the house with the first snow on it! Plus, the tarp was added to the roof, but no shingles yet.
October 30: The framing officially started this day and has been progressing quickly ever since!
A view of the back with the large basement windows!:
Looking out of our future sliding door to the backyard:
Here is the rest of the timeline, bringing us up to present-day!
October 2: The wall forms were put up.
October 4: Foundation walls were poured & tarred!!
October 28: We finally have a garage floor! Now if only they would pour the basement so the framing can start!
"Decorate Purposefully, DIY Frugally" is my motto for helping turn our newly constructed house into a home. This is where I document the home projects my fiance and I are tackling along with our fur-baby bulldog!