Tuesday, April 12, 2016

House Tour Part Two

A few days ago, I blogged about the major renovations we made to our home after the house fire in 2014. You can find that post here.

Now for the rest of the house, which mainly just got some redecorating when we bought the home.

Master Bedroom BEFORE

Totally nothing wrong with it, I just wanted to add my own flair, so we turned the bed around and painted.


I just love the colors in our room. I fell in love with the pig painting before we were even house hunting, so I was excited when I finally got to use it. Our bedroom furniture is a Craigslist find. I still have big plans to have it sanded and stained or painted, but that's another year and time. And I'll admit, I did do a quick hiding cleaning of the items on our night stand for this picture. Because let's face, as much as I want to be the HGTV person with nothing but a single stem tulip on my nightstand, I'm just not that person. There's usually books, the prior night's glass of water, and a box of earplugs. 

Master bath BEFORE: 
Again, nothing majorly wrong. I personally wouldn't have chosen the combo of the little tiles with the floor, but we're working with it. ; ) 

Amazing what a new mirror, valance and plantation blinds will do!
Downstairs half bath BEFORE: 

 Again, I personally wouldn't have gone crazy with the small tile (It covers the entire opposite wall too.) But we worked with it. Some people adore it! I went with a nautical theme and called it a day.
Upstairs loft BEFORE: 

I L-O-V-E this room! Hail State!!!
Couple notes: 1)My father-in-law made the bookshelf after I described what I wanted.
2) Jeremie HATES a gallery wall. I know it's supposed to look like random placing. But people, it's not. It cost HIM several hours and almost cost ME a divorce. 
I don't have BEFORE pics of our upstairs bath, but here it is now. It was the same green as the loft. #itain'teasybeinggreen


I don't have a BEFORE pic of the bedroom either. But it too got an overhaul and I LOOOVE it now.  I wanted our guest room to be DARLING and cozy by the time we had Greyson because I knew our families would be coming a lot. I painted and re-did the entire room while I was pregnant and finished just it time. Well, it was DARLING and cozy, but we all know what happened 3 weeks later....

 I bought every single piece of the bedding at this crazy sale at Dillard's for $100. Thank you President's Day.
 And possibly my FAVORITE room in the house is....the nursery. Even if I had a BEFORE pic of the nursery I would not show it. Because it was that extra room in the house that was a catch all. You know, the one with all my college and post college decorations. The one that proved I was 2 picture frames away from being a hoarder. So again, I'll just show you the after pics.

Oh I just love everything about it. I found one piece at a time and it all came together perfectly. 
The first thing I ever bought---before I was even pregnant (but we were trying) was the rug. I just LOVED the colors and I knew it'd be exactly what I wanted if we had a boy. Jeremie thought I was looney, but everyone knows not to mess with a woman trying to get pregnant, right? ; )  So I just threw it in with the rest of the above mentioned items I was hoarding in this room. When we found out it was a boy, I whipped the rug out! I randomly found the bedding on Target clearance (like $20 for it all!)  and it looked like it belonged together! SCORE.

I also had spotted the tin sheep at an antique store while we were trying to get pregnant. And low and behold it was still there more than 20 weeks later.

My handy father-in-law also made the shepherd's hook for my nephew when he was born, so that was borrowed. And my sister-in-law found the perfect mobile for it in Uganda on a mission trip.

The opposite wall has the dresser, and yes, another gallery wall.  Jeremie took 2 hours to measure and hang each piece perfectly when G was born, but after the fire when it was time to RE-HANG, he said "screw it"...pardon the pun....and threw everything up. Looks great to me. #overit #justeyeballit

I just picked up a piece here and there, which made it all special. If you're wondering if I have a thing for pigs after you've seen much of my decoration, the answer is YES.  And since you already think I'm a hoarder, I'll tell you I bought the orange bear at Pier One for like $2 right when J and I got married. I was no where near thinking about kids, I only bought it because I liked the color and pattern on him and wanted to use it as decor inspiration in our future home. I do remember thinking......maybe one day, my baby will have this. 

I had someone on Etsy make this printable of John 10:14-15: "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me-just as the Father knows me and I know the Father-and I lay down my life for the sheep." 
And apparently I also have a thing for buck deer. Couldn't resist this little hanger. 

That's it folks! Hope you've enjoyed our house tour! 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday Favorites

People, this is gonna be short and sweet cuz Mama is TIRED. We've had sick and OVERLY EMOTIONAL toddler the past couple of days. When I left to run an errand earlier, I told J that if I didn't come back DON'T send the search party.  Just kidding ya'll. Sort of. 

Anyway, I'm linking up with Narci for Friday Favorites. Feel free to join the link up! 

