Sunday, June 26, 2016

Housewarming Party

We're kinda sorta settled into our new home and wanted to finally relax and celebrate the new digs. It's been almost four months since we moved in so it was time. Boxes are unpacked, most rooms settled. There's still tons to do in my opinion, but we can finally take a much needed break.   Our party was last night and it was so much fun!  We had tons of great food, Veggie trays, fruit trays, cheese and crackers, Italian sausages, Turkey meatballs and Mini cheese pizzas. I made 50 Champagne Cupcakes and Chocolate Chip cookies for dessert. The kids enjoyed fresh popcorn as a snack with juice boxes. 


We had a nice lady come and help prep the food for us. She's in the background making the cheese tray.  I found the cutest paper plates at Target that were white with black and white polka dots by "Cheeky."


The drink station area was filled with White and Red wine, a Wine Spritzer (made with equal parts Moscato wine, Sprite, and Frozen Pink Lemonade) and there was beer/water/juice boxes/diet drinks in metal buckets on the ground.



The dessert area with more cute paper plates from "Cheeky," pink and mint Anchor napkins, and all the cupcakes and cookies.



I found old timey Lemon and Cola Lolly Pops from Home Goods and thought the kids would enjoy these.




More drinks on the ground, beer, water, and juice mostly.


The popcorn for the kids. The idea was if they got bored they could all bring some popcorn upstairs and watch a movie. I think my kid was the only one that grabbed a bag around 8 and put on Spongebob.


My oldest son hand knitted some long garland for the mantle and we made little gold pom poms for either end of the mantle.


I found lots of flowers at the grocery store. Nothing makes a home more beautiful than fresh flowers.


Little white roses were put in salt and pepper shakers on the dining room table.


The foyer with white roses and a sign that I printed for the housewarming party favors.


The party favors were a cute little idea I found on Pinterest. I'll share that with you tomorrow. Here they are in a little tray.


"Thanks for Warming Our home, Here's something to warm yours." This little sign I made in Word using a marble background, a picture of some Ranuculus and a blue font.  I hung it with twine and black clothespins.


The party was so much fun.  So many nice friends came and really had a great time.  We hope to throw many more parties in the future and really break in our new home and create lots of fun memories.

xo
Cathleen

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Breakfast Room - an Actual Breakfast Room!

As you may recall in our old house our little breakfast area was turned into a craft room since the kids mostly sat in there and did arts and crafts anyway. Now that we have a dedicated arts and crafts room in our new home, we now have a wonderful place to sit and eat breakfast. Mostly Joe and I sit here and enjoy Saturday and Sunday mornings together while the kids scarf  down  enjoy their food at the kitchen island.


I scored these black velvet chairs used at Habitat for Humanity, get this, for $7 each! They were having a 75% off sale the day I went in. I cleaned the fabric and used metal polish to polish the metal. In fact, I furnished this entire room from that store!  I should be their spokesperson.


The table was originally brown and I painted it white. The rug is from Target and so is the black and white lamp.

You may recall that this credenza was brown and I got a lot of compliments on leaving it as is. But I couldn't help myself! I had left over chalk paint from the shoe storage unit I painted and again I couldn't help myself. The chalk paint is so fun! No primer needed.  I used the wax sealer on top though to protect it. I love how the little gold feet stand out.



My white fur pillow was a birthday gift from Joe. What great taste he has! I have to add that this table was about $40!


My 1st grader made this little floral wreath on his last day of school. Isn't it so cute? Great little place to dry flowers too.  You can see from my last post with the gallery wall that I changed things up in here. I added new art from Pinterest to some of the frames and found that middle piece frame from Home Goods.












I love that I managed to pull off a shiny black cabinet (also a Restore find for around $60) with gold knobs and so much gold and silver on the table and chairs. Happy accident.






