Sunday, February 26, 2017

Home Reno Update

  So far.... things have been moving pretty steady on the home updates. We purchased our home on moving out here to California and we knew it was going to be a commitment and needed some TLC. 
  I have not been on top of the ball as far as keeping our renovations posted so I'm going to try and give an idea of where we started and where were at now. 

The flooring we chose and really like it!

     Our first major project we tackled was all the down stairs flooring in November. My fabulous in-laws can into town and helped tremendously. 

    It took us about 7 days to complete the large living areas, kitchen, laundry room, stair case, and closet. We also had to redo the whole down stairs base boards. There were two different sizes throughout the house and so we made them all cohesive. 

   Another project we tackled was the fire place. Painted the brick, added the ship-lap and will eventually replace the actual glass face of the fire place. 

   There are a couple of smaller projects we have been working on during the months of January and February one of which is our dinning side table that use to be our master dresser. 

  We sanded, added legs to raise it, added new drawer pulls, and removed the middle two drawers so there is an open space to display items. 

    Used Obsidian Glass on the dresser SW and I actually used the color Time and Space SW on the fire place. I found the brushed nickel pulls at home depot they are apart of the Martha Stewart collection. 

       Right now were working on the upstairs landing it was all carpeted and we needed to have an external trim put on since it was a curved overhang. Once we did that we were able to put the same flooring in as we have upstairs. 

      We still need to put in the transitions, and the baseboards to match the downstairs. We are also going to have a carpenter come out and match the thicker side trim below the railings on the right side and do it on the left along the curve. 

       Wowzers! it seems like a lot!, but was accomplished little by little over a four month time frame and were still working on it. I'm really enjoying what we have been allowed to accomplish, but at the same time feeling a bit daunted by what we are wanting to accomplish. Next two months are budgeted for working on our front and back yards.... guys right now we have just dirt and weeds so I am excited about it! 
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

October Family Fun!

        This is our first fall season here in Cali and we were able to squeeze in some festive family events.  We went into the wine country of Temecula to Peltzer Farm and had a blast! There is pumpkin picking, petting area, pig races, train rides, pony rides, food and plenty of memories to be made. Its only open the month of October, but there is a winery located at the farm as well and they host weddings and much more throughout the year. 

    This past Saturday we drove down to Fallbrook and enjoyed the Myrtle Creeks Fall Festival . It is a two day event where there is local craft vendors, food, a hayride, goats to pet, and pumpkins to enjoy. It is much smaller than Peltzer Farm, but it makes for a nice easy morning outing and being able to enjoy the season. 

       Our church hosted a fabulous Trunk or Treat and Payton had a blast! We thought she might be hesitant with all the costumes and such, but once she caught on that going to each car she would get a treat we were more or less following her lead. Awesome family time and great way to reach out to the community. 

All cowgirls need some shades!

    Hope ya'll are having a blessed and wonderful fall season full of memories, and family time. 

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Autumn: The Magic Hour

              Fall has yet to show itself here in Cali. We have had cool mornings and breezy days, but nothing that sends that chill down your spine and has you running for your coziest sweater. I am not expecting a New England fall by any means, but highs in the mid nineties is down right discouraging. So for now I can only dream, and be inspired by images of fall and hope the weather takes a change soon. 

     Hope these images inspire you to dream... 

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