1) I've got a new favorite recipe that me and Jeremie are both a little obsessed with. I've cooked several of Mix and Match Mama's recipes over the past couple of years but her Spinach Pesto Baked Tacos are hands down my favorite so far. They are RIDICULOUSLY easy, don't leave you with a ton of clean up, but DO leave you with lots of leftovers! They are definitely in the rotation at the Wells now! 


2) I know April is famous for it's showers, but Lawd have mercy, it rained a TON in March. My little Texas Tornado has discovered the outdoors and that's the only place he wants to be. I finally marched into Target and bought these darlin little rain boots and let him have at it! It was hands down my favorite and most clever purchase this month! 


3)  I have a new favorite Christian author.....Jen Hatmaker!  I feel like I'm a little late to the party. I briefly watched her family's HGTV mini-series, but I've just now picked up a couple of her books. And ya'll. She is absolutely hilarious. So transparent. She says all the things that us mamas are thinking but can't say. (Or have tried to but get funny looks....)  Anyway, one of her books is a devotional and she has the most clever way of weaving in her CRAZY life and Jesus. It's genius. 


4) Speaking of losing your religion, Jeremie and I have decided to start eating healthier. Insert BIG sigh and eye roll here.....But tomorrow's Friday, so we'll indulge a little bit for the weekend. And I cannot tell you how excited I am to get my hands on my favorite cookies tomorrow. 
5) And lastly, Greyson got to hang out with his best bud, Preston twice last week.  These little muffins are 5 days apart! #wombmates



Friday, April 1, 2016

House Tour Part One

Well, people, we've been back in our home almost 9 months now and that's how long I've been trying to get this post up!!!

I know a lot of people wanted to see "Before and After" the fire because we did make several changes, thanks to my hubby's incredible design skills.  He's has vision that I do not. But I will take credit for all paint colors and throw pillows, thank you very much. ; ) The majority of changes were in the living room and kitchen; I'll show you the rest of the rooms in another post.

These pics are from RANDOM time frames because I didn't have pics of every angle to show before and after.  

Our home was built in 1984 and we purchased it in August 2012. It's in the most darling neighborhood; we are within walking distance to playgrounds, G's future elementary school, and close to every store you'd ever want to shop at.

These are pics from the first time we came to look at the house: 

Entry way/Living Room:

Jeremie's TV was too big to fit where the previous owners had it, so he built a beautiful wall unit with benches and hung the TV on the opposite wall.

One of the things I wanted to change right away was the oak stained banisters.  And after about 2 months of sanding, priming, and painting in the summer of 2013, they were white. : ) 

The kitchen also needed some updates. EVERY SINGLE HAIR that Manny shed stood out like a sore thumb on that white floor. I feel like that must be an eternal torture in hell. Sweeping black dog hair on white floor. Because you could do it for eternity.

 By 2014, we had pretty much painted EVERY room, hung new light fixtures, and done lots of fun decorating. We still had stuff we wanted to do.....like that kitchen floor.....but by the time Mr. Greyson showed up in October 2014, I was happy with everything. Three weeks later, this happened.....

 Well bummer. 

So while this caused....well, a few challenges....(you can read about that here).....we did have the chance to make some improvements since the house was getting remodeled anyway. (They had to take it down to the studs since all the water from putting the fire out essentially flooded the house.) 

So here's what we did!

The entry into the kitchen was SUPER narrow. I always felt so separated from the rest of the house when I was in the kitchen.  (This is the only pic I have from this angle.) 

It may look like Armageddon, but don't those white banisters look so much better than the oak?!
View from kitchen into living room.
There was also a wet bar on the other side of the stairs that we never used that just took up space. Jeremie had always dreamed of moving staircase to gain this square footage. So since the house was already destroyed, we took the opportunity to do it! 


Amazing right?! It opened up so much space into the kitchen!

Now, onto the kitchen....funny story...the kitchen was actually the only room not extremely damaged due to the actual fire. BUT, two weeks later, it was so cold that a pipe burst under the kitchen and flooded it. So they had to rip everything out.  Here's a good view of what it was like before the demo:

That lovely piece on the left was a double oven that took up the ENTIRE corner. 

Everyone seems to love the island....so I'll tell you, it came from Target! (Click here.) The light is from Wayfair and we picked out ALL of the appliances, back splash, granite AND flooring at Nebraska Furniture Mart! That place is amazing! We spent MANY a Saturday there, but luckily they had NURSING ROOM! It was super convenient!

I LOVE the open feeling we have now! 
Even though it was a LONG wait, I'm so happy with how everything turned out and glad we made the changes! Hope you enjoyed the House Tour!