It’s finally October, and while in Orlando that still means 90 degree temps (and plenty of pumpkin candles to trick myself into thinking it’s fall), it also means the start of the One Room Challenge! I’ve been wanting to participate in the One Room Challenge for literally years, but the timing has always been off. Last October I was about to get married, this past spring I was homeless and in the middle of a move…so Fall 2018 it is!
Hey strangers! My blogging game has been weak lately, but now that we’re (semi) settled into our new house, I really want to get back in a groove with it. What better way to ease in than finally revealing our previous house, aka The Touraine Project?! I’ve shared plenty of glimpses of it over on Instagram (are you following us yet?!) but wanted to dive a little deeper and share it here on the blog too. First up is the biggest - some may even say greatest - room in the house…the Great Room! Which is the catchall term I’m using for our open concept kitchen, living, and dining room area.
I don't know about you guys, but in our house we are total Amazon Prime junkies. Why get out of your pajamas and trudge to an actual store when you can get everything delivered to your house. For free. In two days. Amiright?!
Amazon isn't exactly the first source that springs to mind when I think of house-related purchases, but I realized that almost all of the accessories in both of our bathrooms came from Amazon! Not only do we absolutely love all of these products, but they were all super affordable too - can't beat that! Check out our favorites below.
Helloooo and happy new year! How the heck did it get to be 2018? I know I’ve been incredibly off the radar with this blog, and in true New Year fashion, I’d like to make more of an effort here this coming year. My word for 2018 is “consistency,” and lord knows there’s plenty of areas of my life that I need to apply those four little syllables to. I plan on making this corner of the internet one of them.
Let me preface this post by saying I am by no means an expert, but I wanted to give you my two cents about what to look for when you're buying a fixer upper! Ryan and I spent a lot of time combing through real estate listings and trying to make the best decision when it came to buying our fixer upper of a house last April. These were the factors that I kept coming back to over and over again, and evaluated for each property we looked at.
When we bought our house and decided to rip out and totally redo our kitchen, we knew we'd have to consider appliances, since we weren't loving the creepy, dirty, old ones that came with the place. Ha. The default for kitchen appliances seems to be stainless steel, but I'm just not a big fan.
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!
I've been putting off writing this post, because SO MUCH has been happening over here the last two weeks! We've got an (almost) functioning kitchen! We've got an (almost) functioning bathroom! Lots of exclamation points are necessary! It really looks like an actual house over here, and I never want to leave. We're shooting for this weekend to start staying here full time, and I can't even wait.
When it comes to decorating styles, I seem to go back and forth between wanting everything light and airy, or deep and rich. I love both styles, but definitely tend to err on the light and airy side. For our new house, I've been toying with the idea of designing our second guest bedroom with a richer palate. Specifically, deep, dark turquoise has really been calling my name! I've also been loving the bohemian style lately, and I think this color plays really well with that trend!