I can't forget to tell you about the white linen Belgium curtains.  I sewed these two panels in a few hours and used Bed, Bath, and Beyond "Umbra" Brass curtain rods and rings. Joe so kindly hung the rods for me. I need another set of curtains for the sliding glass door, but I want to wait until I get some inspiration for them. Maybe I'll make another set of white, or maybe try some pattern. It's funny how I like to leave one set of curtains off in each room, or so it seems.



I also found this cute "Texas" plate at Habitat for Humanity. Black and gold, it must be my thing now.


Joe has managed to fill the liquor cabinet a little. He has to enjoy himself a little between all the home projects.  The blue Heig Club bottle was a gift from me for his birthday in April.


See those cute gold and clear globes in the kitchen? I'm still deciding on whether to keep them or get something more substantial. I think I want bigger pendants and I want to put these elsewhere.



So things left to do in here:
1) Add Crown Molding
2) Find or make curtains for above sliding glass doors

xo
Cathleen

Monday, June 6, 2016

Craft Room Update!

Things kicked off in the craft room with new flooring and then progressed when I scored three brand new kitchen cabinets from the Restore. You read that right. Brand New! I had to have them when I first laid eyes on them. At $40 each they were a great find. They really prompted the whole idea of a work space in this room and turned it into a craft room. 


So after Joe knocked out the flooring probably over a month ago we laid out the cabinets where we wanted them and where they'd make the most sense. We came up with the idea of wrapping them around one corner and using two whole walls as work top space.  And then ideally have three stools for the kids to work on projects if their hearts desired.  In this corner now is my sewing machine and all of my sewing supplies fill one of these cabinets.


We built the workspace out of new wood that was stained gray and coated with Polyurethane for durability.  Joe cut all the pieces to size to fit like a puzzle at the corners.  The room also got a new light fixture by Lane Furniture in a cool copper wire cage.


There is plenty of space for crafts, art work etc.


I found the jars at Home Goods to store all of my rubber stamps.


In this Corner is the hutch my Grandfather built and my Grandmother painted. It's a great craft supply storage unit.


I repurposed old canning jars into craft supply storage. 


Having the old metal pencil sharpener hang in this room made a lot of sense.  It's great for the kids to sharpen their colored pencils.



 Another view of the great workspace.



Joe added knobs to the kitchen cabinets that the builder left at our house. Guess they thought we may need extra some day. Joe also wrapped the floor moldings around the bottom of the cabinets so they are built-in.


I found this cute Washi tape dispenser at Marshalls.



Our two fabric pin boards that used to hang in our eat-in-kitchen turned out to be a good fit for this room. We can hang inspirations and little art projects on it.


And here's the Wrapping paper rack I shared with you yesterday.  My own dedicated wrapping space is so awesome to have!





For a little more info on this  DIY wrapping paper rack see yesterday's post.



Two picture frame wires were mounted on the wall for the kid's artwork to be displayed.  Little pink clothespins were used for hanging the art.


This is the old kitchen table turned kid's craft table that we had in our old house.  We think the kid's may now be getting a little big for it. So when we have some time we'd like to build a center island in this room for more work space. That will be a fun project don't you think?




This room has a walk-in closet so it can store quite a lot.  Right now, we installed our old Ikea shoe rack in it to use for gift wrapping supplies. The clothing rack is a great way to hang shopping bags.






I found this old black chest at a consignment shop years ago. I thought it was cute to hold all of my Christmas wrapping paper.  See that cutting mat?  I think having a middle island in the craft room will mean I can cut fabric on it instead of the floor. Yay.


So three full rooms practically done! Woohoo. Three months in. I'd say we're 20% done with the whole house, so a long way still. Tomorrow the hallways, loft and down the stairs is getting painted. And hopefully I share some pics of that..and guess what? The Master Bedroom is just about done! We have been busy bees around here.

Have a great week!! It's summer break around here for the kids, so things will slow down a bit and we'll squeeze in projects when we can.

xo
Cathleen 












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